Vegetarian cooking is awesome!
No, I am not saying that you should turn into a full-time vegetarian or vegan (unless you really want to, then more power to you), but we can absolutely all benefit from adding more plant-based meals into our meal plan. According to the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology, plant-based diets have a positive effect in reducing your chance of developing diabetes. While that surely inspires, what you should then serve your family, so they will actually eat it?
I have compiled a list of the best vegetarian cookbooks for beginners to help you along the way:
Not just a compelling and visually pleasing book, but also practical and entertaining, Eat A Little Better by Sam Kass, hits all of the marks for a great vegetarian cookbook that does not require crazy ingredients or outlandish techniques to satisfy you. Written by the former advisor to the Obama family, the Author managed to create a pleasing work, that not only inspired the former president but will inspire you to try out something new.
Okay, this book is a classic when it comes to plant-based cooking, and for a good reason. Thorough, detailed, and filled with plenty of images that will make you want to try those recipes right away, Fork Over Knives, provides clear instructions to those who are new to this type of eating. The Lima Bean Stew featured in this book, is one of my favorite stable meals now.
The American Test Kitchen has always provided us with solid information and did not disappoint with this book. I find it awesome for the beginner because it is thorough in all of its explanations. With 450 pages, this is not a light-weight, offering 11 chapters of various awesome recipes from Hearty Mains to Snacks. Some recipes that are contained in these pages are vegan, some of them gluten-free, so there is something for everyone in here. I love this book!
Bonus Book For The Brave Among You
One of my favorite books to go to for raw meals is The Fully Raw Diet by Kristina Carrillo-Buraram. While creating these recipes require an access to a high-powered blender (purchase a re-furbished Vitamix, instead of new one, in order to save money), they are worth the investment and create such delicious meals, that are out of this world. Yes, all of the recipes in this book are vegan but perfectly balanced, and delicious. Again, I am not going to promote changing your entire diet to a raw vegan diet – but a few raw meals a week are a great way to stay healthy and energized! The book is available on Kindle Unlimited for free (with your membership, of course)
For more awesome vegan cookbook recommendations, check out these links: