Since going vegetarian a few months ago and cutting back a lot of our diary & egg intake, I've been struggling the past few weeks with being creative with our meals. It is something I have had to go out and research, looking up substitutes, ordering cookbooks through InterLibraryLoan I've heard about, and just generally thinking outside the box (ha! Okay, lame, I know...) with what we have in our cupboards.
A solution? Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero.
Although this book has minimal pictures, which is something I usually require in a cookbook, it has a few awesome sections on stocking your pantry vegan-style (i.e. agave nectar, arrowroot powder, and different oils) which I would have been endlessly roaming isles looking for on the day of making a dish. It also has a great intro in grains. From how to do a basic cooking of a specific grain, to where they came from and how they are harvested. Very interesting stuff to me. Same with beans, which I would just about rather crawl into a deep dark cave than cook them for my family. You have to admit, beans are kinda' ....ugly. But because they are good for you (eat up, people!), I am making myself learn this stuff.
This cookbook is also a 'simpler' cookbook, as in, it doesn't use 385 pans per recipe, something else I hate about some cookbooks. They have tips spread throughout and variations of a lot of their recipes. The great thing are these recipes are good. They aren't crazy bizarre flavors mixed to make something that resembles our compost pile but is good for you. They even have a chapter titled, "One Pot Recipes"-hello crock pot!
I love this cookbook and it has made the cut from library to purchase! Now, as for you guys, go eat your veggies!