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Old 24-02-2004, 11:49 PM
Vulpes Argenteus
 
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Hi there !

I'm not a vegetarian but our cooking is gradually drifting away from meats
towards heavier use of vegetables and pulses. Additionally, some of our
friends and family are turning towards vegetarianism.

While I've got a reasonable collection of cookery books, I don't have
anything specialist on vegetarian cookery for entertainment - I don't want
to keep serving people a chicken casserole without the chicken ! And I do
want to experiment more with pulses without drifting into nut roasts.

Has anyone got any suggestions for books / resources they'd be prepared to
share with us?

Cheers,

Martin

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Old 25-02-2004, 05:34 PM
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Has anyone got any suggestions for books / resources they'd be prepared to
share with us?



Well, I'm a strict vegetarian (vegan - i.e., no meat, dairy, or other animal
derived products), so most of my cookbooks are geared toward that type of
eating. However, Bryanna Clark Grogan has some cookbooks that I think would
satisfy the palette of anyone from vegan to omnivore. I highly recommend
her books "Authentic Chinese Cuisine" and "Nonna's Italian Kitchen" as
viable options to liven up your menu. Just the other day I had made the
Stir-Fried "Chicken" and Mushrooms in Vegetarian "Oyster" Sauce from her
Chinese cookbook. It's basically a stir fry tofu dish. It turned out
great, even my omnivorous mother liked it, practically stood there and ate
it out of the wok. There are plenty of great vegetable dishes, and if you
are so inclined, her recipe books will carry you into the exciting world of
mock meats (e.g., seitan, TVP, etc.). So you could make that chicken
casserole with mock chicken instead. )

Another cookbook that I've been playing around with recently is from a
restaurant that I had the pleasure of dining at while in Southern
California. It's called "The Native Foods Restaurant Cookbook." It's also
a vegan cookbook, but this is another example of a cookbook where the lack
of animal products does not distract at all from the absolute tastiness of
the food. While at the restaurant I had the Philly Peppersteak (awesome!),
the chili cheez fries (oh my! so goooood), and a slice of their vegan
cheesecake (Oh my giddy aunt! That was some of the best cheesecake that
I've ever had vegan or otherwise.) The cookbook actually has the recipe for
the cheesecake, which is superb. I've served it to omnivores who raved
about it, then went back for seconds. You can take a look at the restaurant
menu online at www.nativefoods.com. The cookbook has enough recipes for you
to be able to make just about anything on their menu. And no, I'm not in any
way affiliated with that restaurant. I just like good food ;o)

Also if you have the time, there are some really good recipe websites out
there to help you bring more variety to a vegetarian table. Here are a few
that I've used:

VegWeb - http://vegweb.com/ (Probably one of the most exhaustive sources of
vegetarian/vegan recipes on the web. If anyone knows of a website that
beats this site in sheer number of available vegetarian/vegan recipes please
share.)

International Vegetarian Union - http://www.ivu.org/recipes/ (Actually, this
site might come close to VegWeb. I've never taken count. But another
really good site for vegetarian cuisine.)

Kate's Vegan Cookery Site - http://www.earth.li/~kake/cookery/

Recipe Goldmine - http://www.recipegoldmine.com/meatless/meatless.html (This
is the vegetarian section, but there are plenty of convertible meat recipes
on this website which you might want to try, especially if you decide to use
mock meats.)

PETA - http://www.petaeats.com/recipe.html (People may not agree with their
politics or tactics, but from my own experience, there is no denying that
they have some tasty recipes on their website. If you go to the advanced
recipe search, you can look up recipes according to meal, cuisine or food
type.)

Hope that helps.


Lorraine
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Old 25-02-2004, 05:38 PM
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In article , Vulpes
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any suggestions for books / resources


Recipes, book recommendations and several links he

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Old 27-02-2004, 08:59 PM
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Vulpes Argenteus wrote:

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Has anyone got any suggestions for books / resources they'd be prepared to
share with us?


Rose Elliot tends to be pretty good for "showy" vegetarian cooking, and
it usually tastes pretty good too. I've got five or six of her books, so
it's hard to remember which recipe is in which, but some of the more
popular ones a

Crepes stuffed with leeks, tarragon and creme fraiche
Cashew Nut pate en croute
Cheese, Herb and Garlic Mushroom Roulade, with red wine sauce

plus a whole range of soups and starters, some of which are excellent
(iced golden pepper soup is particularly good).

There are also plenty of "normal" recipes for which there are easily
obtained recipes online, which happen to be vegetarian. Souffles,
gougeres, roulades, and so on.

Cheers,

Tim.
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Old 28-02-2004, 02:29 PM
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On Tue, 24 Feb 2004 23:49:11 GMT, Vulpes Argenteus
wrote:

While I've got a reasonable collection of cookery books, I don't have
anything specialist on vegetarian cookery for entertainment - I don't want
to keep serving people a chicken casserole without the chicken ! And I do
want to experiment more with pulses without drifting into nut roasts.


I only have one of the early Moosewood cookbooks, but since Moosewood
is also a restaurant, there's quite a variety of cookbooks and
recipes. Mollie Katzen is/was associated with the restaurant and many
of the books. I got a little discouraged the last time I looked into
my old book ("Enchanted Broccoli Forest") because the receipes seemed
to contain a lot of fat -- cheese, etc. However, I note that one of
the newer cookbooks is "Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites".

There are 2 books from the Greens restaurant -- "The Greens Cookbook"
and "Fields of Greens" -- with pretty classy recipes.


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Old 29-02-2004, 11:59 PM
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"Vulpes Argenteus" wrote in message
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While I've got a reasonable collection of cookery books, I don't have
anything specialist on vegetarian cookery for entertainment - I don't want
to keep serving people a chicken casserole without the chicken ! And I do
want to experiment more with pulses without drifting into nut roasts.

Has anyone got any suggestions for books / resources they'd be prepared to
share with us?


Some of the classiest cookbooks I have are both Millenium restaurant
cookbooks, and "The Voluptuous Vegan" by Myra Kornfeld. They're all full of
beautiful yummy special occasion meals and desserts, all vegan.

Carey


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Vulpes Argenteus
 
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On Fri, 27 Feb 2004 20:59:35 GMT, Tim Wright
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Rose Elliot tends to be pretty good for "showy" vegetarian cooking, and
it usually tastes pretty good too. I've got five or six of her books, so
it's hard to remember which recipe is in which, but some of the more
popular ones a


Many thanks Tim - and to Lorraine and John for your suggestions -
gratefully received. Off to the web browser and Amazon !

Cheers
Cheers

Martin (sandylane.d.c.u)
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