With the pandemic having taught us the importance of a healthy diet, we have all been gravitating toward vegetarianism for quite some time. Yes, vegetables can be healthy, nutritious, wholesome, and delicious all at the same time. You can also cook vegetarian meals in the kitchen if you know the correct way to do it. Yes, you are right—where there is a will, there is a way! And where there are several fantastic recipes, there is an equally fantastic cookbook. Presenting the seven best vegetarian cookbooks ever published.
- Ottolenghi Flavor- A cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi, Ixta Belfrage, Tara Wigley
- The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison
- Korean Vegetarian Cooking, Authentic Flavours in Simple Steps by Shin Kim
- Chez Panisse Vegetables by Alice Waters
- Whole Food Cooking Every Day by Amy Chaplin
- The Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen
- Raw by Charlie Trotter and Roxanne Klein
I have always somehow supported vegetarianism and plant-based survival for a long time now. With COVID 10 having rattled our lives to the core, it surely taught us one very important facet from the community living point of view. Survival of the fittest may be a reality in order to stay alive and kicking for a long time, but with our rapidly diminishing natural resources, we must surely adopt a mix of conscious and all-accommodating, sustainable living.
You may scoff at the taste and health benefits of vegetarianism, but it’s here to stay thanks to veganism and the introduction of so many brilliant protein substitutes like soy, tofu, and jackfruit (yes, it’s delicious like amazinggg! a killer substitute for beef, peeps). Plant-based or alternative vegan options have arrived in style, not only amplifying our moral ethics but also providing equal (if not better) nutritional options.
So now comes the big question that all “home cooks” face: what are the best recipes for making these plant-based dishes? Well, tadddaaa then, here I am, folks, with a list of the 10 Best Vegetarian Cookbooks Ever Published for you guys to dive into and start pulling off those intricate, so-called complex, and yet mouth-watering, drool-worthy dishes out of your hat, ahem, I mean out of your kitchen hobs. Be it your California-focused dishes, your go-to Japanese delicacies, or even vegan options, we’ve got you guys sorted. So, let’s get straight into it, plus, let me assure you, it may just change the way you eat—for the better. Eating veggies never tasted this good! In no particular order as such, these cover a wide range of cuisines around the world, surely giving all a chance to not only experiment with their taste buds but also have a variety from around the world on their plate without having to leave their place.
Ottolenghi Flavor- A cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi, Ixta Belfrage, Tara Wigley
The Israel-born British chef Ottolenghi, along with co-author Ixta Belfrage, has assembled this one, which is surely a globally forward, brilliantly flavorful ensemble, with -a burst of Korean as well as Syrian ingredients. So, an entire collection of the most delicious plant-based marriages on a platter for you guys.
The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison
With more than 1600 recipes, it gives substantial tips and tools to give novices the confidence to dive into vegetarian cooking confidently. This is a useful tool that is a very effective hands-on manual for both new and experienced chefs. The best thing about Madison is her modern approach to working with vegetables, which brings fresh zeal and excitement to reading and adopting the methods used by her.
Korean Vegetarian Cooking, Authentic Flavours in Simple Steps by Shin Kim
While many people may assume that Korean cooking is fish and meat-based they don’t realize that most of the cooking in Korea has its roots in vegetarianism only. Kim’s recipes are devoid of pretensions and her ingredients to are minimalistic making simple veggies like young radish or even eggplant the star of the recipe.
Chez Panisse Vegetables by Alice Waters
Having been organized painstakingly alphabetically by vegetable, this one actually makes meat-centric dishes vegetarian and thus more exciting to prepare as well as eat. One of the most resourceful vegetable cooking dictionaries indeed!
Whole Food Cooking Every Day by Amy Chaplin
This ensemble of 250-odd recipes is an amazing box of pandora especially if you are looking out for gluten, dairy as well as refined sugar-free options. These recipes which bring out the full potential of plant-based food both on an aesthetic as well as a culinary level are easy to make and look mighty impressive on a plate too.
The Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen
Anybody who wants to cook vegetarian must have definitely read this one for sure. First published in 1974, the recipes are approachable as well as the book itself serves as a sort of culinary historical document showing how far vegetarian cooking has come since it debuted. A true celebration, an ode of sorts to food.
Raw by Charlie Trotter and Roxanne Klein
Incorporating special, interesting recipes, these recipes are revolutionary as well as ahead of their time. That is because, apart from being extremely creative, these recipes are tricky since it is difficult to make raw food taste good. A perfect go-to book for vegan lovers, this is a book I would recommend to all.
So, I hope you enjoyed my recommendations of the 7 Best Vegetarian Cookbooks Ever Published.
Adios, amigos, and I wish you all bon Appetit!