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Vitalita Recommended Vegan (Vegetarian) Commercial Cookbooks

Not Free (but recommended Vegan (Vegetarian)
Cookbooks (and other books)
Becoming Vegan:

Brenda Davis, RD & Vesanto Melina, RD
- include lots of vegan nutritional research and covers many aspects of good nutrition.

Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating

Eric Marcus
- up to date information about the impacts of the standard meat/dairy American diet on health, the environment, and non-human animals.

The Vegetarian Way:

Virginia Messina, RD, MPH & Mark Messina, PhD
- an in-depth discussion of the vegan diet, including nutrient charts, pregnancy, children, teens, elderly, athletes, diabetics, meal-planning, & recipes.

Simple, Lowfat, and Vegetarian: 

Unbelievable Easy Ways to Reduce Fat in Your Meals
Suzanne Havala, M.S., R.D. and Mary Clifford, R.D.
- eating guide and cookbook - good for starting vegetarians who are looking for quick meals.

Vegan Vittles:

Recipes Inspired by the Critters of Farm Sanctuary
Joanne Stepaniak

- a vegan take on traditional "comfort" foods, with a great section on seitan ("wheat meat").

Romancing the Bean:

Essentials for Creating Vegetarian Bean Dishes
Joanne Saltzman

- cookbook with information about different types of beans and all guidelines for cooking bean dishes from dry beans

Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure:

Two-Hour Taste in Ten Minutes
Lorna J. Sass

- learn how to use a pressure cooker, and the some quick dishes that can be created with a pressure cooker.

Friendly Food:

Gourmet Vegetarian Cuisine
Brother Ron Pickarski, O.F.M.

- a gourmet vegan cookbook - not simple everyday stuff, but rather more for entertaining.

Eco-Cuisine:

An Ecological Approach to Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking
Ron Pickarski
- a follow up to Friendly Foods with a very similar theme

The Now and Zen Epicure:

Gourmet Cuisine for the Enlightened Palate
Miyoko Nishimoto
- vegan cookbook from the Now and Zen Restaurant in San Francisco - not a quick, daily cooking guide - more for special occasion cooking

On Food and Cooking:

The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
Harold McGee
- detailed technical information about the chemistry of food, how food react together, and food processing information - for the advanced cook who wants to know more about the chemistry of foods

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