What are the best vegan cookbooks?
Do you love cook books? Are you overwhelmed by all the choice that is out there? Looking for some recommendations on the best cookbooks around? Read on. I’ve collected some of the best vegan recipe books and given recommendations on why they are worth buying.
I’ve always been a big fan of cookbooks. I love them not only for the recipes, but for the photos as well. I often flick through the recipes, get inspired by a picture and then make something, I don’t always follow the exact recipe. And for this reason I often buy cookbooks that are not vegan, but will ‘vegan-ise’ the recipe to suit the way I eat.
However, below I’ve selected some of (in my opinion) the best vegan recipe books. Many of these have easy vegan recipes, with plenty of vegan dinners and vegan desserts to choose from.
If you’re on the hunt for a new cookbook, try out one of these. And just for clarity, there are some affiliate links on this page. If you click on a link and buy a cookbook (any cookbook – not just the ones I recommend) I receive a small commission. I use this money to host this website, as well as create and test new recipes. So thanks in advance if you purchase something.
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I was given Thug Kitchen for Christmas two years ago and it is one of my favourite presents ever! Be warned, though, there’s lots of swearing.
It starts off with “Everyone’s busy, we f%$king get it.”
The authors wrote the book to show that it’s just as easy to whip up a meal as it is to order take away.
My favourite thing about this book are the stories. The book is peppered with cool stories. The meals are all easy to make and with ingredients you’ll find in the supermarket.
A couple of favourite dishes are the Sun-Dried Tomato Carbonara, One Pot Chickpea Biryani, Crispy Spaghetti Pie (especially good for when you’re carb-loading), Wine Cake and Tahini Fudge.
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Smith & Daughters – A Cookbook
This one was also given to me as a Christmas present. In fact, I was given 3 copies of it, because friends knew I’d love it. And I do. I’ve eaten at Smith & Daughters, which is a restaurant in Fitzroy, Victoria.
I had vegan prawns, which is one of the recipes in the book. You can buy vegan prawns from Asian supermarkets and then add garlic, chilli, lemons, parsley and oil. The whole dish is pretty simple to make and will have you looking like a Michelin star chef – especially if you call it by it’s name – Gambas al Ajillo.
My other top picks form this book are The Best Tofu Scramble, Pan Con Tomate (which reminded me of a recent trip to Spain) and the Kale and Leek Bake.
Smith & Daughters have released a new cookbook called Smith And Deli-cious (they also run Smith & Deli in Fitzroy) which I’m hoping to get soon.
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Anthea Amore is the creator of Passion, and her newest cookbook Hungry. I have both Passion and Hungry and often flick through to be inspired by beautiful photography and inspiring dishes. And I know that her recipes work and are easy to follow. Anthea was a guest teacher at the Vegan Chef and Lifestyle Training that I finished last year.
I was already the owner of her foodie calendar that she produced for 2017. And I backed her crowd funding campaign for Hungry.
I have 2 copies that I’m going to give away soon, so stay tuned for that. But if you want to get your hands on a copy before then, check out her website.
The fermented macadamia cheeze is to die for as is the Involtini de Zucchini with Macadamia Pesto oil. Or you could try the Indonesian-inspired ‘gad gad’ with sesame tempeh.
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The Naked Vegan
This is another recipe book that I bought after visiting a restaurant. Sadhana Kitchen is in Enmore in Sydney (but has since closed) and The Naked Vegan is written by Max Valcorza who writes that she was the kid who ate spam from a can. Now she creates raw, vegan food, runs a cafe and writes cookbooks.
I was lucky enough to watch a photography shoot at the restaurant when I was there a couple of years ago.
There are lots of smoothie and frappe recipes, dips and sauces, as well as pizzas, wraps, cupcakes and cheesecakes.
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Rawsome Vegan Baking
Have you heard of Emily von Euw from This Rawsome Vegan Life? If you have then you’ll know about this raw vegan cookbook.And if you haven’t then let me introduce you. Emily runs the popular blog thisrawsomeveganlife.com and has hundreds of fabulous raw vegan recipes.
I love that this cookbook is actually an ‘uncookbook’. You don’t need a dehydrator to enjoy these raw treats. It is a dessert lovers dream full of cakes, cookies, pies, tarts and more.
Some of my favourites are Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes, Berry Cream Cakes, Chocolate Banana Crepes, Pina Colada Bites and her simple staple recipes for hot cocoa and raw chocolate.
