Find your vegan cooking inspiration with this diverse range of plant-based cookbooks.
Running low on inspiration? Yeah, January tends to do that to a person. After all, it’s not the month with the saddest day of the year for nothing. Forget Blue Monday though — focus on the good and the green. These recipe books will keep you healthy, happy, and keen to cook — January and beyond.
1. Vegan JapanEasy
There’s more to Japanese food than sushi. Enjoy all of the umami, simplicity and texture with this book from Tim Anderson. You’ll find recipes ranging from Mushroom Gyoza and Fried Tofu in Dashi, to Soy Sauce Butterscotch Brownies and Cauliflower Katsu Curry. Additionally, many of them don’t even require any plant-based substitutions.
2. Leon: Fast Vegan
Long known as the fast food chain with a healthy difference, Leon brings together more than 150 recipes in this book. Start with mains for any time of day; after that, move on to sweet treats and tongue tingling sides. With inspiration from all around the world, expect everything from Mexican tacos to Vietnamese pancakes.
3. Dirty Vegan
Oh, hello. You know those friends who think that vegan food lacks oomph? Matt Pritchard is here to tell them different. Firstly, he’s an endurance athlete. Secondly, he also has more than a little bit of a liking for comfort food – for example, burgers and full breakfasts. Thirdly? They just happen to be plant-based. Dig in.
4. More Plants, Less Waste
Activist and chef Max La Manna shows you how to revitalise leftovers. As well as meals for every time of day, ranging from breakfasts and dinners, to soups and sweet treats, La Manna gives you even more bang for your buck, with a host of DIY natural home hacks. In short, not only will you save money by reducing waste – you’ll help to save the planet, too.
5. Happy Vegan Comfort Food
If you are new to a plant-based life, this is the book for you. Author Karoline Jönsson says that this is exactly the book she would have wanted when she first became vegan. However, even if you already know your tofu from your tempeh, there’s a wealth of delights to be enjoyed from these pages. Think comfort food, old favourites and simple-to-make dished that nourish the body and warm the soul.
You can’t really argue with a book that’s sold more copies than any other vegan cookbook, ever. With a tantalising mix of breakfasts, party food, dinners to share and desserts and cocktails to indulge in, Henry Firth and Ian Theasby have included something for everyone. Additionally, the ingredients you’ll need are things you can pick up easily in a supermarket. In other words, minimum hassle, maximum taste.
7. Vegan One Pound Meals
On a budget? Even if you’re not, who doesn’t want to save some money on eating in? Miguel Barclay has achieved the impossible by creating a range of mouthwatering recipes, each of which costs less than £1 per person to make. Expect the likes of Mac No Cheese, Vegan Sausage Rolls and Golden Syrup Broccoli Noodles.
8. Five Ingredient Vegan
If you prefer fewer ingredients and less prep without compromising on flavour, then this book will be an invaluable addition to your shelves. Katy Beskow pulls together a selection of 100 recipes, each of which requires no more than five ingredients, with the addition of some store cupboard staples.
No need to ditch pizza if you’re embracing the plant-based life. Specialists Tim Barclay, Filippo Rosato and Stefania Evangelisti are on hand to replace the cheese, ramp up the toppings and crisp up the crust. There are even options for gluten avoiders. Additionally? No greasy box to cram into the recycling afterwards.
10. The Plant Kitchen
Beans, lentils and nuts, as excellent sources of protein, are accompanied by colourful fresh food in this delightful book. You’ll find inspiration from around the globe, as well as inspiration for eating the seasons and devouring the rainbow – all while reducing your footprint and improving your wellbeing.
11. The Green Roasting Tin
You can tweak the vegetarian recipes in this book so that the 50/50 mix is exclusively vegan. As well as that, forget arduous washing up – one dish is all it takes. Each of the 75 recipes are so tasty that you’ll probably all want to dig straight in with a fork – so you won’t even have plates to clear up.
12. The Seasonal Vegan
Having previously compiled The Occasional Vegan, Sarah Philpott takes readers on a guided tour of produce that’s available throughout the year. There is a handy calendar at the beginning of the book, which shows you herbs, fruits and vegetables by season. The recipes range from those you can chow down on every day, to those suitable for special occasions – each of them delicious and innovative.
As a professional chef in London, Chantelle Nicholson was initially inspired to write Planted after seeing the lack of indulgent puddings available to her lactose-intolerant friend. This led her on to a deeper exploration of vegan cooking. She uses her background in French cookery to maximise the texture and flavour of plant-based ingredients.
24. Wicked Healthy Cookbook: Free From Animals
Does it get any better than the brother brains behind Tesco’s vegan ranges and the plant-based seafood brand, Good Catch. Chat and Derek Sarno celebrate vegetables in their first cookbook, paying special mind to their favorite vegan meat: mushrooms. They make cooking plants easier and more tasty than you can imagine.
15. The Happy Health Plan
The brothers from The Happy Pear kitchen bring you a range of delicious vegan recipes aimed at soothing the gut and boosting wellness. Additionally, the recipes may help you to lose weight – but you won’t need to count calories. Above all, they taste as good as they’ll make you feel.
