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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:59 pm 
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A thread for talking about your favorite non-vegan cookbooks that contain vegan or veganizable recipes.

At the moment my favorite of these is Gil Marks' James Beard winning Olive Trees and Honey: A Treasury of Vegetarian Recipes from Jewish Communities Around the World. This is truly a world cookbook and one doesn't need to be Jewish to enjoy both the foods' history and the fabulous recipes.

Recently I also purchased The Vegetarian Bistro: 250 Authentic French Regional Recipes by Marlena Spieler and was pleasantly surprised at the number of vegan or veganizable recipes, at least for a French cookbook. I haven't made anything out of it yet but it looks good.

I'm also interested in Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi (an omni Middle Eastern cookbook) but I'm waiting for the ebook's price to drop.

What are your favorite non-vegan cookbooks for veganizing?


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Recently I also purchased The Vegetarian Bistro: 250 Authentic French Regional Recipes by Marlena Spieler and was pleasantly surprised at the number of vegan or veganizable recipes, at least for a French cookbook. I haven't made anything out of it yet but it looks good.

There's an artichoke soup in there that I love.


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Other than any number of ethnic books that I like that are not vegetarian much less vegan, I regularly use the following:

Food to Live By - Myra Goodman
Earth-Bound Cook - Myra Goodman
Power Foods - by the editors of Whole Living Magazine
The Barefoot Contessa - Ina Gartin (All of her books are of interest to me, but this is the one I use and like the most.)

These books all contain some really great tasting recipes that are either vegan or easy to make vegan. Some of my favorite recipes can be found on their pages.


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I like pretty much anything by Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver, and Delia Smith. I'm just starting to explore Gordon Ramsay.


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I love Madhur Jaffrey's "World of the East Vegetarian Cooking". I've had that cook book so long that chunks of pages are falling out. A lot of the recipes are already vegan, but most of the others are easily made vegan. The only things I haven't really been able to veganize is the section on eggs, though I'm sure people more skilled than I in that arena could probably at least get a couple of those recipes vegan.


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non-vegan cookbooks my partner and i use on the regular:

Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian
Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone by Deborah Madison
Chinese Vegetarian Cookery and Indian Vegetarian Cookery, both by Jack Santa Maria (partner uses these more than i do)
The Big Bean Cookbook by Nicola Graimes

there's also a big omni pan-Asian cookbook from the 70s that used to belong to his granny, but i can't remember the title or author. i don't know if we *veganize* the books so much as use the recipes that are already vegan or have ingredients that are easily substituted.

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mollyjade wrote:
LFL wrote:
Recently I also purchased The Vegetarian Bistro: 250 Authentic French Regional Recipes by Marlena Spieler and was pleasantly surprised at the number of vegan or veganizable recipes, at least for a French cookbook. I haven't made anything out of it yet but it looks good.

There's an artichoke soup in there that I love.


Ooh, that looks good! Do you use fresh or frozen artichokes to make it? And have you ever made the Artichoke Soup with Hazelnuts variation? That sounds delicious too.


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weaver wrote:
Other than any number of ethnic books that I like that are not vegetarian much less vegan, I regularly use the following:

Food to Live By - Myra Goodman
Earth-Bound Cook - Myra Goodman
Power Foods - by the editors of Whole Living Magazine
The Barefoot Contessa - Ina Gartin (All of her books are of interest to me, but this is the one I use and like the most.)



vgnwitch wrote:
I like pretty much anything by Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver, and Delia Smith. I'm just starting to explore Gordon Ramsay.


Can you guys say more about why you like these? Also, weaver, what are your favorites among the ethnic cookbooks?


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DEG wrote:
I love Madhur Jaffrey's "World of the East Vegetarian Cooking". I've had that cook book so long that chunks of pages are falling out. A lot of the recipes are already vegan, but most of the others are easily made vegan. The only things I haven't really been able to veganize is the section on eggs, though I'm sure people more skilled than I in that arena could probably at least get a couple of those recipes vegan.


I have this cookbook, owing to its pretty, pretty cover and to the recommendation of a friend who loved it. However, I'm sorry to say I haven't made anything out of it. What are your favorite recipes from this cookbook?


