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Our 9 Favorite Vegetarian Cookbooks

02/03/2015 01:56 pm ET | Updated Apr 05, 2015

You know how some people are obsessed with stamp collections or fantasy football teams? Well, we're obsessed with cookbooks. Here, in Books We Love, we'll talk about our favorites.

Today: Our favorite vegetarian (and vegetable-forward) cookbooks.

Cookbook  Moosewood

There's a whole lot of focus on you come January first -- you've concentrated on feeding people and gift-giving for the past two months and now you're expected to ring in a new you along with the new year. But what if you're pretty happy with you? Or you're too tired and in too much of a cookie coma to come up with (and stick to) a whole list of resolutions?

We've found an easier resolution: New Year, New Vegetables. Because while you're statistically unlikely to stick to a juice-and-steamed-rice diet for the next twelve months (and why would you, anyway?), cooking more vegetables -- and more vegetarian meals -- is a resolution that's both attainable and an excellent reason to pick up a new cookbook or two.

To get you started, here are a few of our editors' and our community's favorite vegetarian cookboks. Add a few to your shelf and that new you will be eating pretty well in 2015.

Go-to encyclopedias for vegetarian recipes:

  • How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman 
  • Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison (Vegetable Literacy is a favorite too -- less encyclopedic, often with longer lists of more obscure ingredients)

Other vegetarian (and vegetable-forward) cookbooks:

  • Madhur Jaffrey's World-of-the-East Vegetarian Cooking
  • Heidi Swanson's Super Natural Every Day
  • River Cottage Veg by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
  • The Moosewood Cookbook
  • Julie Sahni's Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking
  • Chez Panisse Vegetables by Alice Waters
  • Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi

What are your favorite vegetarian and vegan cookbooks? Tell us all about them in the comments! 

This article originally appeared on Food52.com: Our 9 Favorite Vegetarian Cookbooks.

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