Book List: Vegan Cookbooks and Cookzines! Part 1 of 3!

Hungry? We are too. Let’s fix that WITH A BOOK LIST! Vegan cookbooks and cookzines, without further adieu … 


In Search Of The Lost Taste

by Joshua Ploeg

Joshua Ploeg’s cooking blows my mind so much that a secret door opens in the back of my head and white doves, musical notes, and winged horses fly out. His cooking is transcendent: Dangerous, strange and perfect. It¹s full of colorful tastes that explode in your mouth like Pop Rocks ­flavor combinations you never thought possible. Crazy alchemy. Freaky magic. Joshua’s the Traveling Chef; you make an appointment, he shows up at your house with a load of groceries, makes an incredible multi-course vegan meal using your pots and pans, and then he’s gone like the Lone Ranger riding into a big Texas sunset. Joshua’s been in a bunch of hardcore bands and he brings all the good things punk rock gave us: risk, passion, creativity, and weirdness; then he applies them to his meals. I randomly lucked into one of his dinners last year. I usually eat really fast and mindlessly, but I had to take this one slow and let all the flavors develop and do their respective stuff. Each had its own distinctive note ­ its own voice that rang out to let it be known that it was something special and unique. It was an experience in the finest sense of the word.


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Homesweet Homegrown: How to Grow, Make, And Store Food, No Matter Where You Live

by Robyn Jasko

Robyn Jasko and Jennifer Biggs’ Homesweet Homegrown is self-described as “a simple DIY guide to growing, storing, and making your own food, no matter where you live.” An ideal companion to Raleigh Briggs’ DIY guide Make Your Place, Jasko and Biggs’ debut book will turn you into a healthy, happy farmer even if you live in a big city sky-rise. Based around eight comprehensive sections (Know, Start, Grow, Plant, Plan, Make, Eat, and Store), this wonderful 128-page guide takes you through all the steps of crop nurturing, and gives the goods for everyone from the base beginner to the well-seasoned farmhand. (The recipe section alone is enough to keep you comin’ back to this gem for years to come!) Narrated in a friendly, helpful tone by Jasko and held aloft by Biggs’ great illustrations, this book is the definition of awesomely useful. Super, super, SUPER inspiring. Grow your own!


Vegan Vittles-Second Helpings (New Edition!)

by Joanne` Stepeniak

In this expanded edition of the highly popular original, Jo Stepaniak has retained the book’s imaginative concepts and down-home appeal, while broadening many sections to cover a vast wealth of alternatives for every animal-based food under the sun. From homemade veggie “meats” and uncheeses to scrumptious egg and dairy substitutes, Vegan Vittles fills the whole table, and does so simply, tastefully, and creatively. Written in conjunction with staff members of Farm Sanctuary, North America’s oldest and largest farmed animal sanctuary and advocacy organization, Vegan Vittles provides valuable and timely information about modern “food animal” production, as well as constructive and effective actions that readers can take on behalf of these animals. The recipes are without pretense, ranging from hearty, home-style American, to ethnic and elegant. With over 100 exciting new recipes and clear, detailed instructions, Vegan Vittles is sure to inspire compassionate cooks of all ages, regardless of their comfort level in the kitchen.


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Viva Vegan!

by Terry Hope Romero

Viva Vegan! is the work of culinary genius Terry Hope Romero, coauthor of the best-selling cookbook, Veganomicon.  In this cookbook, Romero walks us through over 100 delicious Latin American recipes.  Upon owning Viva Vegan!, you will find yourself flipping it open on a daily basis to see what delectable dish you will prepare next.  Although Romero doesn’t sacrifice quality in the name of simplifying recipes, even the most complicated meals seem within reach without going out of your way to hunt down obscure ingredients or spending four hours in front of a stove.  This will go down as a classic in the vegan cookbook world.


Let Gluten-Freedom Ring! A Vegan, Gluten-Free Cookzine!

by Adam Gnade

It’s our first-ever GLUTEN-FREE COOKZINE! This 37-page vegan/gluten-free recipe zine features tasty guest contributions from Kittee Berns, Xerography Debt‘s Davida Gypsy Breier, Happy Thanksliving‘s Nathalie VanBalen, Taking the Lane‘s Elly Blue, Joe Biel, Megan Michelle, superstar vegan chef Joshua Ploeg, Laura Grant, Robin E. Osborne, Coleen Cata, Adam Gnade, and the multi-talented Rio Safari! Recipes include breakfast “sausages,” mac and cheese, Kittee’s “Occupies”, faux pho, sugar cookies, carrot cake, waffles, and many, many more! Make a meal for your gluten-free self. Make something sweet for that gluten-free friend of yours. Cut out wheat for a while just to see how your body handles it. Whatever you choose to do with Let Gluten-Freedom Ring, this easy-to-use, friendly, comfort-food-lovin’ zine is all about making the gluten-free diet not suck. NOTE: This zine’s second printing has an additional recipe from Green is the New Red‘s Will Potter!


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Vegan Brunch

by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

A good cookbook should be informative, but a great cookbook should be inspirational. And let’s just say I want to make everything in this book right this second. The entire book is in full color, with glossy photos of pancakes dripping with fruit and faux whipped cream, cherry sage “sausages” and the tofu benny, dripping with hollandaise sauce. This book contains 175 delicious-looking recipes. Please get this book, and make vegan brunch for your friends! (and invite us over too!)


Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook

by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Moskowitz and Romero’s newest delicious collection makes it easier than ever to live vegan. You’ll find more than 250 recipes—plus menus and stunning color photos—for dishes that will please every palate. All the recipes in Veganomicon have been thoroughly kitchen-tested to ensure user-friendliness and amazing results. And by popular demand, the Veganomiconincludes meals for all occasions and soy-free, gluten-free, and low-fat options, plus quick recipes that make dinner a snap. Recipes include:

Autumn Latkes, Samosa Stuffed Baked Potatoes, Grilled Yuca Tortillas, Baby Bok Choy with Crispy Shallots, Chile-Cornmeal Crusted Tofu Po’ Boy, Roasted Eggplant and Spinach Muffuletta, Jicama-Watercress-Avocado Salad with Spicy Citrus Vinaigrette, Acorn Squash, Pear and Adzuki Soup, Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti and Pumpkin Crumb Cake with Pecan Streusel.