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Top 5 Vegetarian Cookbooks.

Posted Mar 27 2012 8:02am

I have a love/hate relationship with social media. It’s a great tool, but sometimes it gets a little overwhelming. But, Twitter is a great resource (check out a recent post I wrote on Go Green Travel Green about using Twitter for travel ), and it’s also a great place to share information. Yesterday, someone I follow on Twitter was asking about great Vegetarian cookbooks–she was thinking of taking the plunge.

Whether you are thinking of becoming vegetarian, or are just looking for a few good meat-less Monday meals, vegetarian cookbooks can be a great source of information. All of these cookbooks would also be a great gift for someone who is trying to incorporate more veggies into their meals. Here are a few of our favorites:

1. Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook

My husband got me this for Christmas this year. Reading the original Skinny Bitch book years ago was really helpful as I was thinking about becoming vegetarian. This one is actually vegan, but you could definitely substitute some of the vegan products for dairy, if you wished. I’m not vegan, and honestly, sometimes vegan cooking intimidates me–so I appreciate that this book breaks it down and makes it easy to make tasty vegan meals for a variety of occasions.

I also really appreciate that there are a bunch of resources in the front of the cookbook–including what veggies to be sure to buy organic, etc. It’s my go-to resource, so it gets a lot of use. This cookbook is currently $17.98 on Amazon –a steal! The kindle edition is just $13.25.

2. How to Cook Everything: Vegetarian

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This cookbook is considered a great alternative to Joy of Cooking–so it’s got to be good. Whether you are wanting to save money by cooking with more veggies, are health-conscious, or are a hard-core vegetarian, I think you will appreciate this cookbook. There are over 2000 recipes, all that are easy to prepare with common ingredients. Since I travel a lot, and have lived in places where things like truffle oil and other fussy ingredients aren’t available, I appreciate the simplicity. There are also several recipes that take less than 30 minutes, and he marks the vegan recipes, as well. It is currently less than $25 on Amazon , and less than $20 for the Kindle version.

3. The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes Carnivores Will Devour

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Meatless Mondays has taken off around the world. I love that even meat-eaters are recognizing that meatless meals can be tasty, too. This is a great book if you are just trying to reduce the amount of meat you eat, or if you are looking for hearty vegetarian meals. When I got married, I learned quickly that some of my meals weren’t always hearty enough for my husband–so I appreciate that the Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook offers great alternatives for people that are used to a meat and potatoes diet.

As an added bonus, there are 52 recipes in this book–meaning you could try a new one each week for a year. If you are a like me and are constantly trying to keep your menu planning fresh, I guarantee you will like this cookbook. Buy it for less than $15 on Amazon , and it’s less than $10 for the kindle version .

4. Vegetarian Meals For People On-The-Go : 101 Quick & Easy Recipes

Carolina is in grad-school and works full time and my husband and I are getting a business off the ground–so we understand what it means to be busy. But, that does not have to be an excuse for not eating healthy. This vegetarian cookbook is great for when life gets a little crazy. The 101 quick recipes will be a lifesaver on those days where the drive through is awfully tempting.

As a bonus, the book is just over $12 on Amazon , but the kindle version is just $1.79. So, I couldn’t resist–I just bought it for my iPad (I also thought Scrabble for iPad was $.99 when I bought it this weekend, but my husband just informed me it was $9.99–oops…).

5.Betty Crocker Easy Everyday Vegetarian: Easy Meatless Main Dishes Your Family Will Love!

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I’m not sure what an everyday vegetarian is…but regardless, who can go wrong with Betty Crocker? I grew up eating her recipes out of her standard cookbook, so I love that we vegetarians have a good option. This is one of those books that would be a great gift. This includes a lot of family-style meals like pizza, burgers, and even a hearty lasagna recipe–so there are great recipes in here for entertaining. Unfortunately, there is no eBook option for Betty Crocker Easy Everyday Vegetarian, but the hardcover is less than $20 .

What are your favorite go-to cookbooks? 

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