You have two assignments for October 1. First, because it's the first of the month, say "Rabbits, rabbits, rabbits," which my Southern grandmother promised will bring you good luck all month long. And second, because it's World Vegetarian Day, we're inviting you to celebrate by trying one or more of the foods and cookbooks recommended here (click each link for more details):
- "How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food" - Food writer Mark Bittman knows how to take ordinary veggies and make them into something magical.
- "My Beef with Meat: The Healthiest Argument for Eating a Plant-Strong Diet--Plus 140 New Engine 2 Recipes" - The creator of the "Engine 2" diet makes it clear just how you can benefit from a meat-free diet, and concocts additional recipes to prove that meat-free can be meaningful when it comes to pleasuring your palate.
- "Sweet Vegan: A Collection of All Vegan, some Gluten-Free, and a Few Raw Desserts" - A day without dessert is like a day without sunshine...and even on the most overcast days, the recipes in this book will have you smiling.
- Not into cooking? Then we've got you covered with Erin Baker's Breakfast Cookie Chocolate Chunk, fully vegan.
- One of the trickiest aspects of going from vegetarian to vegan: Milk for your cereal or coffee. Our favorite solution, with just 45 calories per cup: Blue Diamond Almond Coconut, Unsweetened Vanilla.