I’ve managed to build up quite a collection of vegan and plant-based cookbooks and wanted to share my favourites – the below are my most used ones which I go back to time and time again. You can see from the post-its slotted into most of them that the recipes are regulars in our household!
I’ve had the Deliciously Ella cookbooks for a couple of years now and they are probably my most used of the lot. Although not strictly vegan cookbooks given some of the recipes contain honey, everything in the cookbooks are vegan or can be easily made vegan by switching out the honey for another sweetener. I prefer the savoury recipes in these books and some firm favourites are the miso aubergines and the aubergine and tomato bake in Deliciously Ella and Friends – so tasty. These books have great healthy and easy recipes and have encouraged me to try lots of new ingredients.
Vegan celeb cookbooks
My favourite of the ‘vegan celebrity’ cookbooks are Eat Smart by the Youtuber Niomi Smart and Feed Me Vegan by Lucy Watson from Made in Chelsea. Both contain lots of tasty and healthy recipes. From Eat Smart, I really like the oatcakes and the vegan shepherd’s pie and Feed Me Vegan has lots of nice salads and a recipe for some lovely French toast.
Fresh India by Meera Sodha is not a vegan cookbook, but it is vegetarian and lots of the recipes are vegan or can easily be made vegan by using alternatives to dairy (such as tofu instead of paneer or coconut yoghurt instead of regular yoghurt). I love the naan bread recipe in this, and it works really well as a veganised version with coconut yoghurt and almond milk. There are also lots of other tasty curries, our favourites being the Goan butternut squash cafrael and the aubergine and tomato curry.
Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen is one of my favourite new cookbooks, having received it for Christmas last year. The tempeh tikka masala is so tasty, it basically tastes like an Indian takeaway but is much healthier. She also has some great dal recipes. The book even contains a recipe for homemade vegan paneer which I’ve not tried yet but looks interesting.
Food for athletes
The No Meat Athlete cookbook by Matt Frazier and Stepfanie Romine is great. It has lots of easy, healthy and tasty recipes to help pack good calories back in after training. The book also has some really interesting recipes for homemade energy drinks and protein powders. My favourite recipe in here is probably the vegan frittata made with gram flour, so easy and cheap to make and it’s delicious! I would really recommend this cookbook for all vegans, but especially those who workout a lot.
Another two new additions to my collection this Christmas are the This Cheese is Nuts book by Julie Piatt (Rich Roll’s wife) and The Homemade Vegan Pantry by Miyoko Schinner. I’ve only tried a handful of these recipes so far, but there are lots of interesting cheeses in Julie Piatt’s book which I’m looking forward to making, including ones you age for weeks. I’m waiting until I have a bigger kitchen to try these! The Homemade Vegan Pantry has lots of interesting recipes including for homemade vegan butter and mayonnaise. A great way to make healthier vegan alternatives to standard dairy products.
I have plenty more cookbooks to continue perusing, including The Fresh Vegan Kitchen and Vegan Street Food – and have my eye on some other new ones such as Avant-garde Vegan’s new book and the Bosh cookbook. It’s great to see so many vegan and vegan friendly cookbooks on the market, I just need more time to practice new recipes in the kitchen!