Do you resolve to eat healthier this year? Maybe you want to make sure you eat more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Cooking vegetarian food at home a few times a week can help. Local Pacific Northwest cookbook authors let you achieve your goal deliciously.
Meat Lover’s Meatless Vegetarian by Kim O’Donnel (vegetarian, Seattle). If you or someone in your household have had “I don’t feel satisfied without meat” experiences with vegetarian food before, you must try this book. Although the recipes aren’t always the healthiest choices (YUM, cheese!), they are a perfect gateway to plant-based eating. O’Donnel also uses richness from carmelized onions, mushrooms, and hearty grains to make the food filling and hearty.
Herbivoracious by Michael Natkin (vegetarian, Seattle). With vibrant flavor combinations, these easy and fresh recipes are a perfect introduction to the variety and delights of vegetarian food. The gorgeous photos should inspire you, too.
Plum by Makini Howell (vegan, Seattle). From upscale and elegant to cozy and easy, the chef and owner of Plum Bistro in Seattle provides great recipes for entertaining and everyday.
Vegan Diner by Julie Hasson (vegan, Portland). Enjoy healthy comfort food at home with these recipes from the owner of Portland’s vegan food cart, Native Bowl. Eat less animal protein doesn’t take shakes or fries off the table completely. Try this cookbook for when you want to adapt guilty pleasures to not-so-guilty ones.
Gluten-free and Vegan Pie by Jennifer Katzinger (vegan, gluten-free, Seattle). Just because you want to try veganism doesn’t mean you have to give up treats. Try your hand at delicious baked goods from Katzinger, former owner of Seattle’s vegan and gluten-free Flying Apron Bakery. Bonus: these recipes are also gluten-free.