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u/hedgecore77 · 25 pointsr/vegetarian

I always found many vegetarian cookbooks to be an exercise in how much eggs and cheese you can cram into something.

That said, I prefer to buy vegan cookbooks and if something looks a little too ridiculous (using nuts that only grow on the west side of a single Peruvian mountain isn't my thing), I just sub back in the non vegan stuff.

I also eat strict vegetarian most of the time, so it's not as much of a stretch for me.

So, that said, get her the Veganomicon. That vegan moussaka is to die for. (Just polish off the rest of the wine yourself!)

u/ourowndevices · 19 pointsr/veg

Probably this.

u/SpicyMcHaggis206 · 18 pointsr/vegan

Veganomicon and Thug Kitchen have given me about 80% of my meals since I got them. They are both great.

u/plasticinplastic · 17 pointsr/vegan

Veganomicon is a good one:

But, there's no perfect cookbook. I do the majority of my cooking by searching for a recipe online and adding the word "vegan". I highly recommend watching Earthlings -- it's more effective at ending meat cravings than any recipe book.

u/EnidColeslawToo · 16 pointsr/vegetarian

It's a bit older, but still a classic in our house - The Vegetarian Epicure. Or, as we call it, "The Veggie Epi."

My husband and I have since gone completely vegan and the Veganomicon is seriously one of the best cookbooks ever - everything I've made out of it has been a hit (even with not veggie/vegan friends). (The Mushroom Gravy recipe is just incredible!!)

u/earthceltic · 14 pointsr/vegan

AVOID JUNK FOOD. I hear time and time again shit like "I went vegan/vegetarian once and I had to stop because I felt like shit". What were you eating? "Doritos and deep fried packaged meals"

Durr, no wonder you feel awful. All you did was kept the crap food that you ate in your previous diet and ate more of it. The best thing you can do if you're starting a veg diet is to consciously eat healthy, low fat, balanced meals. Try foreign food. Mediteranian and Indian. Chinese. Lots of worldly foods are vegan by default (americans are the ones obsessed with the meat in everything so you have to travel with your diet to get away from that). This is going to be a time of dramatic experimentation, so don't be afraid to try new shit. I highly recommend Veganomicon, and the Simple Seitan recipe inside along with all the good shit you can make with it. Tofu is your friend, just remember to PRESS the living shit out of it and fry it up well in most recipes (most bad experiences with tofu happen because it was prepared badly).

As of eating out, there's an app on the phones out there (my gf has one) where you can plug in any restaurant and see what they have that's compatible. We've found it's way better to find restaurants that are locally-owned and cater directly to us instead of trying to eat franchised shit that is probably prepared badly. Pay a little extra, get huge steps forward in quality. Of course, all of this depends on where you live. If you're in Podunk Wyoming where the closest real city is 600 miles away you're going to have problems.

Edit: Here are some good apps to have if you have an iphone, and here is another page for droid stuff!

u/jawnofthedead · 14 pointsr/vegan
u/PenPenGuin · 13 pointsr/fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuud

Simple Seitan (makes 1lb - time: 1hr, 30min)

source: Veganomicon - or PPK

1 cup vital wheat gluten flour

3 tablespoons Nutritional yeast

1/2 cup cold vegetable broth

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cloves garlic, pressed or grated on a microplane grater

For the broth

8 cups cold water, plus 3 vegetable bouillon cubes, or 4 cups broth plus 4 cups water

1/4 cup soy sauce



Mix together the gluten flour and yeast in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, mix together the veggie broth, soy sauce, olive oil, and garlic. Pour the wet into the dry and stir with a wooden spoon until most of the moisture has been absorbed and the wet ingredients are partially clumped up with the dry ingredients. Use your hands to knead the mixture for about 3 minutes, until the dough is elastic. Divide with a knife into three equal pieces and then knead those pieces in your hand just to stretch them out a bit.

Fill a stockpot with the water, bouillon cubes, and soy sauce, and add the wheat gluten pieces. Cover and bring to a boil but watch carefully; you don't want it to boil for very long or the outside of the seitan will be spongy. Try to catch it as soon as it boils and then lower the heat as low as it will go so that it's at a low simmer.

Partially cover the pot so that steam can escape and let simmer for an hour, turning the seitan occasionally. Turn off the heat and take the lid off; let sit for 15 minutes.

Remove from the broth and place in a strainer until it is cool enough to handle. It is now ready to be sliced up and used. If you have extra seitan, store in the cooking liquid in a tightly covered container.

u/-PM-Me-Big-Cocks- · 13 pointsr/vegan

Nobody has mentioned the Veganomicon yet.

u/Worfs_Wharf · 11 pointsr/EatCheapAndHealthy

I really like the Veganomicon! It's got a ton of recipes and everything I've made has been very tasty.

u/macness234 · 9 pointsr/secretsanta

I'm going to give you what every one of my veg friends (I'm a vegetarian too) would say is the Vegetarian Bible: Veganomicon.

It's the BEST!

u/solipsistnation · 9 pointsr/AskReddit

I worked at a grocery store, cleaning the meat department. It was gross as hell, and I was the best cleaner there, which meant that overall, meat departments are awful awful places. So I stopped eating meat. These days, I think we don't need to kill things to eat, so in general we shouldn't if we don't have to. I try not to be strident or to push vegn eating on other people (I'll still go to lunch with people who eat meat, for example) because it's really annoying.

