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The Top 9 Vegan Cookbooks (Veg and Meat-Eater Approved!)

By June 4, 2014Lifestyle
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Whenever anyone asks me for advice on going vegan, or even just to start eating healthier, this is what I tell them: Buy a few vegan cookbooks and try at least one new recipe every week. Over time, you will build up a repertoire of vegan recipes and you won’t feel like you are “missing out” on anything.

Whether you are a vegan looking for new inspiration for recipes, or are an omnivore who wants to cut down on meat and get healthy, here are the top vegan cookbooks that everyone should own.

 

The Garden of Vegan: How It All Vegan Again!

how it all veganBy Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer

How It All Vegan was first published in 1999 and quickly became a cultural phenomenon because it had so many delicious recipes and because it made vegan cooking fun and easy. The original cookbook has now been updated so it has a lot more information and more yummy recipes. I love that it has a guide to vegan ingredients (in case you were wondering what agar-agar or galangal are) and also has a list of animal ingredients found in packaged foods. There is a HUGE selection of recipes here, all of which are doable by beginners but still inspiring enough for the more experienced vegan cook. Some favorites are raspberry fig breakfast bars, lemon poppy seed shortbread, fake feta, and walnut burgers. Oh, and there are a LOT of dessert recipes here for vegans with a sweet tooth.

  • Kindle and Paperback
  • About 200 recipes
  • Level of difficulty: Easy to intermediate
  • Buy Here

 

 

Isa Does It

isa does itby Isa Chandra Moskowitz

This is a newer vegan cookbook (from 2013) and is already a classic. It is great for all people but the recipes are really created with the super-busy, not-so-kitchen-savvy person in mind. All recipes are supermarket friendly, so you won’t have to spend hours searching through specialty stores to get some weird type of algae or root powder to make these delicious recipes. Oh, and the cooking time is super fast. Some of the recipes include pureed split pea and rutabaga soup, beefy asparagus stir-fry with fresh herbs, and apple avocado salsa.

  • Kindle and Hardcover
  • 150 recipes
  • Level of difficulty: Easy
  • Buy here

 

Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook

vegan cookbookby Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

This one is also by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, but the recipes are a bit more time consuming and advanced than those found in Isa Does It. I love it because it covers virtually everything from staple proteins like seitan, tempeh and beans to a huge a variety of grains and even has a section for “mix and match vegetables.” Some of the recipes you will love from this vegan cookbook are chocolate chip brownie waffles, caramelized onion-butternut roast with chestnuts, and Baja-style grilled tempeh tacos. Most of the recipes are easy but there are enough advanced ones to satisfy even the most adamant vegan foodie.

  • Kindle and Hardcover
  • 250+ recipes
  • Level of difficulty: Easy to advanced
  • Buy here

 

Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook

skinny bitchby Kim Barnouin

This cookbook was a huge hit and got lots of attention from vegans and omnivores alike. Aside from the edge title, the book’s popularity probably has to do with the fact that all the recipes are easy to make and healthy (nutritional breakdowns are included). There are all lots of gorgeous photos for the recipes. I also like that the recipes include “switch out” options.

  • Kindle and Hardcover
  • 150+ recipes
  • Level of difficulty: Easy to intermediate
  • Buy here

 

The 30-Minute Vegan

30 minute vegan cookbookby Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray

If you are completely new to vegan cooking, then this is a good place to start. The recipes are pretty basic but often include some interesting spices which will help newbies expand their palate. Some of the more exciting recipes in this vegan cookbook include Live Cinnamon Rolls, Sea Vegetable Salad, and Mango Gazpacho.

  • Kindle and Paperback
  • 175+ recipes
  • Level of difficulty: Easy
  • Buy Here

 

Vegan Fire & Spice

vegan fire and spice cookbookBy Robin Robertson

This is a good vegan cookbook for people who are looking to branch out and try new flavors. It has 200 recipes from around the globe. The recipes are even broken down by origin (Americas, Mediterranean, Middle East and Africa, India, Asia). You will find recipes like Jamaican Jerk-Spiced Tempeh Nuggets, Vegetable Tangine with Seitan and Apricots, Quinoa-Stuffed Avocado, and Korean Cucumber Salad. Don’t worry – the ingredients are still easy to find.

  • Kindle and Paperback
  • 200 recipes
  • Level of difficult: Intermediate
  • Buy here

 

Betty Goes Vegan: 500 Classic Recipes for the Modern Family

betty goes vegan cookbookby Dan Shannon and Annie Shannon

This is the cookbook I’d recommend for people who are just going vegan and are worried about giving up their favorite foods, or what they will eat for holiday dinners. All of the recipes are inspired by Betty Crocker, which means you get vegan twists on classics like scrambled eggs, sandwiches, and pies. The recipes are still pretty exciting (more exciting than anything my mother ever made!) – like the fettuccine with wild mushrooms and artichoke hearts, BBQ chicken nachos, and cream cheese brownie bites.

