You know how some people are obsessed with stamp collections or fantasy football teams? Well, we're obsessed with cookbooks. Here, in Books We Love, we'll talk about our favorites.
Today: Our favorite vegetarian (and vegetable-forward) cookbooks.
There's a whole lot of focus on you come January first -- you've concentrated on feeding people and gift-giving for the past two months and now you're expected to ring in a new you along with the new year. But what if you're pretty happy with you? Or you're too tired and in too much of a cookie coma to come up with (and stick to) a whole list of resolutions?
We've found an easier resolution: New Year, New Vegetables. Because while you're statistically unlikely to stick to a juice-and-steamed-rice diet for the next twelve months (and why would you, anyway?), cooking more vegetables -- and more vegetarian meals -- is a resolution that's both attainable and an excellent reason to pick up a new cookbook or two.
To get you started, here are a few of our editors' and our community's favorite vegetarian cookboks. Add a few to your shelf and that new you will be eating pretty well in 2015.
Go-to encyclopedias for vegetarian recipes:
- How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman
- Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison (Vegetable Literacy is a favorite too -- less encyclopedic, often with longer lists of more obscure ingredients)
Other vegetarian (and vegetable-forward) cookbooks:
- Madhur Jaffrey's World-of-the-East Vegetarian Cooking
- Heidi Swanson's Super Natural Every Day
- River Cottage Veg by Hugh Fearley-Whittingsall
- The Moosewood Cookbook
- Julie Sahni's Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking
- Chez Panisse Vegetables by Alice Waters
- Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi
What are your favorite vegetarian and vegan cookbooks? Tell us all about them in the comments!