If you are looking for some inspiration and to expand your repertoire, here are four cookbooks you should add to your collection.
1. Candle 79: A visit to this NYC restaurant inspired me to keep cooking. The recipes are good enough to make for company. If you aren’t avoiding gluten, the Seitan Piccata is amazing.
2. It’s All Good: I have to admit I am leery of celebrity cookbooks. Before making the purchase, I tried the Vegan Paella that Paltrow made on Ellen. It was delicious, so I decided to give the cookbook a try. It is my current favorite. I have been trying new recipes every week and haven’t found one that I don’t like.
My only criticism is that I would like a few less photographs of the beautiful Paltrow and a few more photographs of the food. Note: This isn’t a vegan cookbook, it just has a lot of great vegan and gluten free recipes.
3. Vegan Cooking for Carnivores: My skepticism for celebrity cookbooks does not carry over to cookbooks by the celebrities’ chefs. Ellen’s chef, Roberta Martin, has created a collection of recipes that I make regularly. The Puttanesca Sauce is one of my favorites. It’s fast, easy, and freezes well. I bought the ebook, which I don’t recommend. The bookmarking features don’t work as they do in other ebooks.
4. Veganomicon: This cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero has provided me with some of the recipes I turn to again and again. One of my favorites is the Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Mango. I also liked the Pineapple-Cashew-Quinoa-Stir-Fry. This book is filled with a lot of great recipes, but very few photos. If you want to give some of the recipes a try before you make a purchase, check out the website Post Punk Kitchen website.