My Favorite Cookbooks

Here are some of my favorite cookbooks (Treasures!)                                                                   

Crazy Sexy Kitchen by Kris Carr with Chef Chad Sarno  This vegan cookbook is tried and true in my kitchen! It is written by best-selling author (one of my true inspirations and favorite bloggers) Kris Carr. I’ve re-read the first “Three Courses” aka 77 pages, over and over because they are so informative. Things I’d never heard before were made clear (poach? sear? blanch? braise? Huh?). I love the sections on how to cook grains and beans and Knife 101. The recipe symbol legend is awesome too. Websites for all of her guest chefs are provided too. Kris is so much more than a cook! I hope to meet her someday!

forks over knives book 

Forks Over Knives by Del Sroufe   This is one of my go-to cookbooks!   I was led to this cookbook after visiting the Engine 2 Diet website where Rip Esselstyn (son of Dr. Caldwell Esseltyn – Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Program) challenged his firemen co-workers to try a plant-based diet.  One of my favorites in this collection is the meatless, cheeseless lasagna. There is no oil used in any of the recipes in this book. Watch the movie with the same title.  Wow x 10!

Superfood Kitchen by Julie Morris   This gem is packed with plant-based specialties. My favorite is the Quinoa Spaghetti with Cashew Cream Sauce and Chard. Conversions charts and substitution cheat sheets in the appendix were so helpful, especially in the beginning.  There is so much information here about the nutritional value of the Superfoods and what makes them “super” foods.

The Kind Diet   by Alicia Silverstone   This was one of the first cookbooks I read after deciding to go with a plant-based diet. The information about the food industry was eye-opening and informative. Love the three levels of plant-based eating, from flirting to Superhero. Recipes in this book increased my vocabulary because when I was new to the vegan diet, I hadn’t even heard of some of the items listed in the ingredients.                                                                             

No Meat Athlete by Matt Frazier  This one is more than just a cookbook, and the runner in me just loves it! This easy to read and useful book includes principles of nutrition, techniques for changing habits, plus formulas for a variety of recipes including smoothies and energy bars (I make a batch a week!). Even training plans for running a 5K to a marathon are included. This is my go-to book for all things running. Matt’s writing style is down-to-earth and real. I hope to meet him someday! Love this book! 

And last, but certainly not least, The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon. Angela is a blogger I’ve followed for a long time. Finally her long-awaited cookbook is here! The recipes in this book are all vegan; they are simple to make and so delicious. This is a cookbook I go to over and over, and the recipes are husband and teenage sons-approved! That’s saying something! This book has pages dog-eared all over because there are so many recipes that I still want to try. Recipes are nutritious, and quick and easy with ingredients you probably already have in the cupboard, or fridge, or spice rack.