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#1 Old 06-15-2007, 08:54 AM
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I need some help with a cookbook recommendation. I'm a vegetarian, my fiance and omnivore. He's willing to eat less meat, but the thought of fake meat or tofu doesn't sit well with him. He's also not a fan of dairy products or eggs. So, with that in mind, I think taking a vegan approach to cooking for us would be best on the nights we eat together.



Can you think of any easy (I also work 6 days a week and dinner time is late and we're starving by then) vegan cookbooks that do not include meat or tofu recipes?
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#2 Old 06-15-2007, 09:33 AM
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Well you could look into buying a crock pot and recipes for them (vegan based ) are usually beans , lentil based . It would help with your life style as they are a slow cooker and the meal is ready when you come home



There are a stack of recipes on line for crock pot cooking
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Hmmm... lately I haven't been relying on cookbooks. But I know what it's like to get home late ravenously hungry and not want to fuss a lot in the kitchen before you eat. I make extra portions of things I like and freeze the ones I would be eating later in the week. I might put them in the main refrigerator compartment to thaw a day or two before I wanted to eat them, and then re-heat them. This is especially necessary because beans and whole grains take so long to cook, and you and your fiance probably be eating them quite a bit if you're eating vegan meals with no fake meats or soyfoods.



I haven't tried leaving a crockpot on while I'm out of the house on a workday. I use it on the weekends. Maybe it defeats the purpose, but I'm paranoid about a fire starting when I'm not there to put it out.



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#4 Old 06-15-2007, 09:51 AM
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(Off-topic: your handle means "freedom", doesn't it? I'm sort of a novice gaeilgoir)



Yes, it does.



Yeah, I've been resorting to a lot of big-batch style cooking lately. Problem is, I do enjoy cooking; I'm just so brain-fried by the time I get home at night, I need something (like a recipe) to prod me in the right direction!



Ah well, if all else fails, I'll spend some time in Barnes and Noble reading through a bunch of books lol
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Vegan with a Vengeance. This is one incredible cookbook.
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#6 Old 06-15-2007, 05:58 PM
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Vegetarian Family Cookbook

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

The Passionate Vegetarian

La Dolce Vegan

How it all Vegan

The Garden of Vegan



All of these cookbooks have tofu/fake meat recipes but there's lots of other recipes in there too.
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The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein immediately pops into my head, because she uses zero tofu or fake meats. She prides herself on using regular ingredients and only recipes that just happen to be vegan from that region.

The Everyday Vegan by Dreena Burton

Vive Le Vegan by Dreena Burton

Vegan Planet by Robin Robertson



and I won't mention the other cookbooks that have already been mentioned, but they are also great.

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The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein immediately pops into my head, because she uses zero tofu or fake meats. She prides herself on using regular ingredients and only recipes that just happen to be vegan from that region.



I think this is the best of all vegan cookbooks.
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I could not live without La Dolce Vegan. It's all "real food" and I've found very few ingredients that I didn't already have, or couldn't easily acquire. Lots of quick, easy dishes.



I think I am the only one alive who does not like VWAV. Everything is so fancy sounding with strange sauces or mysterious ingredients. As such, I've never made a single meal from it yet.
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Oh, my new favorite is Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker. It's not labeled vegan but I haven't noticed anything in it that isn't vegan (even the macaroni and cheese is vegan)
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