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Cookery

so what‘So What do you eat?’ by Liz Cook – the creator of the vegan nutrient wall chart (which is included in miniature at the back of the book). This book is ring-bound with wipe clean pages and wonderful recipes. This is really our type of cooking. Some of the recipes are quite basic and would be great for someone just starting out on the vegan path, but there is plenty to interest the more experienced vegan cook too – spicy lentil soup, macaroni ‘cheese’, shepardess pie, cashew loaf, vanilla sponge and pink potato salad are just a few of the delights. Also included is a section on nutrition.
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Liz Cook’s vegan nutrition wallchart has graced the wall of our kitchen since the children were small (luckily it is also in wipe clean format!!): Buy UK or Buy US

 

 

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Sinfully Vegan: 140 decadent desserts to satisfy every vegans sweet tooth’ by Lois Dieterly. What can we say? Chocolate cakes, cheesecakes, breads, sweeties galore – healthfood this is not though there are some wheat free goodies too – interesting recipes from old favourites that have been veganised to new ideas thrown in too. American book, published November 2003.

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easy‘Easy Vegan Cooking’ – well, the name says it all really – delicious, simple and quick vegan soups, meals, baking etc. from Leah Leneman – we all want that piece of cake now don’t we?
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mango‘Mango Soup – Delicious Nutritious Indian Vegetarian Food’ by Jenni Malsingh. A beautiful book choc full of amazing authentic Indian recipes and interspersed with wonderful photos of food, scenery and people taken by the author in India. Highlights for us were the tofu recipes, dosas, dal and breads but it is hard to give a good idea of the scope of this book in a short review. It is absolutely huge with many sections on different areas of Indian cookery from vegetable dishes to snacks and desserts. Recipes that jump off the page at us are zesty moong dal with courgette, aduki beans with coconut and tamarind and spicy Indian crackers. When a dairy product is used a vegan alternative is suggested.
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Image148‘Vegan Feasts’ – we have always loved Rose Elliot’s cook books and here’s the vegan one! The red wine and chestnut pate en croute is our favourite Christmas dinner – it’s also quite simple to make. There is a recipe for a light sponge cake, which also comes highly recommended. Other recipes include carrot and ginger soup, easy bean and herb pate, quick mint and pea flan, mixed vegetable dal and boozy Christmas pudding ice cream!
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veng‘Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-free Recipes’ by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. I made a terrible mistake with this book. I took it to bed to read – not a good time to feel hungry and want to go cook samosas! The book, newly released in a British cup-free version too, is a treasure trove of fabulous recipes and advice. The author’s bubbly personality comes over warmly throughout – this is a person who fully appreciates cake, having gone on to write the title Vegan Cupcakes take over the World. There’s no shortage of cakely goodness here – raspberry blackout cake with ganach-y icing, coconut heaven cupcakes, amazing sounding faustess cupcakes and a no-bake black bottom-peanut butter silk pie to name a few. The savoury sections of the book are excellent – the soups had me drooling (mmm… potato and asparagus), mains aplenty (curries, lots of tofu and seitan ideas, pastas…), ‘pizza dough – a novel’ was good reading, baked cajun french fries sound tasty and quick but the samosas are first on my hit list 🙂 Highly recommended for those new to veganism and expert vegan cooks alike.
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rawmagic2Love, love, love this book!! Raw Magic by Kate Magic Wood. A fabulous treasure trove of superfoods – lots of info about them from cacao and coconuts to etheriums and sea veg, fascinating reading. Then the recipes… chocolate to live for 🙂 Even those of us who are not usually turned on to raw chocolate are liking these ones and asking “is there more of that stuff?”. There are many gorgeous savoury recipes too, forgive our focus 🙂 Beautiful chapter on puddings and breakfasts which are interchangable with this kind of eating. A very positive energy runs thoughout, making it a lovely thing to read some of before going to sleep too… **note: some recipes do contain bee products but alternatives are suggested for vegans.
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rawlivingA fabulous book from Kate Wood this,”Raw Living – Detox your life and eat the high energy way”. Once again we have a lovely down to earth approach from the author with many ideas for making food appeal to kids throughout and stories from her own family. We have made and devoured the chocolate pudding, even Daniel, who hates avocadoes, was blissfully unaware of their presence in the pud!! The pasta sauce is very delicious and moreish too and I love the noodle recipe – so pretty and much healthier than standard cooked wheat pasta. There are a lot of recipes in this volume – dips, pates, soups, main meals, bicuits, cakes, puds and guest recipes from various raw fooders. The book is very accessible to those of us who are not completely raw – the author even advises that new potatoes are very good with the mediterranean salad if you’re not strictly raw only. A great addition to our kitchen book collection. Weve been busy making lovely things from it as pictured below.
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veganl‘Vegan – over 90 mouthwatering recipes for all occasions’ by Tony Weston and Yvonne Bishop. A lovely colourful book with lots of full colour pictures – fantasic array of recipes here from basics like yogurt, cream cheese and pizza bases to more exotic dishes such as crispy duckless pancakes, apricot, beetroot and cumin soup and baba ghanoush . There is a fantastic list of sandwich ideas and many recipes with a bit of a ‘cheesy’ fix too. Included are some of those trendy ingredients like quinoa, millet and amaranth that it’s hard to know what to do with – multiple uses are suggested, both sweet and savoury. A book after our own hearts with a recipe for vegan haggis, and also chocolate features heavily in the desserts section – who could resist a chocolate mousse with a banana cake heart?
