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Posted on June 29, 2016 at 2:12 PM by Craig Jacobson
Looking for new ways to prepare the vegetables this summer? Are you growing a bounty in your garden or will you be picking up fresh treats at the farmer’s market this summer? Instead of making a salad every day, check out some of these fun vegan and vegetarian cookbooks for healthy and tasty meal ideas that will make the whole family want to eat their vegetables.
Sarah Matheny’s Peas and Thank you: Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love is perfect for parents looking for family-friendly plant based meals. Matheny’s recipes are meant to appeal to even the pickiest young eaters. Her decision to feed her family vegan meals stemmed from her desire to support a more vibrant and healthy life, not a restrictive and deprived one.
Nom Yourself: Simple Vegan Cooking by Mary Mattern is an excellent introduction for anyone interested in trying vegan cooking. The cookbook offers colorful pictures with each recipes providing mouth-watering glimpses at all the wonderful vegan treats you can make.
Betty Goes Vegan: 500 Classic Recipes for the Modern Familyby Annie and Dan Shannon takes all of your favorite dishes and remakes them vegan style. The Shannon’s provides an excellent introduction to orient the novice vegan cook to the unfamiliar food jargon, in addition to recommending handy kitchen tools to have.
Thug Kitchen: Eat like you give a f*** The Official Cookbook by Michelle Davis and Matt Holloway is a curse-word-filled, humor laden guide to vegan cooking. The authors attempt to confront and dismantle the ideas that vegan eating is too expensive for the average person, or is appealing only to those uninterested in taste, enjoyment, or satisfying food. They do so by providing a wealth of traditional recipes redone in vegan style with some mildly offensive humor.
Dirt Candy: Flavor-forward food from the upstart New York City Vegetarian restaurant by Amanda Cohen & Ryan Dunlavey with Grady Hendrix is a humorous cookbook and memoir mixed into one. The book is written in the form of a graphic novel making it a fun read, while also being a great place to pick up outside of the box vegetarian and vegan recipes.
Finally, if you are interested in a more in-depth study of the development of dietary habits, First Bite: How We Learn to Eat by Bee Wilson delves into the curious evolution of the human palate, from childhood to adult. Wilson argues that as omnivores, humans are not born with an instinctual taste for specific foods, but instead develop preference based on numerous outside factors. An excellent read for anyone interested in learning about the development of eating habits within culture and how to take control of personal '‘preferences’ and ‘tastes.’