When my husband and I first started cooking on our own I barely cooked with meat for two reasons: 1.) It grossed me out to touch it and 2.) I wanted to experiment more with meat-free cooking. Okay, there is also an element of laziness added in this equation, but we will ignore that factor for now.
When I first discovered the Cooking section of the library, it was kind of magical because I could borrow as many cookbooks as I wanted for FREE (up to 99 items, of course, but I didn’t go that crazy!). I still highly utilize the collections (our Circulation staff can tell you how often I receive requested cookbooks!), and enjoy trying new recipes. If you are wanting to incorporate more meat-free meals in your diet and maybe even try your own Meat-Free Monday (or whatever day of the week you prefer), below are recommended titles along with the author’s cooking blog.
- Betty Goes Vegan: 500 Classic Recipes for the Modern Family by Annie Shannon (February 5, 2013) *blog
- Cook Without a Book: Meatless Meals, Recipes, and Techniques for Part-time and Full-time Vegetarians by Pam Anderson (October 25, 2011) *blog
- Cooking Light Way to Cook Vegetarian (October 19, 2010)
- Herbivoracious: a Flavor Revolution With 150 Vibrant and Original Vegetarian Recipes by Michael Natkin (May 1, 2012) *blog
- The Meat Free Monday Cookbook by Meat Free Monday Campaign, Annie Riggs and Paul, Stella, & Mary McCartney (March 19, 2012) *blog
- The Meat Lover’s Meatless Celebrations: Year-Round Vegetarian Feasts (You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into) by Kim O’Donnel (October 23, 2012) *blog
- Meatless: More Than 200 of the Very Best Vegetarian Recipes (January 8, 2013)
- More Peas, Thank You: Over 85 Vegetarian Recipes for Delicious and Healthy Meals by Sarah Matheny (March 26, 2013) *blog
- Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi (March 23, 2011) *blog
- Vegetable Literacy: Cooking and Gardening with Twelve Families from the Edible Plant Kingdom, With Over 300 Delicious Simple Recipes by Deborah Madison (March 12, 2013) *blog
What other titles would you add to this list? Don’t forget about the wide variety of cooking magazines you can borrow from your library, including: Vegetarian Times, Cooking Light, Martha Stewart Living, etc, all of which usually include vegetarian recipes each month.