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27 Best Vegan Cookbooks (2019)

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Whether you’re fully committed to veganism or looking to switch up your diet by reducing your meat and dairy intake, we’ve got you covered with our definitive list of the best Vegan Cookbooks available now.

Each Vegan Cookbook in our list has been handpicked to help you achieve the nutritional (and not forgetting ethical!) benefits of a plant-based diet with recipes which don’t compromise taste or break the bank.

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Contents:

  • Quick & Easy Vegan Cookbooks (#1-8)
  • Best Vegan Cookbooks for healthy and nutritional meals (#9-15)
  • Vegan Cookbooks for those more confident in the kitchen (#16-21)
  • A Vegan baking book or two… (#22-24)
  • The Best Vegan Cookbooks for cheat day (#25-27)

Quick & Easy Vegan Cookbooks

Despite what many people think, a Vegan diet doesn’t have to be complicated, expensive or restricted. We’ve rounded up the best Vegan Cookbooks which will make sticking to a plant-based diet an appetising reality.

#1 Frugal Vegan by Katie Koteen & Kate Kasbee

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Amazon rating: 5.0 stars

Written by the women behind ‘Well Vegan’, a vegan meal prep and recipe site, Frugal Vegan is easily one of the best Vegan Cookbooks. The book consists of over 80 affordable yet delicious vegan recipes which make sticking to a plant-based diet on a budget a breeze. 

Katie & Kate share their innovative, yet simple, solutions to avoiding the pricey and perishable ingredients that are often associated with veganism. Their foolproof recipes cover everything from breakfast to baking and even include freezer friendly meals such as Chickpea Curry and Easy Vegan Enchiladas.

Frugal Vegan makes vegan recipes accessible regardless of your budget or culinary skills, a must-have staple in any Vegan Cookbook collection.

#2 Vegan on the Go by Jérôme Eckmeier & Daniela Lais

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Amazon rating: 4.5 stars 

Packed with inspiring easy and affordable portable Vegan lunch ideas for whatever you fancy, Vegan on the Go is one of the best Vegan Cookbooks for meals that suit a busy lifestyle. Vegan on the Go lists over 100 recipes for soups, sandwiches, snacks and more, so there’s something for everyone who fancies brightening up their lunch break with some Vegan nutrition.

#3 So Vegan in 5 by Roxy Pope & Ben Pook

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Amazon rating: 4.7 stars

If you’re looking for recipes to create tasty dishes without extensive lists of unusual ingredients, you need So Vegan in 5. Each recipe is budget-friendly and based on 5 core ingredients which you will be able to pick up in your local supermarket.

This book has the perfect mixture of familiar foods like garlic bread and more unusual recipes, we loved the mushroom tacos!

 

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Roxy and Ben have produced something that is more than just a Vegan cookbook. They discuss tips and tricks to making the vegan lifestyle easier. For example, they share their favourite websites to quickly check whether branded products are suitable for Vegans.

#4 Fuss-Free Vegan by Sam Turnbull

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Amazon rating: 4.9 stars

So, you like the idea of going vegan, but you’re less keen on giving up on your favourite foods? Look no further than Fuss-Free Vegan. Foodie turned Blogger Sam Turnball brings classic dishes like curries, burgers and burritos to the Vegan table.

Having struggled to find Vegan alternatives to her favourite dishes which weren’t bland, boring and time-consuming, Sam has taken matters into her own hands! In what she describes as ‘The cookbook I wish I had when I went Vegan’, her Vegan Cookbook provides simple steps to Vegan cooking without saying goodbye to Fish and Chips Fridays.

Our standout recipe has to be the Vegan Mozzarella, appropriately updated as “The Best Vegan Mozzarella!!’” on her blog. This the best Vegan cheese recipe we have come across and an ultimate staple to so many potential Vegan meals.

#5 Vegan for Everybody by America's Test Kitchen

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Amazon rating: 4.4 stars 

Vegan for Everybody comes from America’s Test Kitchen, the authors of multiple bestselling cookbooks and now, authors of one of the best Vegan cookbooks.

America’s Test Kitchen cover all bases in this book with accessible recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between. This cookbook covers all the basics of Vegan cooking which will inspire you to get creative beyond their recipes.

 #6 Veganeasy: Delicious Food in 5 ingredients by Denise Smart

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Amazon rating: N/A

Think you haven’t got the time to go Vegan? You do, you just need this book. Denise Smart shares her solution to common excuses such as not having enough time, or not being able to afford expensive and obscure ingredients. Each recipe uses only 5 ingredients, all of which are whole foods available from the supermarket. Despite the lack of complicated ingredients, the meals are far from bland or boring. The teriyaki tofu stir-fry is the perfect mid-week evening meal.

