I have been living it up on the Balearic Islands for the last few days and enjoying every minute of it. However, I will admit that one thing i’ve struggled with on this tiny little slice of heaven is the lack of vegan options available. Being a seafood and dairy hub (heaven forbid), ‘vegano’ is a word that the locals aren’t too familiar with.
Which brings me to my next post as I sit here salivating.
I’m often asked whether I can recommend some great vegan cookbooks for people who are looking to switch to more of a plant-based diet. Actually, i’m asked it so often that I should realistically be getting royalties from some of the authors below. There are so many amazing cookbooks out there and I probably own 90% of them. I’m a cookbook slurry.
With this in mind, being a cookbook slurry gives me cookbook knowledge and over the years i’ve been able to sift through the crappy ones and pick out the best. So without further ado, here are 10 of my favourite vegan cookbooks.
Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a Fuck
Best. Name. Ever.
A humorous and bad ass guide to eating more vegetables and cooking mean vegan good. With recipes like Roasted Beer and Lime Chilli Tacos and Grilled Peach Salsa, Thug Kitchen inspires people to take control of their plates and eat real food.
You’ll spend as much time laughing as you do cooking. Absolutely f*%king hilarious.
The Oh She Glows Cookbook
Oh She Glows is one of the most popular vegan blogs and the recipes you can find in this heaven-sent book are simply to die for. Having won a bunch of awards, the Oh She Glows Cookbook is hugely popular with non-vegans and vegans alike and provides over 100 mouth-watering recipes with beautiful photographs and easy instructions.
A must-have for anyone who wants to eat well and feel great.
Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week
Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Isa is one of America’s bestselling vegan cookbook authors and has added to her growing pile of creations with this great cookbook for busy people who want to give delicious vegan food a whirl. With recipes like Bistro Beet Burgers and a Summer Seitan Saute with Coriander and Lime, Isa demonstrates how easy and delicious vegan food can be.
Another very well known blogger, Ella Woodward shot to fame with her amazing blog Deliciously Ella which centres around healthy eating and plant-based recipes. The Deliciously Ella cookbook is packed with simple and healthy recipes with fantastic photos and easy to follow instructions.
Thrive Energy Cookbook
Brendan Brazier is one of the world’s best Ironman triathletes and ultra-marathon runners and he created the Thrive Energy Cookbook for athletes and people interested in increasing their energy. With over 150 plant-based recipes that are all vegan and allergen-free, these chef-created recipes merge mouthwatering appeal with driven functionality as every ingredient has a nutritional purpose.
Ms. Cupcake: The Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town!
For the sweet tooth in us all, Ms Cupcake believes vegan baking should be easy and offer something for everyone. With simple recipes and easy to find ingredients, Ms. Cupcake thinks all desserts, whether they are vegan or non-vegan, should look and taste the same. Nearly all of the recipes in the Ms. Cupcake cookbook can be made gluten free but be warned; if you’re not much of a sugar eater ease yourself into some of these. They can be super sweet. CUE: Sugar explosion.
The holy grail of guidebooks. The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions is a secret weapon in turning any meat, dairy or egg-based recipe into a vegan plate of mouthwatering goodness. You simply refer to the book when you are faced with an ingredient you want to remove from a recipe and it will tell you a vegan option that is best to use. Amazing.
With easy-to-use charts, step-by-step instructions and over 200 recipes, The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions is a book everyone, vegan or not, should have on their shelves.
Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero
The Bible. From one of the authors of Isa Does it (above), Veganomicon has over 250 delicious recipes with fantastic photos and easy to follow instructions. With meals like Samosa Stuffed Baked Potatoes, Asparagus and Lemongrass Risotto and Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti, Veganomicon has dishes that will please every palette.
It also conveniently includes recipes for people with other dietary requirement such as gluten-free and soy-free.
BabyCakes Covers the Classics
I have been to this bakery in New York myself and it absolutely blew my mind. There is something here for everyone – specifically people with food allergies. All the recipes in the book are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free and absolute heaven. If you are a sweet tooth that loves to bake, this is a great choice. Doughnuts, mmmmmmm.
The title is a mouthful but believe me when I say you’ll be wanting a mouthful of this amazing cookbook when you see its photographs. If you’re new to the vegan way of life, an on-the-fence vegetarian or a curious omnivore, this cookbook will banish your doubts. You’ll find you can get enough protein, fit in at a potluck, learn to love cauliflower, and enjoy pizza, nachos, brownies, and more—without any animal products.