Veganism is on the rise, and what better way to start your cruelty-free journey than with a new cookbook? Contrary to popular belief, plant-based recipes are just as flavourful as dishes containing meat or dairy, and they're super nutritious too! Vegan cooking can also encourage you to incorporate more fibre-filled vegetables and protein-rich beans into your diet, which can help if you're on a weight loss journey or health kick.
With so many different vegan cookbooks available, you may need some guidance - especially if you're a beginner. We don't want you going hungry, so we've rustled up a list of our 10 favourites to buy at Amazon, WHSmith, and Waterstones, including bestsellers from Rachel Ama, Miguel Barclay, and Bosh. Whether you're looking to replicate Indian street food, bake delicious desserts, or conjure up some cheap eats on a student budget, we'll make it easy for you!
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Those seeking a book that can help recreate your favourite comfort foods will be glad to know that there are plenty of options! Perhaps you want to replicate Asian street food, American diner classics, or hearty Caribbean dishes at home. If so, you'll want a cookbook that covers savoury recipes from across the globe - and you may be surprised at how many ingredients you already have on hand!
Craving sweet treats instead? Choose an indulgent cake or dessert recipe book that will guide you through the baking process with ease, providing suggestions for non-dairy alternatives and binding agents to replace eggs.
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Those wanting healthy, low-fat meals at dinner time should look for a book with lots of wholefood recipes. Beans, pulses, and soy products, which will keep you feeling fuller for longer, are likely to crop up often in this type of book. There are even options nowadays for vegan cookbooks specifically aimed at those on a weight loss journey, so look out for these titles if this is relevant to you.
A healthy cookbook is also a good option if you're trying to cut down on your sugar intake, as the puddings featured will be made from naturally sweet ingredients rather than refined sugar, meaning you can still enjoy tasty treats without worrying too much!
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Of course, if this is your first step into the world of plant-based cooking then you might be after a volume which has a bit of everything rather than one that focuses on a specific cuisine. This is particularly handy for those who have a lot of mouths to feed, or who like to host regular dinner parties and are always looking for inspiration.
You can't go wrong with a general vegan cookbook that's packed with a variety of different dishes to suit all tastes and recipes that can be made in bulk, especially if you're on a budget!
If you'd describe yourself as a novice cook, it’s essential to pick a book that's suitable for beginners - this means that the recipes should be fairly simple and won't use lots of unusual ingredients that might be hard to find in your local supermarket. There should also be plenty of photos that you can use as a reference point for how the dishes should look.
Experienced chefs with a good level of culinary knowledge can opt for more advanced recipes with longer cooking times and that use all kinds of exciting ingredients! To help you out, we'll be specifying the difficulty level of each cookbook in the table below each product review.
Regardless of whether you're a skilled cook or not, if you don't have much experience with vegan cooking, there are some extras you should look for to make your plant-based journey even easier. Scan the contents for features like explanations of ingredients that may be new to you, lists of plant-based pantry staples, and information about the kind of equipment required to make the recipes.
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Henry Firth and Ian Theasby
Bish Bash Bosh
Affordable, Accessible, and Packed Full of Great Ideas
Vegan One Pound Meals
85 Recipes for Hungry Students Who Love Variety
Ms Cupcake｜The Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town
Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts for All Occasions
Jérôme Eckmeier and Daniela Lais
Vegan on the Go
Quick Bites and Simple Snacks for on the Go
Flavourful Dishes from Across the Globe
Five Ingredient Vegan
Quick Five Ingredient Meals That Require Minimal Effort
Creative Cooking to Impress Your Dinner Guests
Vegan Street Food｜Foodie Travels from India to Indonesia
Mouth-Watering Asian Street Food Recipes
Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Appetite for Reduction
Low-Fat, High-Fibre Family Favourites
The Oh She Glows Cookbook
Veg-Filled Recipes for Better Health
Even if you're totally new to veganism, it's likely that you're already familiar with the Bosh guys from their viral Facebook and Youtube videos. In this comprehensive cookbook, Henry and Ian show you how to whip up everything from plant-based packed lunches to showstopping feasts.
We love that the 140 recipes in this volume are suitable for beginners and cover every type of cuisine: fiery jalfrezis, cheesy quesadillas, and mini banoffee meringues, to name just a few of the tantalising dishes. For all of these reasons, plus the fact that it's incredibly affordable, it's unsurprising that Bish Bash Bosh is our top pick!
