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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:18 am 
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I am not sure whether a thread like this one already exists, anyway I didn't find one.

I often find myself thinking "Oh, I'd love it if there was a vegan cookbook that was entirely about this or about that", so what I suggest is that we give cookbook authors little hints hints nudges nudges about what kind of books we'd feel happiest to find on the market. It could be new themes or ones that were already treated in vegan books but not to our personal satisfaction.

I'd love to get books about:

Bentos (Japanese or not, non-charaben and simple, similar to non-vegan Ten-Minute Bentos or The Just Bento Cookbook, and with foods that aren't liquid or using fake meat)
Christmas logs
Éclairs (like this one...)
Maple Syrup (like this)
Breads (a big comprehensive book, from raisin bread to sourdough to baguettes to croissants to scones)
Potatoes (yes, I'd like a whole book from scalloped potatoes to French fries, please)
Dim Sum
Vegetables or fruit in general (like this and this)
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (I know that'd be more of a challenge)
Authentic Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Cambodgian, Greek or Italian cuisine
Street Food
Tapas
One of those cute bouncy little shaped books about one ingredient or food like the livres-objets by Larousse (I know, I know, that's the child in me speaking, but I WANT one)
Cookbook kits (like those with a mini cookbook about stamped cookies and a stamp, or those with a bento book and a bento box together). Not crappy kits like a tartlet cookbook that comes with two tartlet moulds when the recipes make six tartlets.

For French pâtisserie I know good Websites in French, but I'm ready to bet English-speaking readers would like to have English-language books about that.

And of course, gorgeous pictures and designs wouldn't hurt :) Not that I don't love some vegan cookbooks without pictures, but I do think what first drifted me to veganism was that I saw attractive vegan cookbooks on Amazon that tempted me, shallow as it is. A sparkle of interest can lead to informing oneself a little and trying new things, and it can all go from there!

I hope I haven't made you all hungry ;)

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I would kill for an international pastry book.

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Minatomachi wrote:
Bentos (Japanese or not, non-charaben and simple, similar to non-vegan Ten-Minute Bentos or The Just Bento Cookbook, and with foods that aren't liquid or using fake meat)


I believe Vegan Lunch Box and Vegan Lunch Box Around the World by Jennifer McCann are both vegan bento box cookbooks. They aren't Japanese, but they might be what you're looking for.

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Breads (a big comprehensive book, from raisin bread to sourdough to baguettes to croissants to scones)


Whole Grain Vegan Baking by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes and Gluten-Free and Vegan Bread:Artisanal Recipes to Make at Home by Jennifer Katzinger and Kathryn Barnard may fit the bill here.

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Authentic Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Cambodgian, Greek or Italian cuisine


I don't know if there are vegan cookbooks on these topics but there are certainly vegetarian ones for some of them. I own The Greek Vegetarian by Diane Kochilas and while most of the recipes are more time consuming than I usually make (I am a slow cook), the vegan ones I've made have been good.

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Street Food
Tapas


I would welcome this type of cookbook. I've toyed with purchasing Susan Feniger's Street Food, an omni cookbook with some vegan adaptable recipes. When I ate at Feniger's restaurant, Street, the food was very good.


Minatomachi wrote:
One of those cute bouncy little shaped books about one ingredient or food like the


I used to love them too, but I wonder if the issue is that there isn't enough of a market for vegan versions of these.


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What I would really love is an extensive, high quality and vegan Tibetan or Nepalese cookbook. I discovered this cuisine a few years a go and fell in love with it.

I'd also love more vegan cookbooks of only fast recipes. I'm slow cook so I can never have enough of these.

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I would kill for an international pastry book.


Yes, that would rock! Although some international pastries depend on meringue and the like--almond dacquoise for example. I think eggs and whipping cream can only be substituted for up to a point.


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LFL wrote:
Minatomachi wrote:
Bentos (Japanese or not, non-charaben and simple, similar to non-vegan Ten-Minute Bentos or The Just Bento Cookbook, and with foods that aren't liquid or using fake meat)


I believe Vegan Lunch Box and Vegan Lunch Box Around the World by Jennifer McCann are both vegan bento box cookbooks. They aren't Japanese, but they might be what you're looking for.


Thanks for the suggestions. I own Vegan Lunch Box Around the World and am not overly impressed by it, so I wish other authors would give the subject a try.

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What I would really love is an extensive, high quality and vegan Tibetan or Nepalese cookbook. I discovered this cuisine a few years a go and fell in love with it.


I don't know Tibetan and Nepalese cooking, but I'd like to.

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Beans,
Leafy greens,

There are two new ones for each of those themes, but they are the first two in a LONG time. I think I've only found one other vegan bean book. Ordinary everyday recipes for people who don't know them would be nice in addition to exotic recipes.

Some other features I enjoy in a cookbook, that make me consider buying it rather than getting recipes off of the internet:

- glossy color pictures, and near the recipe
- spiral lay flat binding
- nutrition information
- nutrition information that is easy to use, for example "per" some easy to use measurement, like a cup, rather than a "serving" ( divide the batch yourself, figure it out yourself )
- serving suggestions for making complete meals.

