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We invite our readers to contribute recipes, stories about transcendental feasts, ideas for prasadam distribution, articles about their restaurants and or businesses ventures concerning vegetarian food distribution.  


*Note; All of our Vegetarian Cookbooks are On Sale.  We have done this to help promote Vegetarian Cooking, and thereby, to reduce the slaughter of animals.

Quotes by Vegetarians

"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.  -Albert Einstein

We pray on Sundays that we may have light,

To guide our footsteps on the path we tread;

We are sick of war; we don't want to fight,

And yet we gorge ourselves upon the dead.

-George bernard Shaw

To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana.  -Buddha

Humans are the only hunters who kill when not hungry  -Steven Spielberg

Some Famous Vegetarians

Albert Einstein     Leo Tolstoy     Louisa May Alcott     Henery David Threau     Ralf Waldo Emerson

 Benjamine Fraklin     Socrates     Sir Isaac Newton     H.G. Wells    Albert Schweitzer

 Tolstoy     Dr. J.H. Kellogg      Upton Sinclair     Leonardo Da Vinci     Charles Darwin

 Plato     Mark Twain     William Wordsworth     St. Francis    

Thomas Edision     Martin Luther     George Bernad Shaw  


       Religious World Views 

All religions stress that we should treat all creatures with compassion.  Yet, ten billion animals are raised in abusive "factory farms" and brutally slaughtered annually in the U.S.  Farmers deny the animals fresh air, space to move comfortably, and fulfillment of their instinctive needs.

All religions teach that people be very careful about perserving their health and their lives.  However animal-centered diets have been linked to heart disease, several forms of cancer, strokes, and other degenerative diseases.

Religions teach that preserving and nurturing the earth is a spiritual imperative,  Yet, animals-centered diets wast food, land, water, energy and other resources, contribute substantially to soil erosion and depletion, and promote air and water pollution, tropical rain forest and other habitat destruction, and global warming.

From the beginning of recorded history many have found the vegetarian diet to be the natural diet of humanity,  The wise priests of ancient Egypt never ate meat,  Many Greek wise men including Plato, Socrates, and Pythagoras advocated a vegertatian diet.  Buddha urged his disciples not to eat flesh.  The Taoist saints and sages, as well as early Christians and Jews were also vegetarians.  The Hindus forbit the eating of meat, and the Koran prohibits the eating of "dead animals, blood and flesh".

Gandhi said, "Jesus practices nonviolence par excellence". Jesus spent his life healing the broken, liberating the oppressed, calling for justice, practicing nonviolence, and confronting the structures of oppression by turning over the tables of injustice.  If Jesus lived today wouldn't he sid with the starving, the homeless, the refugees, children and animals of the world, who continue to be crushed by first-world greed.  If Jesus lived in our culture of violence wouldn't he do everything he could to confront the structures of death and call for a new culture of peace and life.  He would want us to change every aspect of our lives, to seek complete physical, spiritual, emotional, and ethical wholeness, to become people of nonviolence, children of the God of peace.

Moving towards a vegetarian diet expresses one's conviction that we should show compassion for animals, preserve health, help feed hungry people, protect the environment, conserve resources, and pursue peace.


       Blessed are the Merciful

Why should Christians be vegetarian?  Jesus' message is one of love and compassion, yet there is nothing loving or compassionate about factory farms and slaughterhouses, where billions of animals live miserable lives and die violent, bloody deaths.  Jesus mandates kindness, mercy compassion, and love for all God's creation.  He would be appalled by the degree of suffering we inflict on animals to indulge our acquired taste for their flesh.

The Garden of Eden, God's perfect world, was vegetarian.  But the prophets tell us that the peaceable kingdom will be nonviolent and vegetarian;  even the lion will lie down with the lamb.

God created every animal with the capacity for pain and suffering.  Yet on today's factory farms, animals are dehorned, debeaked, and castrated with anesthesia,  To maximize profits, they are crowed together in the least space possiable, and are genetically bred, so that most suffer lameness, crippling leg deformities, or bone breaks, because their legs can't keep up with scientifically enhanced bodies,  Finally, they are trucked without food or water, through all weather extremes, to a frightening and hellish death.

the Essenes (or Nazarenes), considered to be the first followers of Jesus, claim that Jesus was a vegetarian,  "And the birds gathered around him and welcomed him with their son and other living creatures came unto his feet and he fed them and they ate out of his hands"

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The Hare Krishna Book of Vegetarian Cooking Softbound

The Hare Krishna Book of Vegetarian Cooking Softbound

The Hare Krishna Book of Vegetarian Cooking Softbound
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The Hare Krishna Book of Vegetarian Cooking by Adiraja das

This book is more than just a collection of 120 Indian recipes, it is a taste of that special fusion of wisdom and beauty that is Ancient India.

