Welcome to another blogpost. Today I wanted to share with you my favourite cookbooks. There are so many cookbooks out there, and a lot of them have the same type of recipes. These are each a little different in their own way. I’ve had loads of cookbooks and then culled them because I don’t use them a whole lot anyway and a lot of them I didn’t use at all. I don’t cook from recipes a whole lot and when I want anything specific I tend to just look it up online. When I just need some inspiration often everything seems too much effort. However, I do genuinely like these books.
1. The homemade vegan pantry – Miyoko Schinner
My all time favourite is The homemade vegan pantry by Miyoko Schinner. Probably because this book isn’t really made up of meals, but parts of them. And not in the sense of side dishes. This book is all staples. Many of these items are way cheaper than their store bought counterparts and sooo good. Of course I haven’t tried all of them, but I don’t think I’ve ever made one I didn’t like. The cheeses in this book are a fair bit simpler than most of the ones in her book dedicated to cheese, which for me is a good thing. Despite of the amount of testing that probably went into these recipes, most of them still have room for adapting them to your own taste. The burgers are probably my favourite recipe of this book.
2. Japanese Cooking, contemporary and traditional – Miyoko Schinner
My second favourite is another book by Miyoko Schinner. I love Japanese cuisine, but this book by the Japanese-American author and cook was the only genuine Japanese vegan cookbook I could find. In English at least. I picked up studying Japanese language a while ago, but I have a long way to go before a cookbook in Japanese would do me any good. It’s not very strange that there aren’t a lot of vegan Japanese cookbooks out there though, considering that outside Buddhist temples not a lot of vegan food is found. Animal rights are just not a big thing there. Anyway, back to the book. If you love simple and delicate flavours this book is for you. Or if you simply want to learn how to prepare tofu in ways that embrace the flavour rather than fight it, like so many western recipes do. Some of the ingredients in this book are hard to find outside Japan, unless you happen to have a huge Asian food shop nearby, but I really recommend this book nonetheless.
3. Another dinner is possible – Isy & Mike
This is a book I love for entirely different reasons than the other two. Well, except for one. This is another book that involves mostly recipes from scratch. This is a book I love for it’s incredibly normal foods, with incredibly normal ingredients, without getting boring. This book contains recipes from a wide variety of cultures, while trying not to be appropriative. This book focusses on dishes that naturally contain loads of veggies and starches rather than substituting things that vegans avoid. Yet meat substitutes are not absent, but it is mostly tofu and seitan. This book is great if you want to keep your pantry simple, have only basic shops available to you or want to live from a veggie patch as much as possible. The downside are that there are no pictures to get you mouthwatering at the recipes, just a few illustrations here and there. As well as that quite a few of the recipes require a lot of work, such peeling and cutting, making though and more. Not a lot of effort goes into bells and whistles though. This is a great book if you just want good food without breaking the bank.
4. Non*fish*a*li*cious – Lisette Kreischer
Before I went vegan I used to love fish, so a book like this couldn’t miss. This book is made in cooperation with the sea first foundation and really tries to raise awareness on the impacts of large scale fishing, which is amazing, since it doesn’t only impact the fish that are being eaten, but entire oceans and with that even people. So yeah, for me substituting fish is a great thing to be able to do. Most of the recipes in this book are pretty easy to make, but the downside is that it’s not exactly budget friendly. Sidenote: this one is in Dutch.
5. Afro-vegan – Bryant Terry
Last but not least. Another book filled with simple but incredibly good food. This is a book that makes no compromises. Flavour is not sacrificed for health or vice versa. But honestly I love this book mostly for it’s pride. This book honours the authors background without losing sight of the present. If you love soul food, this book is for you. It’s only downside for me is that quite a few of the ingredients are hard to find in Europe. If you care for cookbooks it’s a must have nonetheless.