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I'd suggest Peter Reinhart for bread books. They are not specifically vegan but many of the recipes are.
He knows from bread.

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I'd suggest Peter Reinhart for bread books. They are not specifically vegan but many of the recipes are.
He knows from bread.


Thanks. His books look impressive. Except for this one, which kind of scares me.

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For Tibetan books, this isn't very extensive, but I have a sweet little low-budget book called The Kopan Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes from a Tibetan Monastery by Betty Jung. It's vegetarian but I've easily veganized most of it.

There is also an omni cookbook called The Lhasa Moon Tibetan Cookbook, another low-budget book from a restaurant in California. It has some vegetarian dishes and you can veganize many with a little creativity. Certain things, you probably might not even want to go there, though (like butter tea, dried cheese, etc.). It doesn't really taste exactly like the food I remember from traveling in Tibet (and I was only veg at the time, it was so hard to be vegan there!) but it's pretty good for homemade.


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Kid-friendly lunchbox and snack ideas. I have both of Jennifer McCann's books (Vegan Lunchbox), but she relies so heavily on fake meat products. Her recipes also can be pretty-time-consuming. I'd like something realistic and more whole-foods. And few nuts....my kids have nut-allergies.


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Minatomachi wrote:
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I'd suggest Peter Reinhart for bread books. They are not specifically vegan but many of the recipes are.
He knows from bread.


Thanks. His books look impressive. Except for this one, which kind of scares me.


Yep. He writes in his books that almost any milk can be subbed and liquid sweetener. I love his writing, because it's more about technique than prescriptive ingredients, though the sweets section is obviously not vegan (brioche, too). Overall I'm really happy to have a few of his books.


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If you were going to get one Peter Reinhart book which would it be?

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I would love vegan cookbooks about tapas and potatoes as well.

I also want seasonal/ holiday themed cookbooks- Christmas, Thanksgiving, autumn, spring, etc. My biggest problem when looking for recipes in cookbooks is that half of them aren't appropriate for the occasion, or the ingredients aren't in season. Also, because I usually only cook from recipes on occasions (dinner party, holiday), I love cookbooks that have complete menu suggestions- I can never make up my mind about what I should serve with what and I just like to be told what to do.


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If you were going to get one Peter Reinhart book which would it be?


Bread baker's apprentice if you really want to learn all about bread, but if you just want a cookbook I'd say the artisan breads one.


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Kid-friendly lunchbox and snack ideas. I have both of Jennifer McCann's books (Vegan Lunchbox), but she relies so heavily on fake meat products. Her recipes also can be pretty-time-consuming. I'd like something realistic and more whole-foods.


That sums up my problem with those books. I find the results pretty bland, too.

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Beans,
Leafy greens,

There are two new ones for each of those themes, but they are the first two in a LONG time. I think I've only found one other vegan bean book.


Romancing the Bean is another good bean book. It was my first veg cookbook, I think, but I can't remember if it's vegetarian or vegan. Definitely mostly vegan, if not completely. It's kind of old and might be out of print, not sure. And there's The Great Vegan Bean Book, which I assume is the one you're already talking about.

The Wild About Greens book is the only one that comes to mind for leafy greens specifically though, and I find it kind of boring.


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blondiefk wrote:
If you were going to get one Peter Reinhart book which would it be?


Bread baker's apprentice if you really want to learn all about bread, but if you just want a cookbook I'd say the artisan breads one.


I have Artisan Breads Every Day and I like it a lot. It's pretty involved but not overwhelming, and the stuff I've made has been great. And it's not a huge book, but there's a good variety of recipes. I think the English muffins from there have been the biggest hit so far!

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blondiefk wrote:
If you were going to get one Peter Reinhart book which would it be?


Bread baker's apprentice if you really want to learn all about bread, but if you just want a cookbook I'd say the artisan breads one.


I have Artisan Breads Every Day and I like it a lot. It's pretty involved but not overwhelming, and the stuff I've made has been great. And it's not a huge book, but there's a good variety of recipes. I think the English muffins from there have been the biggest hit so far!


I have Bread Baker's Apprentice and it's amazing. The stories, the photography, the recipes, everything. But like Erinnerung said, it has a lot of non-recipe stuff in it, and a lot of it is learning about bread. But if you are into bread baking, it's a fascinating read.

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Thanks for the recommendations. Now I want both!

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I don't know how popular it would be, because I guess there wouldn't be any complete meals in it, but I would *love* a book entirely focused on condiments, sauces, etc. You know, dip, pate, gravy, sauce, relish, chutney, pickles, jams, spice blends, mayo, dressings, syrups, etc. I would buy that in a heartbeat.