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eser‘Eat Smart Eat Raw – detox recipes for a high energy diet’ by Kate Wood. A very down-to-earth raw food recipe book this one. The author recognises the difficulties of living 100% raw in this world and offers much appropriate advice. We like that she suggests ways to get children to eat more raw food (pasta with raw sauce for example) and also has some cooked recipes included at the end. These are healthier versions of chips, chutney, cake and potato salad. As for the raw delights within, well, you’ll find pizza and burgers (some with use of a dehydrater) with ketchup. Roll-ups, curries, crackers, and a grated ‘cheese’, moving on to puddings, cakes and tarts (chocolate torte!) – the book even has raw Christmas cake and pudding recipes. Not be over-looked are all the little sweet recipes – white chocolate, coconut ice, Christmas sweets and halva to name a few. All written from a UK perspective so there’s no ‘unheard of over here’ ingredients. An excellent start to living more ‘rawly’.
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vicecream‘Vice Cream – Gourmet Vegan Desserts’ by Jeff Rogers, the founder of ‘The Naughty Vegan’ company who has been wowing people with his vice creams at vegetarian events in the USA for some time now. Over 70 vegan ice cream recipes from old favourites like chocolate and strawberry to more unusual mocha and peanut butter – also includes a raw section for really guilt free eating! Published 1st March 2004.
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Image250‘Vegan Planet – 400 Irresistible Recipes with Fantastic Flavors from Home and Around the World’ by Robin Robertson. With a forward by Neal Barnard of PCRM this newly published (February 2003) cookbook is like several books rolled into one. If you only want to buy one vegan cookbook maybe this should be the one – with recipes for breakfasts, sandwiches, sauces, mains, burgers, puds and lots more, a large diversity of cuisine styles and additional facts on the sidebars this is a jewel of a book!
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Image270‘Cooking by the Seasons – simple vegetarian feasts’ – a beautiful collection of recipes divided into the four main seasons. Not entirely vegan but the author does suggest vegan alternatives and most recipes are either vegan or very easily veganised – there is even a tofu salad especially for vegan goddesses! Information is given on the eight major sabbats (summer solstice, Yule etc.) along with suggested menus – recipes include storm moon minestrone, orange sherbert with chocolate chips, green goddess guacamole, corn pancakes with black bean salsa and many, many ideas for everyday feasts. There is a really good vegan version of macaroni cheese – baked shells with brocolli and tomato. Yum yum yum.
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Image222‘The Wild Vegetarian Cookbook’ by “Wildman” Steve Brill. Despite the fact that this book contains over 500 spectacular vegan recipes it does not do it justice to describe it merely as a recipe book. The first section contains detailed information about wild foods and foraging, cooking methods and the health effects of diet. We then come to a short section on ‘unwild’ foods with many tofu cheese recipes. The book proceeds seasonally through the year describing hundreds of natural wild foods and providing lots of recipes for each plant. We shall be trying out the chickweed, nettle (there is a particularly intriguing Scottish nettle pud!) and dandelion sections first as these are abundant in our garden. Wherever you live this book is sure to entice you outdoors to seek healthy, organic, nourishing, free (well we are Scottish!!) food.
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vcre‘Vegetarian Christmas’ by Rose Elliot. Not exclusively vegan but there is a plethora of vegan delights included and most of the lacto-ovo recipes are easily ‘veganisable’. Our favourite Christmas dinner of Chestnut and Red wine pate en croute is one of many included here along with lots of advice on taking the work out of Christmas catering. This book is full of ideas for lots of special touches which can be prepared early and frozen – a firm favourite with us and lots to please everyone. Now out of print but the hardcover is available cheaply at both the UK and USA Amazons below and has lots of lovely photographs throughout! We love this book so much we even wrote a blog post on it!
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Image162‘Nonna’s Italian Kitchen – Delicious Homestyle Vegan Cuisine’ by Bryanna Clark Grogan. Wonderful Italian food and all of it vegan! Sections include antipasti, sauces, pasta, pizza and there is even a recipe for vegan tiramisu.
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Image220‘Vegetarian Cooking Without’ by Barbara Cousins. Recipes for soups, first courses, salads, main courses, desserts and baking (great looking tofu cheesecake) – all free from gluten, wheat, sugar, dairy, yeast, meat and fish. This book is designed to help people with allergies, weight problems, candida and chronic fatigue – but the recipes look good enough to please everyone!
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Image161‘RAW – the Uncook Book’ by Juliano Brotman and Erika Lenkert. The recipes here are diverse and many and all completely raw – smoothies, breads, soups, salads, stews, pizza and even puddings (including a choccie one!). There is also lots of information on preparing food and dehydrating.
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Image89‘The Healing Foods Cookbook – the vegan way to health’ by Jane Sen who is head chef at the Bristol Cancer Help Centre and also winner of the BBC Radio 4 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Healthy Eating! It doesn’t come much healthier than this. All the recipes are easy to understand and absolutely delicious sounding – fantastic guide to eating well.
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Image149‘The New Vegan Cookbook: Innovative Vegetarian Recipes Free of Dairy, Eggs and Cholesterol’ by Lorna J. Sass. The author presents lots of exiting recipes introducing new ideas to those of us who get stuck in a rut with cooking – chocolate rice pud to stuffed aubergines (egg plants in the US)!! She also gives shopping and preparation tips for those new to vegan cooking – lovely colour photography throughout.
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Image114‘Great, Good Desserts – Naturally’ by Fran Costigan – lots of totally vegan puddings such as chocolate cake, brownies, creams, sauces, frostings, pies…. All recipes free of animal products.
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Image115‘The Voluptuous Vegan – more than 200 sinfully delicious recipes for meatless, eggless and dairy free meals’ by Myra Kornfeld. The emphasise here is on taste – there is fat and salt here aplenty! Many of the recipes are quite elaborate but well worth the effort – true vegan, gourmet cooking.
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Image91‘Foods that Fight Pain’ – the second half of this book is a great selection of recipes. The first half contains valuable information on the effect food has on our health and wellbeing. Vegan doctor Neal Barnard shows how many chronic pain conditions can be helped by using/avoiding certain foods and herbs.
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Veganism