#7 Isa Does it by Isa Moskowitz

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Amazon rating: 4.6 stars

With a huge 150 recipes, we had to include bestselling Vegan Cookbook author Isa Moskowitz’s Isa Does it on our list of the Best Vegan Cookbooks. Isa Moskowitz has played a significant role in making a Vegan diet accessible. She was among the first to create a Vegan Cookbook which used supermarket ingredients, revolutionary for 2014 and still handy today!

Isa’s recognition of how time-consuming Vegan Cooking can be means that she has created a string of meal recipes which can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. Her no-nonsense yet quirky sense of humour is apparent throughout her commentary, but also her recipes. Isa does it is the perfect Vegan Cookbook to make cooking delicious homecooked meals enjoyable.

#8 The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook by Toni Okamoto

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Amazon rating: 3.8 stars

This is definitely one of the best Vegan Cookbooks for those who want to commit to cutting out meat and dairy despite a busy schedule. The recipes in this cookbook are just as self-explanatory as the title itself! Toni Okamoto has created a bible for those who want to have a healthy, cruelty-free, hot meal waiting in their slow cooker at the end of a long day. Each of the 100 recipes consists of simple steps to prepare nutritious whole foods in under 15 minutes.

Best Vegan Cookbooks for healthy and nutritional meals

A plant-based diet has an abundance of health benefits. Research suggests that Veganism is preventative of numerous health conditions. You can check out Healthline's article on the health benefits of veganism if you want to know more!

If you’re looking for inspiration for Vegan meals which will make you feel happier and healthier, you can also check out our list of the Top Nutrition Blogs.

#9 Forks over Knives by Del Sroufe

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Amazon rating: 4.3 stars

If you’re looking for a Vegan Cookbook dedicated to healthy and nutritional vegan recipes, look no further than Forks over Knives. Based on the findings of the ground-breaking Forks over Knives documentary (a must watch!), this cookbook is filled with recipes which will contribute to weight loss and lowered cholesterol whilst preventing cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

This is arguably the best Vegan Cookbook for the health-conscious as every recipe is rich in vitamins and nutrients but still relatively simple and affordable.

Even if you’re only looking to experiment with a few plant-based recipes, this cookbook may just convert you to veganism.

#10 Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen by Kathy Patalsky

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Amazon rating: 4.2 stars 

Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen is the perfect guide to a well-balanced vegan diet. All of the recipes will allow you to meet your nutrient requirements and feel the benefits of a healthy vegan diet without even realising that all meals are exclusively plant-based. Kathy Patalsky’s advice for Vegan pantry staples is a super helpful place to start if you’re new to cooking Vegan.

#11 Appetite for Reduction by Isa Moskowitz

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Amazon rating: 4.3 stars

A second appearance on our list for Isa Moskowitz, but we couldn’t help it, she really does make some of the best Vegan Cookbooks! Appetite for reduction squashes myths about Veganism, demonstrating over 100 plant-based recipes with minimal calories and generous portion sizes.

With the help of a top nutritionist, Isa has created a holy grail of low-fat and low-calorie Vegan meals which mean you’ll never be tempted by an artificial diet shake again. All recipes use whole foods for a naturally nutritionally-balanced diet. 

And it doesn’t stop there! Whilst this is primarily a Vegan Cookbook, there is also an abundance of gluten-free and soy-free options, all of which have been described as ‘drop-dead delicious’.

#12 Vegan Meals: 110 delicious plant-based dishes by BBC Good Food

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Amazon rating: 4.4 stars

Although many of their plant-based recipes are available on the BBC Good Food website, the BBC has compiled their best Vegan meals into an exclusively Vegan cookbook. All the meals we have tried so far have been delicious, but our favourite has got to be the stuffed peppers. All of the meals can be enjoyed as part of a well-balanced diet which will allow you to meet all necessary nutrient requirements without meat, dairy or eggs.

#13 The New Vegan: Great Recipes, No-Nonsense Advice & Simple Tips by Aine Carlin

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Amazon rating: 4.8 stars 

Aine Carlin has written the perfect Vegan cookbook to ease you into veganism and a healthier lifestyle in general. The New Vegan eases the process of converting to a plant-based diet using healthy whole foods to create healthy and tasty meals which are low in saturated fat. Writing from personal experience, Aine even writes about how to fit veganism into your lifestyle with advice on eating out and shopping for cruelty-free clothing and beauty products.

