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From: summer ( -75.216.57.173)
Subject: Re: Finding my way, looking for resources
Date: March 16, 2009 at 8:53 pm PST

In Reply to: Finding my way, looking for resources posted by Cyn on March 11, 2009 at 11:24 am:

vegan for taste, health, religious reasons (and now environmental) I stay because I can't imagine going back - ever

I eat a plant based diet. I will eat honey, but usually find it too sweet for my taste. It is very helpful with lemon and hot water for a sore throat.
If I can fix it, I eat it. I don't like most "fake meats" because I never liked real meat. Patties are fine because they make a convenient sandwich, but I don't need fake chicken or bacon or tuna or any of that. I'll do some of the same things (breaded tofu for instance, with either kelp flavoring for "fish sticks" or "chicken style seasoning" for "southern fried tofu" but I'm not looking to replace anything.) I do like my tofutti better than cream cheese. That was something I thought I would never enjoy again.

resources:

Of These Ye May Freely Eat by JoAnn Rachor - a little $3 book I found in health food store and used til I wore it out, then got a new one. Don't use it as much right now, but did for a long time.

Fast Cooking in a Slow Cooker Every Day of the Year also by Rachor.
Vegan Crock Pot cook book. What a delight with my lifestyle!

Bryanna Clark Grogan's cookbooks and there are several (She is the hostess for New Veggies, or some such name, on this web site)

The American Vegetarian Cookbook from the Fit for Life Kitchen by Marilyn Diamond -- on the other end of the price range from Rachor's first book, but it has some of the most wonderful recipes in it. Mine is in storage, but I recently found it at Goodwill and grabbed it - at $6 it was a bargain, and now I have access to it again.

Veganomicon, the Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Moskowitz and Romero - found this one at the airport and bought it on principal (it was right next to Rachel Ray, so of course I wanted to support whoever put it there) Haven't done much with it, but the coconut lemon cake is decadent. Took one to work and it disappeared! And these are people that think I eat "weird" and would hardly touch a carob couscous cream cake I took in!

The Vegan Lunch Box by Jennifer McCann - really nifty ideas for her son's school lunch box. Incredible stuff. She also has a blog site with same name as her book where she used to post daily lunches with pictures. she still posts, but not daily

Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure Lorna Sass - vegan cooking in a pressure cooker - also useful for my lifestyle. Careful of this author, as she is sometimes an omnivore author, but this one is veg.

I know there are lots of others as I collect cookbooks, but most everything is in storage, and those are the ones I have handy now. (except for the lunchbox - I was going to order it, but haven't gotten that far yet, but I know the recipes are great because I followed her blog and delighted in her recipes for a long time before there was a book)

My recommendation is to check out the local library for cookbooks. Even my little town has several vegan cookbooks. If they don't have one, ask them to order through inter-library loan - you'll probably have to pay return postage (maybe a buck) and they might actually buy it for the library. I try to check out things before I invest money in something.

Enjoy



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