There are so very many awe inspiring Vegan cooks. Many of them have tremendously popular cooking blogs that make you feel you could do nothing but cook and bake the rest of your days.
Before we get started did you know that Vegan chefs are currently the most sought after, as are cooking students to study and become vegan chefs. No fooling.
However, that’s not why we are here. Prepared to be inspired. These are in my order of preference. They are all solid, great cookbooks. Truly.
Here are My Top Five Recommended Vegan Cookbooks.
1. VEGAN RICHA’S INDIAN KITCHEN — Traditional and Creative Recipes for the Home Cook
by Richa Hingle
The ultimate plant-based Indian cookbook by the creator of VeganRicha.com.
From delicious dals to rich curries, flat breads, savory breakfasts, snacks, and much more, this book brings you Richa Hingle’s collection of plant-based Indian recipes inspired by regional cuisines, Indian culture, local foods, and proven methods.
Whether you want to enjoy Indian cooking, try some new spices, or add more protein to your meals using legumes and lentils, this book has got it covered. You’ll explore some well-known and new Indian flavors that are easy to make in your own kitchen.
Learn the secrets of eclectic Indian taste and textures, and discover meals in which pulses and vegetables are the stars of the dish.
And once you taste Richa’s mouth-watering desserts, they will likely become your new favorites.
The recipes have been designed to simplify complex procedures, and Richa’s workflow tips incorporate modern appliances and techniques from other cuisines to reduce cooking times.
Replacement spices are indicated wherever possible, and Richa also provides alternatives and variations that allow people to be playful and creative with the spices called for in the recipes.*
2. HEALTHY HAPPY VEGAN KITCHEN
by Kathy Patalsky
Over 220 amazing vegan recipes from the author behind the blog HealthyHappyLife.com.
More and more people are going vegan, realizing that doing so can mean being healthier and happier.
A diet free of animal products also means living a greener life and changing the world for the better—one plate at a time.
Kathy Patalsky, creator of the popular vegan food blog Healthy.Happy.Life, read by millions, makes sure eating vegan is fun and delicious too.
In Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen, it’s hard to believe that some of the flavor-packed recipes, like the Vegan Philly Cheese Sandwich and Ultra Creamy Cashew Veggie Pot Pie, are actually vegan.
Along with the inventive recipes, the book also includes guides to help “veganize” your kitchen, cooking techniques for vegan staples, and wellness tips, making it the perfect book for both long-time vegans and newcomers alike.*
3. THE OH SHE GLOWS COOKBOOK — Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out
by Angela Liddon
After a decade of struggling with an eating disorder and subsisting on diet, low-calorie processed foods, Angela Liddon vowed to get healthy once and for all.
Done with feeling sick and tired, she threw out her fat-free butter spray and low-calorie frozen dinners.
Instead, Angela embraced whole foods that made her glow from the inside out. But first, she had to learn to cook and eat right.
Five years ago, Angela started a blog, ohsheglows.com, to spread the word about her journey to health and the powerful transformation that food can make in our lives.
Almost overnight, her energy and authenticity attracted readers eager to create their own positive life changes.
Today, Oh She Glows attracts millions of visitors every month, making it one of the most popular vegan recipe blogs on the Internet.*
4. BUT I COULD NEVER GO VEGAN! — 125 Recipes that prove you can live without cheese, it’s not rabbit food, and your friends will still come over for dinner
by Kristy Turner
Kristy used to utter five little words that so many others have as well: “I could never go vegan!” And it is with those words in mind that she started down the path of creating this cookbook.
If you’re a waffling vegan newbie, on-the-fence vegetarian, or veg-curious omnivore, this book will banish your doubts.
You’ll find you can get enough protein, fit in at a potluck, learn to love cauliflower, and enjoy pizza, nachos, brownies, and more—without any animal products at all. (Even vegan pros will discover some new tricks!)
As a former fromagier, Kristy knows a thing or two about cheese. Giving up cheese probably presents the biggest challenge to the would be vegan. The “I Could Never Give Up Cheese” Chapter will change that, particularly a recipe called “Tofu Chévre”. I can see you shaking your head, like — no way. I double dog dare you to try it.
PLANT-POWERED FAMILIES — Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes
by Dreena Burton
Get your whole family excited about eating healthy!
Veteran cookbook author Dreena Burton shows a whole foods, plant-based diet can be easy, delicious, and healthy for your entire family.
In Plant-Powered Families, Burton shares over 100 whole-food, vegan recipes—tested and approved by her own three children. Your family will love the variety of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts, and snacks.
With tips for handling challenges that come with every age and stage—from toddler to teen years —Plant-Powered Families is a perfect reference for parents raising “weegans” or families looking to transition to a vegan diet.
Burton shares advice and solutions from her own experience for everything from pleasing picky eaters and stocking a vegan pantry to packing school lunches and dealing with challenging social situations.
Plant-Powered Families also includes nutritionist-approved references for dietary concerns that will ensure a smooth and successful transition for your own plant-powered family!
May your days be vegan and bright!
*Book Descriptions via Amazon.com, except for “I Could Never Go Vegan” where I injected a bit of my own so italicized it.
Author photos via their websites except for two — Kristy Turner’s photo is by Chris Miller (cropped); Dreen Burton’s belongs to Ben Bella Books (cropped).
Featured Image: VeganRicha.com