The recipes are so easy to prepare that you'll wonder how they could taste so good. Once you try some, you'll know why the have become worldwide favorites of the friends and guests of the Hare Krishna movement.

312 pages
Multitude of Color Photos
6 x 9 in Softbound
Highly Recommended!
Only $14.95

You can read about the advantages of vegetarianism and the arts of eating, serving, and combining dishes to get the most pleasure and most nutrition from your meals. And, for the spiritually curious, there is an introduction to Krishna Consciousness, the world's oldest philosophy. 

Whatever you're looking for in a cookbook - a few new recipes, a healthier diet, or a new outlook on life - The Hare Krishna Book of Vegetarian Cooking will fulfill your desire with the magic touch of Old India.
The Hare Krishna Book of Vegetarian Cooking Hardbound

The Hare Krishna Book of Vegetarian Cooking Hardbound

The Hare Krishna Book of Vegetarian Cooking Hardbound
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Hare Krishna Book of Vegetarian Cooking
By Adiraja Dasa

An introduction to Indian vegetarian cooking. Over 100 recipes and detailed instructions on preparing all the essential, unique ingredients that make up Indian vegetarian cuisine.

From the simple to the advanced. You'll first learn how to use utensils already in your kitchen to replace some of those found in Indian kitchens. The 11-page chapter on spices and herbs is the best around. The ancient art of planning which dishes for each menu and how a meal is served is clearly explained. Learn the art of combining dishes in menu-planning, and preparing, offering and eating an Indian meal. Then come 120 tested recepies, carefully chosen by the best cooks in the Hare Krishna movement for their diversity and ease of preparation, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Preface by actress Hayley Mills.
Introduction on Vegetarian cooking
Chapters on Utensils, Menus, Spices & Herbs, The Science of Eating and Good Health etc.
Hardbound, 318 pages, 39 color photos, 6" x 9".
120 recipies, suggested menus, Appendixes, Glossary, Index, About the Author etc.
Price: $16.95
Company: BBT

Great Vegetarian Dishes

Great Vegetarian Dishes

Great Vegetarian Dishes
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Great Vegetarian Dishes [Hardbound]
by Kurma das (one of the best cooks in the Hare Krishna Movement)

In this full-colour compendium of the best Italian, French, Chinese, Thai, and Indian vegetarian recipes, author Kurma Dasa presents practical vegetarian versions of world cuisine. With humour, patience, and enthusiasm, he has passed on his knowledge to a growing and appreciative audience worldwide.
Through his books, TV cooking series and videotapes, he has helped thousands of people realise the versatility of vegetarian cooking. He spent several years testing and refining the hundreds of international recipes presented in this most practical book. Lavishly illustrated with award-winning colour photographs.

Beautifully Illustrated
With Introduction on Vegetarian Cooking
Special Ingredients
Suggested Menus
Directory of Recipes
191 Pages in Hardbound cover
Printed by the BBT
On Sale for only $21.95
Simple Vegetarian Cooking Indian Style

Simple Vegetarian Cooking Indian Style

Simple Vegetarian Cooking Indian Style
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Simple Vegetarian Cooking, Indian Style
By Shanka Dasa

This new volume of Simple Vegetarian Cooking offers a variety of tasty Indian meals. This cookbook is especially meant for spiritual vegetarians, who recognize that the food they eat is a gift from God (Krishna) and naturally feel inclined to show their appreciation and gratitude.

According to the Bhagavad-gita, the most famous of India's timeless books of spiritual wisdom, the best way to show your appreciation and gratitude is to offer your food to the Supreme Personality of Godhead before eating it yourself. This cookbook offers a variety of Indian recipes you are sure to enjoy offering to Lord Krishna.

The author spent five years in India, visiting many families throughout the country and learning how to prepare many traditional dishes. This book offers a variety of recipes for dal, rice, vegetables, chutneys, breads, and sweets.

