25 Best Vegan Cookbooks (2020)

Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

If you are looking for a unique vegan cookbook for beginners then The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook is going to impress you. The vegan chefs, Moskowitz and Romero, have written a full-bodied collection of vegan recipes that use a wide variety of interesting fruit and vegetables.

Thank goodness this vegan cookbook does not require cooks to incorporate fake meat products and egg replacements. Instead, these chefs have created delicious food that is meat, dairy, and egg-free. Take a look at the recipe for Rustic White Beans and Mushrooms or Lentils and Rice with Caramelized Onions, and don’t forget the wide range of divine desserts.

Veganomicon is one of the best vegan cookbooks because all the recipes have been perfected in their test kitchen. It is filled with vibrant photographs and inspiring dishes that will tempt even the most ardent meat fan.

 

Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck by Thug Kitchen

Gritty, real and kickass, like the vegetables that Thug Kitchen promotes, has made this is the best vegan cookbook ever!

Thug Kitchen is filled to the brim with creativity and humor. However, this cookbook is not for the fainthearted. The writing style is quirky and the recipes are sublime. You will be enticed to try the 100 plus recipes for delicious snacks, sides, and meals that are inexpensive and unpretentious. For example, take a look at the titles of the recipes and you will be salivating in seconds. Are you ready to try the Roasted Beer and Lime Cauliflower tacos or Grilled Peach Salsa? I bet you are!

This is healthy eating elevated to another level and with this best vegan cookbook, you will never eat another boring vegan meal again.

 

Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-free Recipes that Rock by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Ten years after the first edition of this bestselling vegan cookbook, Vegan with a Vengeance is back with more fantastic vegan meals. Isa Chandra Moskowitz is the rock princess of low-cost delicious food that is animal-free but bursting with flavor.

This book will inspire all cooks to delve into the healthy options and top cooking tips that are available in this cookbook, and you will want to replicate the amazing meals that are featured in the full-color photos.

The author is quirky and chatty – a true Brooklynite who creates vegan dishes such as Portobello Stroganoff and Matzoh Ball Soup that will cheer the heart of any hungry soul. She has also included some scrumptious dairy-free desserts for vegans with a sweet tooth.

 

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

Great news for vegans who love cupcakes! The vegan icons Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Romero have come up with another bestselling vegan cookbook that delivers the vegan-friendly recipes for inspired cupcakes that will rock your world!

This exceptional cookbook has over 50 recipes for baking cupcakes and frostings that are completely free of animal products. They are guaranteed to be delicious, egg-free, and cheap. Try the Classic Vanilla Cupcakes or the sumptuous Crimson Velveteen Cupcakes. Or perhaps you fancy the new Chai Latte Cupcakes?

Just looking at the fantastic full-color photographs is bound to make your mouth water. This vegan baking cookbook is packed full of tips for vegan shopping, baking, and decorating and comes with Ina’s cupcake anecdotes as an added treat!

 

Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Matthew Ruscigno

Just because you are a vegan, it does not mean that you want to eat bland meals that take ages to prepare. With Appetite for Reduction, you will get 125 nutritional and delicious vegan meals that have only 200-400 calories per serving. So, you can forget about diet shakes and cabbage soup because from now on you can prepare yummy gluten and soy-free dishes that take less than half an hour to prepare.

This best vegan cookbook for beginners does not require a long list of weird ingredients and fake meat substitutions. It’s not even a low-fat cookbook. Isa Chandra Moskowitz knows exactly what type of food vegans want to eat and it’s the hearty real kind that is full of flavor.

If you hanker for lasagna, tacos, spicy curries, and stews, you will be excited to try these recipes and enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you can eat guilt-free!

 

Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar: 100 Dairy-free Recipes for Everyone’s Favorite Treats by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar is another bestselling vegan cookbook that focuses on baking delicious vegan treats. This time Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero have found a new way to tickle our taste buds.

Who would have thought that you could enjoy dairy and egg-free home-baked vegan cookies? With this bestselling vegan cookbook, you will be able to delight your friends and family with mouth- watering cookies, biscotti, and cakes for every occasion.

