5 of the Best Vegan Cookbooks

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In the past few years the market has been absolutely FLOODED with Vegan Cookbooks. The rise of Vegan Infuencers getting book deals as a result of the content they produce is definitely a factor, as well as the ever growing number of people opting for a plant based diet. This is great news for anyone looking to adopt a fully plant based way of eating, or anyone simply looking to eat more plants!

Typically, I choose to borrow cookbooks from my local library before I purchase them. I have a rule- if I dont like at least half of the recipes, I won’t buy it. Instead I’ll snapshot the ones I do want to try and add them to the recipe album on my phone. I absolutely recommend this approach- that way you’ll only own cookbooks that you truly find inspiring, rather than a collection of ones you feel half hearted about, and probably won’t look at.

To help you decide which ones are worth it, I’ve rounded up my 5 favourite Vegan cookbooks- listing the reasons why I like them, and why they may or may not be for you. After all, everyone has different tastes and preferences!

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BOSH!: Simple recipes. Unbelievable results. All plants.

This was one of the first cookbooks I bought when I started to get into plant based cooking, and is the bestselling Vegan cookbook in the U.K. Bosh is a huge Vegan brand nowadays- they recently collaborated with Costa Coffee to make a range of tasty snacks and sandwiches for on the go eating. They also have plenty of recipes on their website, so you can try before you buy.

Why I like It:

  • The recipes are straightforward and easy to follow.
  • Includes a lot of no fuss Vegan versions of your favourites- Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Various Curries, Spaghetti Bolognese and ‘Fish’ and Chips.

Who is this for?

  • This is a perfect beginners book- for someone to looking to transition by learning how to ‘Veganise’ dishes they are used to eating.

My Favourite Recipe

Mushroom Guinness Pie

Great British Vegan: Simple, plant-based recipes to cook the nation’s favourite dishes

If you’re looking for Vegan recipes for British classics like Stew and Dumplings, Spaghetti Bolognese (Ok so not strictly British, but lovingly adopted) Shepherds Pie and more, this is the book for you. I have always found many Vegan cookbooks are US authored, featuring dishes that are more common in the US than here, and sometimes with ingredients we really don’t have (What the heck are fire roasted tomatoes?) so it’s refreshing to have a book more centred on British dishes.

Why I like it:

  • It’s laid out into chapters that make sense: Weeknight dinners, Pub Grub, Sweet Treats and Desserts, etc.
  • Uses whole foods ingredients.
  • Has recipes for dishes I’m familiar with, which is comforting when I don’t fancy trying anything brand new.

Who is this for?

  • Anyone wanting to make plant based versions of British classics.
  • Anyone who would prefer to make meat substitues, rather than buy them.

My Favourite Recipe

Spaghetti Bolognese

Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook 

This is a pretty legendary cookbook- the cover here is from the 10th Anniversary Edition which I received for Christmas from my very non Vegan Dad and Step Mum! Whilst I enjoy this cookbook I will say this- Its a mammoth title to get through, and its not laid out in a way that is straightforward (to me at least) as it has many, many categories of food that make it a bit tricky to work out what you need to make a whole meal.

Why I like it:

  • The sheer amount of recipes!
  • It has recipes for meals I’d never heard of (Its a US title, so that makes sense!)

Who is this for?

  • Intermediate or beyond skill level of Vegan cooking- these recipes often have many steps to follow, and use ingredients a beginner might not be sure of.

My Favourite Recipe:

Mac ‘n’ Cheese. I actually hated traditional dairy Mac ‘n’ Cheese, and this is the only version I will eat!

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Be A Plant-Based Woman Warrior: Live Fierce, Stay Bold, Eat Delicious

If you’ve watched Forks over Knives, you’ll be familiar with Ann Esselstyn- the wife of Dr Esselstyn who features prominently in the documentary. This cookbook is authored by herself and her daughter, and is geared towards the benefits of plant based eating for women, and those suffering from or at risk of heart disease.

Why I like it:

  • Its Whole Foods Plant Based- no mock meats here!
  • It has a whole chapter on the benefits of WFPB eating for women.

Who is this for?

  • Women looking to follow a WFPB diet.
  • People with time on their hands looking to make everything from scratch.

My Favourite Recipe

There are great recipes for pantry staples like seed crackers which you don’t get in a lot of cookbooks.

Vegan Christmas: Over 70 Amazing Vegan Recipes for the Festive Season and Holidays

Ok so this is clearly a seasonal title, but we have made the Seitan Wellington Roast recipe from this book every year since we moved in, and I honestly couldn’t imagine making anything else- it’s that good! It has recipes for other mains and sides, and is a must have for the festive season.

Why I like it

  • It has a good array of Christmas recipes and is easy to follow.
  • The Wellington recipe- seriously, it’s that good.

Who is this for?

  • Anyone looking for inspiration for a Vegan Christmas meal.

Favourite Recipe

If you haven’t guessed- The Seitan Wellington!

Of course there are MANY more vegan cookbooks on the market, but I’d definitely recommend giving one of these a go before digging through that endless minefield. Have you read any of these books? Do you have a plant based cookbook you swear by? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. Thank you for this list. We have a store in the US called Ollie’s and you can buy cookbooks for less than $5, so I am always looking for something new to add to my collection.

  2. I like your approach to getting new cookbooks, no sense in spending money on them if you only like a couple of recipes. While I’m not vegan, I do enjoy some vegan recipes now and then. I will have to check these books out and see if they are worth adding to my cookbook collection.

    1. I’m glad you share my approach! I think it’s always good to eat more plants irrespective of whether you’re a vegan or not- I hope you find some great recipes to inspire you.

  3. Although I am not a vegan, I love some of these cookbooks. I particularly love to try the Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook. It interests me.

  4. One thing on my bucket list is to try to be vegan for a month. I can’t wait to check out these awesome vegan cookbooks. I love that you said what your favorite recipe from each book is. Thanks for sharing.

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