Choosing a vegetarian cookbook is not as easy as you might think. It is important to choose a cookbook that relates to your lifestyle. For example, if you are a very busy parent who doesn't have much time to cook, you would want a cookbook that reflects that such as "Quick Vegetarian Pleasures." If you enjoy cooking, and have more time to do so, you may be more interested in "New Vegetarian Cuisine."
Cookbooks for vegetarians come in many different versions. There are secret recipe cookbooks, healthy cooking cookbooks, and low fat vegetarian cookbooks. Below are 4 of the best vegetarian cookbooks.
"Passionate Vegetarian" by Crescent Dragonwagon
This cookbook offers over 1000 recipes that are not too terribly complicated, and they don't require exotic ingredients to get the correct flavor. This cookbook is great for those non-vegetarians, particularly if you are looking for starters and sides to go with your meal.
"Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet" by Nava Atlas
This cookbook is great for weeknight cooking because as the title says, you only need 5 ingredient to complete any of the recipes. There are also chapters specifically about tofu and soy products, as well as a chapter on wraps. This book is outstanding for busy vegetarians.
"1001 Low Fat Vegetarian Recipes" by Sue Spitler
This cookbook is distinct in that it differentiates with a symbol the types of recipes, whether they be lacto ovo, vegan, etc. This book has great recipes from soups and salads to main courses. Vegetarians will be pleased with the varieties available.
"High-flavor, Low-Fat Vegetarian Cooking" by Steven Raichlin
This cookbook has 225 recipes that involve a high degree of spice. The cookbook offers great recipes with big flavor, as the author works hard to avoid anything that could be conceived as boring, or as simple as soy beans or brown rice.
While the choices of vegetarian cookbooks can fill up a few shelves at your local cookbook store, it may take some research to determine which one is truly best for your lifestyle. You must also decide which cookbook you enjoy. Some cookbooks offer funny stories along with the recipes, while some have great photos of the finished products. You need to take the time and find what works for you. You may also need to try some of the recipes as a way to narrow down the right book for you. And, who knows, you may find more than one cookbook that you enjoy!