We rounded up our favorite vegetarian cookbooks for some Meat Free Monday inspiration, a practice we’re trying to maintain over here at goop.
This is an approachable encyclopedia, informative and über-functional with lots of charts and variations on simple recipes. His ability to simplify even the most complex-sounding dishes never ceases to amaze.
This is sort of the vegetarian bible for its breadth, variety, and span of cuisines. The recipes are so specific that they’ll make you look like an old pro in the vegetarian kitchen.
A vegetarian cookbook with an Italian sensibility—here, vegetables are something to be celebrated on their own.
The author and illustrator of the original Moosewood Cookbook (a fabled restaurant located in Ithaca, New York), Mollie Katzen, has a series of her own cookbooks that have a “crunchy” side to them a la ‘mushroom loaf.’ The recipes are delicious and easy to follow, though, and they’re perfect if you’re new to vegetarian cooking. Some of her cookbooks are handwritten and have charming illustrations. Her latest, Get Cooking, is especially useful.
This cookbook takes the scariness out of vegan; as the Post Punk Kitchen gang says on their website, you’ll find no “fake” ingredients like soy cheese or egg replacements in here. The recipes are easy for new cooks to use and the book is user-friendly; chock full of refreshers on how to do the simplest things like make rice… or millet.