My Favourite Cookbooks

by Maggie on December 15, 2009

I have a confession to make.3773522818_ef7ce9e25a

I love buying a new cookbook (shhh, don’t tell Pete).  Love love love it.

Cookbooks are just so pretty and fresh and colourful.  I find getting a new cookbook refreshes me a little bit too.

Sometimes I get stuck in a recipe rut.  I rotate through the same old recipes week after week.  I know I’m not the only one out there!  Let’s hear your stories.

My recipe rut looks like this: bean burrits, tofu cubes and homemade fries, Izaac’s yummy tofu-veggie soup, tempeh reubens, and Pete’s pasta.  That’s a fairly typical week.

Recently though, I bought Colleen Patrick Goudreau’s cookbook called The Vegan Table: 200 Unforgettable Recipes for Entertaining Every Guest at Every Occasion. She has some amazing recipes in there that vegan and non-vegans would love.

Some of our faves from her cookbook are the Chili, the Cornmeal Crusted Tofu which is as close as we’ll come to fish and chips, Garlic and Greens soup, and her Polenta Hearts.  The Vegan Table is loaded with yummy recipes.

A friend of mine recently asked me for a cookbook suggestion since she and her husband just saw the film Food Inc. and they really want to start eating more vegetarian meals.  So I thought I would turn it into a post, just in case anyone else out there in She-Let-Them-Eat-Cake Land is looking for a new cookbook for their stocking!

Vive le Vegan!: Simple, Delectable Recipes for the Everyday Vegan Family and The Everyday Vegan: Recipes & Lessons for Living the Vegan Life by Dreena Burton – My copy of Vive Le Vegan looks like it’s been through the wash a few times.  Only instead of using laundry soap, it looks like I’ve used tamari and maple syrup.  That’s how good this cookbook is.  She’s the mother of three so these recipes are kid-friendly, family-friendly, and busy-mom friendly.  I strongly recommend Vive Le Vegan at least.  I haven’t spent as much time with The Everyday Vegan.

The Vegan Table: 200 Unforgettable Recipes for Entertaining Every Guest at Every Occasion by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau – See my thoughts above.

BabyCakes Covers the Classics: Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes from Donuts to Snickerdoodles by Erin McKenna – Click here for my review of this cute little cookbook.  I think this one is my favourite baking cookbook.  And the design is just too darn adorable.

The New Moosewood Cookbook (Mollie Katzen’s Classic Cooking) by Mollie Katzen (but all of the Moosewood cookbooks are great too) – My mom gave me her copy of this cookbook years ago.  It’s FULL of some of your standard vegetarian dishes.  Some of the meals are a bit of a production, but well worth it.  This was the original vegetarian recipe bible.  If it’s flavour you’re after, get this one!

Fresh: New Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes from the Award-winning Fresh Restaurants by Ruth Tal Brown and Jennifer Houston – just writing this makes me crave one of their dishes.  They’re a bit of a production though!  Super healthy and they inspire both Pete and I to be more creative in the kitchen.

Make Me Something Good To Eat by Tamra Davis.  This is Tamra’s first self-published cookbook.  I bought it after it was featured in Goop (and after I learned that she was married to Mike D. from the Beastie Boys).  She’s a mother of two so it’s based around cooking and baking for a vegetarian family. I love it.  It’s starting to look a little like Vive Le Vegan – tamari and maple syrup galore all over my favourite recipes!  If you subscribe to her newsletter you’ll get a video recipe once a month or so, and the odd random shot of Mike D!

So now you’re probably wondering, if I had to take one to a deserted island with a full gluten-free kitchen, which one would I take?  If there were coconuts all over the island then I’d take Babycakes since she uses coconut oil!  I’m really into The Vegan Table right now so I suppose I’d pick that one, this week.

Disclaimer: I am not a vegan.  I feel funny about labeling myself one thing or another.  I do happen to LOVE vegan cooking because it relies so much on healthy foods and flavourful foods.  What’s great about vegan cooking is it’s for everyone: vegans, vegetarians, and of course meat-eaters (just don’t tell them it’s vegan).  You can truly satisfy everyone with a vegan dish.


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Amanda December 15, 2009 at 8:12 pm

hahahahahaha…. that is a great bag, Mags… hope someone cashes up for you!


Jenny the Girlie.... December 15, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Hmmmmm…funny….I gave away my copy of the Moosewood Cookbook too!!! But alas I know that it went to a good home.


Lindsey December 19, 2009 at 6:49 am

Thanks, Mags! I ordered Vive Le Vegan, The Vegan Table and the Moosewood one. I’ll let you know how I make out! 🙂


MaggieSavage December 19, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Good choices Linds. I think you’ll be very happy!


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