You’re not really a “meat lover,” you’re aware of the environmental and health benefits of becoming a vegetarian, so you’ve made the decision to fully commit. The problem is, you’re intimidated by the idea of no longer having meat as a fallback option, or you’re worried you’ll be bored by your diet. Have no fear, the books on this list offer solutions for the common concerns of the beginner vegetarian, like being bored by limited meal options and curing the all-around cluelessness of how to prepare well-rounded vegetarian meals.
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1. Going Vegetarian
by Dana Meachen Rau
The roadblock you face: You’re not well-versed on the full benefits of becoming a vegetarian and you want to educate yourself.
The solution this book offers: An outline covering animal cruelty, the positive environmental effects and the health benefits of becoming a vegetarian.
Take this book as your guide to all introductory information about environmental issues, animal cruelty, and how going vegetarian will positively affect your health. If you’re thinking of revolutionizing your diet, you need to get the facts first and understand why it’s a lifestyle choice worth making. Learn about the benefits and challenges of a diet that does not include red meat, poultry, or fish. Get your first look at delicious vegetarian recipes, and a how-to guide to switching and transitioning into this new life choice.
2. Chloe’s Kitchen: 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Making the Food You Love the Vegan Way
by Chloe Coscarelli
The problem you face: You have no idea how to cook an entire meal without a meat component.
What this book offers: A variety of meals that even the most carnivorous individual will crave.
You may know Chloe Coscarelli as the first-ever vegan chef to win Food Network’s hit show Cupcake Wars. If you’re newly transitioning to veganism or vegetarianism, you’ll find quick and easy recipes that will convert even the most reluctant to the delicious rewards of a plant-based diet. If you’re stuck on what to make for dinner tonight, (outside of a garden salad) you’ve got a huge array of incredibly appetizing, inventive recipes, all made with easily accessible ingredients. We’re talking about macaroni and cheese, crave-inducing sliders and fries, and adaptations of the most popular Chinese, Indian, and Mexican dishes that will win over carnivores, omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans alike. Chloe knows that eating vegan doesn’t mean giving up your favorite treats and flavors.
3. The Happy Herbivore Guide to Plant-Based Living
by Lindsay S. Nixon
The problem you face: You’d like to commit to becoming a vegetarian, but you sense that your family and friends will make it difficult for you.
The solution this book offers: How to confidently go vegetarian when you’re surrounded by a critical and skeptical group of carnivores.
Lindsay Nixon has written a practical, in-depth guide to living the plant-based lifestyle. It’s time to say “yes” to whole, good-for-you foods that make you feel (and look!) great. She provides insight on key ingredients to include in your diet and exposes the myths concerning soy, carbs, fat, and protein. She offers great tips on what to say to critical carnivores, how to live plant-based with a busy lifestyle, and ways to make easy substitutions in recipes that won’t change the texture and taste of your favorite dishes. Go forth and be healthy and confident in your decision to lead a happy herbivore life.
4. The Kind Diet
by Alicia Silverstone
The problem you face: You’re not convinced that your body won’t be deprived of essential vitamins and nutrients (like a primary source of protein) once you go vegetarian.
The solution this book offers: A thorough explanation of nutrient-dense vegetables and what the best foods are to revive and replenish your vitamin sources on a vegetable diet.
Alicia Silverstone opens up and shares the insights that encouraged her to swear off meat and dairy forever, and what the spectacular benefits were when she adopted a plant-based diet. She dives into how meat, fish, milk, and cheese―the very foods we’ve been taught to regard as the cornerstone of good nutrition―are actually the culprits behind escalating rates of disease. Alicia also addresses the nutritional concerns faced by many who are new to the plant-based diet and how to cover every nutritional base, from protein to calcium and beyond. You will find the encouragement, the information, and the tools you need in this book to make the transition to a plant-based diet.
5. The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
by Deborah Madison
The problem you face: Vegetarian or not, you simply do not know how to cook.
The solution this book offers: A crash course on how to compose a delicious meal for even the most inexperienced cook.
After her many years as a teacher and writer, Deborah Madison realized that there was not a single book that taught vegetarians basic cooking techniques. She created a cookbook that teaches cooking basics, from holding a knife to planning a menu. Learn how to use sauces, herbs, spices, oils, and vinegars to add flavor and character to meatless dishes. In each chapter, the recipes range from those suitable for everyday dining to dishes for special occasions. And through it all, Madison presents a philosophy of cooking that is both practical and inspiring.
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