#14 Vegan 8: 100 Simple, Delicious Recipes Made with 8 Ingredients by Brandi Doming

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Amazon rating: 4.8 stars

Thanks to Brandi Doming, healthy Vegan dishes don’t have to be overcomplicated and time-consuming. Following recipes from Vegan 8, you will be able to create well-balanced meals with enough iron, protein, calcium and carbohydrates without the hassle most people expect from Vegan cooking.

Motivated by the benefits of a Vegan diet for multiple health conditions, Brandi has created plant-based recipes that are also oil-free, gluten-free and nut-free. All whilst using no more than 8 ingredients per recipe! We recommend you try the Thai Rice Noodle & Bok Choy Soup, you will not be disappointed.

#15 Oh she glows by Angela Liddon 

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Amazon rating: 4.7 stars

Even if you’re completely new to Veganism, preparing real food to make you feel happy and healthy is made simple by Angela Liddon. The popular Vegan food blogger shares the secrets to her self-taught clean cooking as well as over 100 easy to follow recipes. Start your day with the breakfast granola and you’ll be glowing just like Angela!

This is an allergy-friendly Vegan cookbook, with multiple recipes which can be made free from gluten, soy and nuts too.

Vegan Cookbooks for those more confident in the kitchen

Whether you’re looking to get a bit more experimental with your Vegan diet, or you’re a fan of cooking everything from scratch, you need to have a look at some of the Vegan cookbooksbelow.

#16 BOSH!: Simple Recipes. Amazing Food. All Plants. by Ian Theasby &‎ Henry David Firth

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Amazon rating: 4.7 stars

Founders of BOSH! Ian Theasby and‎ Henry David Firth really have ticked all boxes with this one. Whilst not quite as straightforward as some of the recipes in the cookbooks listed under ‘Quick & Easy Vegan cookbooks’, BOSH! is still a must-have for all from kitchen rookies to more confident cooks. They often upload video tutorials of the recipes to YouTube, making this a useful Vegan Cookbook for beginners looking to expand their skillset.

Theasby & Firth go beyond everyday meals, covering Vegan party food with recipes for culinary showpieces, sharing small plates and even cocktails.

As if that isn’t enough, they’ve even included a section on nutrition which squashes common concerns about veganism, explaining Vegan sources of iron, protein and calcium.

#17 The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples by Miyoko Mishimoto Schinner

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Amazon rating: 4.7 stars

The Homemade Vegan Pantry is the perfect Vegan cookbook if you’re keen on cooking from scratch. Thanks to Miyoko Mishimoto Schinner, you will be able to create homemade Vegan pantry essentials. We definitely recommend you try her dairy-free butter or Vegan cheese recipe if you like to avoid processed and excessively-packaged foods.

#18 Homestyle Vegan by Amber St. Peter

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Amazon rating: 4.6 stars

Thanks to Amber Peter, Veganism doesn’t have to be limited to eating out in trendy cafes. The Homestyle Vegan cookbook guides you through Vegan cooking and allows you to create colourful and nutritious Vegan meals at home for a fraction of the price you would pay in a restaurant. Every recipe is perfect for making your favourite homecooked meals a little healthier.

We were blown away by the Vegan ranch sauce, and we will be definitely be adding it into other meals at every opportunity.

#19 The Complete Vegan Cookbook by Natural Gourmet

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Amazon rating: 5.0 stars 

Natural Gourmet Institute has been a pioneer in the movement towards a Vegan diet for health, nutrition and sustainability for over 40 years. Their long-awaited exclusively Vegan Cookbook means that you can have access to all of the tips, tricks and techniques of the world-leading health-focused culinary school from the comfort of your home kitchen.

Not only have the Natural Gourmet Institute shared step-by-step guides to each of their creative recipes, they have also included nutritional information and a guide to shopping for sustainable ingredients. This really is The Complete Vegan Cookbook.

#20 But I Could Never Go Vegan! by Kristy Turner

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Amazon rating: 4.1 stars

Looking for the ultimate guide to clean eating? Kristy Turner has ticked all boxes. But I Could Never Go Vegan! is dedicated to squashing excuses that a Vegan diet is plain, limited or expensive. We love that she has included recipes for homemade vegan alternatives to condiments, cheese and seitan. There is no need to buy any expensive or processed ingredients for these recipes, just whole, clean, foods.

