Sep 20 2012

Recommended Reading – Vegan Recipes & Info.

A friend of mine recently asked what books I recommend for vegan recipes. She said she got Ellen Degeneres’ Chef’s book, Vegan Cooking for Carnivores, but was disappointed because of all the faux meats. I agree. Going vegan, or vegetarian, should be about eating a whole food based diet, not merely replacing one kind of processed food for another. There are so many great plant based cookbooks, but these are a few of my favorites.

1) My pal, Alicia Silverstone’s, The Kind Diet. Not only does it have some of my favorite recipes, it’s also full of easy to understand information about why adopting a vegan diet is kind to ourselves, the environment, and animals.

2) The Happy Herbivore, by Lindsay S. Nixon, has many easy recipes for all meals, including sauces, condiments, and great desserts.

3) The Joy of Vegan Baking, by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has some amazing desserts! I’m still trying them out, and I have yet to be disappointed.

4) Vegan Yum Yum, by Lauren Ulm, is also a winner. She tries to keep the list of ingredients down, which I really appreciate.

5) Vegetarian Times is a great magazine and online resource for vegetarian and vegan recipes. Almost every month I find at least 1 new recipe that becomes a favorite.

6) The Beauty Detox Solution, by Kimberly Snyder, is a fantastic overall resource for people who want to make a change in their diets, nutrition, and overall health. She explains, in very simple terms, how our bodies work, why and how to make easy, practical changes that will lead not only to better health, but better looking bodies and skin. I have several extra copies at our house, and give them to friends all the time.

You can find all of these books on My Favorites page under “Cookbooks”, and The Beauty Detox Solution, in the general books category.

An honorable mention goes out to my favorite vegan restaurant, Candle 79 in New York for both of their cookbooks. The recipes are truly incredible, but if you’re just starting out, they may be a little overwhelming.

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