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EmperorTomatoKetchup wrote:
non-vegan cookbooks my partner and i use on the regular:

Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian
Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone by Deborah Madison
Chinese Vegetarian Cookery and Indian Vegetarian Cookery, both by Jack Santa Maria (partner uses these more than i do)
The Big Bean Cookbook by Nicola Graimes

there's also a big omni pan-Asian cookbook from the 70s that used to belong to his granny, but i can't remember the title or author. i don't know if we *veganize* the books so much as use the recipes that are already vegan or have ingredients that are easily substituted.


Yeah, maybe "veganize" wasn't the best word choice. In some cases I do veganize but in other cases I just follow the recipes that are already vegan within these cookbooks. But I wanted the thread to give recommendations of books that are adaptable to a vegan diet.

I used to have that Deborah Madison cookbook but I found that it was too big and heavy for me to use easily (I have a repetitive strain injury to my wrists), so I gave it away. Now that I have an ebook reader I could be tempted into purchasing, especially since I saw on Amazon that Madison will be issuing a revised version next year. What are some of your favorite recipes from Madison's cookbook?


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Favorite recipes from "World of the East Vegetarian Cooking"-

Cold noodles in peanut sauce. I love this one. You have to use Chinese black vinegar though. If you can't come by that ingredient, don't bother.
mung dal pancakes
the Indian creamed eggplant (no idea what the name of the recipe is) can be veganized with cashew cream
samosas
there is a cauliflower in a coconut and cashew sauce that I liked and was very different
gujarati carrot salad is good on a hot day
The eggplant and potato dish in the Vegetable section

I'll have to actually get out my copy of the book later to see what I make. I can't remember now. I just know I love it. I do usually cut down on the oil a bit though as she has a generous hand and I just don't like quite that much.


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LFL wrote:
What are some of your favorite recipes from Madison's cookbook?

i really love that there's a whole chapter for vegetables with dedicated sub-sections for each type - it's one of the first things i look at when i need ideas other than steaming or stir-frying. the other night i made beet greens Catalan style, sauteed with pine nuts & raisins.

that's what i primarily use the book for, but i also like some of the baking recipes, like the classic sandwich bread and sweet potato muffins (sub flax & water for eggs, etc). i could stand to delve more deeply into the other chapters.


the book i couldn't remember last night is The Complete Asian Cookbook by Charmaine Solomon. it's pretty meat-heavy, and now that i think about it we don't use it all that much anymore.

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LFL wrote:
mollyjade wrote:
LFL wrote:
Recently I also purchased The Vegetarian Bistro: 250 Authentic French Regional Recipes by Marlena Spieler and was pleasantly surprised at the number of vegan or veganizable recipes, at least for a French cookbook. I haven't made anything out of it yet but it looks good.

There's an artichoke soup in there that I love.


Ooh, that looks good! Do you use fresh or frozen artichokes to make it? And have you ever made the Artichoke Soup with Hazelnuts variation? That sounds delicious too.

I use frozen. I'm too lazy/cheap to use fresh. I haven't tried the variation. This is a book I checked out of the library, so I didn't get to try much else. But I regularly make the artichoke soup.


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DEG wrote:
Favorite recipes from "World of the East Vegetarian Cooking"-

Cold noodles in peanut sauce. I love this one. You have to use Chinese black vinegar though. If you can't come by that ingredient, don't bother.
mung dal pancakes
the Indian creamed eggplant (no idea what the name of the recipe is) can be veganized with cashew cream
samosas
there is a cauliflower in a coconut and cashew sauce that I liked and was very different
gujarati carrot salad is good on a hot day
The eggplant and potato dish in the Vegetable section

I'll have to actually get out my copy of the book later to see what I make. I can't remember now. I just know I love it. I do usually cut down on the oil a bit though as she has a generous hand and I just don't like quite that much.


Thanks! Those recipes look really good, although the mung dal pancakes use a lot of oil.

Out of curiosity, what makes Chinese black vinegar different? I've never used it.

Also, to make the cashew cream you sub into the creamed eggplant dish, do you use a specific recipe?


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I don't have any of his cookbooks, but I love veganizing Rick Bayless stuff. I've used his recipes as a base for sauces and other Mexican foods. We can't get Latin ingredients in the Netherlands, so I usually bring dried chilies back from the states and make everything from scratch.


