Let’s face it, we all buy cookbooks with the best of intentions. And sometimes, they just end up sitting on our shelf, may be used once and forgotten. Maybe we read the author’s story of how they found veganism. We read it excitedly like a novel then forget about the book once the story is over. Regardless of the why’s, buying cookbooks we barely use happens to all of us. Cookbooks give us an opportunity to break out of our routine, teach us new ways to cook, new ways to view our food and elevate our health. So it’s crucial we find ones we love and want to pick up repeatedly. With vegan diet becoming more popular, vegan cookbooks are rapidly popping up. From dessert books to paleo vegan books to southern style cooking, vegan cookbooks abound.
With all these new cookbooks plus classics, how do you begin to sort through them to find ones that would suit your taste preferences and actually get used? How do you find ones with recipes that use accessible ingredients or detail just how to stock your pantry or how to make your food the healthiest ever? We’ve extensively combed through the vegan cookbook market to provide you with what we consider the best vegan cookbooks. Most of these cookbooks contain a variety of recipes for every meal of the day that are whole foods based and have simple, accessible ingredients. Most of these cookbooks have created pantry lists for you to make grocery shopping easier. We’ve also thrown in a few must-haves that have a unique spin, such as superfood nutrition or vegan cheese, because well, it’s just delicious.
Oh She Glows Every Day: Quick and Simply Satisfying Plant-based Recipes
The second cookbook from Angela Liddon of Oh She Glows does not disappoint. This whole foods cookbook, touted as accessible and foolproof, focuses on everyday staple recipes from breakfast bowls to entrees to homemade staples such as lemon tahini dressing. Her comprehensive explanation of pantry items and kitchen appliances adequately prepares and sets up for success vegans of all culinary levels. If you’re not sure where to start, the Creamy Thai Carrot Sweet Potato Soup will delight your taste buds and convince you that you’ve invested in one delicious cookbook.
Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen
You would be hard pressed to find a vegan who doesn’t enjoy Indian cuisine, as it has many flavorful vegan dishes. While Indian food may be delicious, many are unfamiliar with the variety of individual spices used in Indian cuisine and are left overwhelmed. Enter blogger Vegan Richa. Richa has created a streamlined, comprehensive guide to creating authentic tasting vegan Indian food. From spices, to pantry goods to fresh produce and how to combine and cook them, this book takes the mystery out of Indian cooking and makes it deliciously available to any who wish to expand their cooking skills. Included are breakfast recipes, curries, flatbreads, desserts, chutneys and fresh takes on traditional dishes such as Tempeh Tikka Masala and Kofta Balls in Nut-Free Cream Sauce.
Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes
The Minimalist Baker finally has a cookbook and it’s just as beautiful and approachable as the blog. This gorgeous cookbook features whole food recipes that are simple to make either needing only one bowl or pot, thirty minutes or less or ten ingredients or less. With such seemingly limited constraints, the recipes themselves are always flavorful and impressive, leaving the little work you did put in truly noticed. Whether you want a super green juice or double chocolate gluten-free waffles, this cookbook can deliver full-flavored recipes with minimal effort and time…score!
Eaternity: More than 150 Deliciously Easy Vegan Recipes for a Long, Healthy, Satisfied, Joyful Life
Chef Jason Wrobel has written a book for anyone seeking to improve their health, promote longevity, and live a vibrant life while enjoying flavorfully prepared plant-based foods. Wrobel has crafted a book for those who might enjoy wheatgrass shots, but don’t want to live on them. He serves up superfood takes on classic comfort foods such as burgers and cookies and does so impressively well. The chapters are broken down into categories such as better sex, immunity and great skin and provide research as well as recipes to get the desired results. This book has an exhaustive list of superfoods, alkaline foods, replacements for your favorite foods as well as brands and what to keep on hand. If you want to upgrade your health and eat like a vegan queen, this book is for you.
The Homemade Vegan Pantry
From the creator of the amazing Miyoko’s vegan cheese comes this staple book that is sure to be your go-to reference for making anything from scratch. Whether its vegan cheddar, Dijon mustard, unseafood, a French baguette or white chocolate, Miyoko has you covered. This beautiful guide shares how to create your entire pantry from scratch and has your time, your health and the environment in mind. This complete guide offers recipes but more importantly a chance to become more present, to slow down and take the time to enjoy making food and being a part of the process.
Epic Vegan Food
Technically an eBook, this recipe book by YouTuber Ellen Fisher is a must for any plant-based kitchen. Ellen and her husband are raising their vegan children on these whole foods, high raw vegan recipes making them accessible to all palates. The recipes range from smoothies that include barley grass juice powder to raw salads to family classics such as fully loaded baked potatoes, tacos and some gems like the creamy yam soup with potato dippers. These recipes are all whole food based, simple to make and delicious enough for even non-vegans to enjoy.
The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Dishes from the Healthiest Region Under the Sun
Perhaps the least flashy cookbook on this list, this is a classic that cannot be passed up! This cookbook combines the well researched healthy Mediterranean diet and upgrades the recipes for a purely vegan approach. This book gives a brief explanation of the recipes. Then proceeds to offer whole food vegan twists on timeless classics. From classic bruschetta with olive oil, garlic and sea salt to Minestrone soup, this book will leave you feeling amazing and enjoying a tour of the flavors of the Mediterranean.
Vedge: 100 Plates Large and Small That Redefine Vegetable Cooking
If you have ever had the privilege of dining at Vedge, you will understand why this cookbook is important. If you have not, you simply need to make just one recipe in this book to understand. This Philadelphia-based restaurant has been receiving accolades for good reason. They focus on seasonal, fresh vegetables and cook them in a way that really lets their flavor shine through. This cookbook will have you scouring your local farmers market for the best produce, so you too can create Salt roasted golden beets with dill, avocado, capers and red onion or celery root fritters with remoulade. These recipes will astound your taste buds and are sure to wow any person regardless of their dietary preferences.
This Cheese is Nuts!: Delicious Vegan Cheese at Home
This book is for all the vegans who miss delicious, tangy, rich cheese and for those who say, I could NEVER give up cheese! This creative book is the ultimate, definitive guide on how to make amazing vegan cheese at home. The author discusses all necessary appliances and gives a comprehensive list of all the ingredients needed to create flavorful vegan cheese. This book has chapters on spreads and sauces, quick form, aged and nut free cheeses as well as ways to use them such as desserts and dishes. If smoked almond cheddar spread or Gorgonzola Dolce Jake Ancient Grain Pasta appeal to you, buy this book now and you will never look back.
Chloe’s Kitchen: 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Making the Food You Love the Vegan Way
Famous vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli won our hearts and stomachs on Cupcake Wars and is now about to wow us with her recipe book. This book has 125 recipes that are vegan takes on many popular foods. L.A. Style Chimichurri tacos, Seitan Scaloppini and Caesar Salad with Maple-Wheat Croutons all await you in this delicious cookbook. And in case you’re worried, there are desserts, and plenty of cupcakes to try out. Chloe also gives recipes for basics such as pizza dough, sour cream and soy-free soy sauce. This book is sure to delight your taste buds and convince any non-vegan that we, in fact, do not eat just grass.
Whether you just purchase one or two of these or immediately load up your Amazon cart with all ten, it’s a worthwhile investment in your health and an opportunity to get creative. Success with having a healthy, satisfying diet that we can feed ourselves and our loved ones depends upon us having the knowledge and tools to succeed. You never know when you may plant a seed in another. But perhaps it’s when serving vegan beet goat cheese salad.