The Vegan's Library: A Guide to the 10 Best Vegan Cook Books

The Vegan's Library: A Guide to the 10 Best Vegan Cook Books

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Being vegan doesn’t have to mean being restricted!

In fact, you’d be surprised by just how many delicious vegan dishes are available to you. And these days, being happy and healthy is easier than ever.

With more and more people embracing the vegan lifestyle, there are more and more vegan cookbooks available. Having a decent collection of vegan cookbooks means that you’ll always be able to have delicious food when you want it.

Here are ten of our favorite vegan cookbooks for you to try out!

Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen

This cookbook was written by Kathy Patalsky, who runs the popular vegan food blog Healthy.Happy.Life.

Her dedication to making sure that vegans are both happy and healthy shines through with these fun and flavor-packed recipes.

If you’re not sure about going vegan, or if you’re looking to incorporate a bit more flavor into your diet, look no further than this vegan cookbook’s Vegan Philly Cheese Sandwich and Ultra Creamy Cashew Veggie Pot Pie.

This book also includes general guides to making your kitchen more vegan friendly, and cooking techniques for some vegan staples.

No matter what your experience or skill level is, you’re sure to get something out of this diverse and delicious cookbook. If you’re looking for some delicious new vegan recipes, pick this up!

Vegan for Everybody

This is another vegan cookbook that is perfect for the beginner.

This book, by America’s Test Kitchen, tackles head on the things that “intimidate” people away from being vegan — things like fear of bland food, lack of variety, and overprocessed ingredients.

It then takes those fears and lays them to rest by providing great-tasting and filling vegan protein options, instructions for cooking without dairy, and more.

This book has over 200 recipes with careful, foolproof instructions to make sure you get the healthy, delicious food you want and deserve.

If you have been wanting to go vegan, but are hesitant about trying it because of the stereotypes and horror stories, be sure to browse through this enlightening cookbook!

And if you’re a committed vegan, you’ll still find something delicious in this book.

Veganomicon

Need proof that vegetables can taste delicious? Look no further than the ultimate vegan cookbook!

This collection, gathered by Moskowitz and Romero, has been kitchen-tested to ensure that everyone can make all 250 stunning recipes.

With menus and stunning color photos, even the pickiest eaters will be able to find something they love in this king of vegan cookbooks.

No matter what your dietary restrictions are, the Veganomicon has you covered with soy-free, gluten-free, and low-fat options for every occasion.

It even has quick recipes for the nights where you don’t want to spend a bunch of time preparing food.

With delicious Autumn Latkes, Samosa Stuffed Baked Potatoes, and Grilled Yuka Tortillas, you’ll be sure to impress anyone who comes over with these recipes!

The Happy Herbivore Cookbook

A lot of people are worried about going vegan because they’re afraid that the ingredients will be too expensive.

But vegan cookbooks like Lindsay S. Nixon’s show that you can make delicious foods with even “everyday” inexpensive ingredients.

If you’re looking for healthy, delicious, and easy meals, look no further than the recipes found in this book. This cookbook offers a wide range of recipes, so that you can make delicious food regardless of your skill level.

This cookbook is dedicated to making your life easier. That’s why it has helpful hints, cooking tips, a glossary, and pairing suggestions to make menu planning easier than ever.

Being a vegan has never been easier than with this informative and enlightening vegan cookbook.

Vegan with a Vengence

Known as “the punk rock priestess,” Isa Chandra Moskowitz has been serving up amazing vegan meals for a decade.

And now, her cookbook brings those delicious meals right into your kitchen.

As the 10th anniversary addition of the very first in her line of vegan cookbooks, this book features all sorts of new and improved recipes for longtime fans and newcomers alike.

If you worry about vegan meals being too fancy or complicated for your tastes, look no further than this Brooklyn chef’s wisdom. She’s known for making easy, cheap, and delicious food.

If you’re a beginning cook, these simple directions and streamlined ingredients will be your best friend. This book proves that you can have it all — delicious, energetic, easy, and cheap all at the same time!

Crossroads

This cookbook bills itself as “extraordinary recipes from the restaurant that is reinventing vegan cuisine.” And does it ever deliver.

Written by the owner of Crossroads, the famed Los Angeles restaurant, this is one of the vegan cookbooks that don’t feature soybeans or bland seitan on any of its pages.