This was 1992, and I haven't eaten meat, fish, chicken, or anything like that since. I still eat eggs and dairy a little, but lately dairy makes me ill so I am cutting out the milk as well. I eat a ton of soy because it's useful and versatile.

Free-range meat and eggs are just to make people feel a little better about eating them. Same with "happy meat." It's nice that it's not factory farming, but you're still raising an animal for the sake of killing and eating it. It seems hypocritical to me.

Let me see... Favorite meals? I like to make burritos with various forms of TVP and fake meaty things. I make a damn fine dry-fried sake-miso-marinated tofu with udon. I've made a bourbon reduction sauce with spice-rubbed dry-fried fake chicken strips. I've made breaded and pan-fried tofu "wings" in buffalo sauce. I could go on, but you get the idea-- I don't eat brown rice and plain tofu every night, or, really, ever.

Your last question-- tofu shouldn't be lumped in with fake meats. It's not really an attempt to emulate meat in any way-- it's a totally different kind of thing. It does take some thought to cook it-- you need to figure out marinades and different frying techniques, and you can't just throw it in a pan and know it'll come out tasting great without you having to do much with it. On its own it's a flavorless lump, but it soaks up marinades and spices like crazy, and you can cook it a bunch of different ways for different effects. Generally you'll want to cook with extra-firm tofu, and you'll want to press the liquid out of it before cooking it (I put it between paper towels on a plate and put another plate and some books on top for half an hour or so).

Fake meats are useful for converting recipes (like the bourbon reduction I mentioned before) since you can usually drop in a package of fake chicken strips from Trader Joe's in place of chicken in most things. (And you can always get a package of Tofurky and make a sandwich.) Some of them are really expensive; some are not very good. Some are better for cooking in different ways. You may have to try them, or get advice from people who have already done a lot of cooking...

Beware of tempeh. It's a weird sort of fermented grain thing, and it's very difficult to make it totally palatable. I still don't cook with it much since it's easy to do poorly and it's super gross if you aren't careful with it. Consider that an advanced vegetarian protein and get used to cooking with tofu first. 8)

If you're curious, Veganomicon is a FANTASTIC cookbook. You could eat from it for years without getting bored:

If you want to cook various ethnic foods, I've had a good time with Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian cookbook:

It has all kinds of stuff to try out, and goes into detail on methods and techniques of cooking different vegetarian proteins.

There are also vegan and vegetarian message boards around if you want to ask people who do more cooking and have tried a lot of things.

The biggest problem when starting out vegetarian will be going out to eat. You may find that your favorite restaurants are no longer good places for you to eat, or that going out with friends involves more negotiation. It also depends on where you live. Most largish cities will have at least a few vegetarian or vegan restaurants, or will have restaurants with veg options on the menus. Be prepared for some disappointing or annoying experiences while you figure it out. Finding local veg
ns to hang out with will help that, but you may have to be firm with your friends and convince them that it's not just a phase and that you're not just trying it out for a while. (This assumes, of course, that it's not just a phase and that you aren't just trying it out for a while.)

Be prepared for people to give you a hard time. Don't be afraid to tell them that it's your decision and if they have a problem with it they can go to hell (or perhaps something more polite). Lots of people will think it's clever to start asking you things like "what about plants? aren't plants alive too?" and "Chickens have a brain the size of a peanut-- they're not intelligent or anything!" and "clams are so simple they're hardly animals at all!" and so on and so forth. A million stupid and time-worn jokes. Just be ready.

People also like to argue with vegetarians about things because they think you're judging them. Ideally, you aren't judging them-- if you are, I'd suggest hiding it unless you really want to get into a fight, since people take it very personally. I usually tell people that it's my decision and I don't really care what they do.

Anyway, it's a great decision to make, although it's not always easy. There are lots of groups of supportive people out there, and it's a lot easier to go veg these days than it was back in 1992 (or earlier! Imagine eating vegetarian in the US in the 70's!). Good luck! Ask questions, and don't be afraid to try stuff!

u/catsclaw · 9 pointsr/vegan

Probably the best basic vegan cookbook (by Isa Moskowitz and Terry Romero) is the Veganomicon. It's got a lot of recipes covering a wide range of different foods, like Chocolate-Chip Brownie Waffles, Seitanic Red and White Bean Jambalaya, and Baja-Style Grilled Tempeh Tacos. If you're missing a particular dish like Mac and Cheese or Sloppy Joes, there's probably something in there that scratches that particular itch (like the Mac Daddy and the Snobby Joes).

As for nutrition, as long as you're eating a varied diet, the only thing you really need to worry about is B12. There's a lot of foods fortified with B12 (like soy milk and flour) so you can meet the requirements that way. I take a vegan multivitamin, just so I don't need to worry about it.

u/steve626 · 8 pointsr/vegetarian

Veganomicon our copy is falling apart because we use it so much.

u/5A704C1N · 7 pointsr/AskReddit
u/excitotox · 7 pointsr/Vegan_Food

Hey! I see you're a new vegan! You might want some good resources for vegan cooking and recipes. Check out some of my favourite vegan cookbooks:

Veganomicon has really good recipes and some basic recipes.

Minimalist Baker. She's got an amazing blog that I cook from all the time. It's maybe my favourite vegan source for recipes.

Thug Kitchen. Not my favourite recipes, but the book is hilarious. Also a blog.

Oh She Glows Also really healthy, lovely vegan food. Also a blog.