  • Kindle and Hardcover
  • 500 recipes
  • Level of difficulty: Easy to intermediate
  • Buy here

 

Ani’s Raw Food Essentials

Ani’s Raw Food EssentialsBy Ani Phyo

I think every vegan should have at least one raw foods (un)cookbook, even if they aren’t into the whole raw mentality. The reason is because raw foods recipes can inspire you to use common ingredients in ways you might not have thought of – such as using zuchinni strips in place of lasagna noodles or dehydrating eggplant to make “bacon.”   I made a list of the top raw foods recipe books here. If I had to choose just one of these, it would be Ani’s Raw Food Essentials because she gets so creative with the food but the recipes are still easy to make.

  • Kindle, Hardcover, and Paperback
  • 250+ recipes
  • Level of difficulty: Beginner to intermediate
  • Buy here

 

My Sweet Vegan: Passionate about dessert

my sweet vegan cookbookby Hannah Kaminsky

Ready to tackle vegan baking? This vegan cookbook is full of delicious recipes for sweet tarts, cookies, cupcakes, and more. Just reading through the recipe list will make your mouth water with names like zesty cranberry crumb muffins, almond avalanche bars, orange hazelnut biscotti, and caramel macchiato “cheese” cake.

  • Kindle and Paperback
  • About 76 recipes
  • Level of difficulty: Intermediate
  • Buy Here

 

Here are Some other CookBooks you May also Consider.

The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out

oh she glows vegan cookbookAngela Liddon of Oh She Glows is one of the most renown vegan food bloggers out there. In 2014, her long-awaited cookbook was finally released and includes over 100 delicious, healthy, and crowd-pleasing recipes that you don’t have to be a culinary genius to make. The recipes are also allergy-friendly with about 85 gluten-free recipes. Most recipes are soy-free too.

Cookbook Info:

  • Author: Angela Liddon
  • Formats: Kindle, Paperback
  • Number of Recipes: 100+
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Buy Here

Recipe Samples:

  • 15-Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta
  • Crowd Pleasing Tex Mex Casserole
  • Out The Door Chia Power Doughnuts
  • Life-Affirming Warm Nacho Dip
  • Chilled Chocolate Espresso Torte with Hazelnut Crust

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The Vegetarian Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity with Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Legumes, Nuts, Seeds, and More, Based on the Wisdom of Leading American Chefs

vegetarian flavor bibleOne of the biggest criticisms of vegan food is that it is bland and boring. With this Flavor Bible to guide you, no one will ever make that complaint about your cooking! The book isn’t so much a recipe book as a guide to maximizing flavor and has lists of “vegetarian flavor matchmaking.”   The core of the book is the A-to-Z list of herbs, spices, and seasonings. There is also a lot of good info about the history of vegetarianism throughout the ages.

Cookbook Info:

  • Authors: James Beard and Karen Page
  • Formats: Kindle, Hardcover
  • Number of Pages: 576
  • Buy Here

 

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Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck

Thug Kitchen vegan cookbookFrom the vegan community Thug Kitchen, this cookbook takes a no-holds-back approach to vegan fare. The recipes are all very simple and quick to make, but packed with flavor. This is the ultimate cookbook for vegans who know they should eat their kale, but are tired of preachy foodies and health nuts telling them to eat boring food.

Cookbook Info:

  • Author: Thug Kitchen
  • Formats: Kindle, Hardcover
  • Number of Recipes: 100+
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner
  • Buy Here

Recipe Samples:

  • Black Bean Tortas with Coconut Chipotle Mayo
  • Baked Okra and Potato Hash
  • Pumpkin Chili
  • White Bean and Rosemary Hummus
  • Chocolate Fudge Pops

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YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, Whole-Food Lifestyle

yum universe vegan cookbookGot allergies? This vegan cookbook contains over 150 recipes, all without gluten or soy. The first two chapters address the Why and How of vegan cooking, giving good advice on stocking your pantry, prep work, and dealing with social situations. The third chapter has recipes divided into categories like Baked Goodness, Toppings, Spreads, Sides, and Beverages.

