Thursday, September 21, 2023

9 of the Best Plant-Based Cookbooks to Buy Now And Love Forever


Explore the gorgeous colors, nutrition benefits, and deliciousness of plant-based cooking with these cookbooks that will bring you a lifetime of recipes.

The Internet is overflowing with delicious vegan recipes. But does anything beat a shelf full of cookbooks with smudged and stained pages from years of repeat recipe-making? We don’t think so either.

Plant-based options are more widely available than ever at today’s top restaurants. But why stop there? Reducing animal products in your meals at home too helps boost your health and it’s healthier for the planet.

The 9 best plant-based cookbooks

Whether you are newly plant-based, a veteran, or just dabbling, finding a good meat-free cookbook is a game-changer. These plant-based cookbooks are perfect to help you become a vegan cooking expert and whip up delicious recipes year-round.

1. Oh She Glows Cookbook, by Angela Liddon

An OG in the plant-based blogging world, self-trained chef and photographer Angela Liddon’s cookbook is packed full of 100 mouthwatering, vegan recipes ranging from revamped classics that the meat-lovers at your table are sure to enjoy to fresh and innovative dishes to try. Ninety of the recipes included are gluten-free and many recipes are free from soy, nuts, sugars, and grains—making this a great option for families with any allergens.

2. Forks Over Knives The Cookbook, by Del Sroufe

From the makers of the groundbreaking documentary Fork Over Knives comes a much-needed cookbook based on the philosophy of the movement: lose weight, lower your cholesterol, avoid cancer, and prevent diabetes with a healthy, whole-food, plant-based diet. The film, and now the cookbook, have helped thousands of people cut out meat, dairy, and oils to benefit their health.

3. Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking, by Dana Shultz

Arguably one of the most popular recipe blogs on the Internet, Minimalist Baker was started by Dana Shultz to show the world that delicious recipes can also be simple to make. All of her recipes require 10 or fewer ingredients, can be made in one bowl, or require 30 minutes or less to prepare. From filling entrees to decadent desserts, this cookbook has it all.

4. The Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook, by Nisha Vora

Are you a part of the Instant Pot craze? If you haven’t picked one up you’ll want to after taking a peek at the easy recipes in this cookbook by blogger Nisha Vora. Packed with 90 nutritious recipes that can easily be made in an Instant Pot, this is a go-to for those looking for healthy recipes but are lacking on time.

With recipes like Homemade Coconut Yogurt, Breakfast Enchilada Casserole, Miso Mushroom Risotto, and even Double Fudge Chocolate Cake it’s clear that you can make anything in an Instant Pot and this cookbook will show you how.

5. BOSH! Cookbook, by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby

BOSH! is one of the fastest-growing plant-based platforms on the Internet. Founders Henry Firth and Ian Theasby are forces in the plant-based food revolution. They have amassed over one million fans and inspire their followers through ultra-tasty and super simple recipes. With 100 recipes ranging from breakfasts to crowd-pleasing party dishes, this book is jam-packed with scrumptious and unpretentious recipes.

6. Chloe’s Kitchen Saucy, Crispy, Spicy Vegan, by Chloe Coscarelli

Chef Chloe Coscarelli is changing how vegans cook with exciting, plant-based recipes that are healthy while still being full of flavor. Since embarking on becoming a vegan chef, Chloe has always dreamed of changing the way the world ate and this cookbook helps people do just that. We can’t wait to try the Smoky Grits & Greens, Mango-Guacamole Crunch Burgers, and Sea Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

7. The Wicked Healthy Cookbook, by Derek and Chad Sarno

Chefs, and brothers, Chad and Derek Sarno are behind the popular brand of vegan meals Wicked Healthy, which first launched at Tesco, but are now headed to the U.S. They’re also responsible for Good Catch, the vegan seafood brand giving canned tuna a run for its money. Here, they have turned their recipes into a top-rated cookbook. They are dedicated to creating anything besides boring vegan dishes. The Sarnos introduce us to new and innovative cooking techniques such as pressing and searing mushrooms to create a meat-life consistency. The 129-recipe cookbook has drool-worthy meals including Sloppy BBQ Jackfruit Sliders with Slaw, Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Spiced Gelato, and Mango Sriracha Caramel.

8. The No Meat Athlete Cookbook, by Matt Frazier

No Meat Athlete founder Matt Frazier is a longtime health coach and yoga teacher. He paired up with food writer Stepfanie Romine to create 125 delicious vegan recipes, inspired by plant-based dishes from around the world. Each recipe is packed with healthy, nourishing, whole foods to help you build an incredible plant-based meal plan to meet your fitness goals.

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9. The Moosewood Cookbook, by Mollie Katzen

The original vegetarian cookbook was hand drawn and printed by Mollie Katzen of the famed Ithaca, New York, vegetarian mainstay, the Moosewood Kitchen. You’ll delight in these throwback recipes that have since been inducted into the James Beard Hall of Fame. Try the Gypsy soup, master tempura veggies, and cauliflower curry — and trade your Impossible burger for a homemade lentil-walnut burger.

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