Good luck with your new journey, and I hope these bring you some fun ideas!

u/karp505 · 6 pointsr/vegan

The Veganomicon has a few bomb southern recipes. Also, u/Patchesthelurker's advice is sound. You need to stay busy with activities you can set goals for. I have a friend in AA and he seems to find it really valuable - would probably be worth trying at least.

u/atomic_bonanza · 6 pointsr/vegan

I could slap your beautiful face right now. But it's okay, because I know some kick ass cook books that will show you how to make yummy vegan food. Betty goes Vegan is a cookbook that vegan-izes classic american dishes. Also the Veganomicon might as well be the vegan bible when it comes to cooking. Every recipe I've tried in this one has been delicious. Personally recommend the Spiced Sweet Potatoes and the Herbed Scalloped Potatoes because they are pretty easy to make.

Also The Sweetest Vegan is a fantastic food blog that also has amazing food on it. It's another one where everything I've tried has been amazing. I haven't tried out anything on Vegan Dad but I know a bunch of vegans who love his stuff. He also has a cook book out but many of the recipes are online. The Vegan Stoner is good because he/she makes recipes that are cheap and fast. Another one that I haven't tried out too many on but I know is popular.

For raw eating I would head over to Fully Raw Kristina I buy food from her fully organic co-op and she is a huge sweetheart. She has several recipes and tips on her youtube page and she also has her own website with some other information. Also if you can't find the answer to a question you have about eating raw you can easily contact her via email.

u/wearsmanyhats · 6 pointsr/vegan

Well honestly just look at the ways you're preparing the fish and meat already; chances are pretty good you're after the sauces, flavorings, etc. you employ in the cooking process rather than the taste of meat per se. Try reworking the flavors you like with new bases, e.g. I've done scrambled tofu with a general tso's sauce to satisfy that craving. I don't know if you have tofu and tempeh available, but they're definitely worth trying if you do. Also, get a copy of a good vegan cookbook like the Veganomicon. The wealth of recipes in there seriously spurred me to say "fuck it, I can work with this, fully vegan it is."

u/veganon · 6 pointsr/vegan

The cashew based ricotta from the Veganomicon is awesome. Takes about 15 minutes to make.

u/dropkickpuppy · 5 pointsr/AskCulinary

I like this one because I can quickly make it with what I have in the pantry, and it works as an entree for vegans and a side for others. It's healthy comfort-food crack. This version is from the Veganomicon.

Chickpea-Quinoa Pilaf

2 tbls olive oil

1 small yellow onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1 tbls coriander seeds, crushed

Several pinches ground black pepper

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbls tomato paste

1 cup quinoa

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

2 cups vegetable broth

In a small stockpot over medium heat, saute the onions in olive oil for about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes more.

Add the tomato paste, coriander, cumin, black pepper, and salt; saute for another minute.

Add the quinoa and saute for 2 minutes.

Add the chickpeas and broth; cover and bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling, lower heat to very low, and cook for up for 20-40 minutes (depends on your quinoa), or until the quinoa has absorbed all the water; stir occasionally. Fluff with fork to serve.

u/Michlerish · 5 pointsr/veganmealprep

Here are the ingredients I used:

  • Whole wheat pizza dough purchased from grocery store (ball of raw dough)
  • Marinara Sauce from Veganomicon
  • Life Changing Mozzarella (doubled the recipe) from Fuss Free Vegan: 101 Everyday Comfort Foods
  • red onion
  • red pepper
  • sauteed mushrooms
  • green olives

    I'm going to freeze them to have on hand for late-night snacks!

    One ball of dough made 10 pizza pockets (3 not pictured). I have about 1 cup of mozzarella left, and 2 cups of marinara left... which is the perfect amount to make vegan hamburger helper lasagna with tomorrow :)
u/notzak · 5 pointsr/vegan

You're so rad for coming back to it for the animals!

As far as books go, I'm a big fan of the Veganomicon and Isa's other books. Love her recipes and versatility!

As far as getting everything you need, as long as you're eating enough calories (as adopting a high fiber diet can trick your body into thinking you're full of calories when you're operating at an actual deficit), and taking a B12 supplement, the only other things you might want to consider are a vegan D3 supplement for the wintertime and an Omega 3 supplement if you aren't adding flax or chia into your daily diet! Everything else is abundant in the plants if you're eating a varied diet!

You got this. You so got this!

u/[deleted] · 4 pointsr/vegan
u/pumpkinpatch63 · 4 pointsr/vegan

That's the first time I've heard that reason to eat vegan. You must be adventurous!

Many current vegans started off for reasons other than animal rights (myself included). But it seems that once one stops eating animals (for whatever reason), your mind is able to open up to the idea that animals are not ingredients, but rather living beings. It seems strange to me that most people do not view farm animals as living things; then again, I once held that same view myself. Logically, it is clear that animals are alive and can feel pain. But when you eat them, there is a stubborn mental block that prevents this realization.

I'm glad for any reason that people eat less animals. Hopefully when your month is over, you can think about extending your time being kinder to animals and the planet!

If you want a great cookbook, get Veganomicon.

u/Davin900 · 4 pointsr/vegan
u/n3verender · 4 pointsr/vegetarian

The Veganomicon Cookbook is awesome. Really good for inspiration!

u/yentirb · 3 pointsr/vegan

What helped me the most was to get an awesome cookbook and just cook for me and my family. It helped me learn how to eat a vegan diet made of whole foods instead of having to depend of meat substitutes. Also it made my family more comfortable with my transition, and the tasty food also ended up converting my family to a more plant based and now raw diet.

