published: November 29, 2015 — last update: September 18, 2020 byDeryn Macey
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This list of the best vegan cookbooks features books you’ll use time and time again to prepare delicious vegan and plant-based recipes in your kitchen. Whether you’re looking for vegan comfort food classics or healthy, whole food plant-based dishes, there is something on this list for you.
The Best Vegan Cookbooks
These books feature recipes that are practical, accessible, reliable, delicious and mostly healthy. Whether it's for yourself or you're looking for a gift idea, these are all wonderful books to have on you bookshelf.
Best For: Comfort Food, Classics, Beginners, Everyday Cooking
This book features foolproof recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can miss with 200 classic recipes like lasagna, burgers, chocolate chip cookies and salads that have been rigorously-tested to perfection! I use this book often for simple, wholesome vegan versions of classic dishes.
Best For: Beginners, Classics, Creative Vegan Food, All-Around Vegan Cooking
I recommend this often to those interested in a vegan diet. The recipes are easy, delicious, creative and fun. They range from simple to a little more elaborate and aside from a handful of items like vital wheat gluten, most of the ingredients are common and easy to find.
If you’re used to vegan cooking, most of the recipes are very straightforward and accessible for day to day cooking. If you’re newer to vegan cooking styles and methods, some of the recipes might seem a little scarier but the instructions are very clear so you should still be able to work your way through them.
There are a lot of basic recipes that will become go-to favourites in your kitchen and it also features a ton of tips for vegan cooking, ingredient substitutions are more.
This is a good book to keep on the shelf whether you’re vegan or just enjoy including plenty of healthy, plant-based meals in your diet.
Best For: Beginners, Creative Vegan Food, Everday Cooking, Decadent Desserts
My copy of Chloe’s Kitchen has been very, very well used in my little kitchen. While not all of the recipes are super healthy ie. some rather decadent desserts, you can easily modify the recipes to your liking and they’re all whole-food based.
Out of the 125 recipes in this book, I’ve made a good chunk of them more times than I can count. The Indian Buffet, Caribbean Vegetables with Coconut Rice, Barley Bliss Casserole, Stuffed Shells with Arrabiata Sauce, Penne a la Vodka with Garlic Bread, Straw and Hay Pasta, Thai Chickpea Burgers, Chimmichurri Tacos, the Southern Skilled Black-Eyed Peas and Biscuits and many, many more are all favourites at my house.
This cookbook doesn’t contain any breakfasts or snacks but it has a great selection of appetizers, soups, salads, pasta, party food and awesome entrees.
The desserts are beautiful, decadent and delicious but not exactly what you’d call healthy. However, for special occasions, I’d say go for it, they’re sure to impress! I’ve made her Award-Winning Ginger Nutmeg Spiced Cupcakes, Yoga Cookies, Banana Cupcakes with Lemon Icing, Sea Salt Toffee Bars and the Mocha Almond Fudge Cake all with great success.
Every recipe has a photo, they’re all easy to follow and I’ve yet to make one I didn’t like. I’d highly recommend adding this book to your collection, it’s one of my favouerites.
Best For: Beginners, Staple Dishes, Everyday Cooking
I’ve made almost every recipe in the book with great success, from the entrees, to snacks, to smoothies and desserts. The recipes are simple, whole food based, practical for day-to-day and always delicious. Some of my now favourite meals come from this cookbook including the Soul-Soothing African Peanut Stew, the Life-Affirming Warm Nacho Dip and the Creamy Avocado Potato Salad.
I find Oh She Glows recipes to be very practical for everyday cooking and her snacks and desserts are a lot healthier than the ones in some of the other books I’ve listed. I’d say this is a must-have book whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or just love delicious, healthy food!
Best For: Everyday Cooking, Staples, Creative Vegan Cooking
This is one of the most used cookbooks in my kitchen. It contains beautiful photos of every simple, healthy and easy to follow recipes. The recipes are creative and fun and most can be put together in around 30 minutes.
Some of my favourites are the Dragon Noodle Salad, the Kale Salad with Squash and Lentils, the Pesto Cauliflower Pasta, Bhindi Masala, Chana Malasa, Thai Red Curry Chilli and the Curried Peanut Sauce Bowl with Tofu and Kale. Quite a few of the recipes use seitan but you can always substitute with tofu or otherwise suit it to your liking.
Best For: Classics, Vegan Comfort Food, Impressing Omnivores
If you love creating elaborate vegan meals to impress, such as Southern Fried Cauliflower, Stuffed Crust Pizza, Bangers and Mash or Po'Boy Sandwiches, this is the book for you.
It's beautifully photographed and if you love comfort food, you will love the book. There are some more simple recipes too but most require more steps than I'm willing to take. I'm a lazy cook though and like to keep things simple. If you don't mind spending a bit more time to create something epic, you'll love this one.
This is a great book for beginners and covers a lot of simple, vegan basics and everyday meals. Even if you already have the first Oh She Glows cookbook, this one is still worth adding to your collection.
More Vegan Cookbooks
I do have a number of other vegan cookbooks on my shelf that are worth a quick mention.
The Plant-Powered Way gets honourable mentions for extra healthy recipes but I don’t find it every practical for everyday. It is packed with a ton of great tips and information about eating plant-based though. If you’re really into eating for nutrient density, superfoods, raw foods and absolutely thriving on an unrefined, whole food plant-based diet, I would definitely recommend checking it out.
My New Roots
This book features 100 plant-based recipes perfect for anyone to discover how wonderful simple, vegan eating can be. I’ve made a few of the recipes but it’s not a book I crack open very often. The book is based on seasonal eating so has sections for Summer, Spring, Winter and Fall. Some of my favourite recipes, like Sarah’s Life-Changing Loaf of Bread and the Best Ever Lentil Salad, I’d already made from her blog, which you can check out here. Find the book here.
I’ve made a number of recipes from this book and they were all good but I haven’t used the book that often. It covers many basics like Tofu Scramble, Miso Soup, Sesame Flax Crackers, Muesli, Kale Chips and Granola Bars plus some lovely pastas, salads and soups. It’s a lovely book there are just too many recipes that aren’t up my alley.
If you love simple, nourishing, whole food plant-based vegan food, it’s worth checking out though. Check it out here.
I’ve enjoyed my copy of Deliciously Ella quite a bit but I haven’t used it much for everyday cooking. I’d say it’s more of a how-to guide for clean, plant-based eating but it does have a great selection of beautiful healthy, vegan recipes. It’s a great book for breakfasts, healthy snacks and whole-food desserts and does have a selection of simple entrees and salads.
Did I miss one?
I have many more vegan cookbooks on my bookshelf, such as:
30-Minute Frugal Vegan Meals
Forks over Knives
The Homemade Vegan Pantry
How Not to Die
Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen
Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen
The Super Fun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook
Some of them are worth checking out so if you have any questions about them, just leave a comment below and I’d be happy to help!