20 New Vegan Cookbooks Everyone Will Want to Cook From
These chefs and authors make plant-based dishes totally inspiring.
A plant-based diet is about more than cashew cheese and colorful salads. Vegan recipes can be vibrant, indulgent, exciting and totally crave-worthy. This slew of the summer's hottest vegan cookbooks prove that. From inspired, thoughtful soul food to sustainable, plant-forward dishes, each of these books will teach you about more than just how to give up dairy or meat. Understanding the why behind each delicious dish is what makes these cookbooks such powerful additions to your bookshelf, whether you're hardcore vegan or plant-based when possible.
Vegan baking can be complicated and sometimes calls for processed foods that don't necessarily meet the whole-food philosophy of veganism. In Whole Food Vegan Baking, Annie Markowitz (who also has a PhD in nutrition) turns classic recipes like apple pie and blueberry muffins into delicious vegan-friendly recipes calling for recognizable ingredients your grandma can definitely pronounce.
Vegetable Kingdom is the latest cookbook from food justice activist, James Beard award-winning chef and author, Bryant Terry. This cookbook presents vegan cooking as whole food- and plant-based without the use of powders, meat substitutes or unrecognizable ingredients. If you find you can't get enough of Vegetable Kingdom after your purchase, we recommend buying Terry's Afro-Vegan for even more recipes to love.
In his debut cookbook, chef and sustainability advocate Max La Manna strives to bridge the gap between plant-based eating and sustainability. This book of 80 recipes focuses on dishes that can help you save money, eat well and reduce your carbon footprint while you do it. Plus, you'll find ways to make pantry staples like pasta, condiments and "apple scrap vinegar" without turning to store-bought plastic-packed versions.
Southern California cooking brings to mind bright colors, fresh flavors and seriously delicious dishes. In Love is Served, Cafe Gratitude founders with Seizan Dreus Ellis offer up recipes inspired by thoughtful restaurant dishes that anyone can make at home. With inspiring recipe titles like "I Am Serene" (Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls) and "I Am Passionate" (Black Lava Cake), this cookbook is ideal for the person who's looking for a mind-body connection with the food they eat.
Jocelyn Ramirez transforms her abuela's authentic Mexican recipes into plant-based versions with the same flavor and feeling anyone who loves the classics will recognize. From Esquite con Crema to Tacos de Yaca Carnitas (Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos), these recipes pay homage to the classics while adopting a plant-based ingredient list.
Lauren Hartmann is a native Southerner, chef and food blogger. Her debut cookbook, inspired by her blog Rabbit and Wolves (she's the rabbit, plant-eater, surrounded by wolves, or meat eaters), offers up traditional Southern dishes designed for plant-based eaters. Hartmann doesn't shy away from vegan butter, mayo and other substitutes to make classics just like the ones she grew up eating.
For anyone who's thinking about going vegan but hasn't taken the leap, this is the cookbook for you. Written by two registered dietitians, Vegan for Life includes a six-step transition plan to adopting a fully plant-based diet, plus tips on plant-based eating for athletes, kids and pregnant women.
Anyone who's vegan has probably heard the concerns around getting enough protein. Gaz Oakley's lastest book shows you don't need to eat meat to get protein-packed meals in every time. Look for recipes flagged "high-protein" if you need to boost that macro while flipping through the pages.
Who doesn't love a one-pot meal? Now make it vegan. One-Pot Vegan goes beyond a saucepan or Dutch oven for delicious recipes. It'll put your pressure cookers and sheet pans to good use, as well. This will give you a whole new way to think about one-pot meals.
Nadira Jenkins-El is here to turn your pre-conceived notions of soul food on their head. The first thing you'll read is her genius definition of SOUL food: SOUL stands for Seasonal, Organic, Unprocessed and Local, and refers to the love and energy poured into every dish. Through this definitions, Jenkins-El creates beautiful vegan versions of classics while paying homage to the iconic flavors in every bite.
Haile Thomas has been making healthy diet choices since she was 16. Now at 19, her debut cookbook is a testament to the power of Gen Z, promoting self-care, gratitude practice and self-love through eating healthful food. With snappy recipe names like Straight Fire Mac N' Cheese and Shortcut Sweet Potato Pie Boats, this cookbook is sure to appeal to plant-based eaters of all ages.
For those who consider themselves more vegan-ish or vegan-light, Help Yourself is all about using whole foods to promote gut health. Any nutritionist will tell you that a healthy gut is the key to feeling your best. Many of these recipes are vegan-friendly and emphasize plant-based ingredients as much as possible. For anyone looking for a science-backed eating plan, give these recipes a try.
Even as potential guidelines for babies and toddlers swirl in the nutrition world, many vegan parents may be wondering about the best ways to feed their children a plant-based diet. This cookbook aims to tackle those questions with recipe ideas, tips and more for feeding children ages five months through elementary school. (We still recommend consulting with your pediatritian before following a plant-based diet for a child.)
If your pantry is packed to the brim with beans, this cookbook will come in handy. Cool Beans is packed with tons of vegan-friendly recipes (though this is not a cookbook designed soley for vegan dieters) like Perfectly Simple and Light Hummus, Black Lentil Crackers and Blean Bean, Corn and Coconut Salad. Don't be surprised when beans start to creep into your breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks.
If you're newly vegan and are missing certain baked goods, this is the book to start with. You'll learn how to replace baking staples like eggs, butter and other dairy products while churning out sweet and savory baked goods like bread, biscuits, pies and more.
Is there anything better than pizza night? Written by owners of the first vegan pizzeria in the U.K., Vegan Pizza aims to help you make authentic tasting vegan pizza at home. The pies start with a sourdough crust and the book even includes recipes for homemade vegan cheeses as toppings.