Cookbook Info:

  • Author: Heather Crosby
  • Formats: Kindle, Paperback
  • Number of Recipes: 150+
  • Difficulty Level: Intermediate
  • Buy Here

Recipe Samples:

  • Fig and Caramelized Onion Tart
  • Beautiful Breakfast Patties
  • Almond-Cardamom Cream Chia Pudding
  • Creamy Broccoli and Red Pepper Macaroni

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Simple Recipes for Joy: More Than 200 Delicious Vegan Recipes

simple recipes for joy 2014 vegan cookbookWritten by yoga rockstar and vegan activist Sharon Gannon, this vegan cookbook lives up to its name. All of the recipes are very simple to make, but many incorporate an interesting ingredient that you might not have thought about in order to give the recipes more flavor and excitement. I like that there are is an entire section on grain recipes including kasha, millet, quinoa, and rice. Also included is 30 sample menus.

Cookbook Info:

  • Author: Sharon Gannon
  • Formats: Kindle, Hardcover
  • Number of Recipes: 200+
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Buy Here

Sample Recipes:

  • Lemon Lentil Soup
  • Caesar Salad with Tempeh Croutons
  • Hippy Carrot cake

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The Lusty Vegan: A Cookbook and Relationship Manifesto for Vegans and Those Who Love Them

lusty vegan cookbook 2014If you are living with an omnivore, then you will love this vegan cookbook. It has __ vegan recipes which were created with the meat eater in mind. That means you won’t find any “weird” ingredients, but simple, hearty, and tasty foods. The chapter titles are pretty amusing, like “The Morning After Breakfast Recipes” and “Cohabitation Side Dishes.”

Cookbook Info:

  • Author: Ayinde Howell and Zoe Eisenberg
  • Formats: Kindle, Paperback
  • Number of Recipes: 80+
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Buy Here

Sample Recipes:

  • Filet de Soy with Citrus Red Wine Butter Sauce
  • Strawberry Shortcake Biscuits
  • Blood Orange and Napa Cabbage Slaw
  • Hearts of Baltimore “Crab” Cake with Garlic Dill Aioli

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But I Could Never Go Vegan!

But i could never go vegan 2014 cookbookThis vegan cookbook is a great choice for vegan newbies or vegans who are turned off by all those weird health food recipes. The recipe selection consists of a lot of veganized versions of everyday foods, and dishes for people who “hate vegetables.” This is definitely the cookbook for people who think they will miss their favorite non-veg foods on the vegan diet because it has an entire chapter on “cheesy” and “meaty” vegan dishes.

Cookbook Info:

  • Author: Kristy Turner
  • Formats: Kindle, Paperback
  • Number of Recipes: 125+
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner
  • Buy Here

Sample Recipes:

  • Sunflower Sausage
  • Macadamia Mozzarella
  • Falafel Tacos with Sriracha-Tahini Sauce
  • BBQ Baked Tofu
  • Portobello Steak Frites
  • Caramel Apple-Stuffed French Toast

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Vegan Without Borders: Easy Everyday Meals from Around the World

vegan without borders 2014 vegan cookbookIf you are tired of eating the same ol’ thing every day, then this vegan cookbook will shake things up a bit. It includes recipes from all around the world which are organized by country or region. Some of the recipes do call for unusual ingredients, but nothing that is too hard to find.

Cookbook Info:

  • Author: Robin Robertson
  • Formats: Kindle, Hardcover
  • Number of Recipes: 150
  • Difficulty Level: Intermediate
  • Buy Here

Recipe Samples:

  • Black Eye Pea Fritters
  • Red Bean Stew with Mango
  • Fattoush Wraps
  • Chipotle Corn-Stuffed Peppers
  • Spicy Lemon Chickpeas
  • Butternut Mac and Cheese

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Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed

afro vegan cookbook 2014Caribbean is one of my favorite foods, so I was especially excited about this vegan cookbook. All the recipes are really exciting as they utilize spices or fruits in ways you would have never thought of before. Good luck picking which recipe you want to make first because they all sound tantalizing! There are also suggested music tracks and book recommendations throughout the cookbook.

Cookbook Info:

  • Author: Bryant Terry
  • Formats: Kindle, Hardcover
  • Number of Recipes: 100+
  • Difficulty Level: Intermediate
  • Buy Here

Sample Recipes:

  • Crunchy Bean and Okra Fritters with Mango-Habanero Hot Sauce
  • Sweet Potato and Lima Bean Tagine
  • Sauteed Sugar Snap Peas with Spring Herbs
  • Crispy Teff and Crit Cakes with Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Peanuts
  • Chermoula Tempeh Bites
  • Maple-Plantain Spread

 

Want more vegan cookbook suggestions?  Check out our list of the Best Vegan Cookbooks of All Time and Vegan Holiday Cookbooks

Which vegan cookbooks did I miss?  Any essential ones which need to be added to the list?  Let me know!

 

 

Author Diane Vukovic

Diane Vukovic is a vegan mom, health nut, and kitchen diva. When she's not deducing veggie nutritional facts, she's probably dancing crazily with her daughter or traveling somewhere in Europe.

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