I’ve got green on the brain, but it’s not the usual mid-March St. Patrick’s Day kind of green. We’re talking spinach in my morning smoothie, kale chips as a snack and a big heap of cabbage coleslaw for lunch. As a long-time vegetarian, leafy green vegetables are a way of life. In fact, there’s an entire colored rainbow of wholesome and delicious foods to eat – and no risk of pesky leprechauns getting in the way!
A plant-based diet is rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains and legumes (such as beans). People eat this way for a variety of reasons: to conserve environmental resources, to improve health, to avoid harming animals and to alleviate allergy symptoms.
Whether you’re wanting to make the jump to a 100% whole foods, plant-based diet or are just looking to “taste the rainbow” a bit more, the library has you covered. We have an assortment of cookbooks – they’re some of our most popular resources – and many have a vegan or plant-based focus.
One of my favorite books is The Vegetable Butcher: How to Select, Prep, Slice, Dice and Masterfully Cook Vegetables from Artichokes to Zucchini by Cara Mangini. This is the perfect go-to guide for anyone who has ever walked into a grocery store and wondered what to do with some of the more unusual produce like tomatillos, daikon or sunchokes. The beautiful color photographs and detailed instructions will give amateur chefs the confidence to go forth and butcher those veggies!
Thug Kitchen is a blog that has blossomed into a brand and a line of cookbooks. The folks behind Thug Kitchen have perfected an irreverent tone that speaks to younger people who want to eat wholesome but not be all hoighty toighty about it. Who knew that healthy recipes could be so snarky, hilarious and laden with curse words (warning: not appropriate for cooking with the kiddos). And the recipes are good too! Thug Kitchen has a knack for recreating vegan versions of traditional junk food and party grub.
If you’re thinking about becoming a lean, green, veggie eating machine, stop on in to the library! Your library card gives you access to not only the cookbooks on our shelves, but to cookbooks at ALL the libraries in the county. And don’t forget about e-books available through OverDrive too. There’s currently a whopping 541 cookbooks available for digital download. With all these resources at your fingertips, you should never again have to ask “What should I make for dinner?”