10 Best Vegan Cookbooks of 2021

Soul-satisfying plant-based cooking, straight ahead.

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November 30, 2021
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Plant-based eating might be deemed the way of the future, but what we love about exploring vegan cookbooks is gaining a deeper appreciation for the multitude of cultures whose culinary cannons celebrate a plant-based approach. There are also gastronomic geniuses who offer ample inspiration by taking childhood traditions and nostalgic recipes and vegan-fying them for home cooks of all stripes. Proof that vegan cuisine is ever evolving and approachable are vegan cookbooks dedicated to a single subject, such as snack boards (move over charcuterie), ice cream and baking. Whether you’ve fully embraced a vegan lifestyle, call yourself a flexitarian or are simply plant-based curious, the recipes and stories within these vibrant cookbooks’ pages deliver something delicious for everyone.

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In her debut cookbook, TV host and personality chef Priyanka Naik cleverly blends her childhood memories of toting tiffin — compartmentalized lunch boxes filled with Indian-inspired dishes — with flavor inspiration from her worldly travels. The Indian-inspired dishes have a transportive quality too, like a Masala Chickpea Bruschetta that calls to mind an al fresco lunch on the Amalfi coast, or the Baella, a richly spiced Spanish paella meets Indian biryani dish, complete with crispy bottom. Other favorites we’re bookmarking to make stat include a luxurious pumpkin bucatini dish anointed with crushed pink peppercorns and pistachios, and a Creamy Parsley Tahini Dressing that we want to pour, dip and drizzle on everything.

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$29.99

When home cook Joanne Lee Molinaro went vegan 2016, she started a sharing her recipes on her blog, The Korean Vegan. Soon after, she also began sharing her family’s immigrant experience filtered through the lens of the food she grew up eating. Since then, she’s broadened her platform to social media, capturing legions of fans not only for her thoughtfully crafted home-spun dishes, but through her touching personal stories, too. Her debut cookbook celebrates both in equal measure as she shares recipes and reflections from her mom’s kitchen, organized into chapters such as banchan (side dishes), kimchi and salads, soups and stews, bar and street foods, and sweets (hello, Gochujang-Glazed Persimmon Upside-Down Cake). We’re willing to bet that Kimchi Stew will become a new comfort food favorite and that Korean Pear Slaw will be a go-to for potluck parties.

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$22.26

With 100 recipes that are at once personal and accessible, and beautiful photography for each one to boot, Provecho is a winner of a cookbook. Author and chef Edgar Castrejon proves that vegan cooking and delicious food are not mutually exclusive concepts, infusing each of his family’s generations-old recipes — from tacos to tortas to soups — with wholesome plant-based ingredients and bold, vibrant flavors. Refried beans are transformed with the use of coconut butter, sliced sharp vegan cheddar takes a starring turn in quesadillas, and oyster mushrooms bolster a meat-free pozole rojo with their soul-satisfying earthiness. Gather your friends and family around la mesa llena (full table) and say provecho to celebrate your bounty of blessings.

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$12.99

In her latest cookbook, Lauren Toyota, the bestselling author of Vegan Comfort Classics, unifies the simple with the sublime to deliver more than 100 vegan recipes to satisfy every craving. Think: fried artichoke sandwiches, pasta with Brussels sprouts, and Tokyo street fries. What really takes these recipes next level are the tips and tricks that help transform leftovers into bonus dishes to stave off tastebud fatigue and simplify meal prep. Tortilla soup is a nourishing meal on its own but gets a next-day upgrade in red sauce enchiladas or chipotle cheese fries. One Pot Mac n’ Cheese lends itself to endless flavor riffing, from pizza to Thai red curry, while Miso-Roasted Kabocha Squash 3 Ways pays dividends in kabocha stuffed shells or kabocha wonton ravioli jazzed up with miso butter.

