Thursday, April 8, 2010

4 Cookbooks and a How-to

I've got a bit of a thing for cookbooks. Mostly, I have a bit of a thing for books in general but cookbooks in particular. My theory on cookbooks is that one can never have enough of them. JR has yet to buy into my theory.

1. Cookin' Southern Vegetarian Style. I have to tell you I've been a lot of places in the South and have yet to find a southern vegetarian style. Want an example of a vegetarian meal in New Orleans? For dinner I had a side dish of green beans (requested no bacon) and a baked potato (requested no bacon). In Charleston, South Carolina I did have the most fantastic mushroom risotto. Now, if that is in this cookbook I'll be buying it.

2. The Moosewood Cookbook. I have heard nothing up but good things about the Moosewood restaurant and cookbooks.

3. the Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without. This is another cookbook by Mollie Katzen. I would hope that this one and number 2 don't have the same recipes in them. I think I'll start with the Moosewood one than work up.

4. The Hippy Gourmet's Ouick and Simple Cookbook for Healthy Eating. Why do I need this one? It goes without saying but it will match the first vegetarian cookbook I ever bought 30 years ago. From the age of 18 to 23 I was a vegetarian. This is pretty typical behavior. Most vegetarians become vegetarians in their late teens to early 20s. Then they stop then start back up again when they get older. I've kept the same cookbook all these years. And if I'm going to buy this one I seriously have to buy the one below.

5. The Hippie Handbook: How to Tie-Dye a T-shirt, Flash a Peace Sign, and Other Essential Skills for the Carefree Life. Enough said.

So I think I'll be buying 4 out of the 5 books on this list. Yay! It's about $50. I qualify for free shipping. Just don't tell JR. He seems to think that 150 cookbooks is enough.



  1. I could almost feel your love of shopping, bargains and cookbooks while reading this.

    I like cookbooks too, but I tend to never actually follow a recipe - especially if it has more than a few steps and most definitely if it uses more than two pans! Those recipes that call for multiple steps involving every pan and appliance in the kitchen get read carefully .... then I shut the book with a thump and say out loud "Well, that won't be happening."

  2. Yeah, I have that same problem with Beloved. But since he knows that protesting isn't going to work, I get a lot of heavy sighs.

  3. Ha...I have to agree with Mum-Me. But I do take the general idea of recipes from books and modify them. Cheers Michele!!

  4. Heh, yer just buyin' 'em 'cause "Hippy" is in the title(s), LOL!! Like you DON'T know how to tie-dye a T-shirt, NOT. :-)

  5. I love cookbooks too!

  6. Michele -- I'll bet you read cookbooks at night, too! Good for you. And you're right that there isn't a Southern vegetarian tradition, since "vegetables" to us in the South pretty much means "cooked on the stove all day with bacon." But we offset that with eating fresh tomatoes right in the garden as soon as we pick them, so maybe that balances out.

  7. I read cookbooks for fun and pleasure and to relax by. I have a few, but not vegan (:() sorry.

    My new cookbooks are all designed for Terry. And I cook from them. And I gain weight from them.



  8. 150 cookbooks?
    Are there even that many out there? (This coming from someone who only recently began stocking the pantry with staples.)

  9. I love cookbooks too...especially baking related. While not at 150, my hub certainly thinks 40 or so is plenty. yet he reaps the rewards so I call that a win-win. LOL.

  10. I love it! I have a thing for cookbooks, too - my hubby still shakes his head over the massive number I currently have, and I'm always looking for more unique ones. Very cool ones you've picked out! :)