Archive for September, 2013

Vegetarian Samayal of South India by Viji Varadarajan

by on Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Book Description
The food cooked in a brahmin home was sathvic paying special attention to the balance and nutritive value of the dishes prepared; the ladle of plain cooked dhal served before the rice and the topping of a dollop of homemade clarified butter/ghee; the balance of plain and spicy food, and the benefits of yoghurt as a final course to set right any imbalance in the food eaten for the day – were scruplously maintained. Most days even now, onion and garlic are not used in cooking. The word curry is originally derived from kari a Tamil word for a preparation of a dry vegetable with spices. Gradually the British added water and meat to curry and hence it came to be known as the Madras Curry . Hence curry/kari is basically vegetarian and later began to be associated with all meat dishes. In the Chettiar, Mudaliar, Nadar or Vellalar community a stir-fry vegetable is known as poriyal . This book is specially formatted to suit all who desire to plan a good tamil vegetarian meal – what is today known as combos. The tambram cuisine has an amazing range of vegetables cooked in a variety of methods – in the form of stir-fry, ‘kuzhambus’/gravy vegetables or dhals, sambhars/vegetables with dhals, ‘kootus’/vegetables with coconut or and, with plain dhals.

Vegetarian Epicure by Anna Thomas

by on Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Book Description
A friendly informal tone and some splendid recipes have made this a perennial bestseller. For all who love the fruits of the earth and the art of cooking. A classic with almost a million copies sold to date.

The Vegetarian Soul Food Cookbook by Dawn Marie Daniels

by on Monday, September 9th, 2013

Book Description
New from bestselling authors Imar Hutchins and Dawn Marie Daniels comes The Vegetarian Soul Food Cookbook: A Wonderful Medley of Vegetarian, Vegan & Raw Recipes Inspired by the Southern Tradition. Written not only for Vegetarians but really for anyone that is interested in making classic American Soul Food without losing the flavor of your grandmother’s Sunday dinner, but with a new and healthier spin. No more missing out on good hearty Southern foods because everything is cooked with meat, in meat or is meat! Here’s a way to introduce your family and friends to vegetarian twists on their favorite dishes.

Dakshin Vegetarian Cuisine from South India by Chandra Padmanabhan

by on Friday, September 6th, 2013

Book Description
“Dakshin” is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning “south.” It symbolizes what this Cookingbook is all about – the best and most delicious of South Indian vegetarian cuisine. Filled with tempting recipes and evocative photographs, Dakshin also includes an extensive glossary of terms and ingredients for those new to Indian cuisine and a meal planning section. From sambars and rasams to cooling desserts and sweet treats, Dakshin takes you through the elements of South Indian meals, including chutneys and pickles, rice dishes, pakoras, payasams, poriyals, kootus, bondas, and vadais. With its use of fresh produce and a Healthy, balanced approach to eating, Dakshin is an ideal Cookingbook for today’s lifestyle.

Is God a Vegetarian? by Richard A. Young

by on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Book Description
Is God a Vegetarian? is one of the most complete explorations of vegetarianism in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Young, a linguistics and New Testament scholar, attempts to answer the question being asked with greater and greater frequency: “Are Christians morally obligated to be vegetarians?”

Many people are confused about the apparent mixed messages within the Bible. On the one hand, God prescribes a vegetarian diet in the Garden of Eden and the apocalyptic visions of Isaiah and John imply the restoration of a vegetarian diet. However, it is also clear that God permits, Jesus partakes in, and Paul sanctions the eating of flesh. Does the Bible give any clear guidance?

Close readings of key biblical texts pertaining to dietary customs, vegetarianism, and animal rights make up the substance of the book. Rather than ignoring or offering a literal, twentieth-century interpretation of the passages, the author analyzes the voices of these conflicting dietary motifs within their own social contexts. Interwoven throughout these readings are discussions of contemporary issues, such as animal testing and experimentation, the fur industry, raising animals in factories, and the effects of meat-eating on human health.