Moosewood Cooks at Home [Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home: Fast and Easy Recipes for Any Day]

This is the cookbook that inspired me to cook. Awesome combinations of ingredients, simple preparations. They even include a great resource section at the back with pantry stocking ideas, cooking methods, and ingredient descriptions.  The African Pineapple Peanut Stew is a favorite indulgence.  I’m a big fan of Caribbean Black Beans with Mango Salsa, North African Couscous Paella, Sweet Potato Salad, Asian Cabbage Slaw, + North African Cauliflower Soup.  I also love to improvise and make recipes like  Herbed Green Pea Soup to lactose free.  I have also learned a great ways to use ingredients from this book, like flavoring soups with sundried tomatoes, a concept learned from the Black Bean Soup recipe.

Moosewood Sunday Dinners [Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant: Ethnic and Regional Recipes from the Cooks at the Legendary Restaurant (Cookery)]
Inspiring vegetarian recipes from around the globe. I especially love the African sections; they have some inspiring flavor combos that are uncommon but accessible in the US.  The Split Pea and Rice Soup is perfect for any season.  I must also say that the Capetown Fruit + Vegetable Curry will knock your socks off.

Unfortunately, most of my cookbooks were lost in the mail over my move to Texas. I’ll update this list as I find new loves or memories of great recipes from other books.