Top 10 Vegan Cookbooks that Every Herbivore Needs

Top 10 Vegan Cookbooks that Every Herbivore Needs

With the explosion of vegan cookbooks and blogs over the past decade, it’s never been easier to follow a plant-based diet. Whether you want simple, no-nonsense recipes or sumptuous desserts and meals that you can just toss in your Instant Pot, there’s a vegan cookbook for everyone. But what’s the best vegan cookbook out there?

As a new vegan, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer number of cookbook options out there. Since we’re closing in on the end of the year, we thought that this would be a good time to share our favorite new and old vegan cookbooks for those of you who want to move in a plant-based direction—or diversify your vegan recipe repertoire—in the new year. Enjoy our round-up of the Top 10 Vegan Cookbooks that every herbivore needs. 

1. Chloe’s Kitchen

Why We Love It: Chloe’s Kitchen is our favorite cookbook of all time.

Between the gorgeous full-color food photography, you’ll find simple but delicious recipes for virtually any food category available, from fancier fare for parties and special events to weekday dinners and potlucks. Every recipe in the book was tested and re-tested until Chloe perfected each and every one, and that effort shows through. Her recipes are practically fool-proof, and every single one we made (and we worked our way through much of the cookbook) was phenomenal. 

With over 125 recipes, there’s something for every vegan (and the non-vegans in their lives!) to savor and enjoy.  

Why You Need It:

  • Want vegan recipes using everyday ingredients
  • Want vegan recipes that simple and easy to make
  • Want vegan recipes for different palates and regional cuisines
  • Want recipes that even non-vegans would drool over

Our Favorite Recipe: The spinach artichoke dip is to die for—and it’s actually healthy so you can dive in guilt-free! 

2. The Joy of Vegan Baking

Why We Love It: Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, author of The Joy of Vegan Baking, taught us that it’s entirely possible to indulge our baking habit while still whipping up vegan, ethical, and cruelty-free treats.

With 150 cakes, puddings, pastries, cookies, and other baked goods to choose from, The Joy of Vegan Baking is the perfect go-to resource for baked treats for virtually any and all occasions—or even when you just want to satisfy your sweet tooth. This is one of the first, and most widely loved, vegan baking books that came out more than a decade ago. This is the 10-year anniversary edition.

Why You Need It:

  • Don’t want to give up your baking habit when you go vegan
  • Want vegan desserts that taste like their non-vegan originals
  • Should be a staple in every vegan kitchen

Our Favorite Recipe: Her staple vegan chocolate chip cookies

3. Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking

Why We Love It: Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking is a boon for vegans who are pressed for time or simply want uncomplicated but wholesome recipes.

Each of Minimalist Baker’s recipes must meet one of three criteria:

  • Contain 10 ingredients or less
  • Be made in 30 minutes or less
  • Use only one pot or bowl

With 101 recipes, you’ll have ample time to experiment in the kitchenand even more time to savor your creations!

Why You Need It:

  • Want recipes that are great for people who love to eat but don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen
  • Want recipes that you can make with 10 ingredients or less
  • Want recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less
  • Want recipes that use only one pot or bowl

Our Favorite Recipe: Pizza burgers (and you can sample this recipe that’s featured on the cover right here).

4. Hot For Food: Vegan Comfort Classics

Why We Love It: We don’t reach for Hot for Food when we want something overtly healthy.

We reach for Hot for Food when we’re feeling nostalgic, want to cuddle up with our favorite comfort foods, or simply want to indulge our cravings. Fortunately for us, YouTube sensation Lauren Toyota has put together an awesome collection of sinfully delicious meals that also happen to be vegan.

From crispy crabless crabcakes to green pea pesto linguine, Hot for Food is the perfect go-to when you’re looking for a vegan version of your favorite non-vegan mealsor to discover new ones.

Why You Need It:

  • Don’t want to give up your favorite comfort foods as you go vegan
  • Want a variety of meals to choose from as you transition to a vegan diet
  • Want recipes that are indulgent but easy to make

Our Favorite Recipe: Philly cheese steak sandwich

5. Thug Kitchen

Why We Love It: Because they’re Thug Kitchen. Need we say more?

But in all seriousness, it’s hard to not love Thug Kitchen, whose goal is to teach you how “to shop on a budget and eat like you give a fuck.”

In their premiere cookbook (they’ve since published two more cookbooks), they have over 100 budget-friendly, straightforward, and delicious vegan recipes, from full meals to side dishes and pantry essentials.

