Vegetarian

Kids Can Cook

Imagine a plate piled high with warm chocolate chip cookies, ooey and gooey with melted chips and crunchy with nuts. Your grownup might have helped a little bit, but these beauties are all yours, to share with friends (or eat yourself!) because YOU made them!

The Vegetarian Grill: 200 Recipes for Inspired Flame-Kissed Meals

By Andrea Chesman

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"At last, vegetarians can take leave of the hot kitchen and be part of the casual backyard fun long reserved for carnivores. Non-vegetarians, too, can take a healthy break from, or find the perfect side dish for, their usual outdoor fare. In 200 grill-tested recipes for smoky, succulent, fire-kissed food, Andrea Chesman makes room on the grill for a feast of new foods and flavors, from simple sides and salads to hearty burgers, burritos, pizzas, pastas, and more."
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Moosewood Restaurant: Cooking for Health

I’m a fan of the Moosewood Collective and own a lot of their cookbooks. Last year, I was given another entry to their line, Cooking for Health. I was pleased to see their fresh and easy philosophy of the 1970s had been updated for modern tastes. Never heard of Moosewood? Not everyone has, yet they were named one of 13 most influential restaurants of the 20th century by Bon Appétit magazine, and our own Sammy T’s seems to have drawn on them for vegetarian inspiration. 

Moosewood Restaurant began in 1973 in Ithaca, New York, back when vegetarianism was a new idea for most Americans. It was a popular place, and soon enough their dishes were gathered into a bestselling book. The listings in the first editions of the original Moosewood Cookbook drew a lot on established recipes that happened to be vegetarian and were adapted to be prepared easily with nothing fancier than a blender.

Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson

I've been following Heidi Swanson's 101 Cookbooks blog for several years now, and although I doubt I'll ever become a vegetarian, I do turn to her blog often when looking for tasty, healthy recipes.

She started her blog by cooking recipes from her favorite cookbooks, and now she's written several of her own: Cook 1.0: A Fresh Approach to the Vegetarian Kitchen and most recently, Super Natural Cooking, a 2007 James Beard Foundation Book Awards Nominee in the "Healthy Focus" category.

Although many of her recipes use ingredients you might not normally have or be familiar with, most recipes are fairly easy and approachable. Her first chapter, "Build a Natural Food Pantry," helps to break the ice for those of us who might not be familiar with ingredients such as amaranth flour or agave nectar.

Minnie and Moo and the Thanksgiving Tree

By Denys Cazet

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Cow friends Minnie and Moo are happy to sip hot cocoa and eat cream puffs until their friends, the turkeys, arrive. They need their help to avoid being a Thanksgiving feast. No sooner do the cows hide them up a tree than the chickens show up... and the pigs... and the other cows.

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