All you need to know about the best vegan cookbooks in every category is right here! No matter what your favorite flavors are, we've got you covered!
This post was originally published on October 24, 2019.
There are so many options these days and the rabbit hole of search volume can be overwhelming. Which is why we picked our favorites in every niche ranging from beginner to more advanced.
While I am partial to my own book, Vegan Burgers and Burritos, there are so many others I love out there.
Best Vegan Cookbooks
Cookbooks are a great gift for just about anyone. But finding the right one for the right person is a feat in and of itself. So I am breaking it down, based on the books I know and the reviews I have read and heard from others.
I separated the lists into categories to help make it easier and narrow down your search! However, I couldn't start this list without my personal favorite, my vegan cookbook! It can fit in many of the following categories, so I'll just throw it right here at the top, ha!
This is the perfect cookbook for the burger and burrito lover...and also the sauce lover as it has 19 different sauce recipes! If you don't have it yet, get yourself a copy! It's whole food based, just like my website, and has a great variety of recipes!
I worked nonstop on weekends and weekdays, while raising three little boys, with a husband who traveled every single week to create the recipes in this book and do all of the photography. If I can do all that, you know the recipes are easy enough for you to tackle too!
Vegan Cookbooks for Beginners
Any time you are trying something new it can be overwhelming. Especially when it comes to cooking. Learning how to make vegan recipes is like learning a whole new type of cooking.
Much like you would need guidance when making recipes that are from the asian cuisine, vegan cooking needs the same. There are many tips and tricks I have picked up along the way!
So what are the best vegan cookbooks for beginners? Here is a list of some of my favorites:
This book is ideal for beginners because each recipe is made with a handful of simple ingredients. Plus, most of the recipes are already dairy-free, oil-free, gluten-free, and nut-free, and if they're not there's substitution ideas!
Click to read my review on The Vegan 8 Cookbook and get her recipe for vegan pumpkin donuts!
A collection of all plant based recipes that can easily be made in your pressure cooker! Find delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert all made from nothing but the most wholesome ingredients.
The recipes in this book are anything but bland and boring! Each dish focuses on bold flavors and bright colors to delight all of your senses.
Click to read my review on the Chloe Flavor Cookbook and get her recipe for vegan General Tso's Tofu!
Beginner or veteran, plant based or not, from time to time we all need help getting on track with our health. Not only is this book great for the recipes, but it also includes meal plans, shopping lists, and tips for prepping.
Click to read my review on the Vegan Reset Cookbook and get her recipe for vegan avocado kale salad!
In addition to easy to make, affordable, and tasty recipes, this book offers support for a plant based lifestyle. There's tips for everything from how to order at restaurants to how to talk to your friends and family about your choice.
Click to read my review on The Veginner's Cookbook and get her recipe for vegan apple roses!
Not only is this book packed with tons of easy and delicious recipes, but it also includes lots of tips for beginners. Learn how to “veganize” your kitchen, all sorts of cooking techniques, what vegan staples to have on hand, as well as wellness tips to live by.
Click to read my review on the Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen Cookbook and get her recipe for vegan thumbprint cookies!
Budget Friendly Vegan Cookbooks
The idea that healthy, plant based eating is expensive is simply untrue. Sure, it can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be. These books focus on just that:
This book details how to create easy plant based meals while saving tons of money! Plus, the majority of the recipes in this book are made in around 30 minutes or less.
A collection of breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snack recipes to keep you full and satisfied. They're all made with easy to find and affordable ingredients.
Click to read my review on the Frugal Vegan Cookbook and get her recipe for vegan barbecue chickpea sliders!
Cookbooks with Quick and Easy to Follow Recipes
Beginner or just really busy, these books will all come in handy:
For busy people looking for quick and simple yet creatively delicious dinners, this book is for you! It includes 150 recipes that are made from ingredients easily found at your local supermarket.
Family friendly meals made with healthy plant based foods are a reality! Make any of the easy recipes for busy mornings and evenings, or prep ahead with the make ahead recipes.
Click to read my review on Easy. Whole. Vegan. Cookbook and get her recipe for vegan chili mac!
Yet another gem from Angela. This book focuses on recipes that are easy to make for people with busy lifestyles. Just like her other work, she includes tips for making her recipes kid and allergy friendly.
Click to read my review on The Oh She Glows Every Day Cookbook and get her recipe for vegan French lentil stew!
With plenty of quick and easy recipes that are doable for those with even the busiest of schedules, this book is great for those (as the titles suggests) on the go. These include make ahead dishes as well as meals that are portable. There's also a section ideal for beginners that outlines pantry and equipment staples in addition to general tips and tricks that will come in handy.