 #21 Smith & Daughters: A Cookbook (That Happens To Be Vegan) by Shannon Martinez & Mo Wyse

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Amazon rating: 3.1 stars

Shannon Martinez and Mo Wyse are the brains behind Smith & Daughters, a hugely successful Spanish Vegan restaurant in Melbourne. Their cookbook takes a creative approach to traditional Spanish cuisine with influences from California and Australia.

Their recipes are innovative plant-based recipes which recreate classic Spanish meatball and chorizo dishes. The chapter on small plates is our personal favourite, making this the best Vegan cookbook if you’re looking to host a dinner party!

A Vegan baking book or two…

So, you’ve decided to start eating more (or exclusively) plant-based meals, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself. We’ve grouped together the best Vegan cookbooks for sweet treats.

#22 The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

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Amazon rating: 4.3 stars

The Vegan Baking book will allow you to enjoy cakes and cookies whilst looking after your health and sticking to your ethical values. All of these treats are just as tasty as the traditional options they replace but are free from eggs and dairy. All baking basics are covered in this one, meaning its suitable for all from beginners to skilled bakers. The Joy of Vegan Baking is the perfect cookbook for creating treats that are free from saturated fat, cholesterol and lactose.

#23 Gluten-Free Vegan Baking for Every Occasion by Sara McGlothlin

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Amazon rating: 4.8 stars

One of the newest Vegan Cookbookson our list, this one means you can cut out gluten, bake a Vegan cake and eat it too! We loved the Salted Caramel Cupcakes, the perfect sweet snack for a Friday afternoon.

This book has plenty of original recipes with twists on classic baked goodies. Better yet, this one isn’t only dedicated to cake baking. Sara guides you through baking gluten-free Vegan breads and pastries too.

#24 Vegan Chocolate by Fran Costigan 

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Amazon rating: 4.8 stars

Vegan chocolate is another unbelievable Vegan baking book, this time focusing exclusively on all things chocolate. Author Fran Costigan considers the ethical benefits of veganism as well as the health benefits, encouraging the reader to use organic and fair-trade ingredients. Fran is a culinary professional and perfectionist, so each recipe is incredibly well detailed as well as delicious.

The Best Vegan Cookbooks for cheat day

There’s more to junk food than cheese and fried chicken. Our reviews of the best vegan cookbooks for cheat day will show you the best recipes for plant-based indulgence.

#25 Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F**k by Thug Kitchen 

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Amazon rating: 4.4 stars

This is quite possibly the best Vegan cookbook for tasty vegan meals that even the meat lover will enjoy. Thug kitchen has a created a masterpiece which lets you indulge in binge-worthy alternatives to American junk food favourites like tacos and enchiladas. The broccoli & chickpea burrito is now one of our all-time favourite vegan dishes, filled with nutritious veggies and absolutely packed with flavour.

There’s no need for any fancy kitchen equipment with this one, but you will need a sense of humour. We’ve listed this one in our ‘cheat day’ category, but all the recipes are still plant-based and rich in nutrients.

#26 Vegan Comfort Classics by Lauren Toyota

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Amazon rating: 4.6 stars

In the mood for food? Vegan Comfort Classics is the ultimate Vegan Cookbook for recipes that you can curl up on the couch with. YouTube sensation turned author, Lauren Toyota, has compiled over 100 creative recipes which make it easy to treat yourself without cheating on your plant-based diet. There’s no need for Lauren to preach the pros of veganism, these recipes sell themselves! The Philly ‘cheesesteak’ looks incredible, we cannot wait to try it!

#27 NYC Vegan: Iconic Recipes for a Taste of the Big Apple by Michael Suchman & Ethan Ciment

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Amazon rating: 4.5 stars

Food-loving New Yorkers Michael Suchman and Ethan Ciment bring NYC to your Kitchen, honouring the big apple and its culturally diverse food scene with Vegan alternatives to some of New York’s most iconic dishes. 

This is more than a Vegan cookbook for plant-based diner burgers, Suchman and Climent cover all aspects of New York dining with recipes for street foods, Jewish specialities and pasta dishes to rival those of Little Italy.

If you’re looking to add a bit of New York City lifestyle into your diet, we recommend treating yourself to a slice of the New York-style cheesecake.

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Written by Abbie Watkins

Fitness Enthusiast & Blogger

Abbie is a work-hard, play-hard fitness junkie turned blogger. She loves a scenic run and a good upbeat exercise class. You can usually find her on the front row of a spin class on a Saturday morning.