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No Meat Athlete Cookbook
If you’re into running and you’re vegan then you’ve probably heard about Matt Frazier. If you don’t like running and you’re not vegan then let me introduce you to Matt Frazier! Matt has been posting recipes, fitness and nutrition tips for years. Long before it was cool to be vegan. He takes a no-preaching approach to plant based eating and includes lots of fitness and running road maps.
What I love about Matt is his down to earth approach to eating and racing. You don’t need to make either of them complicated. Some fave recipes are Potato Stuffed Portobellos, Beet and Lentil Stew, Rosemary Potato Soup and the Baked Apple Pancake.
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I was given this cookbook for my birthday this year and I love it. It’s separated into sections – sauces, cakes, desserts etc. The recipes are simple and include things like Chocolate Muffins, Chocolate Croissants, Spiced Chocolate Mousse and Chocolate and Hazelnut Pralines. Yum!
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Oh She Glows Every Day
Angela Liddon’s second cookbook Oh She Glows Every Day is the perfect recipe for those that are looking for fuss free eating. From veggie burgers to bolognaise and brownies there’s a recipe to suit all tastes.
There are lots of smoothies in this book, which is possibly why I like it a lot. Because I’m a big smoothie lover and have one most days.
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But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan
Hot on the heels of the wildly delicious But I Could Never Go Vegan came this gem from Kristy Turner. If you’re looking for recipes to tempt the kids and fussy family members then this is the cookbook for you.
Like I said above, I like to vegan0-ise recipes and Kristy shows how to do this in her cookbook. The Spicy Soba Noodle Bowl and the Jackfruit Crabless Cakes.
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I love a good burger and the cover of Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking has me salivating every.single.time. I’d have to say that Minimalist Baker is one of my go-to vegan websites when I’m looking for something that I don’t have a recipe for. Her recipes are always very, well, minimal, in terms of ingredients and utensils. And they are very accurate in terms of how they are supposed to turn out.
The Chickpea Curry and the Thai Meatballs are two of my favourites.
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Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen
Inspired by her Indian heritage, the recipes here are full of spice and flavour. I love Vegan Richa’s blog and her recipes and often find myself scrolling endlessly thinking I’ll make everything she shares. Her recipes are very easy to follow, her pictures are salivatingly good and I’ve never had a bad recipe from her blog or her cookbook.
The Hoisin Mushroom and Tofu Stir-Fry is a great version of a dish that I would make regularly. I enjoy that she offers alternatives and explains her recipes in great detail. I often skim, but I know that is important for newer or less confident cooks.
So much flavour and no cruelty – it’s a win/win.
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Chocolate Covered Katie
I’ve been following Chocolate Covered Katie for years. This is one of the few (if not the only) cookbook in this list of my favourites that doesn’t have the word ‘vegan’ in it somewhere on the front page. I’m very use to adapting recipes and not noticing whether or not they are presented as vegan I had to flick through this book just to check that it is actually vegan!
I wonder if you have worked out that I have a sweet tooth and I love chocolate?
Donuts, cookie pie, peanut butter pops and brownies. You can never have too many brownie recipes, right?
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Artisan Vegan Cheese
Okay, so now let’s get some specifically savoury recipes. And in particular cheese. So many people say they miss cheese the most when following a plant based diet. And here’s a cookbook to address just that.
Firstly, there are no pictures in this cookbook, and that is usually one of my favourite things about cookbooks. This cookbook is separated into different types of cheeses, such as aged, meltable, sauces and sweet cheeses.
These recipes are mostly not quick recipes. they require time to rest and develop – anywhere from a couple of hours to 48 hours, so you need to be prepared to wait. There are some simple recipes such as macadamia ricotta that require just 3 ingredients.
Many of the recipes require ‘rejuvelac’ which is a recipe included in the book with just 2 ingredients, so you need to make this first and then the cheese. But it is definitely worth the effort.
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Isa Does It
Here is another recipe book that offers every day recipes for everyday. No odd ingredients or lengthy, complicated instructions. The chunky miso soup is a delicious comforting soup. Falafel burgers, a classic puttanesca and a pizza bowl are some of the stand outs.
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So there you have it. Some of my favourite vegan cookbooks. What are yours? I’m always looking out for new (vegan) cookbooks. I do also have quite a collection of non-vegan cookbooks, because I love being inspired by the photographs and working out ways to create plant based meals from non plant based recipes.