The best vegan cookbooks to inspire plant-powered meals
Whether you’re looking to cook plant-based on a budget, veganise your favourite childhood dish or simply eat a more nutritious diet, there’s a vegan cookbook for you. From hearty, family-friendly meals to dishes you can throw together in a hurry, our guide to the best vegan cookbooks covers every taste preference and occasion.
1. #EATMEATLESS: Good for Animals, the Earth & All by Jane Goodall
Although she’s best known for her work with chimpanzees, Jane Goodall is a long-term veggie and started a campaign called #EatMeatLess. Her cookbook is ideal for those looking to reduce their consumption of animals as well as people already following a meat-free diet. You’ll find 80 delicious plant-based recipes that give you the tools you need to change your diet for the better.
2. AfroVegan by Zoe Alakija
Taking inspiration from her British-Nigerian heritage, Zoe Alakija has created this wonderful book of vibrant and exciting vegan recipes. These dishes promise to delight long-time vegans and the veggie-curious alike. It includes tons of thoughtfully put-together recipes that have been tried and tested and promise to have even the most die-hard meat eaters onboard. The book is full of colourful photos featuring mouth-watering mains, decadent desserts and everything in between.
3. Speedy BOSH by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby
The BOSH boys are back! This is Henry Firth and Ian Theasby’s fourth book and may just be their tastiest collection of recipes yet. This is one of the best vegan cookbooks in terms of accessibility, making it ideal for new vegans. These delicious plant-based meals can be prepared in 30 minutes or less with simple, easy to find ingredients. From weeknight pies, curries and pasta dishes to wraps, tacos and salads and sweet treats, this book covers it all.
4. The Plant Power Doctor: A simple prescription for a healthier you by Dr Gemma Newmanegan
Dr Gemma Newman is a British GP and sparkling light in the medical field who talks openly about food and its significance in preventing disease to save lives. In this simple guide, she talks about how to tackle chronic illnesses with a plant-powered diet in a way that’s easy to digest while also demonstrating her experience, knowledge and wisdom. The book provides a roadmap on how to harness the power of nutrition with over 60 delicious meal ideas and meal plans to help you on your way to a healthier life.
5. 15-minute vegan on a budget by Katy Beskow
Many people wrongly assume that being vegan is expensive and that food takes longer to prepare. This book proves both of these wrong! Katy Beskow is an author, food writer, cookery tutor, and recipe developer with a passion for seasonal, vibrant home cooking. This vegan cookbook uses budget-friendly ingredients you can find in any local supermarket, making it perfect for students who are eating vegan at university. Choose from fuss-free dishes, easy mid-week meals and special treats.
6. Wicked Healthy by Chad Sarno and Derek Sarno
You may be familiar with the dream team behind the Wicked food range, which can be found in Tesco in the UK and is soon to be launching in the US too. Brothers Chad and Derek are pioneers in the “Wicked Healthy Culinary Arts” which they describe as good-for-you food that tastes so good you think it must be bad for you. Their recipes will inspire you to cook and eat more plants, in exciting and interesting ways and make them taste “friggin’ delicious!”
Great British Vegan by Aimee Ryan
Aimee Ryan is the recipe developer, writer and photographer behind award-winning blog WallflowerKitchen.com. In Great British Vegan she shares her favourite, comforting British classics like sausage rolls, Battenberg, fish and chips and Jaffa cakes, but all with a vegan twist! Proving that you can still enjoy your favourite meals and treats without the meat, dairy or eggs.
8. Plants Taste Better by Richard Buckley
This one is for the keener chefs among us and is perfect for occasions when you want to impress. It’s full of stunning, Michelin-worthy recipes that are created with simple, seasonal, British ingredients. This plant-based recipe book pushes the envelope in terms of showing you what you can accomplish in your kitchen when you combine centre-staging vegetables alongside a deeper understanding of the techniques required to make the ingredients shine.
9. Feed me vegan: For all occasions by Lucy Watson
You may know Lucy Watson as a former cast member of Made in Chelsea, but did you know she has been vegan since 2015 and is also an ambassador for PETA? This book is filled with fuss-free vegan recipes suitable for every day eating as well as special occasions that prove that cooking vegan doesn’t need to be a chore.
10. Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats: Tasty plant-based recipes for every day by Rachel Ama
A self-confessed KFC addict as a teenager, Rachel decided to go vegan four years ago and hasn’t looked back. As her passion for plants grew and grew, so did her interest in cooking and she launched her own YouTube channel in 2017. She’s known for her simple, affordable and delicious vegan recipes. In this book you’ll find naturally vegan, full-flavour recipes that take inspiration from Rachel’s Caribbean and West African roots. Some recipes are even accompanied by song suggestions, so you can have a boogie whilst you cook!
11. Bento Power: Brilliantly Balanced Lunchbox Recipes by Sara kiyo Popowa
Inspired by a newly wed trip to Japan where she rediscovered bento, Sara started making vibrant, healthy, fun packed lunches for her husband to save him from sad lunches at work. This book is a collection of 100 of those recipes which are packed full of veggies and super easy to prep. She concentrates on having 5 clear elements in each box: complex carbs, protein, fruit and veg and sprinkles. She also explains the 5 colours used in authentic Japanese cooking: red, white, black, yellow and green.
12. Omari McQueen’s Best Bites Cookbook by Omari McQueen
This fun and accessible recipe guide from the UK’s youngest, award-winning vegan chef will inspire the next generation of vegan cooks. It’s easy to use and packed with delicious plant-based recipes including pizza, pasta, healthy snacks and smoothies. Although it’s perfect for encouraging younger children into the kitchen, these recipes will be loved by both young and old!
13. My Vegan Travels: Comfort food inspired by adventure By Jackie Kearney
Since being a finalist in BBC One’s Masterchef 2011 and runner up for Best Main Dish at the British Street Food Awards in 2012, Jackie has published several cookbooks themed around her two passions: world street food and vegan and vegetarian dining. My Vegan Travels is a compilation of 75 comfort food recipes from across the globe. Taking inspiration from her own travels to Europe, Asia and the USA, she shows how easy it is to make deliciously satisfying food that’s also plant-based.