Vegan cookbooks are like little written guides to your kitchen: They don’t impose, but they’re always there when you need a little direction.
Best Vegan Cookbooks
Here are the 10 best vegan cookbooks every vegan must have in their kitchen.
Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on these tasty reads.
1. Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook
“Who knew vegetables could taste so good? Moskowitz and Romero’s newest delicious collection makes it easier than ever to live vegan. You’ll find more than 250 recipes–plus menus and stunning color photos–for dishes that will please every palate. All the recipes in Veganomicon have been thoroughly kitchen-tested to ensure user-friendliness and amazing results. And by popular demand, theVeganomicon includes meals for all occasions and soy-free, gluten-free, and low-fat options, plus quick recipes that make dinner a snap.”
2. Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck
“Thug Kitchen started their wildly popular web site to inspire people to eat some Goddamn vegetables and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Beloved by Gwyneth Paltrow (“This might be my favorite thing ever”) and named Saveur’s Best New Food blog of 2013— with half a million Facebook fans and counting—Thug Kitchen wants to show everyone how to take charge of their plates and cook up some real f*cking food.
Yeah, plenty of blogs and cookbooks preach about how to eat more kale, why ginger fights inflammation, and how to cook with microgreens and nettles. But they are dull or pretentious as hell—and most people can’t afford the hype.
Thug Kitchen lives in the real world. In their first cookbook, they’re throwing down more than 100 recipes for their best-loved meals, snacks, and sides for beginning cooks to home chefs. (Roasted Beer and Lime Cauliflower Tacos? Pumpkin Chili? Grilled Peach Salsa? Believe that sh*t.) Plus they’re going to arm you with all the info and techniques you need to shop on a budget and go and kick a bunch of ass on your own.
This book is an invitation to everyone who wants to do better to elevate their kitchen game. No more ketchup and pizza counting as vegetables. No more drive-thru lines. No more avoiding the produce corner of the supermarket. Sh*t is about to get real.”
3. Vegan with a Vengeance : Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock
“In Vegan with a Vengeance, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, host of the community access vegan cooking show The Post Punk Kitchen, brings the do-it-yourself, community-driven ethos of punk rock into the kitchen. Her cooking philosophy embraces being kind to animals (all recipes are completely animal-product free) and your wallet—while being creative and having fun in the process. She emphasizes staying clear of corporate brand-name foods, and says that cooking should be an innovative, experimental, and completely real experience. This one-of-a-kind cookbook offers 125 recipes for all meals of the day, from stuffed mushrooms to tofu pizza, gingerbread cupcakes to pasta with “alfreda sauce,” and is full of tips and tricks on how to keep your diet vegan, inexpensive, and liberated.”
4. The Happy Herbivore Cookbook: Over 175 Delicious Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes
“This book will save you money by using “everyday” inexpensive ingredients, save you time with easy, no fuss recipes and improve your health with each nutritional bite…The Happy Herbivore Cookbook is easy-to-follow with a comprehensive index so you can always find what you’re looking for or find a recipe to use up a leftover ingredient. Nixon also provides nutritional analyses; inspiring colorful photographs on nearly every page; funny blurbs at the beginning of each recipe; and chef’s notes suggesting variations for each dish. Even the most novice cook will find healthy cooking easy–and delicious!”
5. Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year
“Forks Over Knives—the book, the film, the movement—is back again in a Cookbook. The secret is out: If you want to lose weight, lower your cholesterol, and prevent (or even reverse!) chronic conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, the right food is your best medicine. Thousands of people have cut out meat, dairy, and oils and seen amazing results. If you’re among them—or you’d like to be—you need this cookbook.”
6. Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week
7. The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out
“The Oh She Glows Cookbook is packed with more than 100 delicious recipes such as go-to breakfasts, protein-packed snacks, hearty entrées, and decadent desserts. From entrées like the Crowd-Pleasing Tex Mex Casserole and Empowered Noodle Bowl to sweet treats like the Chilled Chocolate Espresso Torte with Hazelnut Crust and Angela’s famous Glo Bakery Glo Bars, there is something for everyone.The Oh She Glows Cookbook is also allergy-friendly, with many gluten-free and soy-free options. Whether you are a vegan or you simply want to incorporate a few vegan meals into your week, Angela’s recipes are a must-have for anyone who longs to eat well, feel great, and simply glow!”
8. Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker: 200 Ultra-Convenient, Super-Tasty, Completely Animal-Free Recipes
“Fresh from the Vegan Slow-Cooker includes eleven recipe chapters, four of which focus on main courses. There are homey and comforting foods in the American and European style, such as a Rustic Pot Pie Topped with Chive Biscuits and a Ziti with Mushroom and Bell Pepper Ragu, and there are lots of East Asian, South and Southeast Asian, and Mexican/Latin dishes, too. Beans, which cook slowly under any circumstance, are fabulously well-suited to the slow cooker, and Robertson includes such appealing recipes as a Crockery Cassoulet and a Greek-Style Beans with Tomatoes and Spinach. Eighteen robust chilis and stews—two more categories that do well in the slow-cooker—include a warming Chipotle Black Bean Chili with Winter Squash and a surprising but yummy Seitan Stroganoff. Beyond the mains, there are chapters devoted to snacks and appetizers, desserts, breads and breakfasts, and even one on drinks. The many soy-free and gluten-free recipes are clearly identified. Altogether, the collection offers readers loads of ways to expand their vegan repertoire and to get maximum value from their investment in a slow-cooker.”
9. Vegan Fire & Spice: 200 Sultry and Savory Global Recipes
“Vegan Fire & Spice delivers fiery recipes from around the world using easy-to-find ingredients with simple instructions to make them as spicy as you like. Spice up your life! – Take a trip around the world with delicious, mouth-watering, meatless, dairy-free, and egg-free recipes ranging from mildly spiced to nearly incendiary. Explore the spicy vegan cuisines of the U.S., South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, and Asia with: Red-Hot White Bean Chili, Vindaloo Vegetables, Moroccan Tagine, Spicy Szechuan Noodles, Jambalaya, Thai Coconut Soup, Penne Arrabbiata, and Satays with Ginger Peanut Sauce. Organized by global region, this book offers inventive and delicious spicy vegan recipes of traditional dishes using readily available ingredients. Best of all, the recipes are designed so you can adjust your own heat tolerance allowing you to enjoy it hot – or not. With the bold and scintillating recipes of Vegan Fire & Spice, you can travel the globe without ever leaving home – while still enjoying meals that are healthy and 100% vegan.”
10. Rawsome Vegan Baking: An Un-cookbook for Raw, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Beautiful and Sinfully Sweet Cookies, Cakes, Bars & Cupcakes
“Emily’s beautiful and easy-to-make recipes, like her Peppermint Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes, S’mores Cupcakes and Go-Nuts Donuts with Frosting & Fruit Sprinkles, are so tasty that you won’t even realize they’re vegan. Quite simply, Rawsome Vegan Baking will wow your taste buds and impress your friends and family with new great tastes in dessert.”
My personal favorite of all time best healthy cookbook is The Zuni Cafe Cookbook
My favorite vegan recipe book is called # Eat for Beauty # it is very graphic, easy to follow and have plenty of delicious recipes. I recommend to everyone
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Hey Adam, thanks for this list of vegan cookbooks, my brother is going to love it when I pick some of these up for him, wrap ’em in a box with a bow, and mail ’em back west to help ensure his Christmas gifts are nothing short of thoughtfully spectacular. Cool website by the way, cute name too, Munchyy!
Hi dear Adam… thanks so much for this wonderful list! I have a couple of these and will now be ordering your other suggestions!!