Meatless Mondays

Meatless Mondays


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.

  1. Betty Goes Vegan: 500 Classic Recipes for the Modern Family by Annie Shannon (February 5, 2013) *blog
  2. Cook Without a Book: Meatless Meals, Recipes, and Techniques for Part-time and Full-time Vegetarians by Pam Anderson (October 25, 2011) *blog
  3. Cooking Light Way to Cook Vegetarian (October 19, 2010)
  4. Herbivoracious: a Flavor Revolution With 150 Vibrant and Original Vegetarian Recipes by Michael Natkin (May 1, 2012) *blog
  5. The Meat Free Monday Cookbook by Meat Free Monday Campaign, Annie Riggs and Paul, Stella, & Mary McCartney (March 19, 2012) *blog
  6. 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
  7. Meatless: More Than 200 of the Very Best Vegetarian Recipes (January 8, 2013)
  8. More Peas, Thank You: Over 85 Vegetarian Recipes for Delicious and Healthy Meals by Sarah Matheny (March 26, 2013) *blog
  9. Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi (March 23, 2011) *blog
  10. 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.

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Erin Seeger

I am the Lawn & Garden and Cooking Neighborhood Librarian who also leads the "Bean There, Read That" book discussion for folks in their 20s and 30s, facilitates the "Master Gardener" series, and the "Cooking by the Book" series at Garfield Community Center.

2 thoughts on “Meatless Mondays

  1. Thank you Erin for including Meat Lover’s Meatless Celebrations on your list! Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions about how to transition away from meat. All best,
    Kim O’Donnel

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