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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

This is World Vegetarian Week!

Over the years I've found myself eating less and less meat, although I'll freely admit, I'll never give up a juicy hamburger! Still, more often than not, I prefer vegetarian meals. This week, in honor of it's being World Vegetarian Week, I'll try to be more conscious of meat-free eating.

Here's an article on the Top Ten Reasons to Go Vegetarian, if you need convincing about the benefits of vegetarianism.

If you're a committed vegetarian, or simply like vegetarian meals come visit us. We carry the magazine Vegetarian Times [MAG VEG] and we have tons of books on the vegetarian lifestyle and cooking meatless meals.

Here are two for vegetarian newbies:

Melina, Vesanto. The New Becoming a Vegetarian: The Essential Guide to a Healthy Vegetarian Diet. [613.262 MEL]

Wolfe, Frankie A. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Being Vegetarian. [613.262 WOL]

Just want to try a few new vegetarian recipes? Here are two cookbooks:

Robertson, Robin. Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker: 200 Recipes for Healthy and Hearty One-Pot Meals That Are Ready When You Are. [641.5636 ROB]

Wasserman, Debra. Meatless Meals for Working People: Quick and Easy Vegetarian Recipes. [641.5636 WAS]

Want more resources? Try the Vegetarian Resource Group website.

Kids often dabble in vegetarianism during their teens, much to the dismay of parents who worry about getting enough nutrients into growing bodies. We have books such as Vegetables Rock!: A Complete Guide for Teenage Vegetarians by Stephanie Pierson [YA 613.2 PIE] to guide you and your teen. Or, visit KidsHealth.

All this talk about meatless eating has got me drooling. I'm thinking right now of General Gao's tofu--lightly fried chunks of tofu, crisp broccoli, and a lovely spicy sauce. It's like General Gao's chicken, but better!

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