Chapters on Dal (Bean Soups), Rice, Vegetables, Savories, Hot and Sweet Chutneys, Raita, Pickles, Flat Bread, and Sweets.

Also there is an Introduction on The Art of Making Gee, Appendix, and Glossary of Spices and Special Ingredients

Softbound, 160 pages, 6" x 9".
Price: $7.95

Simple Vegetarian Cooking Italian Style

Simple Vegetarian Cooking Italian Style

Simple Vegetarian Cooking Italian Style
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Simple Vegetarian Cooking, Italian Style
By Shanka Dasa

Updated and revised to perfect the recipes, this new edition of Simple Vegetarian Cooking offers a variety of tasty Italian meals. This cookbook is especially meant for spiritual vegetarians, who recognize that the food they eat is a gift from God (Krishna) and naturally feel inclined to show their appreciation and gratitude.

According to the Bhagavad-gita, the most famous of India's timeless books of spiritual wisdom, the best way to show your appreciation and gratitude is to offer your food to the Supreme Personality of Godhead before eating it yourself. This cookbook offers a variety of Italian recipes you are sure to enjoy offering to Lord Krishna.

Italian cooking generally uses a lot of garlic and onions, which are not used when cooking for Lord Krishna. By using asafetida and ghee in place of garlic, Shanka Dasa creates many delicious Italian antipasti, soups, sauces, pastas, and other dishes.

Chapters on Antipasti, Soups, Sauces, Pasta, Vegetables, Salads, Pizza, Lasagna, Rice, and Desserts.

Softbound, 126 pages, 6" x 9".
Price: $7.95

Vegetarian Cooking Links

Vegetarian Cooking Links

Hare Krishna CookingThe "Recipes" section of HareKrsna.com contains nearly 2,000 wonderful vegetarian recipes from across the Indian subcontinent. In each of the following categories you will find a unique selection of recipes, including multiple recipes for some well known preparations, as they're prepared in different regional cuisines. While the culinary and geographic interpretations of these dishes may vary greatly, many old favorites will be recognized and appreciated anew. This collection of recipes has been selected and adapted to contain only those ingredients acceptable for the Gaudiya Vaisnava diet, as instructed by Srila Prabhupada.
Vegetarian Recipes and ResourcesVegetarianism is especially recommended for those who want to follow a truly spiritual lifestyle. The information, recipes and website links on this page are provided to help anyone begin or to increase their ability to be a vegetarian. The links provided on this page can lead you to the information that will explain that. There are also cookbooks available on this page, and numerous other recipes and cookbooks that are linked from other websites that you can download or print for immediate use so that you can begin to change your diet right away, or increase the vegetarian recipes that you may already have. This site by Stephen Knapp is highly recommended!
Indian Vegetarian Food & RecipesGreat site for Indian Cooking Recipes. Available in many Languages. Indian Restaurant Guide, Kitchenware, Health, Indian Cookbooks and more.
The Vegetarian Resource GroupHealth, Environment and Ethics! Another good site! Online Vegetarian Journal. Vegetarian Nutrition, Recipes, Vegan Info and more.
Vegetarian ResturantsOnline guide to vegetarian restaurants and natural food stores in the United States and Canada. Includes commentary, menu selections, directions, and hours.
Vegetarian RecipesVegetarian diet also known as vegetarianism refers is highly broad concept and includes various forms of dietary practices that involve consuming plant-based foods and restricting various animal-derived products from the diet.
Vegetarian Living PetaPeople for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 2 million members and supporters.
Vegetarian TimesThe Worlds Largest Collection of Vegetarian Recipes.
Vegetarian FoodAbout.com site.
Hare Krishna RecipesRecipes and Cookbooks. Lord Krishna's Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking by: Yamuna Devi, Dakshin: Vegetarian Cuisine from South India by: Chandra Padmanabhan, and The Higher Taste: A Guide to Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking and a Karma-Free Diet
TryVeg.comLots of information on compassion over killing. Free vegetarian starter guide.
VegWeb.comRecipes and Forums on Vegetarian and Vegan.
Veg KitchenVegan recipes, kitchen tips, news and products for a healthy plant based lifestyle. With Nava Atlas
Fruits & Veggies More MattersQuick Recipes: 30 Minutes or Less
101 Cookbooks101 Cookbooks is a California bases food Blog that features mostly vegetarian recipes. Very popular.
Deborah Madison Deborah Madison cookbooks. Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone The “bible” of vegetarian cooking for all who enjoy vegetables and other plant foods, whether omnivores, vegetarians or vegans.
All RecipesVegetarian recipes complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.
Indian Vegetarian RecipesWelcome to ivcooking.com, your source for Indian Vegetarian Cooking. Enjoy these Indian vegetarian recipes with pictures from the cookbook, Indian Vegetarian Cooking At Your House, by Sunetra N. Humbad and Amy Shafer Boger, M.D
IndiaDivine.orgRecipes and Natural Ayurvedic Cures. Divya Medicines of Swami Ramdev
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Prasadam, food offered to Lord Krishna
How to Eat Sriritually

