Do more vicarious globetrotting with Heidi Swanson’s Near & Far, influenced by the author’s travels to Morocco, France, India, Italy, and Japan. It’s part cookbook, part curl-up-on-the-couch material. Each recipe, from lettuce hearts with garlicky melted butter (Paris) to roasted tomato salad with harissa (Morocco), is paired with Swanson’s evocative photography.
For dishes with no animal ingredients, there’s Vegan, a handy collection of recipes from Gena Hamshaw’s New Veganism column on Food52.com. It doesn’t matter if you substitute seitan for steak—when it tastes good, it tastes good, and the recipes hit the mark. Exhibit A: the chai-spiced bread pudding made with coconut oil, almond milk, and medjool dates.
Not ready to take the full plunge? Recipes from The Part-Time Vegetarian include easy ways to incorporate meat or fish into otherwise vegetarian recipes, like lemon-caper linguine with bread crumbs, Parma ham optional, and sweet potato–red pepper curry with shrimp, if you please.