Isa and Terry share their secrets to successful vegan cookie baking and you will find out how to mix, bake, and decorate the most amazing cookies. The Vegan Cookies are going to invade your Cookie Jar so you better give up the fight and enjoy the experience.

 

Vegan Brunch: Homestyle Recipes Worth Waking Up For—From Asparagus Omelets to Pumpkin Pancakes by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Brunch has been an established trend for a few years and the addition of Vegan Brunch to your kitchen bookshelf is going to transform this special time of day forever.

Isa Chandra Moskowitz has, once again, come up with the type of recipes that vegans have been dying for. Omelets, French toast, and bacon were just some of the things that were no-no’s to vegans, but now that has all changed. Isa has used her knowledge of vegan food as well as her creativity to produce this vegan cookbook for beginners and all other cooks who love to “do” brunch.

This food is the ideal pick-me-up for revelers who have returned home after a late night out, and there is nothing that Isa’s Bloody Marys can’t remedy! Why doesn’t wake up to the delicious smells of pancakes or pain au chocolat straight from the oven?

You will find plenty of inspiration for your next brunch amongst the 75 recipes which are represented in full-color photographs.

 

The Joy of Vegan Baking: The Compassionate Cooks’ Traditional Treats and Sinful Sweets by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

The Joy of Vegan Baking is the best vegan cookbook if you want to bake dairy and egg-free treats. You will find all the old favorites and some new inspiration from Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s fabulous book. The color photos of all the treats are a joy to behold and you will want to get baking as soon as you see them.

There are 150 recipes for all the cakes, cookies, desserts, and pastries that any vegan dreams of. Colleen is an experienced cook and she brings her joyful approach to vegan baking. With these amazing recipes, you can be assured of a top-quality product that is healthy and delicious.

At last, vegans can enjoy luscious treats without compromise.

 

Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

If you are already familiar with the vegan food blog called Post Punk Kitchen, then you will know what an amazing vegan cook Isa Chandra Moskowitz is. We all have busy lives so a vegan cookbook that provides hearty, delicious, and satisfying meals in minutes is going to get some attention. Isa Does It provides that and more in this amazing cookbook.

Reviews of this cookbook call it a life changer. Even if you just want to introduce a more healthy balance to your family’s meals, you will find inspiration between these covers. Isa shares the secrets to her successful dishes and elevates vegan food to another level.

Why not try the Chana Masala, Red Lentil Thai Chili, or the Everyday Pad Thai? For those vegans with a sweet tooth, you might be interested in trying the Chocolate-Zucchini Bundt Cake or Coconut French Toast. No one will leave your table still feeling peckish after any of these nourishing and delicious meals that take so little time and effort to prepare.

 

The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out by Angela Liddon

Angela Liddon writes with authority in The Oh She Glows Cookbook because she knows about suffering from digestion problems. This best cooking book for vegans could be the solution if you need to change your diet and want to enjoy the benefits of clean eating.

The Oh She Glows Cookbook has so many wonderful dairy, gluten, and sugar-free options that are delicious and heartwarming. Cooking your own healthy vegan food is bound to make you feel better inside and out. You can find this wonderful book in our article about the best cookbooks that is definitely worth reading.

Angela Liddon is a precise but skilled recipe writer and her instructions are easy to follow, even for those who are new to the art of vegan cooking. Liddon knows what people want to eat and has adapted appetizers and dishes that taste great, but can also be served without fear of causing offense or upsetting those with allergies. This is vegan food that everyone can relax and relish.

 

The Happy Herbivore Cookbook: Over 175 Delicious Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes by Lindsay S. Nixon

If you are looking for vegan recipes that are completely plant-based and consist of easily available and inexpensive ingredients, then this bestselling vegan cookbook by Lindsay Nixon is going to be a life-saver for you! Lindsay has taken recipes from her HappyHerbivore.com website and reproduced them in this handy vegan cookbook.

The Happy Herbivore Cookbook will appeal to any vegan cook, whether they are beginners are advanced cooks. By including hints and tips for getting the best flavors out of your vegetables, Lindsay ensures that each dish will provide taste as well as nutritional benefits. Another reason that this is a great vegan cookbook for beginners is that it contains a glossary of exotic or unfamiliar ingredients.