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LFL wrote:
DEG wrote:
Favorite recipes from "World of the East Vegetarian Cooking"-

Cold noodles in peanut sauce. I love this one. You have to use Chinese black vinegar though. If you can't come by that ingredient, don't bother.
mung dal pancakes
the Indian creamed eggplant (no idea what the name of the recipe is) can be veganized with cashew cream
samosas
there is a cauliflower in a coconut and cashew sauce that I liked and was very different
gujarati carrot salad is good on a hot day
The eggplant and potato dish in the Vegetable section

I'll have to actually get out my copy of the book later to see what I make. I can't remember now. I just know I love it. I do usually cut down on the oil a bit though as she has a generous hand and I just don't like quite that much.


Thanks! Those recipes look really good, although the mung dal pancakes use a lot of oil.

Out of curiosity, what makes Chinese black vinegar different? I've never used it.

Also, to make the cashew cream you sub into the creamed eggplant dish, do you use a specific recipe?



I cut back the oil on most of her recipes, to be honest. I think she goes a bit crazy with the oil, and it doesn't add anything as far as I'm concerned. I don't mean I cut it out, but when she says to use 5 T oil to saute onions, garlic, and ginger, I usually use about 1. I think I've just been doing those subs so automatically and for so long that I forget to mention I do it.

Chinese black vinegar just tastes different than any other vinegar I've had, and it's that different taste that makes her peanut noodles special. If I couldn't get it, I would use a recipe that was not meant to have it to begin with rather than trying to monkey with her recipe. There certainly are enough out there. You can buy it from Amazon if you don't have any Chinese grocery stores locally, but it's one of those items that you have to buy along with other things. But that starts to get Spendy.

For cashew cream, I think I use 50/50 raw cashews and water blended up smooth in my blender. I'm really not too precise about that.

Also, I love her spicy chickpeas. Anything I've made from the first chapter that's just vegetables has been really good. Did I mention the samosas before? Because if not, those are awesome.


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I'm bumping this thread. We went off topic last time, and I'd love to hear more recommendations along these lines, especially for ethnic cookbooks.


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I shared my favourite vegan and non-vegan cookbooks here with the recipes I have tried:
http://tastespace.wordpress.com/2012/03 ... own-to-10/

The non-vegan cookbooks included 660 Curries, Love Soup, For The Love of Food and Rebar.

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"Smoothies and Juices" by Judith Millidge and "Party Nuts" by Sally Sampson are the non-vegan books I most enjoy.

I know what I would most like to veganize if I owned the books: "Vegetarian Tagines and Couscous" and "The Forest Feast".

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saveur wrote:
I shared my favourite vegan and non-vegan cookbooks here with the recipes I have tried:
http://tastespace.wordpress.com/2012/03 ... own-to-10/

The non-vegan cookbooks included 660 Curries, Love Soup, For The Love of Food and Rebar.


Great list, Saveur. I've never heard of Tess Challis before but will have to look her up.

Minatomachi, thank you too! I started a discussion topic for Vegetarian Tagines and Couscous so if you've seen any recipes from it, please post about them there!


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Thanks! Tess basically turned me vegan without really knowing it. It was so easy once I had her cookbooks. :)

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I've been wanting to get "The New Book of Middle Eastern Food" by Claudia Roden (originally published in 1972, most recent version 2000).

I love Middle Eastern food, and feel like this is one of the reference books for that type of cuisine. Plus, the cover is just so beautiful: http://www.amazon.com/The-Book-Middle-E ... stern+Food. It would certainly be more of a challenge than a vegetarian book, but worth it I'm sure.

Have any of you ever veganized from it by chance?


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Vij's and Vij's at Home! My mum and I have both veganized the hell out of those books, with delightful results. http://www.vijs.ca/vijs-cookbooks/

A hobby of mine is to check out gazillions of (mostly Vietnamese, Indian, Chinese, etc...) non-veg cookbooks and read them cover to cover thinking of ways I'd veganize the recipes but then having to return them before I get a chance. I also like to veganize Rick Bayless recipes, but mostly just sauces and salsas and stuff that are usually mostly vegan anyway.


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Rebar.

The Rebar cookbook has a very special place in my heart! And is splattered with so much food.


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