If you’re looking for something new in your diet, this is the perfect cookbook for you.

Say goodbye to cravings with this cookbook’s sophisticated palette. These recipes prove that “plant-based” is far from bland. In fact, anything that meat-based recipes can do, this cookbook can do, too.

With a sophisticated Mediterranean flair, this cookbook provides recipes that you never thought were possible on a vegan diet. And the best part? There’s more than 100 of them.

Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking

This was one of the most highly anticipated vegan cookbooks — and with good reason!

From the popular food blog, Minimalist Baker, this cookbook features 101 new and delicious vegan recipes.

But what makes this cookbook stand out from the others? All of these recipes require 10 ingredients or less. They also take only 1 bowl or pot to make, and less than 30 minutes to prepare.

If you’re sick of the exhausting prep time and clean up that often comes with cooking a delicious vegan meal, this is the perfect cookbook for you.

But “simple” doesn’t mean “boring.” These meals manage to be hearty, delicious, and diverse. Whether you’re looking for a simple snack or a filling entree, this cookbook is the one that you need.

Homestyle Vegan

Are you looking for easy, everyday plant-based recipes? Look no further than this cookbook.

This cookbook destroys the myth that vegan food can’t be comfort food. With creative alternatives to old favorites, you’ll find delicious recipes for things like Chick’un and Dumblings, Apple Cider Donuts, and Double Fudge Mint Brownies.

Sometimes, we all crave the hearty flavors of home. Amber St. Peter delivers them in this delicious and meat-and-dairy-free book.

If you’re lacking the inspiration to cook at home, this book is sure to change that. It’s one of the most delicious and approachable vegan cookbooks on the market.

And with over 80 incredible recipes with delicious looking photos, you’re never going to get bored with this cookbook. It’s a worthwhile investment for anyone who wants to cook at home.

The Vegan Bible

Some vegan cookbooks just provide recipes. But The Vegan Bible provides a guide to the lifestyle.

With a comprehensive introduction, you’ll learn everything from how to stock a vegan pantry to how to scan ingredient labels for vegan-friendly ingredients. You’ll also learn all about meal planning and how to get nutritional needs met with egg, dairy, and meat substitutes.

But if you’re worried that this cookbook might skimp on the recipes, don’t be. This book features over 100 breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert options for the hungry vegan.

If you’re looking for the cookbook that has everything, look no further than this option. With this at your side, you’ll be a vegan expert in no time, wowing your friends with your diverse palette.

Vegan Street Food

Looking for even more variety? Check out this cookbook full of vegan twists on Asian cuisine.

This cookbook breathed new life into vegan food with healthy, diverse food that is flavorful while still being totally true to the lifestyle.

Most vegan cookbooks try to substitute meat or fish in their meals — they’re non-vegan recipes adapted to be vegan.

This cookbook takes a different approach, using delicious vegan ingredients proudly, not as a second choice or a substitution. It bills itself as “simply delicious, and it just so happens to be vegan.”

With choices from breakfast to dinner and snacks in between, you’ll never have to worry about not having the right recipe for you again.

Buy this book and find out why it was the Winner of the Best Book Award in the PETA Vegan Food Awards in 2016!

Still waiting for vegan cookbooks?

These are 10 great cookbooks that are sure to breathe life into your diet.

So, you’ve ordered them. And you’re waiting for the books to ship if they’re paper books. But you’re still hungry!

If you’re looking for delicious recipes now, we have the perfect solution for you.

Try our delicious vegan recipes! We have collected only the best recipes for you to cook in your home.

You can be a new vegan looking to try a few recipes before you commit. You can be a lifelong vegan just looking for some new flavor in your diet. We’re here to serve — and to help you serve up delicious meals!

Take a look at our recipes if you need any proof that vegan can be delicious as well as healthy.

About the author

Julia Ott
Hi! I'm Julia and I'm a junior developer, vegan recipe inventor, furniture collector and mum to a little boy. I've been a vegetarian for 20 years, and a vegan for 3. I spend all of my spare time visiting farmers markets, searching for antiques at flea markets and cooking up a vegan storm in the kitchen! I co-founded Vegan.io to make the world a better place.

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