John's Online Bookstore

The books in this section are either recommended on this web site, or have inspired some part of it, or I just thought they were really good. You can click on the links to go directly to, where you can read reviews of the books and (if you like) order them online.

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I read several travel books in anticipation of a trip to Greece in May 1999. Here are my reviews and recommendations.

And of course some Greek vegetarian cookbooks...

Vegetarian Cooking

Indian Vegetarian Cooking

Indian cuisine is great for vegetarian cooking. (In fact, I'm taking an Indian cooking course right now.) Here is a selection of books from the two Grand Dames of Indian cooking. The Jaffrey books are not completely vegetarian but are excellent for vegetarians and non-'s alike.

Tip: If you are just getting started with Indian recipes...

  1. Find a bulk food store and buy an ounce or so of cumin seeds, mustard seeds, coriander, garam masala, and other spices that are featured in Indian cooking.
  2. Find an Indian grocery store where you can pick up any other unfamiliar ingredients that you may need for a particular recipe. Look for different breads, flours, chilis, and exotic varieties of rice and lentils.

Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking by Julie Sahni. $17.50.

Madhur Jaffrey
A Taste of India. $20.80.
Madhur Jaffrey's Quick and Easy Indian Cooking. $12.76.
Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking. $11.96.
An Invitation to Indian Cooking. $10.40.
Madhur Jaffrey's World-Of-The-East Vegetarian Cookbook. $19.20.
Madhur Jaffrey's Spice Kitchen: Fifty Recipes Introducing Indian Spices and Aromatic Seeds. $10.50.
Yamuna Devi
The Best of Lord Krishna's Cuisine: Favorite Recipes from the Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking. $13.56.
India: The Vegetarian Table (Vegetarian Table Series). $16.07.
Yamuna's Table: Healthful Vegetarian Cuisine Inspired by the Flavors of India. $11.16.

Far Eastern Vegetarian Cooking

If you are interested in Far Eastern vegetarian cooking, here are some titles you can get:

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These were purchased by visitors to this page, but I don't think they are particularly vegetarian.

The Vegetarian Table

The Vegetarian Table is a best-selling series of books, each featuring the cuisine from a particular country or region, each from a different top-notch food writer. All are hardcover; several feature photographs. Read about the food of:


Combining the whimsical and the practical, here are some Dilbert books that you can actually use at work. If you're lucky, maybe you can expense them.

Tennis / Sports / Fitness

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I've found that my fastest improvements in tennis and most effective injury prevention came from working on my strength. So these next few of entries in the sports section are for strength training rather than specifically tennis.


Great language! For those who like to get things done today.

Science Fiction

Henry Rollins

I don't know much about Henry Rollins (of Henry Rollins band fame), but one of my visitors must be a big fan!

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