Modern Cookbooks for Vegans, Vegetarians, & the Veg-Curious Alike
As consumers, we believe that even our meals should be chosen thoughtfully. What we eat not only fuels us as individuals, but contributes to the overall well-being of our planet and its living creatures . Simple, plant-based foods provide our bodies with pure, clean energy that we can naturally and gently process. Meal plans rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and grains not only make our stomachs grumble for exactly what they need most, but also help avoid factory farming and pollution.
These eleven cookbooks, written by passionate chefs and bloggers, are among our most adored kitchen essentials. Collections of endless recipes, nutritional information, cooking techniques, shopping lists, and organization strategies will equip you with all the information you need to transition into healthier relationships with food, yourself, the planet, and animals.
1. Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Schultz
What We Love | Dana Schultz and her husband, John, founded Minimalist Baker in 2012, a blog devoted to simple cooking. Originally from the Midwest, the couple now lives in Portland, Oregon creating simple, plant-based recipes, beautifully captured and shared on their website and in their cookbook. We’ve been longtime fans of their work and adore Dana’s new cookbook for everyday cooking. The cookbook contains 101 simple, delicious recipes that require 10 ingredients or less, one bowl, or 30 minutes or less to prepare.
Recipe We Can’t Wait To Try | Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oat Bread
Reviews | “I love Dana and all of her recipes, but this cookbook goes above and beyond everything she has ever created. The entire cookbook is a work of art and the recipes are easy and delicious. I made the vegan tiramisu cake over the weekend and it was unbelievable! The cookbook will satisfy plant-based eaters and meat lovers alike.” - Werner Pfau
Price | $20
2. Vegan Goodness by Jessica Prescott
What We Love | Jessica Prescott, the Berlin blogger behind Wholy Goodness, was originally inspired to go vegan by both her love for animals and her mum’s home-cooking. During her journey she realized “plants unite us all,” and wrote Vegan Goodness to share her beloved recipes. Her cookbook not only showcases a collection of tangible, easy vegan recipes, but also includes her own stunning hand-lettering and photography. Prescott’s funny, no-nonsense writing voice will keep you entertained as you cook.
Recipe We Can’t Wait To Try | Kale Scones
Reviews | “If you only want one vegan cookbook, Jessica Prescott’s Vegan Goodness is a good choice. In a medium-format hardcover, Prescott illustrates her cookbook with her own photos, and they are outstanding, filling a good part of the pages and illustrating nearly every recipe.” - George Erdosh
Price | $15
3. The Love & Lemons Cookbook by Jeanine Donofrio
What We Love | Austin-dwellers Jeanine Donofrio and Jack Mathews are the geniuses behind The Love & Lemons Cookbook and blog, a collection of recipes described by the New York Times as “happiness in itself tossed in every bowl.” This world-traveling, local-food-lover's cookbook celebrates an adoration for local farms and farmers markets with 100 simple recipes. The cookbook emphasizes seasonal cooking, guides for filling the pantry, and all sorts of helpful ingredient pairing suggestions. The delightful content is matched with brilliant design, making this cookbook a must-have.
Recipe We Can’t Wait To Try | Chipotle Apple Guacamole
Reviews | “Jeanine has mastered the art of quick and easy, yet elegant, vegetarian cooking. You’ll find yourself coming back to these lightning-fast recipes again and again to make fresh, healthy meals bursting with flavor.” - Angela Liddon, author of The Oh She Glows Cookbook
Price | $21
4. Food52 Vegan by Gena Hamshaw
What We Love | Food52’s manifesto, “Eat thoughtfully, live joyfully” sings loudly in Gena Hamshaw’s cookbook, Food52 Vegan. Alongside beautiful photography, Hamshaw reveals recipes and ideas to help readers incorporate plant-based meals into their daily routines. More can be found via Food52’s online vegan column, which brings cooks from around the world together to share images and recipes.
Recipe We Can’t Wait To Try | Smoky Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili
Reviews | “This is vibrant, delicious, crowd-pleasing food made from real ingredients - food that also happens to be vegan. It’s an inspiring book for anyone looking to work more veg-centric meals into their repertoire.” - Heidi Swanson
Price | $16
5. Nom Yourself by Mary Mattern
What We Love | Mary Mattern is a vegan superstar from Baltimore who spends her days cooking up meals for celebrities such as Jeremy Piven and Ellie Goulding. What started as a personal Instagram account over-saturated by images of food eventually became Mattern’s Nom Yourself, the “perfect book for the vegan-curious.” Since her early twenties, she’s inspired others to see just how delicious and easy a vegan lifestyle can be. Her personality and hip style are evident in the cookbook, making it a fun and relatable read.
