Cooking with soy

One does not have to be vegetarian to benefit from the addition of soy products to their diet. 

The tofu cookbook : an essential cook's guide with over 60 enticing recipes
Becky Johnson.
London : Southwater, 2008.
Tofu cookery
Louise Hagler.
Summertown, Tenn. : Book Pub. Co., c2008.
Includes index.
The ultimate uncheese cookbook
Joanne Stepaniak.
Summertown, Tenn. : Book Pub. Co., c2003.
This collection of recipes are perfect for vegans and those who are lactose intolerant. Learn how to make your favorite "cheese" dishes without the cheese.
Tofu quick & easy
Louise Hagler.
Summertown, Tenn. : Book Pub. Co., c2001.
Tofu is the one of the most versatile and economical complete protein foods on the planet. The question most people ask about tofu is "What do I do with it?" This newly revised and updated edition provides over 150 recipes for preparing tofu in everything from party dips to barbecue and luscious desserts.

Soy products, especially tofu, are perfect for easing into a diet low in fat, calories and cholesterol but without losing essential proteins found in meat.  Tofu is very versatile; it absorbs the flavor of whatever spices and ingredients with which it is cooked.  

Tofu types

Silken: softest variety; used in soups, desserts and smoothies

Firm: easy to slice or cube; used in frying or baking

Frozen: gives it a spongy, meat-like texture; crumble and use in chili or pasta sauce

Large-scale soybean farming has only become prominent in the United States since the 1940's and 1950's.  However, soybeans have been widely used in Asia for over 1,000 years because of their medicinal properties and health benefits. 

Consuming soy products has been shown to protect against heart disease, breast cancer and osteoporosis.  A diet high in soy also helps to reduce the risk of prostate cancer and diminish the symptoms of menopause. 

Soy products are high in both protein and fiber, and are easy to digest.  Soy is also low in calories, fat and carbohydrates, and contains no cholesterol.

For those who might not be ready to try tofu, there are a wide variety of other soy-based products on the market.  Soymilk, soy meats, soy nuts and soy cheeses are all easy ways to work soy into one's diet. 

Look for soy products such as tofu and meat substitutes in the produce and frozen departments at grocery stores and at health food stores.  When eating out, look for tofu on the menu at Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese restaurants. 

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff