The Best Vegan Cookbooks

I’ve had a lot of people ask for cookbook recommendations over the years and I always have trouble remembering good ones on the spot. Here are a few of my very favorites! I have received and given many of these as gifts over the years and I can say with certainty that ain’t nobody mad about getting a dope vegan cookbook for the holidays or a birthday or maybe for no reason at all.

The Best Vegan Cookbooks

Books for new vegans or people trying veganism out

Veganomicon: This was the first vegan cookbook I ever owned and it’s still stored within close reach on my bookshelf. It’s full of classic comfort food and approachable recipes that will be scarfed down by vegans and meat-eaters alike. I also highly recommend Isa Does It.

Vegan for Everybody: Full disclosure, I’ve worked at America’s Test Kitchen for three years and watched this book be developed in front of my very eyes (I actually even wrote an article about being vegan and working at America’s Test Kitchen). The recipes are dishes you’d recognize: mac and cheese, blueberry muffins, chocolate chip cookies. What sets this book apart is the “ah-ha” moments the test cooks had while developing the recipes (turns out, using the starchy liquid in a can of chickpeas makes muffins light, fluffy, and perfectly moist).

The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook: Before there was Vegan for Everybody there was Complete Vegetarian. I have used this cookbook a ton and am still inspired by recipes from it all the time. I wrote this post about Korean BBQ Tempeh Wraps back in 2015 and now I just really want one.

But I Could Never Go Vegan! I got this book as a gift and I’ll admit that the title turned me off a little. I was already vegan! But I started trying some of the recipes and actually ended up really liking this book. I especially like the baking section, which I find approachable.

The Moosewood Cookbook: I inherited my mom’s copy from 1992, which is stained and creased and I love deeply. Mollie Katzen is a genius and trailblazer. The Gypsy Soup is one of my all-time favorite recipes. Again, not totally vegan, but lots of vegetarian and easily veganized recipes.

Minimalist Baker’s Everyday CookingOne of the only blogs I’ve consistently followed for about six or seven years (!?!). Really good recipes from everyday/weeknight to fancier means for hosting.

Books for people comfortable eating a lot of vegetables

 Pretty much anything Ottolenghi cooks will reliably be orgasmic. While these books are not specifically vegan, there are loads of vegan (or easily veganiz-able) recipes. The dude loves plants and knows how to give broccoli the prime rib treatment. Also fabulous:  Plenty More & Jerusalem

In My Kitchen: A Collection of New and Favorite Vegetarian Recipes: I also love anything by Deborah Madison and think she’s a genius. Unlike Ottolenghi, you might have everything in your house (the recipes are unfussy and delicious).

Vegetarian India: Super solid book of Indian recipes. I reach for this often.

What about you? What are your favorite vegan/veg-centric cookbooks?

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