My 5 Favourite Vegan Cookbooks

Vegan cookbooks are plentiful and it can be hard to choose which ones to buy. I’ve been lucky enough to receive a few for both christmas and birthday presents, as well as buying some myself, so I’ve acquired a small collection.

Here is a list of my absolute favourite ones, with a quick review for each

1. Vegan Comfort Classics

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This book is by Canadian Lauren Toyota, you might recognise her from the youtube channel Hot for Food (if not go check it out). I can’t recommend this book enough. Every recipe I’ve tried has been, without fail, delicious. I think it’s a great one for those who are curious about being vegan or have just started as it’s full of recipes you recognise and had before transitioning, comfort food recipes. They’re easy to follow and don’t require a lot of complicated ingredients either. That being said some of them do take a while to make, an average of 35-40 min each, they’re completely worth it in the end though. Lauren just seems to get the flavour spot on with every dish. What I love about her youtube videos is how non-fussy she is about everything, it’s not about how the food looks (although it always looks incredible) it’s all about the taste.

My favourite recipes are:
Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwich
Tofu Benny

2. But I Could Never Go Vegan!

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But I could never go vegan! is written by Kristy Turner, a former fromagier. Kristy was a self proclaimed cheese lover and never thought she could go vegan. She also has a blog called keepin it kind. My favourite thing about this book is how it’s organised, the chapters range from “Just thinking about salad makes me yawn” to “I don’t want to be left out at potlucks and family get-togethers”. She shows how exciting vegan food can be by going over all the concerns people have in the beginning. The first few pages of the book contain a lot of useful information about specific ingredients, cooking methods etc. Also if you’re a fan of food porn, like I am, I highly recommend this book. The food just looks incredible.

My favourite recipes are:
The Savory Corn Cheesecake with Cilantro-Pepita Dressing
Caramel Apple-Stuffed French Toast

3. The Edgy Veg

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Another Canadian, Candice Hutchings, is the author of this book. The selling point of The Edgy Veg is that it’s “not another vegan cookbook with perfectly stylised acai bowls or a pile of zucchini noodles” and it’s got a point. The images are drool worthy and the recipes are easy to follow with few hard-to-find ingredients being used. The book includes icons with each recipe indicating the quick and easy ones, gluten free options and the ones that are perfect for entertaining. It also has great “hack it!” tips with most recipes to offer new spins on the dish. The recipes are versatile and have an influence from around the world. No boring “superfood” salads in sight!

My favourite recipes are:
It Takes Two to Mango
Baja Fish Tacos

4. Frugal Vegan

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Frugal Vegan is written by Katie Koteen and Kate Kasbee. They also run the vegan meal planning service Well Vegan. I like this book because it brings everything back to the basics. The meals are uncomplicated and use ingredients most of us already have in the house or are easy to find. They also offer good advice on how to substitute the more expensive vegan ingredients to cheaper ones. It’s great if you’re looking for an easy to make meal or for inspiration on what to have for dinner. I’d recommend this book for students and those who are just starting out. I think it’s a great book to build your confidence in the kitchen.

My favourite recipes are:
Gooey Mushroom Quesadillas
Ratatouille Bowl with Creamy Polenta

5. Vegan Bible

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I can’t make a list of vegan cookbooks and not include this one, after French Marie Laforêt. It is exactly what the title implies: A Vegan Bible. I like this book because of the amazing range of it, it goes from vegetable pates and dips, fresh and creamy cheeses, fermented cheeses to Creme caramel, Roast Seitan stuffed with mushrooms and Leek Quiche…. Almost 300 pages of delicious recipes. The book also provides good information on what being vegan is, why people choose to do so and how everyone has her/his different way of starting out. This was the first fully vegan book I owned, I’ve had it for about 4 years now and feel like I’m only just getting started with familiarising myself with its extensive content. If you don’t already have it I recommend getting it, especially if you want to make some yummy homemade vegan cheese.

My favourite recipes are:
Cheese Croquettes
Potato Tofu Galettes