How to Eat Sriritually

Preparing and Offering Prasadam

By His immense transcendental energies, Krsna can convert matter into spirit. If we place an iron rod in a fire, before long the rod becomes red hot and acts just like fire. In the same way, food prepared for and offered to Krishna with love and devotion becomes spiritualized. Such food is called Krsna prasadam, which means "the mercy of Lord Krsna."

Eating prasadam is a fundamental practice of bhakti yoga. In other forms of yoga one must artificially repress the senses, but the bhakti-yogi can engage his or her senses in a variety of pleasing spiritual activities, such as tasting delicious food offered to Lord Krsna. In this way the senses gradually become spiritualized and bring the devotee more and more transcendental pleasure by being engaged in devotional service. Such spiritual pleasure far surpasses any kind of material experience.

Lord Caitanya said of prasadam, "Everyone has tasted these foods before. However, now that they have been prepared for Krishna and offered to Him with devotion, these foods have acquired extraordinary tastes and uncommon fragrances. Just taste them and see the difference in the experience! Apart from the taste, even the fragrance pleases the mind and makes one forget any other fragrance. Therefore one should know that the spiritual nectar of Krsna's lips must have touched these ordinary foods and imparted to them all their transcendental qualities."

Eating only food offered to Lord Krsna is the perfection of vegetarianism. In itself, being a vegetarian is not enough; after all, even pigeons and monkeys are vegetarians. But when we go beyond vegetarianism to a diet of prasadam, our eating becomes helpful in achieving the goal of human life--reawakening the soul's original relationship with God. In the Bhagavad-gita Krsna says that unless one eats only food that has been offered to Him in sacrifice, one will suffer the reactions of karma.

Offering food to the Lord
How to Prepare & Offer Your Food

How to Prepare & Offer Your Food

How To Offer Your Food To The Lord

As you walk down the supermarket aisles selecting the foods you will offer to Krishna, you need to know what is offerable and what is not. In the Bhagavad-gita, Lord Krishna states, "If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, a fruit, or water, I will accept it." From this verse it is understood that we can offer Krishna foods prepared from milk products, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains. Meat, fish, and eggs are not offerable. And a few vegetarian items are also forbidden--garlic and onions, for example, which are in the mode of ignorance. (Hing, or asafetida, is a tasty substitute for them in cooking and is available at most Indian groceries.) Nor can you offer to Krishna coffee or tea that contain caffeine. If you like these beverages, purchase caffeine free coffee and herbal teas.

While shopping, be aware that you may find meat, fish, and egg products mixed with other foods; so be sure to read labels carefully. For instance, some brands of yogurt and sour cream contain gelatin, a substance made from the horns, hooves, and bones of slaughtered animals. Also, make sure the cheese you buy contains no rennet, an enzyme extracted from the stomach tissues of slaughtered calves. Most hard cheese sold in America contains rennet, so be careful about any cheese you can't verify as rennetless.

Also avoid foods cooked by non-devotees. According to the subtle laws of nature, the cook acts upon the food not only physically but mentally as well. Food thus becomes an agent for subtle influences on your conscious. The principle is the same as that at work with a painting: a painting is not simply a collection of strokes on a canvas but an expression of the artist's state of mind, which affects the viewer. So if you eat food cooked by non-devotees-employees working in a factory, for example--then you're sure to absorb a dose of materialism and karma. So as far as possible use only fresh, natural ingredients.

