Whether you’re a seasoned Vegan or new to the journey, choosing the right cookbook out of thousands of titles can be pretty tough. You don’t want to waste your money on just any old cookbook either. No worries: read on for a listing and review of the top ten best vegan cookbooks of all time!
Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray scored big with this cookbook packed with easy meals for busy vegans. All of the dishes are family friendly and can be prepared in half an hour, almost as quick as a trip to your favorite drive thru. The 150 recipes are organized into two sections: The Lighter Side of Life and Small Plates. Each section is subdivided as follows: The Lighter Side of Life includes Smoothies & Satiating Beverages; Snacks; Pick Me Ups & Kids’ Favorites; Lunches; Wraps, Rolls, Bowls, and More; Extraordinary Salads; and Sumptuous Soups. Small Plates includes Appetizers, Side Dishes, Light Dinners, Wholesome Supper, Guilt-Free Comfort Food, Healthy Translations of Old Standbys, and Divine Desserts. The book also includes a section with meal suggestions for every occasion, a great help to the beginning vegan.
Roberto Martin was trained at the Culinary Institute of America and is a personal chef for Ellen DeGeneres. The book contains over 125 recipes that Martin developed for Portia De Rossi and DeGeneres that are guaranteed to satisfy even the most diehard carnivore. With an emphasis on substitution, not deprivation, this cookbook tantalizes readers with everything from classic comfort foods to decadent desserts, all with a vegan twist. De Rossi and DeGeneres wrote a foreword and afterword, testifying that these recipes deliver big taste while sticking to vegan principles.
Christy Morgan tackles the myth that eating healthy, local foods has to be boring. In fact, Morgan feels that cooking hearty vegan meals can nourish the mind and soul as well as the body. Her recipes are easy enough for a beginner to follow, and the complex flavors will satisfy even the most discriminating palate. Scattered throughout the book are Morgan’s tips for living a more blissful life.
Tamasin Noyes compiled over two hundred recipes to bring the tastes of your favorite diners, drive ins, and comfort foods to your table, using all vegan ingredients, of course. Included in the book are recipes for burgers, pancakes, pizza, and mac and cheese, as well as regional favorites from coast to coast. This cookbook is perfect for the omnivore who is making the transition to a vegan diet, or the seasoned vegan who is looking for comfort food recipes to get family and friends on board.
Bryanna Clark Grogan traveled the world to put together this collection of recipes that dispel the myth that vegan cooking has to be tasteless and dull. During her travels, Bryanna researched and adapted international favorites to accommodate vegan diets. From sandwiches to sweets to breads, this cookbook delivers mouthwatering takes from all over the world right to your kitchen. The cookbook also contains helpful photos, sidebars, and tips to help you replicate your favorite international cuisine.
As well as being a vegan, Dr. Neal Barnard is one of the country’s leading experts on diabetes. He conducted a two-year study that concluded that a vegan diet is the easiest and most effective way to control and prevent type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and to improve a host of other common conditions. This cookbook not only gives you 125 tasty vegan recipes, but it also explains how and why a vegan diet is the most healthy diets on the planet. Barnard teamed up with nutritionist Robyn Webb to create this comprehensive guide to living the vegan lifestyle. Included in the book are charts and menus along with testimonies from everyday people who have made the change from omnivore to vegan and seen dramatic health improvements.
Chloe Coscarelli brings the decadence of dessert to a new level. In this book she shows how dessert isn’t just for dinner anymore. Her tiramisu pancakes and New York-style crumb cake will get your day of to a sweet start. She includes a dozen cupcake recipes, from her chocolate orange cupcakes that helped her win Cupcake Wars to chocolate beer cupcakes with Irish whiskey cream. Added in is a section that covers holiday baking and vegan baking hacks that will make it look like you spent hours in the kitchen.
This is the cookbook for anyone who is looking for easy lactose and dairy-free desserts. Sharon Valencik explains the basics of vegan dessert making and follows up with over 130 sweet treats so yummy you’ll forget they’re healthy. From custards to cakes, this cookbook has you covered.
Making the switch to a vegan diet doesn’t mean you have to ditch your slow cooker. Martha Drummond incorporates this frugal timesaver into a host of healthy recipes. From breakfasts to dinners, you’ll find meals that will taste great and save you time and money.
10. Betty Goes Vegan
Inspired by the decades-old iconic Betty Crocker Cookbook, Dan and Annie Shannon delve into the mystery of why Betty Crocker has been a culinary icon for generations and adapt those famous recipes for the vegan kitchen. The authors revamped over 500 classic recipes from Betty Crocker, and a few from Grandma’s kitchen as well. This well-organized book is to vegan cooking what Betty Crocker’s Cookbook has been to traditional cooking for decades.
The Bottom Line
With these cookbooks, vegan cooking can be anything but dull. From international favorites to sweet treats, it is possible to cook food that is healthy and better for the environment. Delve into these selections and take your cooking to the next level!