Next time you’re at a bookstore, check out the vegetarian cookbook section. You will likely be overwhelmed by the huge array of vegan cookbooks. On Amazon.com there are hundreds. But when you’re looking to invest in just one or two, figuring out which is the best out there can be tough. To help you out, we’ve compiled this list of Top 10 Vegan Cookbooks.
1. Vegan’s Daily Companion by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.
This new masterpiece by Colleen is laced with stories, facts, and photos that make it fun to read, educational, and an incredible resource for new and experienced vegans. It contains information about specific foods and how to use them, rescue stories, nutrition basics, information about food that everyone is expected to know, but many of us never learned, how to respond to common questions vegans are asked, and so much more. Anyone who reads this book will be empowered with all the knowledge, inspiration, and recipes they need to cook, eat, and live compassionately.
2. Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. Veganomicon has quickly become a staple of almost every vegan household. If you only plan to get one vegan cookbook in your life, and you want to get the most for your money, this one is for you. This huge compilation of recipes will keep you busy in the kitchen for years. The only thing it’s lacking is pictures. Then again if photos were included, this book would probably weigh 50 lbs.
3. My Sweet Vegan by Hannah Kaminsky. This is my favorite vegan baking book, most notably because it contains my favorite cupcake recipe of all time: Chocolate Peanut Butter Self-Frosting Cupcakes. I even made a video about these cupcakes! But that’s not all… from marshmallow mud cake to caramel macchiato “cheese” cake to whoopie pies to black bottom blondies, every recipe in this book is phenomenal.
4. Vegan Yum Yum by Lauren Ulm. This cookbook is the one of my favorites because there are photos of almost every dish, and all of the recipes are decadent, yet doable. Baked mac and cheese, creamy vegetable soup and strawberry rhubarb coffee cake are just a few of over 100 mouthwatering recipes. This cookbook is the offspring of Lauren’s Vegan Yum Yum blog, where you can get a taste of her magnificent recipes and photography.
5. The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. This cookbook is a must-have for anyone who hosts parties or attend potlucks and is looking for scrumptious food that is sure to wow the guests. Colleen organized these recipes by how many people you’re planning to serve – from an intimate dinner for two to party buffets. I especially love this cookbook because it is laced with gorgeous pictures of the recipes.
6. Blissful Bites by Christy Morgan. If you’re ready to take a step away from processed and unhealthy foods and embrace some nutritious macrobiotic meals, this book is for you! Christy Morgan filled this book with something for everyone. It includes some raw, gluten-free, soy-free, and low-oil recipes, and it’s presented in a beautiful way, with lots of colorful photos. You will love these recipes, and your body will thank you.
7. How It All Vegan by Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer. I recently added this cookbook to my collection, and boy am I glad I did! This book, which was originally published in 1999, was just re-released as a 10th anniversary edition, and is packed full of creative recipes that are as simple as they are delicious. Not only are there hundreds of recipes for every breakfast, lunch, dinner or desert food you can imagine, but there are even recipes for homemade household cleaners, healthy beauty products, dog biscuits and more.
8. PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook by Marta Holmberg and Starza Kolman. Easy. Cheap. Delicious. Vegan. Need I say more? If you’re living in a college dorm with limited access to grocery stores, fancy cooking supplies, and even an oven, this is the book for you. This cookbook is packed with 275 recipes, and the most complicated kitchen appliance you’ll need is a microwave. Pancakes in a cup, anyone?
9. Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. This list wouldn’t be complete with a baking book dedicated solely to cupcakes. Need to make something for a bake sale? A sweet treat for someone’s birthday at work? The cupcake recipes in this book are – dare I say – flawless, simple, and guaranteed to wow whoever has the opportunity to try them. This book has hundreds of 5-star reviews on Amazon.com, which is a testament to the quality of the recipes within. Once you fall in love with this book, you’ll also want to pick up a copy of the sequels: Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar and Vegan Pie in the Sky.
10. Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen by Ani Phyo. After indulging on delicious treats from the books above, you may decide you want to live a long, healthy life, and realize it would be wise to counter the sugar and cleanse your body with some completely healthy, nutrient-dense, enzyme-rich raw foods. In this book, Ani Phyo will show you how to make the most healthful ingredients into scrumptious bites of nourishing food. For those who hate to cook, you may love raw foods, as there’s no actual cooking necessary!