While the internet is an amazing resource for finding recipes and cooking tips, to me, having a few actual cookbooks in my library has been absolutely invaluable. Having the ability to sit down and flip through a book to find inspiration is something that has made vegan cooking really enjoyable, and really DOABLE for me.
There are thousands of vegan websites out there, and probably as many vegan cokbooks to choose from – in this post, I am sharing a few of my favourite vegan cookbooks, books that I use on a weekly basis and that contain recipes that both the vegans and omnivores in your life will enjoy!
Alright, let’s get cooking!
1. The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Vegan Recipes To Glow From The Inside Out by Angela Liddon.
Angela’s recipes are easy to follow, and the ingredients are easy to find in most regular grocery stores. Every dish in this book that I have tried so far has been really tasty, and the non-vegan friends I have fed have really enjoyed the meals too.
Favourite recipe to try: The Life Affirming Warm Nacho Dip (p. 83). This dip quickly became a staple at my house, and was repeatedly requested by my omni husband!
Angela Liddon also wrote a follow-up book, called “Oh She Glows Every Day” – it is just as good as the first one!
2. La Dolce Vegan!: Vegan Livin’ Made Easy by Sarah Kramer
The first vegan cookbook I ever bought!
While it hasn’t gotten quite as much use as the previous book on the list, this is an excellent choice for the brand new vegan – especially if cooking scares you a little bit. The recipes are simple, tasty, and a breeze to follow. If you are curious about getting into vegan baking, this is the book to buy! I make the chapati flatbreads (p. 267) at least once a week, and have tried most of the bread loaves with success!
Favourite recipe to try: Black Bean & Sweet Potato Burritos (p. 158). If you know anyone who thinks vegan food can’t be filling or satifying, this is the recipe to feed them. Vegan comfort food at its best.
Sarah Kramer has written several cookbooks – I have only tried this one but I have heard great things about her other books as well!
3. Vegan with a Vengeance, 10th Anniversary Edition: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Isa Chandra Moskowitz is the creator of the public access cooking show “The Post Punk Kitchen”, and I believe this was her first cookbook (don’t quote me on that). This book has a great NYC punk vibe with less pictures and more information!
The recipes might be slightly more complicated than the previous two, but don’t be discouraged – this is not science. It’s fun, tasty, everyday food that you can feed your whole family or a bunch of friends, and they will probably ask for seconds. The main dishes are the best part of this book, but it also has a great dessert and snacks chapter!
Favourite recipe to try: Brooklyn Pad Thai (p. 180). I crave this pad thai. It is so good – you’ll feel very chef-y when you make it and taste it for the first time!
4. Vegan for Everybody: Foolproof Plant-Based Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and In-Between by America’s Test Kitchen.
I love this book. At first glance, some of the recipes look complicated, but once you try one, you’ll realize that it goes smoothly, because America’s Test Kitchen has already done the failing for you. I love that they explain what the different ingredients do for any given recipe, and that they mention what they tried that DIDN’T work, and why. This is a great read, outside of the recipes, for anyone who is interested in great vegan cooking, as you will learn all kinds of new culinary skills! This is for the budding plant-based chef in you.
Favourite recipe to try: Mushroom Bolognese (p. 186). This Bolognese could trick a meat-eater. It’s the recipe that my copy of this book automatically opens to because I have made it so many times. Delicious! You will also want to try the Fudgy Brownies (p. 278). Nobody will believe these are vegan!
Bonus Book Tip: Ani’s Raw Food Desserts: 85 Easy, Delectable Sweets and Treats by Ani Phyo.
While I don’t follow a raw vegan diet, it really is a superb place to look for sweet treats that are actually good for you. I love making things from this book to bring to potlucks, because people are always amazed at how tasty they are, and when you explain that they’re actually healthy, it seems to make everyone happy!
The difficulty level varies in this little book – most recipes are super-easy, some are a bit more complicated, but every single one I have tried has been really decadent-tasting and oh so delicious!
Favourite recipe to try: Raspberry Ganache Fudge Cake (p. 49). With a cake made from nuts and dates, and a frosting that is avocado-based, this lovely dessert will make your whole body tingle!
I hope you enjoy these books and have lots of fun cooking and testing recipes!