A Guide to the Best Vegan Cookbooks

The best vegan cookbooks to inspire plant-powered meals

Best Vegan Cookbooks

Whether you want 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. The Official Veganuary Cookbook

The Official Veganuary Cookbook is a culmination of Veganuary’s 100 top tried-and-tested plant-based recipes, containing staple dishes for breakfasts, mains, sides, dips, desserts and beyond.

As a comprehensive guide to meat-free meals, the cookbook also includes sections on essential store cupboard shopping lists, sample meal plans, go-to vegan ingredients and no-waste inspiration, helping readers to make meals as efficient and eco-friendly as possible.

With delicious food at the heart of the Veganuary ethos, this cookbook is designed for everyone, from practised vegans to flexitarians, and those who simply want to experience new flavours.

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Official Veganuary Cookbook
Image Credit: Veganuary / HarperCollins

2. #EATMEATLESS: Good for Animals, the Earth & All

Although she’s best known for her work with chimpanzees, Dr 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.

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Eat Meat Less

3. AfroVegan

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.

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AfroVegan bookcover

4. BOSH! Meat

The bestselling BOSH! duo is back with a cookbook all about making meaty dishes…. from plants! Offering over 100 recipes, MEAT promises to keep those meat cravings at bay for those new to trying plant-based food.

Whether your vice is chicken, beef, pork, seafood or cheese, this book covers all bases and shows people how to cook simple and delicious vegan meals.

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BOSH! MEAT cookbook
Image Credit: BOSH! / HarperCollins / Lizzie Mayson

5. How to Go Plant-Based

How to Go Plant-Based isn’t just a cookbook; it’s a practical guide to moving towards a plant-powered lifestyle. In this book, you’ll find 100 wholesome plant-based recipes, as well as information from vegan doctors and nutritionists who debunk myths about plant-based diets.

This is also a fantastic resource for existing vegans who are looking to refresh their knowledge on health and nutrition, or those looking to incorporate more whole plant foods into their diets.

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How to Go Plant-Based by Ella Mills
Image Credit: Ella Mills / Yellow Kite

6. Plentiful: Vegan Jamaican Recipes to Repeat

Enjoy your favourite Jamaican recipes with a vegan twist thanks to Plentiful by chef Denai Moore. This plant-based cookbook pays homage to Denai’s Jamaican roots, with dishes such as Rice & Peas Arancini and ‘Oxtail’ Gravy & Roasted Garlic Spring Onion Mash.

This is a vibrant cookbook that celebrates the diversity of the flavours vegan cooking has to offer.

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Plentiful book cover
Image Credit: Denai Moore / Hardie Grant Books

7. One Pot: Three Ways

Right now, we’re all feeling the pinch and budget-friendly recipes are more important than ever. Rachel Ama’s selection of one-pot recipes is perfect for those eating vegan on a budget.

In One Pot: Three Ways, Rachel showcases how to make flavoursome vegan dishes in one pan, pot or tray with just a few kitchen staples, as well as tips for freezing leftovers and scaling portions up or down.

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One Pot Three Ways by Rachel Ama
Image Credit: Rachel Ama / Yellow Kite

8. The Little Book of Vegan Bakes

We know we’re not the only ones excited about the debut vegan recipe book by Holly Jade, creator of The Little Blog of Vegan. Whether you’re new to vegan baking or looking for new show-stopping treats to make, this is the book for you!

This book proves that going vegan doesn’t mean giving up your favourite indulgent treats, from cupcakes and brownies to flapjacks and cheesecakes.

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Image Credit: Holly Jade / Ebury Press

9. The 20-Minute Vegan

Social media sensation Calum Harris is here to prove that eating vegan doesn’t need to be boring, time-consuming or difficult. His debut cookbook The 20-Minute Vegan is packed with delicious plant-based meal ideas you can make in 20 minutes or less.

Offering everything from comforting curries and pastas to decadent puddings, this vegan cookbook is a great source of meal inspiration.

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Calum Harris 20 Minute Vegan
Image Credit: Calum Harris / Pan Macmillan

10. Natural Flava: Quick & Easy Plant-Based Caribbean Recipes

In the mood for Caribbean cuisine? Craig and Shaun McAnuff, the bestselling duo behind Original Flava, have included plenty of inspiration in Natural Flava.

This cookbook draws upon the vibrant, fresh foods commonly enjoyed across the Caribbean, as well as the vegan history with the Rastifarian Ital diet. Tuck into potato and chickpea curry with roti, Jerk cauliflower wings, Plantain cookies and so much more.

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Natural Flava: Quick & Easy Plant-Based Caribbean Recipes
Image Credit: Craig / Shaun McAnuff / Bloomsbury Publishing

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