There’s something incredibly satisfying about cooking a meal that contains no meat. There’s an arrogance and a smugness in knowing that your dinner is a completely wholesome affair that’s almost guaranteed to be good for you. Okay, you could quite easily be eating a mountain of penne and cheddar but I’m talking more about dishes that have actual vegetables in them.
Learning how to cook vegetables is an essential part of becoming more comfortable in the kitchen. Finding out how to properly caramelise a carrot or sauté a cabbage can teach you a great deal about the Maillard reaction and how you can best utilise a vegetable’s strengths and weaknesses. Because the truth is that vegetables are actually a lot more interesting than meat and vegetarian food can be some of the most vibrant and delicious food there is. If you don’t find yourself excited by the idea of eating a fully vegetarian meal for lunch or dinner then you simply haven’t had any good vegetarian cooking. I’m here to help you with that.
We’ve got an astonishing number of vegetarian-friendly recipes on this website and most of them are perfect for whatever level of experience you’ve got. On the other hand, we haven’t got every single potential vegetarian recipe under the sun, so if you want to source some other tasty vegetarian recipes that have been tested till they’re perfect, you need to get yourself a solid vegetarian cookbook. We’ve already discussed some of the best vegan cookbooks as well as the best restaurant cookbooks and your favourite chef’s cookbooks. Now it’s time for the veggies to have their day.
Discovering a vegetarian cookbook that’s rammed with recipes for meat-free curries, traybakes, and a load of other dishes can change your life. And change the way you consider ingredients in the kitchen. To usher you in the right direction, I’ve rounded up some of the best vegetarian cookbooks out there. These are the cookbooks you should turn to when you’re in need of something that tastes great but doesn’t require cooking anything in chicken schmaltz. Enjoy.