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The 10 Best Vegan Cookbooks (and who to buy them for)

Choosing the best vegan cookbooks around is no easy task, but with the holidays fast approaching, we felt it was a good time to look into the available options. 

Separating the 10 best vegan cookbooks from the masses of titles out there wasn’t the simplest thing we’ve ever done at My Good Planet, but we think we’ve managed to make a selection which showcases just how broad, exciting and fun a vegan diet can be.

Rather than simply highlight the main players (because you know who they are already), we’ve made a few left-of-centre choices, along with some upcoming titles, which have got our mouths watering already.

Additionally, with the impending start of Veganuary 2019, in which over 300,000 people have registered to make the switch to a vegan diet, maybe it’s time to stock up on the best vegan cookbooks for your own means, or simply to pass on to someone over the holidays. Regardless, with all of the outstanding recipes available in these books, there will be no shortage of options available to see us through the long winter nights.

We’ve kept the list in alphabetical order, just to avoid any arguments, so let’s get stuck in.

1) 15 Minute Vegan: ‘Fast, modern vegan cooking’ by Katy Beskow

This particular book was mentioned as being one of the main go-to references for Siobhan Waters, the vegan mum of two who we recently interviewed about raising vegan children. The ideas contained in the 15 Minute Vegan series of books are inspired, attainable and, as promised, very quick to prepare. Great for finding ideas for tasty snacks, as well as sumptuous mains.

Buy it for = The vegan beginner

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2) Dirty Vegan by Matt Pritchard

Set to become the BBC’s first vegan cookery show, Dirty Vegan is hosted by ex-Dirty Sanchez (don’t ask what that means) star Matt Pritchard. The skateboarding stuntman has been an advocate of veganism for some time, adding recipes to his YouTube channel, and adding a punk rock ethos to the plant-based world. His new book is due out just after Christmas.

Buy it for = The fashionable vegan

3) Frugal Vegan

Katie Koteen and Kate Kasbee answer one of the most commonly uttered questions when it comes to veganism – “Isn’t it more expensive than a regular diet?” A lot of people are, understandably worried about the financial implications of a dietary shift. Frugal Vegan offers a range of fantastic meals for those who are either on a tight budget, or are just looking for some low-cost alternatives to keep their weekly grocery bills down.

Buy it for = The thrifty vegan

4) Mayim’s Vegan Table: More than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours by Mayim Bialik.

Known to millions as the star of The Big Bang Theory and Blossom,  Mayim Bialik is more professionally regarded as a neuroscientist and author. Her YouTube channel contains a host of lifestyle advice, personal confessions and, of course, recopies. A staunch vegan, Bialik is also a founder of the Shamayim V’Aretz Institute, a Jewish organization that advocates for the ethical treatment of animals. Her book is focused on family meals that are straightforward, healthy and practical.

Buy it for = The vegan parent

5) River Cottage Much More Veg: 175 vegan recipes for simple, fresh and flavourful meals‘.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstal and River Cottage are a cookery institution, but the chef has set aside his famous roasts and dairy heavy recipes for a more sustainable, vegan approach to eating. A recent convert to the lifestyle, this River Cottage book looks at getting the most out of your food with some of the truly nutritious dishes, which we will most definitely be trying out over the holidays.

Buy it for = The green-fingered vegan

6) The Hungry Student Vegan Cookbook

In the same vein as Frugal Vegan, this title caters to those working on a budget, which can be great for meal planning. If a meal takes a bit of work to prepare, it’s always such a bonus to get an extra day or two out of it. This is a wonderful starter book too, with uncomplicated (but appealing) recipes which will suit all tastes.

Buy it for = The vegan freshman

7) Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F**k

Thug Kitchen, the brainchild of Matt Holloway, Michelle Davis, is very much catering to our interests – street food with soul, passion and inventiveness. It’s veganism with attitude and we can’t get enough. With three volumes of delicious dishes to try out, this is party food to the absolute max. Can’t recommend enough.

Buy it for = The vegan party host

8) Vegan: The Cookbook Jean-Christian Jury

One for the aesthetes. This new publication from Phaidon is the ultimate in coffee table beauty. This would impress even the most seasoned of chefs. The meals in this book are as much about style and presentation, but that doesn’t mean that they’re out of reach of the amateur either. It could be one to turn non-vegans too, such is the allure of this magnificent publication.

Buy it for = The vegan connoisseur

9) Veganomicon, 10th Anniversary Edition: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook

Okay, this hands down wins the best title for a cookery book ever. The Veganomicon is the work of Isa Chandra Moskowitz, whose work was a highlight of the burgeoning vegan cookery scene in the ’00s. The Veganomicon is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a gorgeous new version that’s packed with ideas and advice. Owner of the Modern Love restaurant in Brooklyn, NY, Moskovitz’s other titles include Vegan with a Vengeance and Isa Does It.

Buy it for = The vegan rebel

10) Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen: Traditional and Creative Recipes for the Home Cook

Richa Hingle’s vegan Indian guide is an absolute delight for those of us who crave eastern cuisine, but feel that they’d like to expand upon the basics. This provides clear and concise advice for those who are eager to venture into the world of vegan meals, but who also don’t want to compromise on taste. A little work is involved, but the recipes are all very straightforward and incredibly rewarding.

Buy it for = The experienced vegan

Let us know on social media (@mygoodplanet on Twitter and Instagram) if you try any of these out, especially if you find a new favourite. Have fun in the kitchen!

Paula Mulvanerty
Paula Mulvanerty

Paula Mulvanerty is a community and social media manager, as well as writer and product reviewer for My Good Planet. From designing our social media content, from memes to aesthetic control, Paula has it covered. With a keen eye for funky, ethical products and services, Paula has been instrumental in discovering the best brands out there, which are highlighted and focused on site.