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my aunt can't eat soy, and she asked me for suggestions of a cookbook... the thing is, she doesn't cook. *sadtrombone*

amazon showed me 97 results (but not all are true, because RR's slow cooker book definitely has tofu in it)
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nav_search_ ... e%22+vegan
if i narrow it down to paperback, it's 76, and then if i select vegan, it's narrowed down to 31. so i guess that's a start.

i'm having obvious issues thinking of a book for her, not only because i love-a the soy, but also i just don't have first-hand experience with beginner cookbooks.

(i also suppose she'll prefer "non-worldly" cuisines. i don't know. i mean if she's expanding her horizons with vegan food, then maybe i'm assuming too much with her desire to stick with american/irish food. who knows? but maybe kittee's teff love might be out of her comfort zone. at least at first.

i think i may suggest devra gartenstein's local bounty. i've been working through it during CSA season, and there are very few tofu recipes, and so-far everything i've made has been quite tasty.

RR's one dish vegan popped up as an option on my amazon search. (but again, it's not completely soy-free)

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 Post subject: Re: need suggestion for easy soy-free/low soy cookbook for n
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What about Appetite for Reduction? There are very few soy recipes in there, no 'weird' ingredients, lots of easy one-pot recipes and plenty traditional American fare in addition to Indian curries etc. in case she wants to branch out a little. It even has an Irish stew!

I think Vegan on the Cheap would be another good option, but the title could be a bit of a turn down for her. (same with AFR actually, but it is so much more than a diet cookbook)

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I would probably go for something like this.
http://www.amazon.com/Allergy-Free-Easy ... +cook+book

It's an allergy friendly cookbook. And there is even a Vegan section. Recipes look pretty standard and not crazy.

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thanks, cornelie! i was actually thinking about vegan on the cheap. (i'll have to give her a clump of my scallions, and hope she'll actually plant them. otherwise, she'd be buying scallions every week. it's a great book for a gardener. it just made me laugh at how often i was buying scallions. now that i have some in the garden, it'll be even less expensive.) :-)

i have to hang my head in shame. i don't have AFR, so i would have never thought of it. thanks for that suggestion. and actually, she's always on a diet, so it might actually be a great option for her.

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oh, gracia. thank you! sorry for not being more clear. she was asking specifically for at least vegetarian books. she probably wouldn't use 2/3 of that book.
not to mention, i think i would feel personally uncomfortable suggesting this cookbook to her. :-p (and she would obviously know that the recommendation isn't coming from me directly. heh.)
but thank you either way. <3

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Gotcha! I couldn't tell if you needed something veggie based or not. I didn't click on your link! DOH!

I have AFR but I can't remember if it's easily soy free or not.

This one looks really good and comprehensive. Not sure about the ease of the recipes though.
http://www.amazon.com/Welcoming-Kitchen ... n+cookbook

The Vegan Slowcooker is really good too. And I own it if you want to come over and take a browse through it. It clearly labels which recipes are soy free, gluten free etc.

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RR's fresh from the vegan slowcooker? i have that, and i haven't made a huge amount of things from it, but so-far what i've made i've really enjoyed. i was hesitant about suggesting that, because i would first need to make her into a crockpot convert. it would be great though, because it might lift any concerns she has about burning stuff. i'll suggest it. :-)

the welcoming kitchen sounds interesting. some of the commenters said they were easy recipes without special gadgets/few special ingredients. (another commenter said the recipes were boring and uninspired, but maybe ideal for a beginner?) i may get it and test it out first. we'll see. good eye. thanks. :-)

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The Welcoming Kitchen looked like a good beginner book to me! But in my opinion the ultimate beginner vegan cookbook is How It All Vegan by Sarah Kramer. That was my first book and it was beyond helpful. So much information and the recipes are simple and delicious.

No, I'm talking about the Vegan Slowcooker by Kathy Hester.
http://www.amazon.com/Vegan-Slow-Cooker ... slowcooker

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oh! i've been meaning to get that for myself, so i'll just order it. (it's about $10 total on amazon marketplace, so what the heck. i was also able to snag VWAV for about $4.75 total, and HIAV for $6.)

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Sweet! You are set!

One of the best and easiest recipes in the Vegan Slowcooker is the Pantry PotPie.

