BOOKSMy tip for buying veggie recipe books is to look over each section of the book before purchasing. I've found quite a few vegetarian cook books which only include salads, plates of boiled veg and the odd bit of pasta - how very uninspiring and outdated! However, I have found a few books I really enjoy...
'The Vegetarian Student Cookbook' published by Ryland, Peters and Small. This book is awesome! Covering everything from dips and starters to more impressive meals and desserts, you can find something for any occasion. Being a student cookbook, most ingredients are pretty cheap foods that you'd have in your cupboard already. Each recipe I've tried from this has been spot on - delicious, easy to make and uses accurate measurements. It also has a little symbol so you can see which recipes take 20 minutes or less - great for busy folk. I'd recommend this to any 'newbie' veggies as it's packed with tips! Buy from Amazon for around £7.
'Vegetarian' published by Love Food. I was really impressed by the 'Introduction' section to this book, which covers everything from where to gain key nutrients, to non-veggie ingredients you may not know about, to shopping tips and veggie meals for children. The recipes range from starters to desserts, though you may have to be a bit inventive with adding spices and seasoning as some recipes come across as a bit bland. Nothing a bit of imagination can't solve, though! Available from The Works for about £2 - £3.
Vegetarian Cookery by Vicky Smallwood. This book would be ideal for anyone wishing to introduce more vegetarian dishes to family meal times. There are plenty of hearty, filling meals in here, varying from snacks to sweet treats. I'd say that the measurements tend to be slightly out, but if you're used to cooking your instinct should save you! My Mum managed to find this for £1.99 from the Works, RRP £7.99.
WEBSITESBBC Good Food - There are THOUSANDS of recipes stored on here and they all look delicious! You can search for your fave ingredients, check out the ratings and read the nutritional values for each meal. I always cast an eye over the comments for each recipe, often people leave excellent tips and ideas.
Jamie Oliver - I haven't actually tried anything of Jamie's yet, but I have heard good things! He has some really lovely looking meals and I've always thought he's pretty inventive with his ingredients. Plus, how can you not love him?!
4Food - 4 have a real mash up of vegetarian recipe contributors, from River Cottage to bloggers - everyone seems to be able to have their input! There's also a 'Veggie Kids' section, which I imagine would be undeniably useful for quick, tasty, fuss free kids meals.
Cook Veg - This is a fab place to discover some fool proof recipes with the 'Most Popular' section! There's also a forum to check out in case you need any help, or just to see what everyone else is loving food-wise recently.
BLOGSWeirdly, I haven't found any purely vegetarian food blogs I can get into yet! I have found some great food blogs with vegetarian meals included, though. It's also really simple to pop in meat substitutes, like Quorn, to meat based dishes!
A Taste of Home Cooking
The English Can Cook
There must be a heap more, but for now, these three are my faves!
Are you vegetarian? Vegan? What are your favourite recipes?