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I need a really good vegetarian family cook book.

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LynetteScavo Sun 05-Feb-17 09:02:37

One of us is vegetarian and I'm fed up of doing two different meals. I need recipes that even a burger loving, carrot hating 13yo boy will like.

lastqueenofscotland Sun 05-Feb-17 09:04:58

The Leon fast vegetarian one is really good

SuffolkBumkin Sun 05-Feb-17 09:05:19


Wheredidallthejaffacakesgo Sun 05-Feb-17 09:08:24

Rose Elliot. ''Tis the bible

BertrandRussell Sun 05-Feb-17 09:09:55

Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall's Veg is my favourite.

Wheredidallthejaffacakesgo Sun 05-Feb-17 09:09:59

Having said that, I have a half veggie and half meat eating family and I tend to batch cook in parallel so do veggie lasagne at the same time as beef lasagne, chicken curry at the same time as chickpea and cashew curry etc

SparklyTwinkleGlitter Sun 05-Feb-17 09:20:42

I like the Moosewood cookbooks.
It is American so you have to convert the recipes from cups although you can easily print out a sheet of conversions to keep inside the book.
Will you be using meat substitutes like tofu and soya?
I'm the carnivore and my DH is the veggie. My 7 yr DS is a food refuser who would live on fish fingers or chicken nuggets and chips if allowed, so I tend to keep things very simple for him.
I've also started to introduce more lightly spicy foods for DS to try such as onion bhajis. They look more interesting than a stick of carrot, I think.

Heirhelp Sun 05-Feb-17 09:22:26

I just use the BBC good food website. Most the recipes have been rated so you know which ones are good.

GingerAndTheBiscuits Sun 05-Feb-17 09:27:03

River cottage veg book and BBC goodfood are all you'll ever need

CaptainWarbeck Sun 05-Feb-17 10:21:39

Not a book but re burgers, these tofu burgers by JO are really really good. Don't taste like tofu and quite 'meaty'. We load them up with lots of toppings too.

LadyHonoriaDedlock Sun 05-Feb-17 10:31:14

Sam Stern has a vegetarian book which is brilliant for kids/teens

C8H10N4O2 Sun 05-Feb-17 11:01:13

This is good for mixed families:

C8H10N4O2 Sun 05-Feb-17 11:05:00

Sorry hit send too quick - was also going to say Rose Elliot or the Cranks books for classic basics eaten by actual vegetarians. On the whole vegetarian books by celeb cooks/chefs are rubbish but honorable exceptions are Hugh FW and the Leon book.

TellMeItsNotTrue Sun 05-Feb-17 11:07:56

Jack Monroe does good recipes which are quick, cheap and don't need loads of kitchen equipment. She does a lot of vegetarian or vegan recipes, and with most of her recipes there are suggestions for swapping ingredients or someone will have commented with something they swapped, so even the meat dishes can be turned vegetarian easily

She has 2 cookbooks out, I think she said the first is more vegetarian than the second, but all her recipes are on her website HERE

LynetteScavo Sun 05-Feb-17 17:38:02

Thank you- I'd never even heard of Rose Elliot.

I've always used soya mince, but never for anything other than lasagne and spaghetti bolognese. I've tried using it for chilli, but DS2 picks out the kidney beans.

WandaBack Sun 05-Feb-17 17:58:56

Oh good thread. This is new to me as 18 year old DC has just gone veggie.
He doesn't like fish.
He cooks for himself when away at uni but when home I like to do family meals. While we are all happy to eat meat free some of the time I need ideas for flexible cooking. We all like nut curry and veg fajitas.
Normally I cook a lot of stews and casseroles or things like pulled pork / ham.
I suppose one difficulty is if the sauce has been cooked with meat you can't just pour it over a bit of quorn.

I found this thread and bought the Sam Stern book which is pretty good (2nd hand from Amazon)

PenguinRoar Sun 05-Feb-17 18:07:31

I have a book called "500 greatest ever vegetarian recipes" edited by Valerie ferguson.

I haveno idea where it came from, but I've had it for years. It has brilliant recipes in it of stuff I make everyday - stews, curries, pasta, pastries/pies, soups etc. It also has lots of different sides, starters and dips.

It's honestly a bloody marvel.

Also have good old Linda McCartney, Hugh FE, ottolenghi (for posh parties), Elliott and Simon rimmer's the accidental vegetarian.

AdaColeman Sun 05-Feb-17 18:12:28

Another vote for HFW Veg, lots of dishes that are interesting enough to be a main for the vegetarian but provide a side with for instance a lamb chop or piece of grilled fish for the omnivore.

Sunnyshores Sun 05-Feb-17 18:20:32

The Quorn Kitchen or Quorn website. But Im a lazy awfulcook and find it much easier to cook meals that use bags of Quorn mince, bacon, chicken, meatballs.

With a bit of luck you could cook just veggie a few times a week and any others may not notice!

saladsmoothie Sun 05-Feb-17 18:24:14

I'm the only veggie in my family but as i do all the cooking we eat veggie most of the time. For family cooking I use...
HFW - Veg Every Day
Anna Jones - A Modern Way To Eat
Lee Watson - Peace & Parsnips
Ottolenghi - Plenty

TwentyCups Sun 05-Feb-17 19:52:28

Another vote for veg everyday by Hugh f-w it's a great book.

A good one for filling, dirty style (but actually all incredibly healthy) food is Thug Kitchen - it's got a lot of swearing in it but the recipes are really good - think enchiladas, burgers, tacos etc stuff a teen boy would like! It's completely vegan.

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