In preparing food, cleanliness is the most important principle. Nothing impure should be offered to God; so keep your kitchen very clean. Always wash your hands thoroughly before entering the kitchen. While preparing food, do not taste it, for you are cooking the meal not for yourself but for the pleasure of Krishna. Arrange portions of the food on dinnerware kept especially for this purpose; no one but the Lord should eat from these dishes. The easiest way to offer food is simply to pray, "My dear Lord Krishna, please accept this food," and to chant each of the following prayers three times while ringing a bell:

1. Prayer to Srila Prabhupada:


nama om vishnu-padaya krishna-preshthaya bhutale
srimate bhaktivedanta-swamin iti namine
namas te saraswate deve gaura-vani-pracharine
nirvishesha shunyavadi pashchatya desha tarine

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who is very dear to Lord Krishna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet. Our respectful obeisances are unto you, O spiritual master, servant of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami. You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Caitanya deva and delivering the Western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism."

2. Prayer to Lord Chaitanya:


namo maha-vadanyaya krishna-prema-pradaya te
krishnaya krishna-chaitanya-namne gaura-twishe namaha

"O most munificent incarnation! You are Krishna Himself appearing as Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. You have assumed the golden color of Srimati Radharani. and You are widely distributing pure love of Krishna. We offer our respectful obeisances unto You."

3. Prayer to Lord Krishna:


namo brahmanya-devaya go-brahmana-hitaya cha
jagad-dhitaya krishnaya govindaya namo namaha

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto Lord Krishna, who is the worshipable Deity for all brahmanas the well-wisher of the cows and the brahmanas and the benefactor of the whole world. I offer my repeated obeisances to the Personality of Godhead, known as Krishna and Govinda."

Remember that the real purpose of preparing and offering food to the Lord is to show your devotion and gratitude to Him. Krishna accepts your devotion, not the physical offering itself. God is complete in Himself--He doesn't need anything--but out of His immense kindness He allows us to offer food to Him so that we can develop our love for Him.

After offering the food to the Lord, wait at least five minutes for Him to partake of the preparations. Then you should transfer the food from the special dinnerware and wash the dishes and utensils you used for the offering. Now you and any guests may eat the prasadam. While you eat, try to appreciate the spiritual value of the food. Remember that because Krishna has accepted it, it is non-different from Him, and therefore by eating it you will become purified.

Everything you offer on your altar becomes prasadam, the mercy of the Lord. The flowers, the incense, the water, the food--everything you offer for the Lord's pleasure becomes spiritualized. When we offer the Lord something with genuine love and devotion, He enters into the offering, and thus the remnants are non-different from Him. So you should not only deeply respect the things you've offered, but you should distribute them to others as well.

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"So our life should be so formed that in our every activity there will be God consciousness. That is the technique of yoga-sthah. You haven't got to separately being seated in meditation as yoga, generally as we understand.

Now, how much you can devote your time to meditation? Suppose one hour in the morning or one hour in the evening you can devote. But if you mold your life in such a way that always, twenty-four hours, you are in meditation, that is the platform of yoga-sthah kuru karmani. I am earning for the Supreme Lord. Then, when I earn, I bring things for cooking, I am thinking, "Oh, this thing will be cooked for Lord." Now, your wife cooks, and she is also very clean because it is being cooked for Lord Krsna. You see? Now, as far as I am concerned here, I also cook myself my food and offer to Krsna, and therefore I ask my friends that unless it is offered to Krsna, you please do not take it. You see? Sometimes I see that in your country, while cooking, they taste. They taste. But I request them that don't taste before the cooking is finished. After cooking is finished and when it is offered to the Deity, then you take as much as you like, as much as you like.

So that means there is God consciousness, that "This thing is being cooked for the Lord." The cooking will go on. If you don't think of God, you require cooking because you want to eat. The cooking is there in the program. But if you think that this cooking is done for God, then your God consciousness is there. The cooking you cannot avoid. As a householder you have to cook for yourself, you have to cook for your children, you have to cook for somebody else or for your own self. Just like I am cooking. I have no here family or children, but I am cooking for myself. So cooking you cannot stop. But if you cook with the understanding that "This foodstuff is being cooked for the Lord. The Lord may be offered first; then we shall take," this is God consciousness. This is God consciousness. But is it very difficult thing? Anyone can accept this."

Srila Prabhupada Lecture on Bhagavad-Gita, 04-01-66, New York

Prasadam the Lord's Mercy

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