This is the cook book I used:

u/beverage_here · 3 pointsr/vegan

Veganomicon ( is quite good. Most of the recipes are a little time-consuming, but there are some really good sub-half-hour meals in there.

u/Life-in-Death · 3 pointsr/vegan

If she wants health and vegan, go for:

This is known as the bible of vegan cooking. It has basics from how to stock your pantry, to cooking rice, etc. Recipes are categorized and they have low cal, I believe:

This is from one of the original farm-to-table vegan restaurants in NYC. Everything is healthy and they have basics:

u/potterarchy · 3 pointsr/Cooking

I love Thug Kitchen! Try out their other book, Veganomicon.

u/doggexbay · 3 pointsr/Cooking

You obviously have more than enough individual suggestions already, so I'll just recommend three books instead in case you're a cookbook collector like me!

I'm also an omnivorous meat-eater but I'm happy to endorse these excellent, full-on vegan cookbooks by Isa Chandra Moskowitz:

Veganomicon. This is one of those comprehensive, encyclopedic things that could be—if you were a vegan—the only cookbook you own. It just covers everything, and I've never made anything from it that wasn't great. It's a manageable 336 pages, but they're dense; it's a book where every page has two or three recipes, not one where every dish gets a photo. Highly recommended.

Isa Does It. So this is like the sandwich-shop version of Veganomicon. Isa Does It (get it?) is vegan on easy-mode: here are sloppy joes and mac and cheese and, generally, all the casual vegan meals you could ever eat. Vegans over at /r/mealprepsundays should mass-produce burger patties from it. Not recommended quite as highly, but highly recommended for what it is.

Isa is just a really good cook, so her flavors and vegetable & grain choices have always been on point for me. My favorite thing about her writing, and what keeps me coming back to her as a meat-eater, is that she's never interested in creating meat substitutes. The vegetables are the point, after all, so she's making dishes where the vegetables are the showstopper. When she makes a burger it always feels just a little halfhearted compared to her rock-star vegetable dishes, which is why "Isa Does It" falls just short of "Veganomicon" for me. But it's still great.

For a really great chef who does somersaults to simulate meat dishes—burgers and chili and Thanksgiving turkey—it is well worth your while to pick up The Chicago Diner Cookbook by Jo Kaucher. I could tell stories about some large-scale orphan Thanksgivings I've helped to host, where we served a hundred people over two days with meat and vegan options flying everywhere. We practically scripted the vegetarian (vegan) half of these meals from the Diner cookbook. Here is what I know: a ton of starving Chicago artists of varying omnivore, vegetarian and vegan status absolutely destroyed Jo Kaucher's tofurkey year after year after year, while my SO's actual-turkey, which is damned fucking good, always took second place and became leftovers. Shit, I prefer Jo's tofurkey to real turkey and I'm the kind of guy who makes laap from scratch at home, which means I'll spend an hour mincing intestines on a cutting board that you wet with pig blood while you chop. That is, I don't go out of my way for tofu and still I adore Jo's tofurkey.

Anyway, I hope those are fun suggestions that might be useful. :)

u/CLAMORING · 3 pointsr/VegRecipes

My very favorite seitan recipe in all the world is Seitan Piccata from Veganomicon.

u/themarketvegan · 2 pointsr/vegan

My [crockpot chili recipe] ( is as hearty as meat based chili and loved by vegans & omnivores alike! Simple, cheap, and a good way to ease into vegan eating, or serve when hosting people with a variety of dietary habits.

Also, highly recommend Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero - filled with great traditional dishes made vegan including an incredible version of mac-n-cheese called "Mac Daddy".

u/ohaikitty · 2 pointsr/bodybuilding

Oh yeah, I used to be vegan...I am into it.

Taste: It is very bland by itself, but no one that I know eats it straight. It can be made into many tasty things. It is in a lot of faux meats. It is a lot like tofu in that it takes up the flavor of things around it. I think that Isa Chandra is like... the wheat gluten goddess. All of her recipes involving wheat gluten that I've made I've been a fan of. I'm a big fan of her "Chickpea Cutlet" recipe ([recipe here] (

Check out [Veganomicon] ( and [Isa Does It!] ( Both of those books have winning recipes that use wheat gluten as an ingredient.

Expense: Varies wildly. If you find it at a hippie woo-woo place in an individually sealed package (e.g., Bob's Red Mill), the markup can be insane. On the other hand, you can get it cheaply per pound if you can find it in a bulk bin at a place like Whole Foods.

You can get it at an extra "discount" if you find it in a bulk bin but label it as some kind of flour. ;)

My Experience: I made some dang tasty recipes with the stuff, but eventually, I stopped eating it because I personally find that I don't tolerate it as well (it just made me gassy). But more importantly, the recipes I like it best in have a higher protein to carb ratio than I'd prefer during a cut...and when I'm bulking, I'm too busy filling my face with all the things so I usually forget about wheat gluten.

Hope this helps!

u/mezasu · 2 pointsr/Cooking

My best friend is vegan and she loves this book.

