Our Favorite Vegan Cookbooks (and blogs) of 2017
*This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. As part of their affiliate program, we may receive a commission from these products. We ONLY recommend products that we love, trust, and use in our own home.*
Getting recipes for free is awesome. I know this, because I've been able to get almost every recipe for free from the internet if need be. Check out the blog post here.
However, there is something to be said about having a gorgeously photographed, physical piece of goodness sitting in your hands.
For those wanting a more physical experience, check out our favorite cookbooks so far below.
The world of cookbooks, especially vegan cookbooks— is vast and slightly overwhelming.
I separated out the ones we have cooked through (currently on our shelves) by difficulty.
Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking
Minimalist Baker's Blog is amazing and full of free recipes that she updates weekly, so it admittedly took us a while to finally purchase her book. We're SO glad that we did. There are tons of recipes (101 to be exact) that aren't found on her blog, and it's so nice to see her reference pages with quick items like "vegan parm" in the beginning of the book. This book is all about functionality. All of her recipes are VERY QUICK to put together, and have 10 ingredients or less, are gluten free, use one pot, and are plant-based. *Love*
The Plantpower Way
I'm a slightly obsessive listener of the Rich Roll Podcast, so when I found out that they wrote a cookbook, I jumped on board. WOW. The book is huge, has gorgeous photography, and includes pretty huge servings for each of the main courses. You can customize each recipe to your needs, and this makes it nice when ingredients are a little more difficult to find. Try the Azteca Enchiladas, or the Deep Blue pineapple spirulina smoothie.
Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen
Ah, we are so thankful we've had Chloe's Italian deliciousness to come home to. From dishes like her Tequila Tempeh Fettucini to her amazing signature cupcake section (I like her moist chocolate zucchini muffins), we can throw these dishes together in a pinch, or serve a family-style eggplant parmesan. Everything in here is a crowd-pleaser. So take the dishes to a Christmas party or bring some desserts to work, because everyone will love you for it ;)
This Rawsome Vegan Life
Emily Von Euw is a Canadian recipe blogger who's made it on the list of our most favorite authors to cook from. She focuses on a lightly cooked and raw-food rotation, which makes her meals especially easy to throw together during a busy week. She focuses on whole foods, plant-based ingredients, and loves using tahini. My favorite recipe is her sweet potato mac and cheese. We've made it at least 10 times!
The Quick and Easy China Study Cookbook
This book doesn't boast ridiculous blog photography or a big-named vegan activist recipe creators per se, but we got it as a gift for Christmas and were surprised at how much we really ended up using it. All of the recipes are whole food plant-based, meaning they're completely free of processed ingredients. Also (as the title insinuates) the food is pretty quick and easy to put together. We made the chickpea falafel quite a few times, as well as the Saffron quinoa bake a few times (we never tried saffron-- so we gave it a go!).
The Oh She Glows Cookbook
Angela Liddon writes for one of the most popular vegan websites on the internet: Oh She Glows. Not only has she authored thousands of recipes and given them away (for free) on her site-- she used to own her own bakery. I would highly recommend this book for beginners. Her savory rolled oats are one of my favorite go-to winter breakfasts (think warm red lentils, rolled oats, garlic, avocado, and tomato with some veggie sausage). Yummmm.
Thug Kitchen, Eat Like you Give a Fuck
Even though this book has been out for some time, we keep coming back to it. My husband loves the Carrot Cake Cookies (made with real shaved carrot), and you can't beat the utility of tacos or black-bean sweet potato enchiladas. Laugh along with their profanity, and check out their blog for new updates on future publications.
100 Best Juices, Smoothies, and Health Snacks
I started using Emily's smoothie cookbook to get out of the boring rotation I'd started adopting in anesthesia school. Now I typically choose a smoothie from this book each week, and rotate based on what fruits are in season. They're all exceptionally refreshing, and simple to make if you have access to a blender or juicer. She also includes a few tasty snacks.
Rawsome Vegan Baking
You won't need a dehydrator or fancy kitchen gadgets to make Emily's amazing desserts! Just make sure to think ahead when it comes to timing (no cooking-- a lot of the cheesecake recipes need cold time in the freezer to solidify, and crusts may need time to dehydrate in the oven on a low setting). Dates, nuts, seeds, and chocolate. Nuff said.
