Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison: A little overwhelming because it’s so big but there is good stuff in there. Lots of vegan fare and vegetarian recipes that can be converted.

Vij’s Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine by Vikram Vij + Meeru Dhalwala: Not at all vegan but I love the veggie curry, the pilafs etc. just steer clear of the ghee and use good quality oil instead!

The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters: Again not vegan or even vegetarian but Waters always has lots of good, solid, clean, yummy recipes based on simple vegetable ingredients.

Chez Panisse Vegetables by Alice Waters: Ditto.

Vegan Yum Yum by Lauren Ulm: My sister bought this for my mom. I haven’t explored it fully but there’s a good tofu lime recipe in there and others that look great. I’ll keep you posted.

The Hip Chick’s Guide to Macrobiotics by Jessica Porter: My one criticism is I don’t love recipes that try to mimic meat and fish with lots of rice cheese and tofu chicken and fake bacon. Why? If you aren’t going to eat the stuff, don’t pretend to eat the stuff. This book falls prey to that tendency but, regardless, it still has some great recipes in there and a good description of the macrobiotic philosophy.

Rebar by Audrey Alsterberg + Wanda Urbanowicz: My friend Andrea gave me this cook book for my birthday (thanks Andrea!) and it’s great. Then my friend Cindy tipped me off on the vegan fudge brownies at the back. I made them on the weekend and they were great. The kids weren’t 100% sold but maybe 85% which isn’t bad for vegan-suspicious teenagers. They have coffee in them which not everyone likes but I think it does wonders for you at about 3:30 PM when you hit that mid-afternoon crash.

Refresh by Toronto’s own Ruth Tal: Great book. The Green Goddess Rice Bowl is awesome.


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