Big bag of frozen veggie mix (carrots, peas, corn, etc.)
Celery
Veggie broth or Better than bouillon vegan chicken base
Beyond Meat chicken strips cut up
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water

Cook it for 6 hours on low and then take some of the broth out and mix in 1/4 of flour (GF or Regular) and put it back in. It will get nice and thick and creamy. She takes it to the next level with making biscuits for the top, but honestly if you are in a rush or don't feel like it you don't even need them. Or you could just eat it with store bought rolls. She also gives you options for homemade vegan chicken setian and homemade vegan chicken bouillon, but I don't bother with those either.

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Regarding AFR, it does have a chapter on tofu and tempeh, but many recipes are soy-free. A few more could be made so (eg, if you used regular guacamole instead of making the guacamame, or if you have a soy-free alternative to soy sauce). The recipes tend to be very supermarket friendly. Keep in mind that several authors now provide soy-free options and/or tips for modifying recipes to accomodate common allergies.


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Oh, and Veganomicon has a fair bit of soy-free recipes (marked as such) as well as general guides for how to cook grains, beans, and different vegetables.


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mmm. that sounds delicious! (better than broth is a godsend)

thanks for the heads up, fruitbat!

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Maybe The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions. There's a chapter centered on substituting for soy, and the book is aimed towards people new to veganism. It also looks attractive.

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There's also a "soy-free" symbol for recipes without soy throughout the book.

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excellent! i'll take a look. thanks!

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my aunt can't eat soy, and she asked me for suggestions of a cookbook... the thing is, she doesn't cook. *sadtrombone*


I can only think of *1* recipe in Oh She Glows Cookbook that has soy (the maple balsamic tempeh). Other than that, every recipe has a modification for allergies, when applicable. And the recipes are VERY straightforward, not a lot of weird ingredients.

I actually gifted it to my aunt, who does cook, but who is omni - because she and my uncle visited and LOVVVED the baked oatmeal so much. To boot, it's a gorgeous cookbook, not intimidating, focus on fresh ingredients.


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I love The Oh She Glows Cookbook and I agree about the no-soy, easy-to-find ingredients and general gorgeousness. But I find many recipes to be labor-intensive, with long ingredient lists.

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duly noted. :-)

while i was looking on amazon marketplace for welcoming kitchen, i got punched in the face with the words "goodwill of southern NJ" ...seriously? so i went to their storefront and searched vegan. i got 3 pages of stuff!!!!

among them are:
Local Bounty: Vegan Seasonal Recipes
Quick-Fix Vegetarian: Healthy Home-Cooked Meals in 30...
Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen- & Gluten-Free...
Vegan Handbook: Over 200 Delicious Recipes, Meal Plans, and...
Simply Vegan: Quick Vegetarian Meals
Student's Go Vegan Cookbook: Over 135 Quick, Easy, Cheap,...
The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen
The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing...

i hit the jackpot! i sent them an e-mail asking if they'd be willing to let me drive over to pick them up. (that'd save me $32 bucks) no response yet. it's also possible the books aren't located at their headquarters. after all, the text under their name said it ships from PA (but i'm hoping that's just because the biggest post office hub nearby is in philly.)

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Does she like lentils? There is a soy free book called Triumph of the lentil

Also Nut Butter Universe sprang to mind, if I remember rightly there are quite a few soy free recipes or soy free options

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i have no idea what her food preferences are. (but honestly, who DOESN'T like lentils?) thanks for the suggestions. i'll check into them.

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Oh She Glows was the first book that popped into my mind. It's low soy and my omni parents have been going nuts for the recipes. Doreen Burton's more recent books are good choices too. She uses soy, but many recipes are soy free and lots of things are mix everything together and stick in oven type recipes.

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I really like More Quick Fix Vegan and 30 Minute Vegan's Soup's On. Both are quick and easy recipes. I also highly recommend Choosing Raw (the cookbook). Lots of great introductory vegan stuff and definitely has cooked foods, too. I know other beginners have liked the HH books and the Light and Lean is my favorite of the bunch. Also, for what it is worth, YumUniverse has an excellent intro/comprehensive chapters for learning to go plant-based.

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I'm sorry I haven't read the whole thread, but there's that book by Donna Klein called "Vegan Italian Kitchen" and it is actually quite good. There's definitely no soy (or almost none) - -it's basically all "normal" supermarket ingredients, nothing odd or anything. And the recipes are good and look familiar to people who aren't used to nooch and miso and 6 kinds of vinegar etc etc. I often get that book for people who just want a straightforward into to vegan cooking.

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I second the Quick-Fix Vegan series for good, easy recipes. I don't remember whether they have a lot of soy but I don't think they do.

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