The colorful photographs and comical anecdotes make this a bestselling cookbook!

 

The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet by Alicia Silverstone and Neal D. Barnard

The Kind Diet is an attempt by Alicia Silverstone to introduce food-lovers to a vegan diet by tempting them with delicious recipes while taking care of the planet at the same time. In this bestselling vegan cookbook, she shares 75 plant-based recipes that are guaranteed to make you feel and look good. You will lose weight effortlessly and I am sure that you will agree that Alicia is living proof of her claims!

While her motivation was to protect wildlife, she gained many personal benefits which she is happy to share with the reader. Even if you do not intend to become a committed vegan, The Kind Diet can be incorporated into any healthy lifestyle and the benefits will be clear to see.

Alicia is not preachy or dogmatic. She understands that we all have favorite foods and she has adapted some to make them a delicious, but healthy, option.

 

Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine by Bryant Terry

Anyone who is a fan of classic Southern cooking is going to love this amazing vegan cookbook by Bryant Terry! He makes vegan food accessible and desirable, including the added health benefits we need and want.

Vegan Soul Kitchen has a laid-back style that is typical of the author. He does not try to complicate his recipes but prefers to inform and educate those who are new to vegan cooking. He also provides interest and inspiration for experienced vegan chefs.

I can’t wait to try Gumbo Z’Herbs or the Roast Potato Salad with parsley and pine nut pesto. Terry likes to keep things simple and intriguing. And, to his credit, he has not neglected to include the old favorites like Peach Cobbler or Mint juleps.

Without limiting his food to the vegan audience, Terry has lured in cooks and diners of any persuasion. Hopefully, his amazing Southern influences won’t be missed out on because of the category that this fabulous vegan cookbook appears in.

 

Betty Goes Vegan: Over 500 Classic Recipes for the Modern Family by Annie Shannon and Dan Shannon

This could be called the equivalent of Debbie Does Dallas in the cookery world! Betty Goes Vegan is the opportunity to take the traditional American cooking of Betty Crocker and marry it with a healthy vegan option that so many young families find appealing.

Taking the food that everyone knows and loves and creating this bestselling vegan cookbook is a work of genius on the part of Annie and Dan Shannon. No-one is excluded from the invitation to dine from this variety of dishes and even the most dedicated carnivore would be tempted to join the feast. The array of recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is amazing.

There are sumptuous omelets, casseroles, desserts, and snacks to delight the vegan family and anyone else who loves good food. This bestselling vegan cookbook should not be overlooked.

 

Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health by Gene Stone

Forks over Knives is an attempt by a group of doctors and researchers to impress upon us the importance of changing what we eat if we want to protect ourselves from many of the illnesses that plague the twenty-first-century person. What will it take to make us change the way we eat?

The research says that including whole foods and plant-based foods could mean the difference between health and a life of pain and discomfort, or even save your life.

According to the authors, eating meat, dairy, and oils are the reason so many of us are experiencing heart problems and they advocate that a plant-based diet will reduce the chances of heart attacks and strokes. Embarking on a plant-based diet is the best way to improve your life expectancy and quality of life.

Forks Over Knives will provide you with the information you need to start on a new and healthy lifestyle. Start with incorporating fruits, legumes, and whole grains into your diet and with 125 recipes to enhance your home cooking, you will not have anything to hold you back from becoming a healthy person again.

 

The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples by Miyoko Nishimoto Schinner

This best vegan cookbook, The Homemade Vegan Pantry, is remarkable in that it gets carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores excited about vegan food!

There is a reason why we all love a variety of comfort food and as much as we all want to be healthy and considerate of the planet, there comes a point when we want lashings of the bad stuff. But what if we follow these recipes and find that we can have the best of both worlds? Is it possible to have bacon, mayonnaise, and cheese flavors in a healthy option?

The Homemade Vegan Pantry allows you to have fresh, healthy, and exciting food that you can make at home. Miyoko Schinner will guide you to vegan food heaven. To make it even better, Schinner makes it so easy! Handcrafted, healthy food just appeared within reach of all of us.