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‘The Vegan Diet as Chronic Disease Prevention: Evidence Supporting the New Four Food Groups’ by Kerrie K. Saunders. Published November 2003, this American book details evidence from both history and modern day showing that the vegan diet prevents conditions such as atherosclerosis, cancer, hypertension, osteoporosis, heart disease and strokes – lots of references are given to back up her argument.
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plantbased‘Plant Based Nutrition and Health’ by Stephen Walsh PhD- the latest vegan nutrition book from the UK Vegan Society – published September 15th 2003. All the latest findings from human studies and details of how to eat really well on a vegan diet.
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Image111‘Vegan – the new ethics of eating’ by Erik Marcus. A huge amount of research has gone into this book on the environmental, health and animal welfare issues surrounding veganism – all newly revised in 2000. The author is, very generously, giving away a free download of the whole book on his site at http://www.vegan.com/
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Image112‘Becoming Vegan – the complete guide to adopting a healthy, plant based diet’ by registered dieticians, Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina. A very detailed American book focussing on the health benefits of the vegan diet – lots of specialised dietary information for people in different circumstances such as – pregnancy, breastfeeding, children, overweight, underweight and athletes.
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Image257‘Vegan Stories: Vegans from Around the World, Aged 2 to 92 Tell Their True-life Stories’ edited by Julie Rosenfield. Lots of tales of everyday and not so everyday vegan living – from vegans famous and unknown.
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Image256‘Vegan Passport’ by George D. Rodger – this tiny book explains what veganism is, what vegans do and don’t eat in almost 40 languages from Arabic to Urdu. Invaluable for travelling vegans, it even has pictures if all else fails!
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Parenting