Be forewarned, Thug Kitchen isn’t quite the cookbook for you if you’re not a fan of swearing – liberal use of colorful language and tough love are what sets Thug Kitchen in a league of their own in the vegan cookbook/blogging sphere. But if you’re looking for a refreshing, honest, and frankly hilarious guide to get you cooking more vegan food, Thug Kitchen is one of your best bets.

Why You Need It:

  • Over 100 recipes, from main courses to pantry staples
  • Hilarious while informative and accessible to a wide audience
  • Would make a great gift for anyone who has a good sense of humor—finally a gag gift that’s actually useful!

Our Favorite Recipe: Grilled eggplant with soba noodles

6. Fuss-Free Vegan

Why We Love it: Whoever said that to be a vegan you have to subsist on hummus and nooch?  If you’re like most other vegans out there, you want simple comfort foods that are bursting with flavor and nutritionand that’s where Fuss-Free Vegan comes in.

Fuss-Free Vegan offers creative but palate-pleasing recipes that are, above all else, accessible to a wide audience and “fuss-free.” If you’re a new vegan or someone who’s unsure of how to ramp up your vegan eating, Fuss-Free Vegan includes tons of creative tips and detailed directions to make your vegan dining a success.

Why You Need It:

  • It’s a fun read with tons of food and lifestyle photos
  • Want recipes that are simple without too many ingredients
  • Want recipes with ingredients you can find in an average supermarket

Our Favorite Recipe: Puff pastry-wrapped lentil loaf

7. The Friendly Vegan Cookbook

Why We Love It: Vegan cookbooks tend to suffer from one major flaw: They aren’t accessible to a broad audience, especially new vegans.

They either don’t have many food photographs but hundreds of recipes, or require kitchen tools only a chef could have, or ingredients that are hard to find anywhere but a specialty store.

The Friendly Vegan Cookbook is for vegans who want a more intimate collection of straightforward but nutritious recipes that you can make with everyday cooking tools. The Friendly Vegan Cookbook contains vibrant food photography with every single recipe to get your mouth-watering, plus tons of tips on cooking as a vegan and of course, recipes that will make your mouth rejoice.

Why You Need It:

  • Want affordable, wholesome recipes for virtually all skill levels
  • Want to be able to cook your way through the entire collection of high-quality recipes and know you’ll love every single one?

Our Favorite Recipe: Tof (but honestly, all of The Friendly Vegan Cookbook’s recipes are winners in our book!)

8. The Vegan Air Fryer

Why We Love It: If you love the crunchy, fatty flavor of fried foods but want to cut down on your oil intake, look no further than The Vegan Air Fryer.  

The Vegan Air Fryer contains 75 recipes that are perfect for virtually all occasions, from main courses and side dishes to finger food for parties, and allows you to enjoy the texture and flavor of your favorite fried dishes without all of the added oil or calories.

Why You Need It:

  • Want to limit your oil intake/cook with less oil
  • Want to eat fried foods that are healthier than their non-vegan counterparts

Our Favorite Recipe:  Vegan jalapeno poppers

9. The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for your Instant Pot

Why We Love It: If you’re a vegan who 1.) loves your Instant Pot and 2.) wants to spend more time savoring your recipes than preparing them, then you should pick up The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot.

If you’re wondering, what the heck is an Instant Pot? Here’s why you need a pressure cooker if you don’t have one already.

This cookbook provides 80 recipes that run the gamut from condiments and kitchen essentials like yogurt, marinara sauce, and almond milk to filling meals like tempeh bowls and black bean quinoa burgers.

We love using The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot whenever we’re in a pinch and want something delicious and nutritious without too much effort.

Why You Need It:

  • Want to use your Instant Pot more
  • Want a broad variety of vegan recipes

Our Favorite Recipe: Smoky pecan Brussels sprouts

10. Artisan Vegan Cheese by Miyoko Schinner

Why We Love It: We love (vegan) cheese, and Artisan Vegan Cheese gives us ample inspiration and guidelines for making our own vegan cheeses.

Designed by the founder of Miyoko’s, Artisan Vegan Cheese offers recipes for cheeses ranging from simple cooking cheeses like ricotta and mozzarella to more elegant cheese-board quality cheeses like brie and chevre. While the book’s main focus is on making the cheeses themselves, this cookbook also includes several recipes towards the end where you can make your cheese creations shine.

Why You Need It:

  • You don’t want to eliminate cheese from your diet
  • You want to know how to make a variety of simple and gourmet-quality vegan cheeses
  • You enjoy getting creative in the kitchen, especially around the holidays

Our Favorite Recipe: Vegan smoked provolone

While we had to exclude a lot of awesome vegan cookbooks from this list, we hope that these top 10 vegan cookbooks have inspired you to get cooking! What are your favorites? We’d love to hear over on Instagram or Twitter!

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