When my family and I decided to cut out meat at home, I realized the thing I needed most of all was better cookbooks to aid with the transition. I headed for the library, armed with a list of recommendations from vegetarian and vegan friends for the best new books on the market. Here are some that I discovered.
What intrigued me immediately about Thug Kitchen is that it does not announce its vegetarianism anywhere! You wouldn’t even know it’s a meat-free book until you start flipping through the pages and notice the absence of meat from all photos, although the tagline on the front cover (“Eat like you give a f---”) should give it away.
"Thug Kitchen" is full of gratuitous swearing, which I find annoying but am willing to overlook because the recipes are so good. The swearing is only problematic when my 6-year-old wants to help cook and when my mother comes to visit, neither of which will respond well to giant F-words slathered on the page.
The recipes, though, are fabulous –interesting, inspiring, and easy, using ingredients that are already in the pantry. Some favorites so far include Mango Curry, Tempeh Peanut Noodles with Blanched Kale, Roasted Beer and Lime Cauliflower Tacos with Cilantro Coleslaw, and Crispy Millet and Peanut Butter Buckeyes (like a healthier yet still addictive version of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups).
"Thug Kitchen" (2014), $12