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$19.94

Jeeca Uy, creator of The Foodie Takes Flight blog, delivers a cookbook that ignites the kind of enthusiasm that makes you want to immediately get in the kitchen and start cooking. The 60 accessible and easy recipes will take your tastebuds on delicious detours throughout Asia via dishes such as Indonesian Fried Rice, Korean Bibimbap, and Japanese Yaki Soba. If you’re stuck in a tofu rut, Uy offers ample inspiration with the Tasty Tofu Dishes chapter (plus a section on prepping and storing it). Think, Filipino Tofu Steak, Mapo Tofu, and Singaporean Chili Tofu. There’s also a handy bonus chapter that outlines how to make your own basics and sauces, like a simple teriyaki sauce to amp up a weeknight veggie stir fry or a homemade fish sauce to bolster soups and curries. From dumplings to dim sum, noodles to rice bowls, this book is bound to become one you cook from often.

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$17.48

Author Jessica Seinfeld is the first to admit that she’s not a committed vegan, and neither are her husband (comedian Jerry Seinfeld) or their kids. But often, many of their meals incorporate plant-based cooking and Seinfeld wants readers to know how easy it is to be vegan, whether that’s every day or now and again. The 120-plus step-by-step recipes are written in an encouraging, conversational tone that captures Seinfeld fearless and fun attitude in the kitchen. The chapters cover sweet and savory breakfasts, satisfying and nutritious lunches and dinners, plus the all-important snacks (aka quick fixes). Other sections include a vegan pantry, a dried beans primer, and sample daily menus. We can’t wait for Sunday’s line-up, which starts with brunch-ready Fluffy Pancakes and ends with a dinner of Mushroom Bolognese and Chocolate Sheet Cake for dessert.

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$18.59

Chef Ching-He Huang was inspired to write a vegan cookbook by her husband, a long-time sufferer of asthma and eczema who was cured months after adopting a vegan diet. As a firm believer in the notion of "food is medicine," Huang scoured the Asian continent for cooking inspiration that would celebrate the healing and nourishing power of plants. Her research and recipe testing culminated in Asian Green, a collection of traditional and tasty meat- and dairy-free dishes, from satisfying breakfasts to nourishing soups. The nutrition-packed recipes are also chockful of flavor, including the likes of Wok-fried Orange-Soy Sticky Sprouts & Wild Rice Salad, Peking Mushroom Pancakes, and Chinese Black Bean Seitan Tacos. And if you’re ready to level up your pantry, Huang also teaches readers to make their own seitan and tofu.

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Why should cheese and charcuterie boards have all the fun? Kate Kasbee, the creator of the food blog Well Vegan, offers the answer in this vibrant tome. There are 50 plant-based boards to choose from, from snacks to meals to desserts, each offering a choose-your-own-adventure grazing journey. We can’t wait to set up a bagel brunch board with vegan cream cheese, dips and sliced veggies, and the idea to have a Loaded Sweet Potato Fries Board — complete with Vegan Cheese Sauce and Cincinnati-Style Vegan Chili — is just the ticket out of your what’s-for-dinner cooking rut.

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$12.79

When we first read the names of the recipes in this book, we thought, "No way can these be vegan." But author Rebecca Coleman has created a collection of recipes that are not only vegan but crave-worthy and approachable, too. To wit, there’s Key Lime Pie, with flaky crust and a sweet, creamy filling wreathed with airy meringue, and a Skillet Caramel Brookie, a brownie-cookie mash-up that begs to be served warm out of the pan and topped with a melting scoop of vegan ice cream. There are savory-inspired numbers too, like the game-night-ready Beer Pretzel Twists that destined for dipping greatness in vegan queso or spicy mustard. With Coleman as your guide, there’s nothing scary about vegan or baking — just foolproof, delicious recipes that are like a party waiting to happen.

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$17.39

It’s impossible to pick a favorite among the delectable frozen confections dreamed up by author Hannah Kaminsky. There are solo scoops, like Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream or Acai Bowl Sorbet, as well as whimsical creations such as Confetti Cake Batter Birthday Cake, a center-piece-worthy Chocolate-Covered Cherry Bombe, or a holiday-ready Peppermint Bark Roulade. But first on our must-make list are the buttery pistachio ice cream truffles, which are equally suited to an afternoon pick-me up or impressing dinner guests. No matter what you make, Kaminsky promises that readers will be amazed at how the bold flavors of peak-season fruit and top-notch seasonings shine on a dairy-free canvas. Clear space in your freezer immediately.

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