5 New Vegetarian Cookbooks That Make Cooking Without Meat Exciting

5 New Vegetarian Cookbooks That Make Cooking Without Meat Exciting

Embracing the Vegetarian Lifestyle

Deciding to adopt a more plant-based diet comes with many benefits – for our health, the environment, and even animal welfare. Rather than focusing on restrictions, the latest vegetarian cookbooks celebrate the joys of cooking and eating vegetables, grains, legumes, fruits and more.

1. The Plant-Based Cookbook

This colorful cookbook by chef Amanda Grant features over 500 vegetarian and vegan recipes inspired by cuisines around the world. With recipes for every meal and occasion, it shows how plant-based cooking can be diverse, delicious and nourishing.

2. BOSH! Healthy Vegan

Henry Firth and Ian Theasby, creators of the BOSH! cooking channel, share over 140 easy vegan recipes in their trademark fun style. From comfort foods to global flavors, they prove going vegan doesn’t mean missing out.

3. The Korean Vegan Cookbook

Joanne Molinaro introduces home cooks to the spicy, umami flavors of Korean cuisine using entirely plant-based ingredients. Alongside staples like kimchi and bibimbap, she includes fusion recipes reflecting her Irish-American upbringing.

4. The Complete Plant-Based Cookbook

America’s Test Kitchen applies their trademark rigorous testing to vegan cooking, making sure recipes really work. With menu ideas from breakfast through dessert, they take the guesswork out of balanced plant-based meals.

5. Cool Beans

Joe Yonan, author of the Washington Post’s Going Meatless column, presents a global survey of bean-based dishes and creative ways to incorporate legumes into your cooking routine. It’s filled with recipes that are hearty, healthy and sustainable.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of going vegetarian?

Adopting more plant-based foods offers health benefits like lower cholesterol and blood pressure, decreased risk of chronic illnesses, and longer lifespan. It also has less environmental impact than meat production and supports ethical treatment of animals.

Do I need special equipment for vegetarian cooking?

You can prepare vegetarian dishes with standard kitchen tools and appliances. Useful extras might include a vegetable spiralizer for making veggie noodles, a high-powered blender for smoothies or bean dips, or a steamer basket for cooking veggies.

How can I get enough protein on a vegetarian diet?

Beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, whole grains and soy foods are all high quality plant-based protein sources. As long as you eat a varied diet with sufficient calories, it’s typically easy for vegetarians and vegans to meet protein needs.

What are easy substitutions for meat?

Tofu, tempeh, seitan, beans, lentils, mushrooms and eggplant make great replacements in dishes that typically contain meat. There are also many pre-made products like veggie burgers, sausages and ground meat alternatives.

Is vegetarian food always healthy?

Vegetarian products like pasta, bread, fries and sweets can still be high in calories, salt, sugar and fat. Focusing on whole foods like fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and whole grains is the healthiest approach to vegetarian eating.