Sorry I don't know any of the recipes off hand.

u/thatwasinpoortaste · 2 pointsr/vegan

also by Isa Chandra Moskowitz is Veganomicon

u/lemon_meringue · 2 pointsr/confession

Hey, you should buy this amazing vegan cookbook, seriously it is the bomb, and then invite your vegan friends over to cook some delicious vegan food and cookies together. That way you can control the food supply and choose what's on the menu and they can have a square meal and no one gets hated on.

edit: make it brunch, bloody marys are vegan if you leave out the worcestershire

u/FaerytaleMalice · 2 pointsr/vegan

If you're into faux turkey, my faves (in order): Match, Field Roast (uhh the en croute whatever ones), Gardein, Tofurky. Match (everything they make) is juicy and perfectly flavored. The Field Roast en croute turkey thing was amazing (I loove the crusty part). Gardein is mostly boring because they're my go-to faux meat brand so I'm used to the flavor. Also their stuffing has raisins and weird colorful rice in it. Ew. Tofurky's pretty basic, but they were what I always had before vegan turkey selection exploded, so I might just have nostalgia for them.

This green bean casserole recipe.

Mashed potatoes you make the normal way. Just through whatever vegan butter and milk in them with salt and pepper.

I use a pumpkin pie recipe from a cookbook and I feel weird about posting things like that, so PM me if you're interested?

I don't know how Canadians roll on holidays, and my family's pretty boring anyways (the only difference between what I eat and what they eat besides mine being vegan is they usually microwave a can of corn also) so I can't think of much else thanksgiving-y. Repeat for xmas and easter. Seitan might also be a good idea. If you don't have wheat gluten on hand, I've heard of people making it with regular flour (I think they let it sit longer so gluten bonds can form). I've never made it for holidays, but there's a lentil soup(ish thing) in Veganomicon that would probably be delicious/amazing with whatever you're having. From where I can see, you can see the recipe if you do the "Look Inside" thing on amazon, so that's why I linked it. Just scroll down through the table of contents, it's under soups ("French Lentil Soup with Tarragon and Thyme") and on page 141.

I tried to think of holiday food that didn't involve faux whatever, but I'm definitely not one of those vegans that scoffs at imitation meats and cheeses and whatnot. I eat them all the damn time.

I keep trying to end this and I keep failing: I've never had homemade shephard's pie, and actually never had it before going vegan (I'd never heard of it) but that sound like a delicious holiday thing. Since I've only ever had this premade microwaveable one, I'm linking because I imagine if you combined those ingredients with some yummy spices you would have positive results.

I'm really done this time D:

u/furmat60 · 2 pointsr/vegan

I have a few recipes that I've done myself! However, most of my recipes that I get I find online. Here are a few good sources!

My girlfriend also two books which we use A LOT:

Appetite For Reduction


If you would the few recipes that I have, I'd be glad to give them to you! I'm about to be really busy at the moment, so I don't have time to type them up (all of my recipes are stored in my head lol) but I have the day off tomorrow so I will type them up then :)

u/vegan_velociraptor · 2 pointsr/vegan

Try the "Almost All-American Seitan Pot Pie" from the Veganomicon. Some meat-eaters are overly critical of fake meat products, but when you cut the seitan into tiny little cubes (I go smaller than the recipe suggests, about 5/8"), it can work a bit better.

That's basically my go-to recipe for impressing people; I might take it over to my folks' house for Easter.

u/needlecream · 2 pointsr/vegan
u/hintlime9 · 2 pointsr/vegan

Veganomicon followed by Vegan Brunch as a close second. That Isa is amazing! Nearly every recipe I've tried (and I've tried tons) has been amazing and she mostly uses simple ingredients and many of the recipes are quick and easy. I'm obsessed with the vegan omelets in Vegan Brunch and the Tofu Florentine and Jelly Donut Cupcakes in Veganomicon.

u/the_kaeru · 2 pointsr/vegan

You need the Veganomicon. It has been the best for helping me learn cooking techniques, stock my pantry, and find foods I enjoy that are healthy.

Also, I keep track of my food intake and activities here:
It has helped so much.

Welcome to the fold. :)

u/Noetherville · 2 pointsr/vegan

Personally, I like Post Punk Kitchen recipes. So, perhaps the cookbook Veganomicon?

u/Odd_nonposter · 2 pointsr/vegan

Chiming in to say that I grew up on a grain and sheep farm and went vegan after I moved away for university.

I did not see the animal rights aspects at first. For me, the start was frugality and environmentalism. Lentils were cheaper, and I knew just how much resources it took to grow corn and soybeans, only to feed it to an animal and have them burn away 90% of it.

Health benefits were the kicker. Forks over Knives made a big impact on me since I was training for a marathon. The BIG push was learning that dairy was strongly tied to prostate cancer, which emasculated my grandfather and is giving my dad trouble now (he's due for his first biopsy in a week.)

It was only after hanging around /r/vegan that I picked up the animal rights issues. Works like Earthlings and The Herd (NSFL) got me to see it as totally wrong, and dairy as especially fucked up.

Learning to cook wasn't hard, and restaurants aren't too big of a deal. Most of my recipes are: chop vegetables, saute, add spices, add beans and vegetable broth, and season to taste. There's plenty of cookbooks out there if you want to learn: I recommend The Veganomicon, the Forks over Knives cookbook, and Vegan With a Vengeance.

