It’s no secret we love vegan blogs and online recipes. Yet, there’s something special about flipping through a physical cookbook. It doesn’t hurt that many cookbooks double as attractive coffee table books, too.
That’s why we’ve rounded up 15 of the best vegan cookbooks you need in your kitchen. Each book boasts a diverse range of easy vegan recipes, from breakfast tacos to champagne cupcakes. This list also serves as a collection of gift ideas for the vegan in your life — or for yourself!
The cookbooks below weren’t all published in 2021, but we re-verified our list for this year to include some of our favorite new (and most recommended) vegan cookbooks available. Enjoy!
As a #1 best seller in the “American Soul Food Cooking” category on Amazon, Vegan Soul Food Cookbook by chef Nadira Jenkins-El is an essential for your bookshelf. Her vegan versions of classic soul food (like biscuits and gravy) call for simple ingredients, ensuring that each recipe is both accessible and affordable.
From Ian and Henry at the popular video channel, BOSH, comes this fantastic collection of more than 100 plant-based recipes for breakfast, dinner, dessert, including some great party and cocktail recipes. We especially appreciate their emphasis on fresh ingredients that are readily available at most grocery stores.
Whether you’re new to cooking or simply pressed for time, a recipe with a short ingredient list can save the day. Fortunately, author and blogger Brandi Doming knows this feeling all too well. In her book The Vegan 8, she shares 100 vegan recipes that call for eight ingredients or less. Many of the recipes are oil-free, nut-free, and gluten-free too.
If you’re looking to refresh your cookbook collection, check out Epic Vegan, a recent release by Dustin Harder, author and creator of The Vegan Roadie. Not only is it an “editor’s pick” on Amazon, but readers are loving its recipes. The book offers convenient one-pot meals like sesame Thai chili cauliflower bites and spiced hot chocolate s’mores brownies. Yum.
When it comes to cooking, you can’t go wrong with a specialized book like The Vegan Meat Cookbook by Miyoko Schinner, chef and founder of the vegan cheese brand Miyokos. Featuring more than 100 vegan meat recipes like carne asada enchiladas and lemon-garlic scallops, this book will surely introduce you to new favorite dishes.
If you like your tacos with a side of sarcasm, you’ll love The Taco Cleanse by Wes Allison, Stephanie Bogdanich, Molly R. Frisinger, and Jessica Morris. As a group of professional “vegan taco scientists,” the authors have rounded up more than 75 vegan taco recipes to guide you on your taco cleanse journey.
A list of vegan cookbooks wouldn’t be complete without a book on baking. In this recent release by chef JL Fields, Vegan Baking for Beginners features 75 sweet and savory treats. However, you don’t need to be vegan to appreciate this handy book. From blondies to doughnuts, these mouthwatering recipes will be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Simply Delicious Vegan by Caitlin Shoemaker, blogger and founder of From My Bowl, is another editor’s pick on Amazon. Every recipe in the book is gluten-free, oil-free, and sugar-free, making it an excellent pick for all types of lifestyles. Personally, we can’t wait to try the broccoli cheddar “egg” cups.
In the world of smoothies, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. But with Green Kitchen Smoothies by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl, you can shake things up and explore new ingredient combinations. For example, have you ever tried a smoothie with beets and cacao? What about goji, mango, and turmeric? Thanks to Green Kitchen Smoothies, you can experiment and enjoy homemade smoothies in an entirely new way.
Do you have a vegan college student in your life? Help ’em out and gift a copy of The College Vegan Cookbook by Heather Nicholds. This collection of 145 inexpensive, dorm-friendly recipes is perfect for the college student who can only eat so many salads at the campus cafeteria. The book, which includes tips for shopping and stocking pantry staples, is an excellent resource for new vegans and beginner cooks in college.
Miyoko Schinner’s books are so good, we had to list two. In The Homemade Vegan Pantry, Schinner explains how to make pantry staples that you’ll use time and time again. As you can imagine, this knowledge will help you save money while avoiding over-processed products. Examples of recipes covered in the book include eggless mayonnaise and teriyaki sauce.
We’re always told to eat seasonally. But how does that translate to vegan cooking, exactly? That’s where The First Mess Cookbook comes in. In the book, author and blogger Laura Wright guides shares 125 seasonal whole-food recipes, complete with beautiful stories and gorgeous photos.
13. The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook: 100 Easy, Healthy Recipes That Are Ready When You Are
If you couldn’t tell, we’re huge fans of slow cookers here at Clean Green Simple. The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook features more than 100 slow-cooked vegan dishes that takes less than 15 minutes of work. It’s one of those books that proves vegan cooking doesn’t have to complicated or time consuming.
No vegan cookbook list would be complete without this New York Times Bestseller classic. A follow-up to the influential movie, the Forks Over Knives cookbook contains more than 300 whole-foods, plant-based recipes.
Love Asian cuisine? You’ll want to add East Meets Vegan by Sasha Gill to your to-buy list. The book covers a scrumptious variety of Asian dishes, including miso caramel eggplant and shiitake ramen. With 90 recipes and more than 100 beautiful photos, this title is an excellent source of inspiration.