When something is not part of your everyday life, things get interesting.
Vegan. The word has a semi mysterious tone to it. Even though a meatless lifestyle is already part of Main Street and the mainstream, many people still get a glassy look in their eyes when they hear the word. It’s not like these folks have never eaten a salad or pasta before. Right?
Obviously, a vegan or vegetarian existence is a lot more than just salads and side dishes. It includes a wide variety of delicious meals that will make your taste buds and your body smile. We’re talking about everything from appetizers to desserts.
In my view, the biggest problem with the promotion of a meat free existence is ignorance. People seem to equate the food choice with an entire life choice. I’m not certain that there isn’t something to that, but, the two are certainly different things. I know there is vegan junk food, but, it does appear that vegans/vegetarians live their lives with a different outlook on the food they consume than carnivores. It might just be a crazy coincidence, but, I don’t think so.
I’ve got three great cookbooks on my shelf that bring out the best in a no meat regimen. Let’s take a quick look at each of them.
Author John Schlimm has set out to make vegan dishes with a little something extra. John, who is a member of one of the oldest brewing families in the U.S., brings his alcohol expertise to the vegan table.
His book, The Tipsy Vegan is filled with tasty dishes that pack a punch. Each chapter starts with a cocktail recipe designed to keep the cook happy while they’re working.
This book is loaded with delicious recipes that are easy to prepare and fun to serve.
It is separated into eight amusing sections. Plastered Party Starters, Boozy Soups, Staggering Salads, The Guzzler’s Garden of Side Dishes, Brunch Buzz, The Lush’s Lunch, Sloshed Suppers and Drunken Desserts. You’ll love browsing and cooking through them.
Amy Beadle Roth provides great mouth watering images to accompany many of the dishes.
Vegan bakers delight! If baking is your thing, then Vegan Pie In The Sky is a must for you. It’s packed with seventy five great recipes for pie lovers of all stripes.
Award winning vegan chefs, Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero have teamed up to bring us a nice collection that you will return to again and again.
I have to admit, I am not a dessert person. That said, these pies even had me drooling. If you’re thinking about making one and sending it my way, I’ll put in an order for the Chocolate Galaxy Banana Cheesecake please. It’s on page 92 in case you’re interested (just trying to be helpful).
With numerous vegan cookbooks to their collective credit, it’s obvious from the first page that the these ladies can really bring it.
Last, but, certainly not least, is Kim O’Donnel’s fantastic cookbook, The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook. The recipes in this book are not vegan like the previous two, but, it’s touted as “vegetarian recipes that carnivores will devour”.
Kim’s recipes are easy to prepare and full of flavor. She has even included one of my favorite vegetarian dishes, the super delicious, Egg In A Hole. I think every kid growing up may have eaten a variation of this easy to prepare breakfast (or dinner) dish. Looking back on it now, it could be used as an early introduction to a vegetarian lifestyle. You’ve got to start this kind of thing at an early age.
I love the fact that the book is divided into seasons. As you would guess, summer has some lighter dishes, while winter sports heartier fare. Most of the recipes have special tags so you can have a little extra information at a quick glance.
You’ll have to admit, those are some excellent cookbooks. All three were published by Da Capo Press, who has made a serious commitment to the vegan/vegetarian cooking community. Hats off to them. It’s a healthy cooking (and eating) style that deserves to be actively promoted.
BONUS – Since you’ve made it this far, I’ve got a nice reward for you. I have one copy of each of these great books to give away to our readers. And, best of all, you don’t have to really do much to get one. Just click here, send us an email expressing your love for meatless meals and we’ll pick three at random. That’s it. We’ll even pay the shipping.
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