I'm glad to see that you're considering moving towards less animal cruelty. For me, the change wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it was, and it's getting easier every day.

u/GreyDeck · 2 pointsr/vegan

"Veganomicon", an older book, but therefore available used for a low price. Also, your library should have vegan cookbooks that you can check out before buying something.

u/EnchantressOfNumbers · 2 pointsr/actuallesbians

Both my partner and I are vegetarians and we both like to cook. We often cook enough food to have leftovers, so our go to "quick meal" is often reheating leftovers.

If you like Indian food, this Easy Chana Masala recipe is one of our favorites. You can skip the mango powder if you don't have it/can't find it/don't want to bother getting it.

For making rice, if you don't have a rice cooker, having a gas stove is the best. But if you have electric, the best method uses two burners - 1 on high to bring the rice to a boil and the other on low to cover and simmer on. I usually do a 2 to 1 ratio water to rice and simmer white rice around 15 minutes, brown rice around 45 minutes. I also enjoy a curry rice as a side dish - simmer 1-2 tsp curry powder in butter or oil for 2 mintues; add 1 cup rice, 2 cups vegetable broth, 1 bay leaf, and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil and then simmer 15 minutes for white or 45 minutes for brown rice.

For making beans, canned beans work pretty well when pressed for time, but I recommend using dried beans for better flavor and texture. Soaking your beans overnight really helps to reduce your cooking time on dried beans, but that does mean you have to plan ahead.

I'm not sure if you want cookbook suggestions, but here are a few good ones that I like:

u/LynnRic · 2 pointsr/veganrecipes

I'd recommend the Vegenomicon cookbook. It has really good recipes in general.

There is one specifically for baby bok choy (which you can replace with any leafy green; shredded brussel sprouts is my go to) that is phenomenal. Here someone transcribed the recipe.

u/amprok · 2 pointsr/vegan

are you good with recipes? maybe a beginer level cookbook would be your jam.

peta's always good for cookbooks.

and veganomicon is quite popular as well.

both are good starter level cookbooks.

i'd reccomend cooking in big batches and freezing stuff.

if this doesn't work, try your local asian or indian grocery store. they have a ton of instant meals for dirt ass cheap (like a buck or 2 each) many of which are vegan..

congrats on going vegan too, btw!

u/butternut718 · 2 pointsr/vegan

i use it to make a vegan cheese sauce, like this recipe from the Veganomicon.

then i use that sauce to make a version of Mac & Trees:

  • cook up some garlic & onions in a wide pan. add a bunch of broccoli (fresh or frozen is fine) & about 1/2 cup of water. season w/ salt & pepper. cover & let steam, about 7 mins. when the broccoli is tender & most of the water evaporated, toss in about 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. add the cheese sauce & mix together. pour this mess over some whole wheat spiral or penne shaped pasta. it's really good.

    also, i've been adding nurtitional yeast just to stews, savory pies & casseroles to give it a little extra something. a tablespoon or so is about all you need.
u/jenniferwillow · 2 pointsr/Fitness

The Veganomicon is good, as is The Vegetarian Goddess cookbook. They can be a little froo-froo in places, but the recipes are good. Nice thing about goddess is that it gives seasonably appproprita foods. We went veg for a while, and I dropped weight and felt better. Went back to meat, started feeling sluggish. Our goal is 80/20 veg/meat, seems to be a good balance.

u/Cornelius_Rooster · 2 pointsr/vegetarian

My family is mostly German, so meat is a pretty big part of what we ate (sausages, schnitzels, and a lot of bbq-ing). I went veg in high school and it wasn't too much trouble for me - my parents didnt' cook two meals, but just an extra veggie protein for me when I wanted that. The other things were vegetarian anyway (like potatoes, vegetables, and most soups).

I strayed away until I was in my early twenties. Then it was a bit more difficult because none of my friends were vegetarian and we all ate out a lot. It was a short transition (went cold turkey) but I had a package of chicken breasts in my freezer that I told myself I was allowed to eat if I wanted to since I had already purchased them. I never ended up eating them and 3 months later gave the package to my room-mate so they wouldn't go to waste. It was helpful to know that I had this plan in case I got weak, but was motivated enough to not give in.

Veggie burgers can taste amazing or meh... depends on the variety. Many replicate meat quite well and actually taste better considering it leaves you feeling a little lighter than a meat burger. If you want the "meat" kind then avoid grain burgers as they taste a bit more "natural". I personally like those, but they aren't really a replacement.

Downsides are that you can sometimes be considered an outcast at meals - sometimes people make a big deal out of trying to make sure you're "okay", and that you have enough to eat. Just be polite and easy going to get through this kind of stuff. It's no big deal. Also, you need to be careful how you talk about your own vegetarianism - always let others make their own decisions and don't judge them (out loud at least). Having discussions is good, but don't get into any arguments or be preachy. It only turns people off of the lifestyle and reinforces a stereotype of "the preachy vegetarian". Talk about the positives when people ask you about your new diet and leave out the horror of animal welfare and factory farming until someone seems truly interested in these things. You can mention that you're veg for ethical reasons (if that's true), and that you don't want to contribute to the suffering of animals, but don't get into gory details - most people feel threatened by that and it usually turns into a ridiculous argument. Remember that your diet is your choice, and they have the freedom to make their own choices. Show them how easy and delicious being vegetarian is rather than how awful their lifestyle is.

Upsides are plently, here are a couple:

  • longer average lifespan
  • you're minimizing you impact on animal suffering
  • you're minimizing your contributions to environmental issues associated with meat farming
  • delicious food options that many meat eaters never experience
  • usually less expensive than eating meat
  • a generally healthier lifestyle
  • not having to have 3 separate cutting boards for meat, fish and veggies - just one for everything!

