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Friday, January 21, 2011

Cookbook love

I absolutely LOVE cookbooks. Sometimes if I'm in the midst of madly cooking my way through a favourite, burning through the pages, it's like I'm having a passionate love affair or something :)

I actually have about 4 shelves of cookbooks, counting the books above. But with a few exceptions these are the ones I use time and time again. They have so many dog eared pages, sticky notes and bookmarks in them that it's laughable. I love them. If the house was on fire I would be very upset to leave them behind. But obviously I would since the kids and the husband and the cat come first...ahem.

So without further ado, from left to right:

~Ripe from around here by Jae Steele
~Get it Ripe by Jae Steele
By far my favourite vegan cookbooks!! I use both of these all the time. There has not been a recipe that I've tried that I didn't like. And she has tons of info at the beginning of both books.

~Vegan Cupcakes take over the World (read our previous post and you'll see why it's here!)

~Thirteen Moons by Louise Racine. From their Ontario Wellness Retreat for Women. Again every recipe I've tried is a keeper. It's organized by seasons, which I like. My pumpkin scones are from this cookbook :)

~Vegan Brunch by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Need I say more?!

~The Family Dinner by Laurie David. Not specifically vegan, although there is a meatless Monday chapter. Many of the other recipes are adaptable and it is an altogether beautiful book that will inspire you to make dinner an event!

~Babycakes Cookbook by Erin McKenna. Vegan, Gluten-free, some are also sugar free. Good stuff.

~The Kripalu Cookbook by Atma JoAnn Levitt. Aaah Kripalu, how do I love thee..... One of my dreams is to go to the center on a retreat. Someday! In the meantime I use this classic cookbook alot! More vegetarian than vegan, it's still worth having. The black forest cake is to die for! And the miso cauliflower..yum!

~Moosewood Restaurant Celebrates by The Moosewood Collective. Arranged by season and holidays this book is wonderful. Another of my dreams is to go to Ithica, NY for the weekend and eat all my meals at the Moosewood. I've been using their cookbooks for years.

~Simple Suppers by Moosewood Restaurant. Nothing more to add here.

~The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone. More macrobiotic than I want to be this is still a wonderful worthwhile book. Great recipes and awesome info. And I have a girl crush on Alicia :)

~Moosewood Restaurant's Cooking for Health. I bet your getting tired of seeing that name huh?

~Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. A great, never fail, got it all covered cookbook!

~Vegetarian Cookbook by The Green Door Restaurant. This one isn't pictured because my husband was using it at the time that I took the picture. This is my favourite Ottawa veg restaurant. If you have the cookbook you can make your own potatoes and kale! Do you hear me Mel?

So what's on your go to cookbook shelf? What are your favourites? Always looking for fresh inspiration here!

Peace and dream clouds
C xxoo


  1. I recently bought Skinny Bitch in the Kitch and need to start trying some of the recipes - they look good. For all around general cooking, I always refer to my ancient Betty Crocker cookbook, the one with the red cover.

  2. Another cookbook lover checking in :)

    I love the Moosewood cookbooks, didn't realize Kripalu had one. Must check that out!

  3. I use the Betty Crocker too. Used it tonight for cheddar cheese biscuits. Love Sundays at Moosewood, The Enchanted Broccoli Forest, Savoring the Day, and The Vegetarian Kitchen. Also the King Arthur Flour cookbook.

  4. I still love the crazy plate, looney spoons and eat shrink and be merry book.. I'm becoming very adapt at transforming them to gluten/dairy free.. I'm still exploring the vegan world.. not sure if I'm ready yet.

  5. i'm going to write a cookbook one day

    it will say stuff like:

    chicken curry: buy frozen chicken curry, microwave according to instructions, take out, eat!

    ok maybe not THAT basic, but one for people who can't cook, that's what i'm gonna do my Mum is a cook but the publishers tried to put her off because she's not on television and i came back to her and said "well everybody has to start somewhere" come ON!

    great blog i gotta go my steak pie is going batshit in the oven


  6. oh dear me you're veggie?

    i used to be. or to put it another way i never EVER bought meat. ate it in pre-done shit, never actually cooked it

    and as you cannot fail to have noticed vegetarian cooks HAVE to be better than meat-gobbling ones, or the shit you come up with will be seriously challenging on the palate

    if meat offends to pretend i said aubergine curry (that's an eggplant in case you're american) and pumpkin pie!

    ok i gotta run this pumpkin pie really is making my smoke alarm go crazy!!!