Best vegetarian recipe cookbooks

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For me, a good recipe book is one filled with ingredients that are easy to find and with great pictures to be inspired by.

I was brought up a vegetarian so living by this diet is easy for me. Luckily I love mushroom risotto, but I am really fed up with it always being offered up as the "veggie option"! I buy cookbooks to make things that are different and exciting.

Vegetarians have healthier diets, it's been revealed this weekAll the books below offer recipes that fall into that category. And while some might have risotto recipes, they also give plenty of inspiration for other veggie options...

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River Cottage: Veg Everyday by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

This is my new favourite cookbook. Sorry, Nigella. Not only does almost every recipe have a picture, but everything I have cooked has been delicious, bar an incident with polenta (but I'm not sure I like polenta anyway). Hugh's pizza dough also makes gorgeous bread, the melanzane alla parmigiana is the best I've ever tasted and the salad dressings are just gorgeous. This book is proof that even with the simplest ingredients, you can create the most delicious food.

Veggiestan, by Sally Butcher

The ingredients in this Middle Eastern recipe book aren't always easy to find, but they are worth sourcing. The Moroccan tomato and onion soup is a flavourful punchy lunch and there isn't much to dislike about the Turkish pizza. Its website suggests suppliers for the less Sainsbury's-friendly ingredients and it is definitely worth picking up some date syrup and giving these recipes a go.

Rose Elliot's New Complete Vegetarian by Rose Elliot

This cookbook is dictionary-like in its comprehensiveness. For years, Rose Elliot has been known as the go-to gal for vegetarian recipes and this book (a reprint of her old book) lives up to her standards. One advantage to this book is that vegan versions are suggested for some of the recipes. It's a great purchase for those who want an encyclopedic tome of vegetarian cooking.

Plenty, by Yotam Ottolenghi

To get a taste of the incredible Ottolenghi at home, buy this book. The only critique is that, unless you have a fantastic store-cupboard of ingredients, it can be expensive to make some of the dishes. But for the couscous alone, it's worth getting a copy.

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Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World: 75 Dairy-free recipes for Cupcakes That Rule, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

I know this is a vegan cookbook rather than a vegetarian one, but I bought this wondering whether tasty cakes could be made without dairy. I love baking, but eggs are essential for binding and butter is important for creaming the sugar - which makes the cakes yummy and fluffy - and for flavour. This book suggests alternatives to animal products - and very successfully too. The carrot-cake cupcake is delicious! It is an American book, so measures in cups and suggests ingredients such as "Graham crackers", but English substitutes are available - e.g. digestives instead of Graham crackers - and cup measures are available online.