Vegan Cookbooks for Father’s Day

Snubbr, a site that let’s you ask any question and have it answered by experts, asked if they could write a guest post about the best Vegan cookbooks for your Dad. Your Dad isn’t a vegan? Mine either. But cutting down on animal products (and his cholesterol) will protect his sweet heart. Maybe present the cookbook over a delicious, home-cooked vegan meal?

Have cookbooks to recommend? Let me know!

Vegan Cookbook Gift Ideas For Father’s Day
by Shannon Clark, a Snubbr expert

If you happen to have a vegan father (or husband) and are looking for a gift for the upcoming Father’s Day holiday, considering a vegan cookbook is one of the best ideas you could get for him. One of the greatest challenges of being a vegan is constantly coming up with new ways to prepare your food while sticking with this diet, so he’ll definitely appreciate the book and make great use of it.

Be sure that you browse around however as there are a wide variety of vegan cookbooks available to choose from. Let’s get you started by showing you our top five picks.

Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook

If you’re looking for the most all-inclusive vegan cookbook around, look no further than this option. It’s not only going to provide you with a number of different recipe options to choose from but it’s also going to show you how to prepare a variety of different vegan foods.

If your dad doesn’t do a lot of cooking for himself on a regular basis, this is the gift to give him. The book comes with a variety of different photographs to fully illustrate what each dish will look like completely prepared so from the moment he opens it up, he’ll love what he’s seeing.



The Complete Vegan Kitchen: An Introduction To Vegan Cooking With Than 300 Delicious Recipes

If you’re looking for a low-budget cookbook that will give your dad plenty of ideas, this book can’t be beat. All of the recipes are also low in saturated fat and really pack in the fiber so with each one he prepares, you can rest assured he’s doing something positive for his health.

The book is filled with 320 pages of recipes so there will be no shortage of options when he has this to be his guide.

Vegan With A Vengeance

If your dad is looking for something a little different and appreciates originality with his cooking, this will be the book to get him. Best of all, every one of the recipes has a low budget in mind so he won’t break the bank while preparing these.

One of the nicest things about this book is all the different dairy free dessert recipes it includes so he’s sure to find something sweet that he can enjoy.



The New Vegan Cookbook: Innovative Vegetarian Recipes Free of Dairy, Eggs, and Cholesterol

If your dad has strict orders from the doctor to watch his cholesterol level this will be a good cookbook choice to get him. This book incorporates a wide variety of different foods and flavorings to help spice up meal time from Asian and Indian spices to various natural nut butters.

The recipes in this book are very easy to follow and will be appreciated by those who aren’t even vegan-style eaters.
Since the book is smaller in size it’s one of the best gift-giving options around and will be greatly received by your father.



Vegan Fire and Spice: 200 Sultry and Savory Global Recipes

If your dad appears to be tired of the everyday meals he’s so used to, this cookbook is sure to please. Included in this book are dishes from every single continent so he can expand upon his taste preferences and try some really non-traditional cuisine.

Many of the dishes in this cookbook are quite spicy however, so take note of that and be sure that you warn him. If he’s enjoys the hotter tasting foods, this book will feel like a match made in heaven.

The author does make notes however of how you can adjust the heat of the recipes so if he’s someone who easily gets overpowered by spicy foods, this definitely won’t rule this book out as an option for him.

Being a vegan can sometimes feel like a challenge when you’re running low on ideas as for what to make but with these books the meal options become that much more plentiful as does his nutrition.

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Rice and Beans night

Every time I make brown rice or soak and then cook black beans I make extra and freeze the leftovers. It doesn’t really take any more time or energy to make more than you need, and then when you come home mid-week, ravenous and lazy and tired and not wanting to cook, a little quick defrosting will have you most of the way to a meal. I LOVE toppings and garnishes of all kinds, and rice and beans are so easily transformed into an exciting dinner based on what you have in the fridge. I got lucky on the night pictured above and had fresh avocado, pico de gallo green onions and cilantro available, along with two kinds of hot sauce, roasted red peppers and some cheddar cheese. On other nights I might add some quick-sauteed greens and garlic, leftover tomato sauce, and parmesan. O maybe some curry spice and the bottom of the bottle of mango pickle and some sweet chutney. It’s your quick and cheap dinner – go wild!

Riblet Sandwich at A Full Plate Cafe

Every great once-and-awhile I don’t want eggs for brunch. I know, shocking! But when that time comes, I usually want a hearty, savory sandwich and a side of fried potatoes. A few weekends ago I hopped the El to A Full Plate Cafe in Northern Liberties to drop off some of Mama Gautsche’s Zucchini Cookies for a bake sale. While in the neighborhood, I thought I’d pop in for brunch and watch famous Philly food Blogger E do her thing. I had already ordered a soy late for Soy Boy Cafe, so a giant jar of ice water with lemon hit the spot, along with the oozey riblet sandwich. Hunks of tempeh marinated in BBQ sauce, atop a wet southern coleslaw on a soft bun. Sweet potatoes ( I admit, I would have appreciated a mix of sweet and yukon) crisped on the side, and the healthy dose of hot sauce and I was one happy lady.

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Sprouting Beans


Not only to sprouted bean pack a great crunch, they are also higher in enzymes, fiber B-vitamins and protein than cooked or canned beans, an easy protein-pick if you’re eating raw, and easy to make yourself. Garbanzo beans (or chickpeas) work especially well and make a wonderful hummus, as do green lentils. Mung beans, adzuki beans are other popular choices.*

1. Place 1 cup of dried beans in a large jar. Fill with water and soak overnight.
2. Drain the beans, leaving them in the jar.
3. Every day, rinse the beans and drain again.
4. When the beans have sprouted long white tales, they are ready to eat and should be kept in the refrigerator.

The beans will “grow” as they sprout, so make sure to leave extra jar room. I like punch holes in a few jar lids with a hammer and nails so I have a permanent straining solution! Enjoy on salad, in curries, as spreads, in pasta – however you usually eat beans!

* Do NOT eat raw sprouted black beans, kidney beans or soya beans as they produce a poison before they are cooked and will likely make you sick. You CAN sprout black beans and then cook them.

Yards Brewing Company

You may have noticed that I’m a big fan of local sustainable urban living magazine, Grid. I even write a piece for them now and again. A few weeks ago they celebrated their one-year anniversary with a big party at the new Yards Brewing Company tasting room, a big open bar just off the Spring Garden El stop (on Columbus). Local beer will win me over every time, and it was nice to get my first spring Saison on tap. While Yards has a limited menu, it’s very affordable and includes an rotating grilled cheese section for $3 a pop. Sold. I believe the sandwich above was a whole grain bread with local cheddar, field greens, and of course a pickle. It won’t knock your socks off, but it’s good solid drinking food.

Yards is an awesome company not only because it functions on a closed-loop, eco-friendly system. Other fun facts:
* Pennsylvania’s first 100% wind-powered brewery.
* Current production capacity of 12,000 barrels a year.
* Hot water collected and recycled whenever possible.
* All glass and cardboard recycled through the Pedal Co-Op.
* Grains and dregs donated to local farms as feed.
* Earthen clay walls in the Tasting Room.
* Floors made from recycled concrete and coated in SoyCrete sustainable compound.

You can even pick-up kegs, 6-packs and cases while you’re there! Stop by and pay a favorite local brewer a visit.