11 Favorite Vegetarian Cookbooks

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I have the best job in the world—this food blogging gig—but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Juggling taxes on top of the usual grocery shopping, recipe testing and subsequent kitchen cleaning, photo editing, writing, bookkeeping, web design, contract negotiations and general communications… has been a bit much this week. Wine me, please.

I thought I’d share a collection of my favorite cookbooks today since I’m often asked for cookbook recommendations. These are the cookbooks that keep me inspired; the books I reach for again and again. About half are strictly vegetarian, several are vegan and a few feature some meaty recipes in between their (mostly) meatless pages. Basically, these are the cookbooks that this vegetarian finds most helpful. What are yours?!

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Colorful Beet Salad with Carrot, Quinoa & Spinach

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Man alive, yesterday was not my day. I stayed up too late the night before (will I ever learn?) and told myself I’d hit the ground running in the morning anyway. Ha. I ate lasagna for breakfast, forgot several important items on my grocery list and fell over in yoga class. More than once. Maybe it was a normal day after all.

spinach and cilantro vinaigrette

I managed to piece together this mega colorful beet salad with ingredients from the store and some substitutions based on what I had at home.

The original recipe called for two beets instead of one beet and one carrot and chopped mint instead of cilantro. I also toasted the nuts (it’s a pain, but adds so much flavor!) and tinkered with the dressing a bit, too (typical).

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Colorful Beet Salad with Carrot, Quinoa & Spinach

Reset with this colorful beet, carrot and edamame salad - cookieandkate.com

Man alive, yesterday was not my day. I stayed up too late the night before (will I ever learn?) and told myself I’d hit the ground running in the morning anyway. Ha. I ate lasagna for breakfast, forgot several important items on my grocery list and fell over in yoga class. More than once. Maybe it was a normal day after all.

spinach and cilantro vinaigrette

I managed to piece together this mega colorful beet salad with ingredients from the store and some substitutions based on what I had at home.

The original recipe called for two beets instead of one beet and one carrot and chopped mint instead of cilantro. I also toasted the nuts (it’s a pain, but adds so much flavor!) and tinkered with the dressing a bit, too (typical).

Continue to the recipe…

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Maple-Sweetened Banana Muffins

Healthy banana muffins recipe (whole grains, naturally sweetened and so good!) - cookieandkate.com

Can anyone tell that I got a new camera? Bueller? Bueller? Is that a no? Well, that’s ok. I can and I’m thrilled about it! I bought my old camera during my last year of college and it was the best investment I ever made.

Eight years and 88,000 (that’s eighty-eight thousand!) photographs later, it was time to upgrade. (If you want to geek out with me for a second, I’m now using the Nikon D750 with a 50mm f1.8G lens.)

mashed banana

New cameras are serious business. I researched all the cameras and lenses out there, compared prices, added cameras to my cart, deleted them from my cart, and after months of deliberation and saving up, finally pulled the trigger. Then I obsessively hit refresh on my UPS tracking code until it arrived and opened the door to greet my new camera with first date-like butterflies in my stomach.

Did I make the right decision? What if it doesn’t feel right? What if I should have gone with a Canon this time? I was all nervous when I opened the boxes and Cookie was, like, whatever lady, you get a lot of boxes in the mail.

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What’s in Season? April Produce

Learn what to do with April fruits and vegetables! Find recipes, preparation tips and more. cookieandkate.com

Hello, April! Bring on the watermelon. (Ha, sorry, produce joke.) These seasonal produce guides are getting tricky because local spring produce is slowly becoming available depending on your location. Think of these guides as broad indicators of what’s in season and shop accordingly. Before we get to the produce, here are a few links I’ve been meaning to share:

Podcast! I recently chatted with sweet Marly about becoming a full-time blogger and she made a podcast out of it. I had a cold and said some dumb stuff about shoes, which she may or may not have included in the final cut. I couldn’t tell you since I’m too sissy to listen to it.

Food photography guides! I wrote some guides for eBay: food photography gear recommendations, as well as finding your style/shopping for props and lastly, how to put it all together and emulate three popular food photo styles. Whether you’re a food blogger or an aspiring food photographer or just plain curious, please check them out!

Easter! If you’re looking for recipes, I think you’ll find quite a few Easter-appropriate recipes over here. A few of my top picks: baked asparagus frittata, green goddess hummus, Greek broccoli salad, lemon-parsley bean salad and last but not least, spring pea and asparagus pasta.

Thanks again to Becky for letting me base this resource on her “Eat Seasonal” monthly seasonal produce lists. You can download her free screensaver for April produce over here. For more seasonal inspiration, follow my boards on Pinterest!

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