A Guide to Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking and a Karma-Free Diet

Based on the Teachings of
His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Founder-Acarya of
the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

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"The International Society for Krishna Consciousness is doing a superb job of letting people know that vegetarian food is healthful, delicious, and pleasing to the eye"
-Scott Smith, Associate Editor
Vegetarian Times magazine



Chapter 1
reveals how modern medical research has shown links between meat-eating and killer diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

Health and a Meatless Diet

Chapter 2
exposes the myth of a worldwide food scarcity and explains the economic advantages of a vegetarian diet for society and the individual.

The Hidden Cost of Meat

Chapter 3
the ethical foundations of vegetarianism are set forth, focusing on the writings of some of the world's greatest philosophers, authors, and religious leaders, among them Pythagoras, Plato, Leonardo da Vinci, Rousseau, Franklin, Shelley, Tolstoy, Thoreau, Gandhi, and others. The principle of nonviolence, as found in the teachings of Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism, is also examined.

"Do Unto Others..."

Chapter 4
an analysis of how the laws of karma and reincarnation are related to vegetarianism.

Karma and Reincarnation

Chapter 5
explains in detail the rationale and procedures for offering vegetarian food to the Supreme Lord as part of the Bhakti-yoga system.

Beyond Vegetarianism

Chapter 6
excerpts from the writings of Srila Prabhupada, India's greatest authority on Vedic culture, provide a concise, highly readable summary of the philosophy underlying the spiritual vegetarian diet outlined in The Higher Taste.

A Higher Taste

Chapter 7
includes recipes for: Italian Dinner #1, Italian Dinner #2, Indian Dinner #1, Indian Dinner #2, Chinese Dinner #1, Chinese Dinner #2, Mexican Dinner, French Dinner, Middle East Dinner, Vegetables, Miscellaneous Side Dishes.



provides an overview of the Krishna consciousness movement's varied food-related activities - Vegetarian restaurants, self-sufficient farm communities, food-relief programs for the unemployed and underprivileged, and more.

Hare Krishna Food for Life

ISKCON Centers Around the World

Physiological Comparisons Between Meat-eaters and Herbivores Chart

Relative Per-Acre Yield of Usable Protein From Various Food Sources Graph


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List of Recipes

Italian Dinner #1


Stuffed Eggplant

Herb Rolls

Batter-Fried Mozzarella

Vegetable Salad

Lemon Sherbet

Italian Dinner #2

Minestrone Soup

Kofta Balls in Tomato Sauce

Breaded Zucchini Sticks

Green Beans & Tomato


Neapolitan Cheesecake

Indian Dinner #1

Eggplant, Tomato, and Panir

Cashew Rice with Peas


Cucumber Raita


Coconut Burfi

Indian Dinner #2

Potato and Cabbage Vegetable

Mung Dal

Basmati Rice

Cauliflower Pakoras

Tomato Chutney


Bengali Kheer

Chinese Dinner #1

Hot-and-Sour Vegetable Soup


Fried Rice

Sweet-and Sour Tofu Vegetable

Almond Cookies

Chinese Dinner #2

Watercress Salad

Spring Rolls

Vegetable Lo Mein

Spicy Eggplant

Vanilla Ice Cream

Mexican Dinner


Avocado Salad


Creamed Peas & Carrots

Mango Dessert

French Dinner

Stuffed Tomatoes

Vegetable Quiche

Green Peas Almondine

Vegetable Rice Casserole

Fruit Juice Gel

Middle East Dinner

Lemon Lentil Soup

Spinach Filo

Eggplant Salad

Stuffed Zucchini

Sweet Pastry


Stuffed Peppers


Cauliflower, Pea Pods, & Cashews

Asparagus Casserole

Mixed Vegetable Curry

Fried Eggplant Slices

Gouranga Potatoes

Cauliflower Parmesan

Potato "Omelet"

Creamed Spinach & Cauliflower

Miscellaneous Side Dishes


Pita Pizza

Bharats in Yogurt Sauce

Stuffed Parathas

Banana Vadis

Potato-and-Pea Croquettes

Curd Patties

Scrambled-Pepper-and Curd Hero

Vegetarian Nutloaf


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