16. But I Could Never Go Vegan!
Whether you’re new to plant-based or a long-time vegan, this book is packed with flavourful recipes that you’ll want to make again and again. There are even recipes aimed at showing your non-vegan friends that they can still come over for dinner or brunch and be dazzled – and, above all, satisfied!
17. Ms Cupcake: The Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town!
Just because vegan foods are better for you, it doesn’t mean they have to be virtuous! Building on the success of her Brixton bakery, Ms Cupcake shows you how to whip up dairy-free buttercream, bake gooey cookies and indulge in scrumptious cupcakes. Moreover, you can make easy substitutions to make the recipes gluten-free.
As a well-known chef and food justice activist, Bryant Terry reimagines the classic dishes and ingredients of the African diaspora for a plant-based diet. There’s a blend of Caribbean, Southern and African recipes to enjoy, such as Crispy Teff and Grit Cakes with Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Peanuts. Additionally, Terry offers book and music recommendations, as well as insights into how food can be made more equitable and sustainable.
19. Mildreds Vegan
Although nights out have been hard to come by during this last year, you can have the Mildreds experience at home, thanks to this mouthwatering cookbook. Expect lots of barbecue-inspired recipes to wrap your chops around, like Memphis Bourbon Barbecue Skewers and Rainbow Root Slaw with Orange.
20. Deliciously Ella
With 100 recipes to try, these are the dishes that customers have flocked to Ella Woodward’s deli for, ever since it launched in 2015. Use this to rustle up everything from hearty brunches, speedy mid-week suppers and indulgent afternoon teas. It’s about delicious, plant-based abundance.
21. I Can Cook Vegan
The cover alone is delightful enough, but Moskowtiz’s informal, engaging tone draws you in even further. This book is full of doable recipes and supported by shopping lists, goals and encouragement. It also encourages home cooking, so that you can easily make every meal a plant-based one.
22. One Pot Vegan
“I love washing pots and pans,” said pretty much no-one, ever. “I love delicious plant-based food that’s easy to make,” on the other hand – that, we can get behind. This book allows you to max out on delicious plant-based flavours by mingling ingredients together in one easy-to-wash pot. As well as that, all of the ingredients are easy to find in the supermarket, saving you time and hassle at both ends of the meal.
23. Jackfruit and Blue Ginger
Delicious Asian dishes are given a vegan star turn in this collection of recipes, which Sasha Gill was inspired to create when she went plant-based and didn’t want to miss the flavours of her childhood. As a student studying overseas, she has first hand experience of what it means to be short on time and budget – so the recipes are easily accessible, regardless of both.
24. Feed Me Vegan
Voted Best Vegan Cookbook winner by PETA in 2017, it’s easy to see why Lucy Watson needs a spot on every recipe bookshelf. She covers all the bases from breakfast to snacking. These recipes are drool-worthy must-makes for flexitarians and vegans alike.
25. Plants Only Vegan
Building on the success of his social media presence, Gaz Oakley makes vegan prep easy. As well as marking the recipes according to whether they’re high protein, symbols also flag which ones take 15 minutes to make or are suitable for batch cooking. Over 70 vegan recipes that you’ll want to make over and over again.
Doesn’t the cover of this book just smack of abundance and vibrancy? In this collection of Indian recipes, you’ll find the likes of potato and pea samosas and roasted cauliflower with rose harissa. Additionally, there’s a range of meals to whip up in a hurry, as well as those to linger over lovingly.
27. The Vegan Cookbook for Athletes
Many of us will have seen The Game Changers and the incredible effects of a plant-based diet on performance. In the same way, many of us will have started the year with the intention of becoming fitter. Whatever your goals are, this book will certainly show you how to make recipes that boost your strength.
28. Plant-Powered Families
Children can be notoriously tricky when it comes to feeding them. Thanks to this book, you have the reassurance of knowing that every single recipe has been tested and approved by young people. Cinnamon French Toast is sure to please the fussiest of breakfast eaters, while No-Bake Granola Bars are the ideal lunchbox addition. There’s also a great variety of dinners, including Smoky Bean Chili, Autumn Dinner Loaf with Homestyle Gravy and Ta-quinos.
29. The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook
Combining ways of eating can sometimes prove tricky – being vegan and gluten-free, for example. Being plant-based and following a raw food diet, however, tend to work really well. Keeping your food raw or only lightly cooked retains all of the flavour, nutrients and texture of your fruits and vegetables; moreover, it keeps the colours vibrant making your plate look incredibly appealing.
30. The Budget-Friendly Vegan Cookbook
We all know that it can often be cheaper to eat poorly than to eat well. This book brings together a collection of recipes that will make your wallet and your tummy happy, while making the planet happy too. There are 145 recipes, as well as tips on how to shop smart, reduce waste and save time. In addition, each meal is based on wholefoods, so you won’t need to buy processed and packaged alternatives.
31. Vegan Fakeaway
Even back when nights out where a thing, there was always a delightful indulgence about staying in with a delivery. This book saves you the hassle of trying to navigate the vegan-friendly options on takeaway menus and allows you to rustle up your own ‘fakeaway’ – saving money and packaging, into the bargain. With chapters on American, Chinese, Indian, Italian and Middle Eastern favourites, you can easily navigate your way to your desired cuisine. Best of all, the recipes are simple to make and use easy-to-find ingredients.