 

Hot For Food Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face by Lauren Toyota

Never again do you have to stare down at a plate full of boring vegetables just because you have decided to be a vegan. That is thanks to Lauren Toyota who has written a collection of delicious vegan recipes in the bestselling Hot For Food Vegan Comfort Classics.

Everyone needs comfort food sometimes and with this bestselling vegan cookbook you get the ticket to vegan food heaven.

Lauren is not shy when it comes to making tasty food. Using basic vegan ingredients, she explains how to create dishes like Philly cheesesteak and mac & cheese, as well as a range of yummy sauces to grab the attention of even the staunchest carnivore. This vegan author has a delightful sense of humor and together with the beautiful color photography, has made this a cookbook that is enjoyable for all.

With Hot For Food Vegan Comfort Classics on your kitchen shelf you will never be at a loss for ideas of what to serve for dinner.

 

Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed by Bryant Terry

Bryant Terry knows a thing or two about food. He also understands that everything is interconnected. Eating involves having a relationship between the food we eat and our wellbeing. There are also the connections we make with present and past meals with family and friends, and the environments we have eaten in.

In Afro-Vegan Bryant remixes the classic flavors of Afro-Caribbean food and reinvents them in a way that will get everyone eating his tasty vegan food.

You will be amazed at what Terry has packed into one of the best vegan cookbooks ever! There are recipes, photographs as well as references to music, films, and songs. He knows how to spice things up and bring out the best in the freshest ingredients. Try his tofu curry with mustard greens for a start and you will not want to return to the boring vegan meals you had to endure in the past.

 

The How Not to Die Cookbook: 100+ Recipes to Help Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger and Gene Stone

The How Not To Die Cookbook is a spin-off from Michael Greger’s New York Times bestselling book by the same name. It is a definitive vegan cookbook that is designed to give the vegan cook a wide range of delicious plant-based meals and snacks.

This top vegan cookbook promises to help you to live longer if you embrace a vegan diet. It is full of simple, tasty dishes that are based on the science of nutrition. Greger has done all the research and provides a guide to making food better for body and mind. These meals could save your life, especially if you are prone to certain diseases. He even claims that eating vegan food can prevent premature death!

The How Not to Die has ideas for scrumptious meals any time of day. Start off with the Superfood Breakfast for example. And who could resist the Spaghetti Squash Puttanesca for dinner? It also includes some delicious, healthy desserts and drinks that will make your taste buds tango.

 

Happy Herbivore Light & Lean: Over 150 Low-Calorie Recipes with Workout Plans for Looking and Feeling Great by Lindsay S. Nixon

We all want things to be instant and effortless- especially in the kitchen. Lindsay Nixon has answered our prayers with the best vegan cookbook that is inspired by her weight loss achievements.

Packed full of laid-back recipes, Happy Herbivore Light and Lean could be your new healthy eating bible. These dishes are not just affordable and easy to make, they also highlight the best ingredients for encouraging weight loss. The addition of exercise plans makes this vegan cookbook worth its weight in gold!

As you cut back on oils, artificial sweeteners, and packaged weight loss foods, you will soon be looking and feeling amazing as the low-calorie meals and exercise start to kick in.

 

But I Could Never Go Vegan!: 125 Recipes That Prove You Can Live Without Cheese, It’s Not All Rabbit Food, and Your Friends Will Still Come Over for Dinner by Kirsty Turner

But I Could Never Go Vegan makes some extraordinarily bold claims! Kirsty Turner counters every argument you have against vegan food and has produced a vegan cookbook that is great for everyone.

Turner has put together a collection of 125 wholesome, appetizing vegan dishes for any mealtime, and she includes recipes for the tangy sauces that make any meal more exciting. For instance, her Barbeque Sauce, Ranch dressing, and Tofu Sour Cream with elevate any vegan dish, and you will save money by making them yourself!

Never again will you suffer from a feeling of deprivation when you make her incredibly delicious desserts. Dark Chocolate Sorbet, Mango Lassi Ice Cream, or Oatmeal Raison Ice Cream Sandwiches will delight vegans who love to end a meal with something sweet. Kirsty has provided a vegan cookbook full of simple food, prepared well. I dare you to resist!

