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I need a really good vegetarian family cook book.

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LynetteScavo · 05/02/2017 09:02

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.

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lastqueenofscotland · 05/02/2017 09:04

The Leon fast vegetarian one is really good

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BertrandRussell · 05/02/2017 09:09

Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall's Veg is my favourite.

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SparklyTwinkleGlitter · 05/02/2017 09:20

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 · 05/02/2017 09:22

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

GingerAndTheBiscuits · 05/02/2017 09:27

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

CaptainWarbeck · 05/02/2017 10:21

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 · 05/02/2017 10:31

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

C8H10N4O2 · 05/02/2017 11:01

This is good for mixed families:

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C8H10N4O2 · 05/02/2017 11:05

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 · 05/02/2017 11:07

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 · 05/02/2017 17:38

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.

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WandaBack · 05/02/2017 17:58

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 · 05/02/2017 18:07

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 · 05/02/2017 18:12

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 · 05/02/2017 18:20

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 · 05/02/2017 18:24

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 · 05/02/2017 19:52

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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