I'd also love a book that concentrates on spicy ethnic food. I know there are world cuisine books, and then there's Fire and Spice, but I haven't found any of the recipes I've tried from that one to be particularly spicy. A book that explains the flavour profiles and spice blends of different cuisines, goes into the history of how they've developed and been influenced by other cuisines, discusses culture, customs, etc, would be great. My favourite in this vein is The Ethnic Vegetarian. Something like that with a broader scope, and everything hot and spicy!!

Another book I'd *love* to buy is one that has a chapter for each decade of the 20th century, capturing the trends of the time, but making the food more palatable to modern tastes, of course. For example, there were a lot of vegetarian cookbooks during wartime rationing with some really crazy, inventive recipes. Love fun 50s and 70s retro style food, and the 80s obsession with terrines and 90s fad for stacks. That would be a great book!!

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I'd also love a book that concentrates on spicy ethnic food. I know there are world cuisine books, and then there's Fire and Spice, but I haven't found any of the recipes I've tried from that one to be particularly spicy. A book that explains the flavour profiles and spice blends of different cuisines, goes into the history of how they've developed and been influenced by other cuisines, discusses culture, customs, etc, would be great. My favourite in this vein is The Ethnic Vegetarian. Something like that with a broader scope, and everything hot and spicy!!


I was thinking a couple of weeks ago that I would love a good curry cookbook- one that was all about making curry pastes and powders from scratch, and then using those to make dishes. And definitely one that covers off on more than just Thailand and India. I guess all I really want is more Cambodian food, all the time.

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Another book I'd *love* to buy is one that has a chapter for each decade of the 20th century, capturing the trends of the time, but making the food more palatable to modern tastes, of course. For example, there were a lot of vegetarian cookbooks during wartime rationing with some really crazy, inventive recipes. Love fun 50s and 70s retro style food, and the 80s obsession with terrines and 90s fad for stacks. That would be a great book!!


I'm pretty sure Bianca, the author of Vegan Crunk, is working on something like that right now.

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For Tibetan books, this isn't very extensive, but I have a sweet little low-budget book called The Kopan Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes from a Tibetan Monastery by Betty Jung. It's vegetarian but I've easily veganized most of it.

There is also an omni cookbook called The Lhasa Moon Tibetan Cookbook, another low-budget book from a restaurant in California. It has some vegetarian dishes and you can veganize many with a little creativity. Certain things, you probably might not even want to go there, though (like butter tea, dried cheese, etc.). It doesn't really taste exactly like the food I remember from traveling in Tibet (and I was only veg at the time, it was so hard to be vegan there!) but it's pretty good for homemade.


I recently purchased The Kopan Cookbook and was disappointed that it only has a few main dishes. The potato soup looks intriguing. What are your favorite recipes from The Kopan Cookbook?

Does The Lhasa Moon Cookbook have more veganizable entrees than The Kopan Cookbook? And which of the cookbooks do you prefer as far as recipe quality?

Incidentally, I have Taste of Nepal by Jyoti Pathak, an omni cookbook. The cuisine of Nepal is similar to that of Tibet, and this cookbook seems more authentic. There are a number of vegan or veganizable recipes (more than in The Kopan Cookbook, certainly) but many require hard-to-find ingredients.


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Karena wrote:
I don't know how popular it would be, because I guess there wouldn't be any complete meals in it, but I would *love* a book entirely focused on condiments, sauces, etc. You know, dip, pate, gravy, sauce, relish, chutney, pickles, jams, spice blends, mayo, dressings, syrups, etc. I would buy that in a heartbeat.


There are omni cookbooks along these lines and I bet many of the recipes in them are veganizable. One that's coming out in August is The Kitchen Pantry Cookbook by Erin Coopey.

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I'd also love a book that concentrates on spicy ethnic food. I know there are world cuisine books, and then there's Fire and Spice, but I haven't found any of the recipes I've tried from that one to be particularly spicy. A book that explains the flavour profiles and spice blends of different cuisines, goes into the history of how they've developed and been influenced by other cuisines, discusses culture, customs, etc, would be great. My favourite in this vein is The Ethnic Vegetarian. Something like that with a broader scope, and everything hot and spicy!!


It's not exactly what you're looking for, but I wonder if The Veggie Lover's Sriracha Cookbook by Randy Clemens would appeal to you. All fifty or so recipes are vegan.


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Karena wrote:
I don't know how popular it would be, because I guess there wouldn't be any complete meals in it, but I would *love* a book entirely focused on condiments, sauces, etc. You know, dip, pate, gravy, sauce, relish, chutney, pickles, jams, spice blends, mayo, dressings, syrups, etc. I would buy that in a heartbeat.

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Another book I'd *love* to buy is one that has a chapter for each decade of the 20th century, capturing the trends of the time, but making the food more palatable to modern tastes, of course. For example, there were a lot of vegetarian cookbooks during wartime rationing with some really crazy, inventive recipes. Love fun 50s and 70s retro style food, and the 80s obsession with terrines and 90s fad for stacks. That would be a great book!!


sorta like your dream book
http://www.amazon.com/The-Saucy-Vegetar ... 1570670919

and yup, bianca of cookin' crunk is doing a cookbook just like that now.

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