I’m extremely picky about cookbooks and hate recommending ones I haven’t read. That said, I have read and recommend, or own all of the cookbooks you see below (minus one). Due to the varied tastes of everyone, I suggest you check out these books at the library before buying, unless you REALLY trust my judgment.
The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time: This cookbook is about 2 years old, and I can’t believe I just recently heard about it. It’s so amazing, packed with super cool tips about making every single meal a way to connect as a family and lots of tips about how to get kids thinking about healthy foods and habits from a young age. I’ll be writing a full review of this one soon and think it’s a must-have for green families.
Vegan Lunch Box: 130 Amazing, Animal-Free Lunches Kids and Grown-Ups Will Love!: I found this book really useful – and not just for vegans. It’s got plenty of ideas about how to spice up any lunchbox – even for non-veggie kids and also has packing tips, lunch gear tips and more.
Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites: Flavorful Recipes for Healthful Meals: Don’t let the whole “low-fat” deal scare you. This cookbook rocks and is packed with dishes that are full of flavor and awesome, low-fat or not. Plus, one of my top five favorite recipes of all time (Black Bean Chilaquile) is in this cookbook (check out page 164) – I’ve been making it for everyone I know for over 10 years, and it always gets rave reviews.
Veggie Burgers Every Which Way: Fresh, Flavorful and Healthy Vegan and Vegetarian Burgers – Plus Toppings, Sides, Buns and More: just got this from the library and it’s really great so far, especially, since as other vegetarians know, it’s easy to get 100% SICK of veggie burgers. This livens things up. Plus, the book is small, so not overwhelming.
The Conscious Cook: Delicious Meatless Recipes That Will Change the Way You Eat: This book got a ton of bad reviews on Amazon, so read at your own risk. That said, I disagree with the bad review. I really, really loved this cookbook. I felt it had cons (which I’ll soon be covering in a long review) and wasn’t perfect, but overall, it was one of the best looking vegan cookbooks I’ve ever read AND had some amazing recipes – especially, I felt, for vegan or vegetarian folks living with meat-eaters. I checked it out at the library, but will most likely buy it soon, because I think this is one to own.
The Organic Family Cookbook: A great book for green families when everyone eats a little bit differently. Read my review or try a recipe from this cookbook – Homemade Organic Cran-Strawberry Roll-Ups.
Vegan a la Mode: More Than 100 Frozen Treats for Every Day of the Year – Have not read this one yet – just saw it and am dying to get my hands on it, so I figured I’d mention it.
The Inspired Vegan: Seasonal Ingredients, Creative Recipes, Mouthwatering Menus: This is a massively interesting vegan cookbook. Not only a collection of vegan recipes, but a collection of stories, music and art as well. I was reluctant to get this book, because I’m low-fuss, picky and cautious about new foods, but was surprised by how “normal” this collection of recipes was. One really nice thing about this vegan cookbook is that the ingredients called for are used in unusual ways in order to make creative meals, but the author is not asking you to go out and buy weird stuff you’ve never heard of, like so many other vegan cookbooks do.
The Farm to Table Cookbook: The Art of Eating Locally: honestly, this book is a bit heavy on meat, fish, and cheese, rendering it far less useful if you happen to be vegetarian or vegan. Now, that said, I still really liked this cookbook because it’s packed with juicy little food tips, advice for seasonal local eating and neat stories from the actual farm producers. Also, it’s gorgeous! A real foodie book full of beautiful photos. Plus, many of the dishes, although unsuitable for veggie diets are still lovely, creative and so pretty they inspire you to get creative too. Note, that many of these dishes can be modified to suit veg diets easily too.