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My sister (the same one in the last post I made) is looking for a good whole foods vegan cookbook. They need something vegan based since they are trying to eliminate dairy due to her DH's depression. She has her set of recipes but would like some new ones to add in.<br><br>
They do not mind ethinc foods since much of their meal planning involves that. However most of the vegan recipes she has found call for some very outrageous (and obviously ethnic) ingredients that just should not be combined. She lives in a VERY conservative and small town where many of those ingredients aren't even available. She needs to be able to get it from the local grocery store without a ton of fuss. She doesn't want to waste money on an ingredient to try out only to find that they do not agree with it. So nothing crazy insane in that department.
 

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I only have a few vegan cookbooks now, but so far the one with the most simple recipes is <span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen</span> by Donna Klein. It is all whole foods - mainly veggies, beans, and grains - and commonly found seasonings.
 

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^second that book & her new italian book too.<br><br>
I love Dreena Burtons' books! <a href="http://vivelevegan.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">http://vivelevegan.blogspot.com/</a>
 

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Christina Pirello has great and really basic stuff. Her website is <a href="http://www.christinacooks.com" target="_blank">www.christinacooks.com</a><br><br>
Some of her books include:<br>
Cooking the Whole Foods Way<br>
Christina Cooks: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Whole Foods but Were Afraid to Ask<br><br>
I like her stuff because she's macrobiotic so includes a lot of sea veggies in things. She also only uses soy in the form of tofu or miso.
 

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This is one of my faves:<br><br>
The Native Foods Cookbook<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2F1590300769%2Fref%3Dpd_bxgy_img_b%2F102-0761538-2560909%3F_encoding%3DUTF8" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/159..._encoding=UTF8</a>
 

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Alrighty, I'm on the phone with my sister and she would like to know if anyone has used the Volumptuous Vegan cookbook? she keeps seeing it in Barnes and Nobel and wants to know if it's worth getting!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Alrighty, I'm on the phone with my sister and she would like to know if anyone has used the Volumptuous Vegan cookbook? she keeps seeing it in Barnes and Nobel and wants to know if it's worth getting!</div>
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I've heard that the recipes in that are good, but time consuming. So maybe better for special occasions than every day....
 

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The Vegan Cookbook, by Alan Wakeman and Gordon Baskerville<br><br>
UK book, but written in both UK and US measurements. Very wholefood but also easy and tasty :)
 

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The Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics, by Jessica Porter<br><br>
Hilarious as it in informative. And she feels the plight of chocoholics trying to shake the addiction... So there's alternatives to the unhealthy stuff for when you're craving something decadent. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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My favourite is Vive le Vegan.<br><br>
The recipes are simple and delicious, and her baking is wonderful! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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I'm currently reading vegan planet (I don't eat many spices etc cause I have a bad tummy) and I have to say I'm pretty impressed. The things it asks for are mostly on my shelves already and not too spicy!
 

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I second the recc for Christina Pirello's Cooking the Whole Foods Way...lots of very simple recipes, some of them are a bit unconventional, but the book is huge so those recipes are outweighed by the rest of the good simple ones!<br><br>
One thing you should know (in case it matters to you) is that she does have a section on Fish. Though she notes that she doesn't eat it and why, it is part of the macrobiotic diet and thus included.
 

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I second the recc for Christina Pirello's Cooking the Whole Foods Way...lots of very simple recipes, some of them are a bit unconventional, but the book is huge so those recipes are outweighed by the rest of the good simple ones!<br><br>
One thing you should know (in case it matters to you) is that she does have a section on Fish. Though she notes that she doesn't eat it and why, it is part of the macrobiotic diet and thus included.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm currently reading vegan planet (I don't eat many spices etc cause I have a bad tummy) and I have to say I'm pretty impressed. The things it asks for are mostly on my shelves already and not too spicy!</div>
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I love Vegan Planet!!
 

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I would like to second that the Voluptous Vegan is def more for special occaisons. It has some great desserts & soups but the rest is all in meal formats & can be real time-consuming.<br><br>
I LOVE Diet for a New World. It is the one (all-vegan) cookbook I have never had anything disappoint me in.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I only have a few vegan cookbooks now, but so far the one with the most simple recipes is <span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen</span> by Donna Klein. It is all whole foods - mainly veggies, beans, and grains - and commonly found seasonings.</div>
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I'm going to third this one - I just got it a couple weeks ago but I love it. The recipes are simple but simply delicious and use basic, easy to find ingrediants.
 

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Yeah Volumptous Vegan is definetly for when free time is in abundance. I haven't been thrilled with it either - I spent a loooong time and some very expensive ingrediants making one of her coffee cakes a couple weeks ago and the result was just so-so.
 
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