Book Buzz: Very Veg – 3 new vegetarian cookbooks

Over the past few years there has been a lot of buzz in my social circles about going vegetarian or vegan, flexitarian or just to eat less meat. I feel that this idea is no longer a trend, but it’s now become a lifestyle.

In my home we are certainly trying to be more mindful of what we eat – and that has meant choosing to eat less meat for a variety of reasons including fostering kindness to other living creatures, being more mindful of our consumption, reducing our impact on the environment and cutting down costs.

The problem is that a lifetime of cooking a certain way and living a certain lifestyle is hard to change!

As much as I’ve wanted to eat less meat and more veggies it’s not been easy. Mostly because I have no idea what to make with vegetables, or how to make it delicious!

Fortunately the “no-longer a trend” trend towards Vegetarianism and Veganism has resulted in a slew of new recipes books aimed at answering just these problems!

I recently discovered 3 fabulous vegetarian cookbooks that I thought I would share with you that have helped our family on our own journey…

New Vegetarian Cookbooks


Jamie Oliver needs no introduction. This household name belongs to one of the most influential people in the food industry. As the name suggests, the latest book in his best-selling library of titles focuses on vegetarian dishes. The strapline of this books promises easy & delicious meals for everyone and Veg is a celebration of meat-free food that is brilliantly easy to make, full of flavour and designed to leave you feeling full.

An explosion of colour, taste and variety, the book contains simple tips for busy weeknight suppers, as well as comforting family favourites and weekend feasts to share with friends.

This book is best for everyone looking to expand their repertoire of inventive, delicious, fuss-free recipes that they can confidently make for the whole household. Flexitarians or anyone looking to reduce their meat intake will find this the perfect guide to introducing more veggies into your everyday cooking in a way that will keep everyone happy and satisfied.

‘It’s all about celebrating really good, tasty food that just happens to be meat-free’ – Jamie Oliver

Author: Jamie Oliver
Publisher: Michael Joseph for Penguin Random House
ISBN: 9780718187767
Format: Hardback
Recommended Price: R430.00
Published: September 2019

My Vegetarian Braai

As South Africans one of the hardest lifestyle changes to make when going vegetarian or vegan is knowing what to take along to a bring-in-braai! Fortunately My Vegetarian Braai solves that problem!

As a country of meat eaters it can be very hard to announce your vegetarian or vegan lifestyle change and one of the first things you will notice is that people quickly get very defensive about their braai choices – this book is not about trying to convert carnivores, but rather aimed at helping to broaden the horizons of every braaier, the ones who enjoy preparing meals for their families and friends and as well as those who want to replace their “wors” with “wortels”.

Over the festive season, when braai culture firmly takes over, it can be difficult to know how to cater for your guest who have vegetarian or vegan, this book will give you new ideas and delicious recipes to satisfy the taste buds of every guest that sits at your table. Even meat-eaters will be seduced by these tasty vegetarian and vegan recipes, which make brilliant side dishes to accompany any meal.

With vibrant photography by Hein van Tonder, each recipe in this book will get your tastebuds twitching and make you want to immediately light the braai!

Winner of a 2020 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for the Barbeque and Grill category in South Africa.

Author: Adele Maartens
Publisher: Struik Lifestyle for Penguin Random House
ISBN: 9781432310059
Format: Trade Paperback
Recommended Price: R325.00
Published: July 2019

The Flexitarian Cookbook

This South African cookbook features an assortment of recipes suitable for part-time vegetarians and vegans

The concept of not centring every meal around an animal-based protein is well on its way to settling into mainstream society, but there is a whole host of home-cooks who fall somewhere between carnivore and vegan. That’s me… and I think most of us!

Today many of us are looking to eat less dairy, meat and fish, as the host of environmental, ethical and health-related reasons for doing so stack up. But even though we know that it is best to reduce meat and fish consumption, we find it hard to give them up entirely and wish to enjoy these flavours on occasion. This lifestyle is now known as “Flexitarian” and this choice is less about adopting a rigid regime, and more about an organic attempt to eat a mainly plant-based diet.

This timely cookbook is a collection of modern recipes and comfort food classics, all of which feature simple adaptations that can make them suitable for vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians and meat-eaters. Featuring breakfast & brunch, snacks & lighter plates, salads & sides, soups & stews, pasta, noodles & rice as well as oven bakes this is a book for every home looking to eat a little more mindfully.

Author: Julia Charles
Publisher: Struik Lifestyle for Penguin Random House
ISBN: 9781432310769
Format: Paperback
Recommended Price: R290.00
Published: October 2019

So whether you’re embracing a Meat-free Monday (or maybe a few each week), living a vegan lifestyle, or just wanting to try some brilliant new flavour combinations, these books tick all the boxes and will ensure you won’t even miss the meat!

Buy all of these great books at the following online stores:
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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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