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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 essentials cookbookBy 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

 

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

 

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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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