veatingkids ‘The Complete Idiots Guide to Vegan Eating for Kids’ by Dana Villamagna M.S.J. and Andrew Villamagna M.D., M.Sc. A fabulous guide detailing all the nutrients needed by children at their various ages and stages and how to fulfill these needs on a vegan diet. The book does present a complete plan for raising a vegan child, advocating the benefits of this diet strongly. The other aspects of vegan parenting such as dealing with peer pressure and doubtful relatives/teachers are also dealt with in a helpful manner. The second half of the book is a goldmine of kid friendly recipes, all tested by the author’s children, from chocolate chip cookies to hummus.
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InfantBook ‘Feeding Your Vegan Infant with Confidence’ by Sandra Hood, the Vegan Society‘s consultant dietician. From pre-conceptual nutrition for both men and women through children’s first five years. Included are simple food guides, problem solving, menu ideas and recipes. Also includes vegan parents’ real life experiences in bringing up their children. Answers questions about energy, protein, essential fatty acids, calcium, soya and vitamin C. Nice for us to get a book like this written from a UK persepective too 🙂 Published October 2005.

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mbg ‘Vegetarian and Vegan Mother and Baby Guide’ by Rose Elliot for Viva! This great little guide provides much useful information for anyone looking to feed a vegetarian or vegan baby and priced at under £2 (correct at time of writing) it’s a bit of a bargain. Nutrition in pregnancy, breastfeeding, formula, and weaning are some of the subjects covered. Published November 2003.
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pregnancy Pregnancy, Children and the Vegan Diet by Michael Klaper MD.

A fantastic practical guide to raising vegan children from pregnancy and on. Nutrition tables to menu ideas and lots of photos of vegan kids.
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lllThe guide to breast-feeding your baby from La Leche League. This has to be one of the most comprehensive and supportive books ever written on this subject.
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spocThat most famous of child rearing gurus, Dr. Benjamin Spock advocates veganism for children in his last edition of Baby and Child Care. He gives much practical advice on feeding children. Also a great reference tool for emergencies or diagnosis.

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afes‘Festivals, Family and Food’ – a wonderful book which looks at many ancient and current festivals throughout the year with suggestions for activities with children. Many songs, games and crafts are listed along with traditional recipes (not all of them vegan but mostly veganisable!!). A very enriching book for anyone with children or who wants to celebrate!

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Gardening and Nature

‘How to Grow Your Own Food: A Week-by-week Guide to Wild Life Friendly Fruit and Vegetable Gardening’ by Dirty Nails. This fabulous book takes you through the year, detailing what you can be planting, preparing, harvesting etc. each week. Humorously written, lots of information on wildlife is given throughout such as facts about badgers, woodpeckers and cuckoos. The book is very well indexed and has some lovely vegan fruit and vegetable recipes too. A very user-friendly book that’s sure to help you maximise your gardens food production 🙂
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‘Food for Free’ by Richard Mabey. This amazing little book details the edible wild plants, berries, fungus and seaweed of the British isles (be warned – the last chapter is shellfish!). Full colour pictures and intricate descriptions are mingled with notes on picking, recipes and serving ideas.
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Image93‘Forest Gardening’ by Robert A de J Hart. Here the vegan author details his garden – a miniature forest filled with an abundance of things to eat. This is low maintenance gardening once established with trees, bushes and perennial plants which provide both shelter and food. Included are recommended plants for different regions of the world – this book is a huge resource of information and inspiration.
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