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LibrariesGaveUsP0wer Sat 20-Feb-16 21:01:02

Does anyone have any good recommendations for family, everyday veggie cook books. Much as I love a good blog, I'd like some books.

We aren't veggie, just want to reduce our meat a lot. Only limitation is not lots of quorn/tofu (got Mary McCartney's book from the library and didn't like it for that).

Thanks in advance!

Sadik Sat 20-Feb-16 21:07:57

I'd say that River Cottage Veg Everyday is worth a look. I don't use it masses, mainly because I find it has a lot of what I'd consider veggie 'standards' which I already cook - but if you're looking to reduce your meat eating, it'd be a good place to start. Also, the library is bound to have it so easy to try out for free smile

lastnightiwenttomanderley Sat 20-Feb-16 21:10:56

River cottage veg everyday

lastnightiwenttomanderley Sat 20-Feb-16 21:11:49

Haha, cross post! The spouffle is great as is the north African stew.

LordEmsworth Sat 20-Feb-16 21:14:34

Anna Jones. She is great, I have loved nearly everything I've cooked from hers.

DeliveredByKiki Sat 20-Feb-16 21:36:26

Thirding River Cottage Every Day Veg

Adding Oh She Glows if you want a vegan cookbook with limited reliance on tofu/meat substitutes

Greengager Sat 20-Feb-16 21:42:37

Another Rec for Ricer Cottage. Also bbc good food's 101 vegetarian recipes

Another vote for the HFW book. I also like the Cranks range of books.

AlpacaLypse Sat 20-Feb-16 21:46:32

I'm building up a file of printouts, mostly BBC Good Food, with my own annotations.

I do like the River Cottage stuff though.

AlpacaLypse Sat 20-Feb-16 21:47:59

We've got one veggie DD, the end result is that five nights out of seven everyone eats veggie, and the other two nights the rest of us can afford really good quality high welfare standard meat based meals. Works well.

LibrariesGaveUsP0wer Sat 20-Feb-16 21:48:47

Thank you. Three good starting points! This is the Anna Jones one? And there is a sequel too. That the right one?

Vegan is good too.

LibrariesGaveUsP0wer Sat 20-Feb-16 22:01:53

Thank you for the extra cross posts!

Onykahonie Sat 20-Feb-16 22:18:22

I like The Vegetarian Pantry and Mildred's: The Cookbook.

LordEmsworth Sun 21-Feb-16 09:57:34

Yes, Modern Way to Eat and Modern Way to Cook. I probably use the first one more...

Cookingongas Sun 21-Feb-16 10:16:21

Modern way to eat is one of my favourite cookbooks. I really loved hfw veg, but once I'd bought modern way to eat it's not used half as much.

BikeRunSki Sun 21-Feb-16 10:25:13

Cooking on a Bootstrap (formerly A Girl Called Jack) is not strictly veggie, but has a lot of veggie and vegan recipes. All very tasty, cheap, simple "knock it up after work" type recipes.

magimedi Sun 21-Feb-16 10:33:28

Rose Eliot - The Bean Book is great for lots of easy ideas about every sort of bean & pulse.

MrsRedFly Sun 21-Feb-16 22:02:33

Sam Stern's 'Eat Vegetarian' - loads of good recipes even though he looks v young!!

fascicle Mon 22-Feb-16 09:26:18

I also like the Cranks range of books.

My most loved recipe book is the original Cranks one. Still use a number of tweaked recipes from it.

HeadDreamer Mon 22-Feb-16 09:29:32

I cook a lot of veggies and I don't rate river cottage veg everyday at all. It feels like a book of veggie food by a meat eater. And I'm a meat eater!

I would second Anna Jones' books. I love her first a modern way to eat. Have got a modern way to cook but haven't cooked much from it.

I also like Madhur Jaffery.

vladthedisorganised Mon 22-Feb-16 09:41:45

Lesley Waters Broader than Beans is really good. No quorn or obscure ingredients in sight, and no assumption that a square of polenta makes 'a satisfying meal in its own right!'

Linda Fraser's Vegetarian cook book is fantastic - have used it since student days and still get loads of use out of it. Again there's minimal faff and the recipes are really nice.

I do have Vegetarian With A Vengeance by Christine Bille Nielsen, but wouldn't really rate it (though many do) - it suffers from the polenta square problem IMO. Or maybe I'm just really greedy.

busymum17 Mon 22-Feb-16 09:48:15

River cottage veg, Ottolenghi's 'Plenty', Leiths vegetable bible...
We also use several which focus on one region or country, but I'm not sure if that's general enough for your family?

TeenyfTroon Mon 22-Feb-16 09:55:14

Just reserved 'A Modern Way to Eat' at the library. Thanks for the recommendation. Can't wait to try something new!

MrsHenryCrawford Mon 22-Feb-16 10:00:05

Rose Elliotts books are nice. Not too much quorn or tofu, straightforward recipes without 50 different ingredients.

LibrariesGaveUsP0wer Tue 23-Feb-16 16:47:59

Sorry, I didn't realise I'd had more responses.

Thank you so much. Some great suggestions, and quite a few are on the list of our local libraries.

vlad- Totally with you on that. I saw a veggie meal (may even have been Hugh) that was a blob of polenta with some mushrooms on top. My first thought was "that would be really nice with a steak!".

busymum- yes, focus on regions or countries would be fun too. I'm not amazing with obscure ingredients (fine with spices I can have in the cupboard, not so good with suddenly needing fresh X and Y that I have no idea what else to use for), but we're fairly wide ranging in our eating and I genuinely want to reduce meat a lot, so want plenty of variety. Didn't know Leith's had a vegetable bible - I have their fish one and will check that out.

Thanks again everyone.

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