 

Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes by Dana Shultz

Enjoy something new from the Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking recipe book. These dishes, by Dana Shultz, have never been published before and they are unique as well as nutritious. All of them are 100% vegan and mostly gluten-free. Dana’s fame for delivering delicious vegan food is recognized around the world and you will not be disappointed.

You will find vegan dishes that cover ideas for entrees, breakfasts, mains, and beverages. This is one of the best vegan cookbooks for beginners because it only requires a few carefully selected fresh ingredients. You can make these meals using only one bowl and one pot, so no fancy equipment is necessary.

Basic vegan cooking methods are explained clearly and are easy to follow. Every recipe has been photographed in its completed form with a handy guide to the nutritional information of each   dish. Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking will have you salivating from page one!

 

Vegan Cookbook for Beginners: The Essential Vegan Cookbook to Get Started by John Chatham

Having the best vegan cookbook for beginners is going to make the journey to this healthy way of eating so much easier. It necessitates commitment and creativity to come up with a range of interesting and delicious meals that are free of animal products. Vegan Cookbook for Beginners will give you the confidence to prepare balanced, nutritional meals that are truly delicious.

John Chatham is a renowned vegan chef and he is promoting this lifestyle because he believes that it will lead to improved health for people and help to save the planet. He has included 150 adaptable vegan recipes for every meal of the day and a fourteen-day meal plan. You also get all the information you need about this new lifestyle choice and which equipment and resources will make your meal preparation easier.

With this cookbook you will be well on your way to becoming a confident vegan cook.

 

Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen: Traditional and Creative Recipes for the Home Cook by Richa Hingle

Richa Hingle’s passion for animals is what drove her from being a vegetarian to becoming vegan. She is a philosophical person from a traditional Indian background and her food is imbued with the spices and herbs of her cultural food. Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen is authentic, and you rate it the best vegan cookbook after you have cooked some of her inspired recipes.

Vegans don’t want to eat animal products but they do want delicious and nutritious food. That is exactly what Richa has set out to achieve. For example, the tofu-paneer in spinach and chicken-free Balti will have you wishing you had cooked a whole lot more. All the spicy flavors we know and love have been combined with the added health benefits we need.

Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen requires you to take run-of-the-mill vegetables and plant-based products and, create dishes that will delight the palate of anyone, whether they are vegan or not. Beginner vegan cooks will find this book invaluable because it teaches the use of unusual Indian ingredients to use at home. Richa has even adapted dairy-based desserts to make them vegan while still being just as delicious.

This is a vegan cookbook that has been written by a cook with knowledge of the cuisine and a determination to give vegans the food that they want and deserve.

 

The Vegan Scoop: 150 Recipes for Dairy-Free Ice Cream that Tastes Better Than the “Real” Thing by Wheeler del Torro

Being a vegan does not preclude the eating of ice cream, so if you want to enjoy the best vegan Ice- cream grab a copy of The Vegan Scoop today! Wheeler del Torro understands what vegans want when it comes to ice-cream and his inspirational recipes for making iced treats at home have made him a vegan legend!

Wheeler created faux creams that are vegan certified and have low calories. Win-win for vegans! He has produced the recipes for 150 frozen desserts that are more luscious than regular ice-cream. The range of ice-cream flavors is mindboggling and seriously exciting. Take your pick from the Caribbean flavors, Healthy flavors, or the Aphrodisiacal flavors for those who have naughty taste buds.

Not only that, but The Vegan Scoop has two chapters on the essential accessories for ice-cream – the toppings and sauces. It is impossible to choose from the mouth-watering trimmings that are included in the best vegan ice-cream cookbook.

The Vegan Scoop is for anyone who enjoys delicious frozen desserts while still wanting to maintain a beach-perfect body. Step aside vegans – we all want a lick of these!

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Alissa Wynn

Alissa Wynn

Alissa is an avid reader, blogger, and wannabe writer. (She's a much better cook than a writer actually). Alissa is married, has one human, one feline, and two canine kids. She always looks a mess and never meets a deadline.