Recipe We Can’t Wait To Try | Beer-Battered Buffalo Wings
Reviews | “Chef Mary has opened up a new world for me and I am feeling better than I ever have. I can’t wait for her to publish another cookbook!” - Tiffany Retzer
Price | $17
6. Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook by Thug Kitchen
What We Love | Thug Kitchen is the most cheerfully profane vegan cookbook you’ll ever own. The masterminds behind the hilarious cookbook and blog encourage readers to “eat some goddamn vegetables and adopt a healthier lifestyle.” Veering far from pretentiousness, the chefs of Thug Kitchen share a variety of recipes suitable for beginner cooks to seasoned chefs alike. This cookbook is not only chock-full of incredibly useful information, it’s also guaranteed to keep you laughing far after the dishes are done.
Recipe We Can’t Wait To Try | Peachy Almond Tapioca Pudding
Reviews | “As hilariously foul-mouthed as these motherf*ckers are, I really like their passion for eating the right food, for cutting to the chase, and for knocking up good, nutritious food from scratch.” -Jamie Oliver
Price | $12
7. Superfoods Superfast by Julie Montagu
What We Love | Superfoods Superfast is Julie Montagu’s creation of 100 recipes that can each be made in 20 minutes or less. This cookbook is ideal for those with a busy lifestyle. Montagu herself is a yoga instructor, blogger on The Flexi Foodie, creator of her own energy snacks, and teaches an online nutrition course at The Flexi Foodie Academy. Full of meal plans and organized, simple recipes, this cookbook serves as a gift to anyone who owns it.
Recipe We Can’t Wait To Try | Fruity Turmeric Breakfast Bowl
Reviews | “I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to eat clean and add healthy foods to your diet.” - D. Jacobs
Price | $14
8. Plant-Based Cookbook by Trish Sebben-Krupka
What We Love | Trish Sebben-Krupka’s Plant-Based Cookbook is one of our absolute favorites. With 200 recipes, it serves as a vegan kitchen essential. Sebben-Krupka educates readers about the benefits of a plant-based diet by explaining how it can reverse heart disease, soothe the aging process, lower cholesterol, and increase overall health. This cookbook will undeniably ease anyone’s transition into veganism with helpful guides, food lists, and meal plans.
Recipe We Can’t Wait To Try | Fudgy Oatmeal Thumbprints
Reviews | “As a 15 yr vegetarian who is leaning more towards a vegan lifestyle with every passing year, this cookbook has brought inspiring, delicious and easy new recipes to my family’s meals. It is not only chock full of nutrient rich meals, it is a artful and beautiful book to look at.” -Ed Schwalje
Price | $17
9. Crossroads by Tal Ronnen with Scot Jones and Serafina Magnussen
What We Love | Tal Ronnen and Scot Jones use their cookbook, Crossroads, to exemplify just how easily our food cravings can be satisfied without any animal products. These two gentlemen avoid wasting time with soybeans or bland seitan, and instead create sophisticated Mediterranean fare. These recipes, served at their LA restaurant, are perfect for the modern palate. Ronnen and Jones have cooked for well-loved talk show hosts such as Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey, and teach vegetarian workshops at Le Cordon Bleu.
Recipe We Can’t Wait To Try | Spicy Tomato-Pepper Jam
Reviews | “Tal Ronnen’s food is terrific. Delicious, nourishing, and plant-based, it can change your whole approach to eating healthy.” - Former President Bill Clinton
Price | $21
10. But I Could Never Go Vegan! by Kristy Turner
What We Love | We adore Turner’s voice in But I Could Never Go Vegan!, as she refutes popular excuses not to go vegan with both confidence and gentleness. By sharing her personal story about how eating vegan improved her quality of life, she rids readers of vegan doubts. Turner’s cookbook and food blog, developed in collaboration with her husband Chris, provide plant-based food alternatives. The recipes encourage people to continue “Keepin it Kind. Kind Food. Kind World.”
Recipe We Can’t Wait To Try | Pecan-Date Cinnamon Rolls
Reviews | “This is an essential cookbook for anyone considering veganism but daunted by the idea of giving up non-vegan foods, and also makes a great addition to the cookbook shelf of anyone who already cooks vegan. All of Kristy’s recipes are delicious and use ‘regular’ ingredients.” - Shannon Yenter
Price | $15
11. The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon
What We Love | The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon is an undeniable gem. Through both her cookbook and life example, Liddon empowers readers by sharing how she overcame an eating disorder, emphasizing vegan eating as her lifeline. The beautiful flipside of her difficult experience is revealed through plant-based recipes. Liddon’s blog also sheds light on the power of healthy vegan food.
Recipe We Can’t Wait To Try | Broccoli & Cashew Cheese-Quinoa Burrito
Reviews | “An amazing thing about Angela’s recipes is that you completely forget that they are vegan. The Oh She Glows Cookbook is filled with indulgent nacho dips, doughnuts and veggie loaves - food we never imagined a healthy, vegan version of. It’s an inspiring reminder that there are no limits to vegan cooking.” - David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl
Price | $15