Even though I’m not much of a cook, I do really enjoy flicking through recipe books for food inspiration & advice. I’ve been pescetarian (eating no meat except occasional prawns & fish) for about three years now. Although I’ve never been a passionate lover of eating meat, I decided to give it up entirely for both health and environmental reasons.
I’m not a ‘preachy’ vegetarian and I hold no judgement to people who choose to eat meat, although I do think people should be informed and mindful of where their meals are coming from (for those of you interested in this topic, I suggest Jonathan Safran Foer’s book Eating Animals). Anyway, beliefs aside, I wanted to share my favourite vegetarian recipe books with you. These are the books I turn to when I need a little inspo, or I just want to look at some seriously delicious and beautiful pictures.
Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi
Standout recipe: Lemon and goat’s cheese ravioli
Speaking of amazing photography, Ottolenghi’s books are top of the list! Plenty holds an entirely vegetarian menu and the book is filled with colourful, adventurous and complex recipes. I’d recommend this book to people who are keen to try something different and who aren’t afraid of a challenge.
Greens Protein: Delicious and Nutritious Meals Without Meat by Fern Green
Standout recipe: Crispy salt & pink pepper tofu
This recipe book is way more down-to-earth and, as you can see from the photo above, I have nearly tabbed every page because the recipes are quite achievable for an amateur cook. I really like the way each page is set out with photographs of each listed ingredient and the finished product. This book is easy to use, simple and the recipes are delicious.
Fast Fresh Vegetarian by The Australian Women’s Weekly
Standout recipe: jewelled couscous salad
The AWW have a multitude of recipe books and this is one of the few I use all the time. It’s quite a large book with stunning food photography (something I really like in a recipe book!). Each recipe is easy to follow, clearly laid out and the ingredients are easy to find in Australian supermarkets. Although it’s an AWW cookbook, the recipes are quite diverse in culture and flavour and it really showcases the amazing diversity of food prepared in Australian households.
River Cottage: Veg Everyday! by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Standout recipe: Mushroom risoniotto
Although I’m only 25 years old, my hobbies are often similar to that of someone in their sixties – I’m a huge fan of the TV show, River Cottage. Seriously, I own the boxset of DVDs. I also own the Veg Everyday! cook book and, just like Hugh, it’s really fab. As is consistent with the TV show, Hugh is passionate about self-sufficiency and eating simple, healthy and sustainably-sourced food. The recipes are homely, comforting and earthy – I bloody love it.
Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward
Standout recipe: Keylime pie
In Deliciously Ella, Ella shares her story of survival – from being a self-confessed sugar addict to becoming dangerously ill and deciding to overhaul her lifestyle by eating only healthy, plant-based, nutritious food. She then started a blog and the rest is history! Ella has set up a café in London called Mae Deli and has published two recipe books – one of which I own and absolutely love. The Deliciously Ella cookbook is unlike any other recipe book I own; it’s a place I can go if I want to find recipe inspiration for meals that make my body happy.
Do you have a favourite recipe book, blog or website? Please share your recommendations in the comments below!