Q: My 14-year-old sister, who has tried to be a vegetarian as long as I can remember with little to no support from my parents, has requested a vegetarian cookbook for Christmas.
I know there are tons of great vegetarian cookbooks out there but do you have any suggestions for versions that are more teen-friendly or designed to cook for one (the rest of the family will never go for veg meals)?
Sent by Chelsea
Editor: Chelsea, this is a great gift for your sister. Our first thought is: What about a cookbook that will help her from the very beginning to adapt recipes to veg and non-veg diets alike. On the one hand it's too bad that your family isn't more supportive of her diet choices. On the other hand, it can give her good experience from the very start, learning to cook for multiple dietary preferences in one meal. Ivy Manning's book, reviewed here, is a wonderful place to start.
• The Adaptable Feast by Ivy Manning
And check out Ivy's recipe we published last year:
• Thanksgiving for Every-vore: One Recipe Two Ways
Readers, what would you suggest for a young vegetarian just starting out in the kitchen?
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