The Best Vegan Cookbooks

Whether you’re a newbie vegan or an old hat, vegan cookbooks are always a great source of inspiration.

Here are a few of my favourites of all time:

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World : This book made me turn vegan. Everyone else has these stories about how watching Earthlings turned them vegan…but nope, it was the vegan cakes that did it for me. I’d known for years that I should be vegan, but I kept making excuses, and one of the biggest was that I wouldn’t be able to have nice cake. Then I was gifted this cookbook, made the chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream and my friends and I all agreed they were the best chocolate cupcakes we’d ever had. It was the final excuse, and once I saw that I could have vegan cake, I finally made the leap. 

Asian Vegan Kitchen : My most used cookbook, this book contains fantastic recipes from India, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Burma. Yes, it contains some unusual ingredients but they are well worth seeking out (though you can find substitutions if you need to). 

Artisan Vegan Cheese: While there were vegan cheese cookbooks prior to this (and vegan cheese recipes floating around online), Artisan Vegan Cheese really kicked off the vegan cheese revolution. Suddenly lots of people were making their own aged nut cheeses. If you miss cheese (and it is the biggest barrier to vegan for many), you need this book in your life. I love the vegan parmesan – yes, it takes a long time to make, but it goes way beyond those parmesan recipes you see online that just consist of ground nuts and maybe nutritional yeast (that is NOT parmesan). 

Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking: I love Minimalist Baker’s site, and the fun and inventive (but not overly complicated) recipes she has there, so Dana’s cookbook is a great buy! 

The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The inimitable Miyoko Schinner (who makes the fantastic cheeses available in the US, or which you can make yourself with her cookbook, Artisan Vegan Cheese) came out with this masterpiece after Artisan Vegan Cheese. A must for anyone who loves making things from scratch. Try the vegan butter!!  

The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook: Super fun cookbook full of recipes for every occasion and holiday. You can never go wrong with an Isa recipe/cookbook!

Aquafaba: Have you ever heard of or used aquafaba? It’s the leftover water at the bottom of a tin of chickpeas/after you cook garbanzos, and it’s an amazing egg white replacer! It swept the internet by storm once people realised you can make some pretty kickass vegan meringues with it, and here’s the first cookbook to tackle it. Turns out it can be used for lots of recipes! 

Vegan Brunch: Worth the price for the vegan omelet recipe alone, this contains the best vegan recipes for pancakes, crepes (which I made for non-vegan French friends, who approved!), cinnamon rolls and much more.


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