Recommended Cookbooks

low res icing_on_the_quake_rnd02acoverThe Icing on the Quake – A Christchurch Vegetarian Centre cookbook

As seen on Good Morning TV One The Icing on the Quake’ put together by volunteers is a fundraising initiative to help rebuild the Christchurch Vegetarian Centre after the disastrous February 22nd 2011 earthquake destroyed our building and all of our resources. Recipes were sent in by Christchurch vegetarians and vegans, and then tested and tasted by volunteers to be sure they worked, tasted great and were easy to bake. The range of cakes, muffins, biscuits and other baked goods showcase the versatility of baking without animal products – food good to nurture the soul whilst being kind to animals, the planet and our health.

Animal Free Recipe Book – Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes to uplift and enhance your lifestyle by Angel Selenie

This is a wonderful book full of nutritious recipes including baking, salads and dips, lentils/beans/nuts, vegetables and desserts.  It also contains colour photographs of some of the recipes.  All recipes are meat, dairy and egg free, easy to prepare and full of delicious, healthy ingredients.

The Cookbook Tour – Travels in New Zealand food and music by Flip Grater

The cookbook is an entertaining diary of singer songwriter Flip Grater’s travels around New Zealand in a Lada station wagon, performing music and enjoying good vegetarian kiwi kai. Flip’s 2006 tour took in towns big and small. Along the way she met a variety of kiwi characters who fed her and gave her recipes which ended up in her cookbook. The book is full of recipes for a variety of dishes including mains, snacks and drinks.

Crazy about Nuts by Iemke Moore

A book with over 100 delicious recipes featuring nuts. To order a copy, please contact Iemke directly

Home Tried Favourites NZVS recipe bookVegetarian Recipes – Home Tried Favourites by the New Zealand Vegetarian Society

This is a compilation of recipes originally contributed by the committee members of the NZ Vegetarian Society, in an effort to provide easy to make, everyday recipes.  They are slanted towards feeding an average size family of four.  The index shows the different sections of proteins commonly used by vegetarians so if, for example, if you have tofu in the fridge, turn to the tofu section, or nuts, look at the nut section.  The recipe book is vegan friendly because it includes a large number of vegan recipes (dairy free) plus simple adaptations can be made to convert vegetarian to vegan recipes. Margarine can be used instead of butter, soy milk instead of cows milk and so on.  Feed back over the years has been excellent and is testimony to the re-prints over the years. Available from the CVC online shopping page.

The Piko Cookbook complied by Nadine Driver

This simple book is produced by long term Christchurch Wholefood Co-operative Piko. The cookbook provides an A-Z on alternative ingredients and substitution suggestions for the wheat/sugar/gluten/ free, or anyone interested in trying new foods. Recipes include ‘Rosti’, ‘Herbed polenta and fresh tomato sauce’, and ‘Frozen banana whip and hot chocolate sauce’. Recipes are all either vegan or a vegan alternative is given. Available from the CVC online shopping page.

The Sunflower Cookbook by Val Parker

First published in 1983 and still popular, The Sunflower Cookbook is the cookbook from the vegetarian restaurant and health shop of the same name. Opened in Fairlie, South Canterbury, in 1982, the business is now closed but this gem of a cookbook lets the legacy live on.