    Before you make the transition, have a plan (buy some alternatives and talk to your family), and also write down the reasons you're doing it in pretty elaborate detail. If you are tempted to eat meat, read your reasons again and remind yourself why you made the change in the first place. Add to the list as you grow and change in perspective.

    Lastly, if you plan to cook a lot, get the Veganomicon. I've found this book to be indispensable since a friend gave it to me.
u/mmmberry · 2 pointsr/vegan

Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook is a pretty effing sweet cookbook. There are a number of vegan "cheese" recipes in it. I love them, but acknowledge my tastes are different from an omnivore's. I don't think of them as a direct substitute for cheese but as something else entirely (similar to how you shouldn't think of tofu as mock's tofu).

But I definitely encourage you to experiment. My favorite "cheese" recipe involves cashews, lemon juice + other spices, and tofu (all blended together) to make a mock ricotta. Does it taste exactly like ricotta? I don't know...pretty sure it doesn't. Is it tasty? Damn straight.

u/CupcakeUnicorn · 2 pointsr/vegan

Whole Foods is a life saver if you have one around. I like to buy bulk lentils, Quinoa, beans, rice, nuts, grains etc. You can even find that (most of the time) organic veggies are easy to come by. I think a whole foods vegan diet is a lot cheaper than one that uses substitutes and replacements, that's where you get the more pricey stuff. It's junk food anyway.

For example, for lunch at least once a week I make some quinoa, steamed radishes, carrots and whatever other veggies I have, steam a bit of kale at the last minute and lightly throw on a tahini-lemon-dill sauce. It's just the little things. Get a copy of Veganomicon

Best of luck! After the first 2 months or so (for me) the desire to eat cheese was gone. I mean, it's expired baby animal food if you really think about it. YUCK!

u/Bonefish_ · 2 pointsr/vegan

Veganomicon has some awesome food porn and is besides amazing.

u/Ankyra · 2 pointsr/relationship_tips

I've heard great things about this vegan cookbook from vegan friends, so that's always an idea.

Does he have runes? You could get him a set and make him a lovely pouch to hold them in which you could embroider with whatever is of special meaning to you both...

u/whiskey_ribcage · 2 pointsr/keto

"Mastering the Art of French Cooking" is her classic, in every library and its pretty easy to find at a used bookstore for next to nothing. Quite a few of the sauces will involve some creative keto work to get aroud the roux but at least it'll be an interesting experiment.

I just picked up How To Cook Meat second hand and have been working my way through the cuts of meat I would've been less likely to buy on my own. Combine it with a former favorite from my past life, Veganomicon and I've got a nearly limitless supply of new meat and veg dinners.

I'm lucky that vegan years helped me out in the "omg this food is so boring" phases so now I've got all kinds of methods to deal with it but getting a cookbook and plowing through every recipe in it is still one of my favorites. Modifying recipes to be animal product free before and carb and sugar free now makes it all the more interesting. Last month I got on a medieval cooking kicking and started making the amazingly named: Grave of Small Birds.

u/vegetarianBLTG · 2 pointsr/Fitness

If you're into seitan and other vegan food, check out . They have some great free recipes on the site and some awesome cookbooks as well such as the Veganomicon. If you're new to seitan and don't want to jump in right away, may I suggest chickpea cutlets which use wheat gluten but also contain chick peas (which gives a more complete amino acid profile anyway). One of my favorites. I highly recommend Isa's stuff.

u/GrammaMo · 2 pointsr/52weeksofcooking

I had a lot of fun blasting 80's music and rocking out while cooking dinner tonight! I was only alive for one year of the 80's but I love the music, the movies and in high school I was very inspired by the fashions too! Never really thought about the foods of the 80's before now though, more new things that wouldn't have happened without this challenge.

I made the vodka sauce recipe from the Veganomicon cookbook, substituting cashew cream for immersion-blended almonds. It was so good!! This will definitely become a regular dinner!

The walnuts were simply cooked with some brown sugar.

The raspberry vinaigrette is from the Vitamix website and was easy to make and pretty good I substituted apple syrup and agave syrup for the honey in this recipe.

"Blackened Aspargus" might not actually be a thing, and it's really just sauteed in olive oil with salt and pepper and no cajun spices at all, but I thought that one more 80's element would really round out the meal!

u/Chillocks · 2 pointsr/vegan

I feel like the Veganomicon might object to someone else taking their name.

u/sunburnkid · 1 pointr/vegan

Congrats! I went vegetarian when I was 18 and taught myself to cook over the next few years (and I'm still learning, 9 years later). I would recommend picking up a beginner vegan cookbook (for example). I second retirethecow's recommendation of my all-time favorite the Veganomicon, which has a range of simple to more complicated (and DELICIOUS) recipes and tips for preparing veggies in a basic, every-day way.

Remember: The key to a truly healthful vegan diet is eating a pile of veggies every day. Get to know the produce department and impress your friends by knowing the difference between a turnip and parsnip.

u/xorandor · 1 pointr/Cooking

Oh man, you've been missing out.

This cookbook has amazing recipes:

I love making lasagne or risotto for special occasions. It takes awhile to prepare, but it gives an incredible homely feeling when you share the dish.

u/allergic · 1 pointr/food

That's great! I'm glad I could help. Did you get a chance to try any non-dairy milks yet? I tried "Tempt" brand chocolate hemp milk the other day it was sooo great. Really smooth and creamy.