There are over 85 tasty recipes to choose from, including sweet potato katsu curry, black bean meatballs, and sticky aubergine bao. If only there were some cheap dessert ideas included too!
Melissa Morgan, aka Ms Cupcake, is on a mission to ensure that everyone can enjoy a sweet treat, even if you're vegan, gluten-free, or lactose-intolerant. Using simple ingredients that can easily be found at your local supermarket, the recipes in this book include red velvet cupcakes, gooey cookies, and rocky road bars - yum!
We especially love the vibrant colour photos and easy-to-follow instructions in this cookbook. Whether you want to make a quick post-dinner pudding or something impressive for a special occasion, you can't go wrong with Ms Cupcake!
Looking for healthy lunch options? Vegan on the Go has over 100 ideas for quick bites, such as tofu sushi, courgetti salad, and spicy squash soup. It even has recipes for naturally sweetened treats like muesli bars if you need a speedy breakfast.
Also included in this book is handy information about prepping ingredients, as well as how best to store your home-cooked lunches. Yummy recipes and useful advice, all for under a tenner - now that's what we call value for money!
Youtube star Rachel Ama's debut cookbook is full of flavourful savoury recipes such as plantain burgers and peanut fried rice, inspired by her Caribbean and West African roots. For those with a sweet tooth, her indulgent dessert ideas like carrot cake waffles and cinnamon French toast will go down a treat too.
An additional feature of this cookbook that we absolutely love is that each recipe has a music suggestion for you to listen to whilst preparing it - so you can chop your veggies to the beat!
When you're hungry and in need of a quick meal, the last thing you want is a long list of complicated ingredients. Luckily, Five Ingredient Vegan is here to provide you with filling recipes that only require minimal effort: spicy noodle soup, roasted tomato risotto, and coconut panna cotta, to name just a few!
While the recipes aren't particularly fancy, this cookbook is perfect for those who are short on time and money but still want to learn how to whip up tasty meals. It uses mostly essential ingredients that you can find at your local supermarket and pantry staples that you might have already.
Gaz Oakley has been a professional chef since he was a teenager, so he definitely knows what he's talking about when it comes to cooking! Creative ideas you can find in this book include Moroccan chickpea omelettes, chorizo-style chilli dogs, and tofu tikka kebabs.
As some dishes are a little more complex, Vegan 100 may not be suitable for complete beginners. But if you're hosting a dinner party and want to impress your guests, we definitely recommend these recipes!
Inspired by her travels through India and Southeast Asia, Jackie Kearney decided to write this book all about the wonders of vegan street food. From Javanese fried tofu bites to Thai green curry, you'll find a wealth of mouth-watering dishes to try.
The only downside to this cookbook is that many recipes require specialist ingredients that may be tricky to get hold of in your usual supermarket. Still, we're impressed by the sheer range of dishes on offer!
Isa Chandra Moskowitz is an expert in the field of plant-based cooking, having written over 10 bestselling vegan cookbooks! In Appetite for Reduction, she turns her attention to low-fat, healthy meals that you can conjure up in under 45 minutes. These include family favourites like lentil shepherd's pie, creamy mushroom fettuccine, and smoky split pea soup.
We love the fact that most of the recipes in this cookbook are under 400 calories but still taste amazing! The American measurements may confuse some readers though, and you'll need to spend time converting them.
Oh She Glows is one of the most popular vegan blogs on the web, so it's no surprise that Angela Liddon decided to put together a cookbook of her best healthy recipes. From light meals like grilled salads and baked falafel bites to rich desserts like chocolate espresso tortes and almond butter cookies, you'll be spoilt for choice!
If you enjoy spending hours experimenting in the kitchen, we reckon you'll love this cookbook. However, those with busy lifestyles might prefer recipes which are a bit less time-consuming.
Written and researched by Nicola McClements
No. 1: Henry Firth and Ian Theasby｜Bish Bash Bosh
No. 2: Miguel Barclay｜Vegan One Pound Meals
No. 3: Melissa Morgan｜Ms Cupcake｜The Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town
No. 4: Jérôme Eckmeier and Daniela Lais｜Vegan on the Go
No. 5: Rachel Ama｜Vegan Eats
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