Click to read my review on Vegan Yack Attack on the Go Cookbook and get her recipe for vegan coconut bacon blt with peaches!
Minimalist doesn't refer to a lack of flavor, nope, each of these fabulous recipes are made with 10 ingredients or less! Many of the recipes can also be made in one pot and in 30 minutes or less. Too easy!
Comfort Food Cookbooks
All the comfort food dishes you know and love are transformed into plant based recipes in these books:
When you want hearty, comforting, typically 'bad for you' food in a healthier and plant based way, you need to sift through this cookbook. It features nachos, burritos, pizza, dips, and plenty of desserts to keep your cravings at bay.
Click to read my review on the Fuss Free Vegan Cookbook and get her recipe for vegan 15 minute peanut noodles!
The most delicious comfort food is possible to make with all plant based ingredients! We're talking mac and cheese, cheesesteaks, fried chicken, and even bacon all made with vegan ingredients. Do yourself a favor and indulge in these amazing meals!
Another book featuring comfort food recipes, this one focuses on the best international favorites. There's everything from casseroles to curries, burgers to pizzas, and breakfasts to desserts. Plus, this book includes a variety of sauce recipes and ideas for mixing and matching.
Click to read my review on Vegan Richa's Everyday Kitchen Cookbook and get her recipe for vegan buffalo chickpea tacos!
Niched Vegan Cookbooks
These books all have a more narrowed focus than the others. The specificity means that they're experts and it really pays off in flavor!
All of the classic BBQ favorites have been transformed into the most amazing plant based recipes. And the best part? They're all made on your stove, no grill or smoker is needed!
Click to read my review on the Great Vegan BBQ Cookbook and get her recipe for vegan pulled mushroom sandwiches!
This is so much more than a collection of recipes. This is a full guide to all things dairy free including how to read labels, all about calcium, travel and restaurant tips, and even how to save money.
Click to read my review on the Go Dairy Free Cookbook and get her recipe for vegan mushroom barley soup!
So many wonderful Indian dishes, so little time! Learn how to make favorites like curries, street style tempeh wraps, and avocado naan. All satisfying, and all made with plant based ingredients.
Whether it's the Winter and you need something hot to cozy up with, or the Summer when you want a cool soup to chill out with, this collection of recipes have you covered! With so much variety in flavors your taste buds will never be bored again!
Click to read my review on the Awesome Vegan Soups Cookbook and get her recipe for vegan spinach pea soup!
This book is so much more than smoothies! Recipes for snacks, salads, sides, soups, mains dishes, and desserts, plus tips for how to boost them with extra nutrition. It also includes a dozen goals for leading a healthier lifestyle.
Click to read my review on The Perfect Blend Cookbook and get her recipe for vegan shiitake mushroom lettuce cups!
More Popular Titles
Don't just take my word for it! These are some of the best selling vegan cookbooks out there:
If you are offended by foul language this book is not for you. However, if you want a fresh and casual take on things and a laugh or two, this book is definitely one for your collection! This book is filled with easy and attainable recipes that taste fabulous.
Making the switch from low calorie processed foods to wholesome nutritious food proved to make immense improvements in Angela Liddon's health and life. She has shared over 100 of her tried and true recipes in this book, and they're all amazing!
This popular book focuses on all of the wonderful and healthy foods you can eat. Their recipes range from breakfast, soups, salads, pasta, grains, beans, desserts, and more. They also include some grilling recipes that are delish!
With recipes for every time of day, this book guides you in using and enjoying real food. Many of the recipes include substitutions to fit your dietary needs. Each dish is designed to make you and your belly feel good!
You may be aware that produce is best when it is in season. This book focuses on that seasonality and making the most out of what's available each time of year. Plus, the photos are seriously frame worthy!
Click to read my review on The First Mess Cookbook and get her recipe for vegan breakfast cookies!
On top of all the wonderful recipes, you'll get multiple guides. Ideas for salad dressings, vegetable broth, weeknight pastas, and how to roast all the veggies.
Click to read my review on the Love and Lemons Everyday Cookbook and get her recipe for vegan Caesar salad! (I also reviewed her first book, click here to see the review and get the recipes for vegan flatbread with white bean puree and asparagus.)
What is the best vegan cookbook?
Calling something the best is so relative, but when it comes to an overall vegan cookbook, this is a list of some of my favorites. I tried to think about a variety of things when making this list so that there is something for everyone:
- user friendly
- types of ingredients
- gluten free
- veggie heavy
- classics made vegan
- cost of recipes
What is the best selling vegan cookbook?
So of all of these amazing choices, there has to be one that is top of the charts right? Based on the sales and reviews I looked at on Amazon, the two that are neck and neck are: Thug Kitchen and Forks Over Knives! Don't forget these books can make great gifts as well!