Brendan Brazier’s Thrive Foods
Brendan Brazier is the author of this book geared toward elite athletes. This is the book that honestly got my husband to start eating plant-based foods. Pros: it has high-calorie, nutrient-dense recipes that will definitely feed an athlete. Brendan includes tons of healthy fats in each recipe to make sure that someone like him (who trains professionally for Iron Man Competitions) can sustain energy throughout their workouts. Cons: lots of salt (although good for athletes), lots of fats (think 2 cans of coconut milk for one curry), and semi-expensive ingredients. Overall, I still love this book because everything tastes SO amazing. We love the sandwiches. So. Good.
Vegan with a Vengeance
If you're not so worried about your waistline and want delicious vegan meals to please meat-eaters and vegan foodies alike, give a warm welcome to Isa Chandra. Her blog Post Punk Kitchen is one of my favorites, and she has some successful restaurants in Omaha and New York. It's not unheard of to see tons of recipes with tofu and seitan here, so be prepared. Not exactly whole-foods based, but it'll satisfy a fried-chicken hankering any day. We love her tempeh reuben-- it's a huge sandwich that towers over your plate and evokes all the ooey-gooey-goodness of NY's best delis.
So this guy owns a food truck called the Cinnamon Snail in New York City. I can't even explain to you HOW AMAZING his skills are. If you've got a sweet tooth and a spare hour or two, be sure to whip up some of his ridiculous desserts. The truck specializes in donuts, and (obviously) cinnamon rolls, and he includes the recipe for his "Master Dough" inside. Also, ever tried umeboshi plum vinegar? Me neither, until this book! His recipes take a little more time, so we save them for weekend cooking sessions. Nonetheless, they're well worth the exploration and we can't wait to meet him in person one day!
Thug Kitchen, Party Grub
For those of you who haven't heard of Thug Kitchen... get ready. Their books contain profanities galore, but in a hilarious sort of way that's perfect for a good laugh. This is their second installment, which we like to use for making large servings and leftovers. Ever tried carrot-dogs or a giant pot of warm butternut squash queso? Get you some!
Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen
Vegan Richa is a blogger who started cooking amazing Indian plant-based recipes as a side-gig for her engineering day job. She claims in her book that she never imagined getting to quit her job for full-time blogging! What makes this book so special is the truly authentic Indian spices and attention to detail. You'll find recipes on how to make your own Indian desserts into vegan delights (we like her chickpea flour squares), and curries that are seriously to die for. Most servings make enough to feed 4 people, so we end up doubling a lot of her recipes for meals during the week.
Crossroads, Tal Ronnen
This cookbook is based off of the restaurant in Los Angeles, which serves as a foodie destination for vegans and culinary critics of the meat-eating variety alike. For a more luxurious addition to our menu, we like to consult this book. I've personally made the shaved brussels sprout salad with pomegranate seeds, as well as a few other gorgeous sides. Not for everyday cooking, but great for impressing at a dinner party.
My Homemade Vegan Pantry (make all of your staples at home from scratch)
This is for anyone who wants to make everything from scratch. You cant find out how to make your own tofu, seitan, sauces, flours, and even quick macaroni-box powder to throw on some pasta in a pinch! We absolutely adore this book and have found it super useful. Making your vegan mayo, for example, turns out to taste much better and be way cheaper at home! Enjoy!
Raw Around the World, Mimi Kirk
Mimi Kirk is in her seventies, but she retains a youthful look and glow that makes it hard to believe she's even a day past 50. From her many travels as a raw vegan advocate, she made this cookbook to guide you through some of her favorite recipes inspired by different countries' signature dishes. We don't use this one often, but have come to appreciate the value of a well-done raw vegan salad.
Apps can be a great help if you want to see everything planned out ahead of time, or you are just on your phone more often than a desktop or laptop computer.
The Oh She Glows app
Food Monster (One Green Planet)
21-Day Vegan Kickstart
Vegan Yum Yum
Dr. McDougall Mobile Cookbook
Starting with findingvegan.com for ingredient searches or food classifications (ie, sandwiches, burgers, wraps) is a great way to connect yourself to some of the best vegan blogs on the web.
Also, don’t forget to click through to links to free recipes from blogs that advertise on Instagram and Pinterest!