I got word that a friend on Facebook was looking for some vegetarian cookbook options today. Since I’d be spending some time procrastinating a response, I figured hey, why not share? Here’s a list of books I’d reccommend checking out if you are in the market for animal free cooking guides.
Anna Thomas’s book is apparently a classic. I haven’t read it, but I’ve been hearing about it for some time. This one also seems harder to find – at least in new condition (maybe it’s out of print?). Powel’s has book two and what looks like a revised version of the original. Amazon seems to have used copies of book one for sale.
Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
I received this book by Deborah Madison from a friend as a birthday gift. It is fast becoming one of my favorite cooking guides – surpassing both the carnivorous and the meatless options in my library. It’s thoughtful look at ingredients and techniques, in addition to it’s variety of simple and accessible recipies, makes it an indespensible addition to any kitchen. If I was going to start my kitchen library from scratch, this would be one of the first ones there.
The Moosewood Cookbook
Molly Katzen’s Moosewood Cookbook is another legendary title whose original edition appears to be out of print. We have the new version, which sounds like it is significantly different from the original. While we do enjoy cooking from it, I’ve been keeping an eye out for a copy of the original. Amazon seems to have used editions the original, but you might be just as well off looking in your local used book shop.
If you are in the viscinity of Real Portland (the one with a view of the Atlantic), the local foodie bookstore Rabelais might have copies of the out of print versions of these books, in addition to Madison’s work. As an aside (as in not-a-veggie-cookbook aside), they also have a stack of signed copies of David Chan’s Momufuku. Get ‘em while they’re hot!
Do you have a favorite veggie cook book? Any leads on where to find out of print or hard to find cookbooks?