As far as recipes go, I'd recommend that you pick up a copy of Veganomicon:

It's helpful in that it tells you how to cook grains, legumes, vegetables and beans quite simply and easily. You can make your own meals using this knowledge. However, it also has a whole boat load of recipes that are almost always delicious.

Personally, I love to cook indian food. This is my basic recipe for a curry:

Also, make nut cheeses and creams. They're better for you and the environment than any of the fake cheese substitutes you'll find in stores. Cashew cream is basically cashews soaked in water over night and then blended up in a food processor. It is delicious. Add a few things, and you've got a great "cheese" for a pizza (you don't even need to soak them for this).

Good luck! If you have any questions about anything, I'd highly recommend joining the PPK forums here: - there are plenty of friendly and sane vegans there who will gladly help you. I've also PM'd you my email address and I'm happy to help.

u/frasefitzgerald123 · 1 pointr/vegetarian

try this one man it doesn't have pictures which is disappointing but the meals are super taste. Or there is this one this one has some pretty simple recipes

Honestly the internet is a great place to find meals too.

u/lighthill · 1 pointr/food

You can't go wrong with the Veganomicon.

It's the only vegan or vegetarian book I have ever used where the recipes wouldn't actually improved by sprinkling bacon on top.

u/DEVILKITTY666 · 1 pointr/vegan

This is considered a classic cookbook:

The definitive vegan cookies cookbook:

I really can't think of cooking or baking equipment that vegans in particular would need (?) more than an omni kitchen would. Maybe a vegan themed cooking or baking something? I'm sure a set of spices would be very appreciated.

u/Re_Re_Think · 1 pointr/vegan

> Do you guys have any sources of really high quality vegan meals by like high level chefs and shit.

Take your pick! What cuisines does she like to make? What do you like to eat? Choose something that fits both.

Gourmet Stuff (youtube channels, blogs, and/or cookbooks. Some are all three):

u/remembertosmilebot · 1 pointr/vegan

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u/JustFinishedBSG · 1 pointr/AskMen
u/PeacefulDeathRay · 1 pointr/vegan

My favorites are the Veganomicon and The Homemade Vegan Pantry

Depending on your frame of reference neither is super cheap but I highly recommend them.

I've picked up a few free ebooks but I've never made anything from one. I guess my favorite free vegan cookbook is googling any item + vegan then making that.

u/Foxxie · 1 pointr/veg

Upvote for the Veganomicon recommendation. It was the first veggie cook book I ever bought and it is absolutely wonderful for beginners and experienced cooks alike. The first few chapters are dedicated to instructions on how to prepare just about every kind of grain, legume and vegetable you'll commonly come across. The recipes in the book are also delicious and for the most part quick and simple to prepare. Definitely give this one a try.

u/madefromscratch · 1 pointr/52weeksofcooking

Back! Burger is a recipe like this one from Veganomicon, a simple black bean patty with vital wheat gluten to bind.
I just served with a mound of avocado, fried onions, and bbq sauce (mix of tomato paste, water, white vinegar, maple syrup, worchestershire, liquid smoke, chillies, and salt simmered).

u/Outofmyelephant · 1 pointr/vegetarian

Wow, 150 pounds is awesome! Congrats! the last bit is always the worst, I've lost 50 so far and want another 20. It seems like the first 50 flew off. But it's getting there.

As for recipes, I have looked through a number of cook books and they are all good and bad, and you never know which it will be till it's made. Thug Kitchen, as someone else mentioned, is a pretty good one, Veganomicon was considered the vegan bible for a while, still full of great advice and great recipes. It is Vegan but if you want you can always add in the dairy you like, or just enjoy it vegan as most taste awesome anyway and a little more healthy just means faster weight loss. ;)

Oh and, in case you haven't discovered this yet as it can help a lot, tofu isn't evil. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a huge fan of the pillowy tofu most people make, I've gotten used to it and sometimes enjoy it (especially in Chinese Mapo Tofu with fake ground round) but there's a trick to making tofu awesome! Freeze it and then bake it. I buy the firm or extra firm tofu, open it, get rid of what water there is, throw two or three (trust me, you'll want them) in a ziploc bag and freeze it for at least 24 hours (you can do less, but the longer the better). Defrost it, I throw the bag in a bowl of hot water for a couple hours and just replace hot water halfway through. Once it's defrosted completely (even the middle), give it a nice gentle but firm squeeze over the sink. It's like a sponge at this point, but a fragile one so don't squeeze too hard.

Many just use it like this, and it's not bad, good for soups especially as it soaks up flavour really well. But I like to do one more step, first turn your oven to 300-350 degrees Fahrenheit (150-175 celcius) and then I slice the tofu block into whatever shape I want, I usually just do half inch slices, then I throw it in whatever marinade I want to eat that night (soy sauce, olive oil, garlic and poultry seasoning is one of my favourites) and after it has soaked up the marinade I lay the slices out on a baking sheet or cookie pan and bake them for 20-25 minutes with a flip in the middle. They will turn into pretty decent little fake meat pieces, they don't have the texture quiet right but it's enough, and it's lots of protein as well which is always good.

Sorry for the length, but that tofu thing has made my life much happier and I only learned it after 9 years of being a vegetarian haha.