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I vacillate back and forth between being a vegetarian and eating some meat (chicken & fish). Now that I have a child, I want to make a definite switch to a vegetarian diet. Does anyone know of any good books/cookbooks that I can use as a resource? My previous stints with vegetarianism focused mostly on legumes and tofu. Thanks!!
 

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Although I'm not totally vegan, I HIGHLY recommend "How It All Vegan" by Sarah Kramer and someone else (can't remember her name and I've lent the book to a friend so I can't look it up for you). I also recommend "Main Course Vegetarian Pleasures" by Jeanne Lemlin. Both are good and pretty easy cookbooks. Definitely check out the frozen "fake" meats at the grocery store or natural food store. There are some yummy things out there to incorporate in recipes. For example, we like the frozen "meat"balls made by Nate's. They're great to make a meatball sub with or in spaghetti. Quorn also makes a wonderful "chicken" cutlet (remember "Shake-N-Bake" breaded seasoning?) that you'd swear is chicken.<br><br>
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My absolute favorite cookbook is a vegetarian cookbook called Lean and Luscious and Meatless by Bobbie Hinman and Millie Snyder. There are some amazing recipes in there that taste fantastic and are easy to make (a bonus for me!).<br><br>
Also, follow this link to see a large <a href="http://www.vegfamily.com/book-reviews/index.htm" target="_blank">list of veg cookbook reviews</a>.<br><br>
Also check out this <a href="http://www.vegfamily.com/product-reviews/index.htm" target="_blank">list of vegetarian products</a>. Some of them may strike your fancy.
 

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just two cents from me. i would not concentrate heavily on products that are supposed to be meat-like as you'll wind up ---generally---overdosing on soy that way. concentrate on whole foods which are beans, grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. all the fake foods geared towards vegans are soy-heavy and are nightmares for the body, IMHO.
 

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Erin, I knew you'd reply!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Good to know, allys jill! In retrospect, I should concentrate more on those foods (vegetables, grains, and the like), myself! I think for those who are making the transition to vegetarianism, the fake meats offer a nice alternative, esp. when you're used to having meat at every meal, as so many Americans do. I guess, just incorporate more meals without them, as you go along.<br><br>
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I've recently read <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Raising Vegetarian Children</span> by Joanne Stepaniak and Vesanto Melina and really liked it. I can't attest to the recipes, as I haven't tried them, but it has a lot of good information about dealing with family, friends, school, social events, etc. More of the social context of being vegetarian.<br><br>
I have a huge shelf full of cookbooks but the two I return to over and over are Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home and Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone. I also really like Nava Atlas' cookbooks Vegetarian Express and Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet.
 

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I also think those soy/wheat gluten fake meats can be bad for your body. So many people are sensitive to soy and gluten- and they are not real and full of chemicals anyway. There are so many traditional vegetarian, more whole foods that are better for your body.<br><br>
If you can eat soy, tempeh is a healthy fermented soy food that can be easily fried and marinated and put in salads and on sandwiches. My dh loves it.
 

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Thanks for all the ideas. We don't eat much meat as it is, so the "fake" meats aren't that appealing. However it is nice to have them to fall back on when dh wants a little meat. I like the idea of eating more whole foods and eliminating much of the processed foods in our pantry.<br><br>
Thanks again. I am armed with new cookbooks ideas and will head to the library.
 

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We like <i>The Moosewood Cookbook</i> and <i>The Enchanted Broccoli Forest</i> by Mollie Katzen and <i>Diet for a Small Planet</i> by Frances Moore Lappe. We also have our own little <a href="http://www.earthlingshandbook.org/cookbook.html" target="_blank">online cookbook.</a> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
The best technique I've found for going veg is to plan your meals around the vegetables, not the meat-substitute.
 
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