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 19 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 2022, but we re-verified our list for this year to include some of our favorite new (and most recommended) vegan cookbooks available. Enjoy!
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.
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. Needless to say, there’s a good chance you’ll find a new favorite dish in this title.
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 classic recipes covered in the book include eggless mayonnaise and teriyaki sauce.
4. Sweet Potato Soul: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes for the Southern Flavors of Smoke, Sugar, Spice, and Soul
For Southern food with a vegan twist, look no further than Jenné Claiborne’s cookbook. Named after her popular food blog, Sweet Potato Soul, the book features more than 100 vegan meals and nutritious recipes that will make you drool. Examples include chive and cheddar drop biscuits, crispy eggplant bacon, and peach cobbler breakfast muffins.
If you’re a fan of Korean cuisine, you’ll want to add Joanne Lee Molinaro’s debut cookbook to your bookshelf. Known for her poignant storytelling and beautiful food photography, Molinaro shares more than 80 plant-based dishes in her stunning book. Whether you’re an experienced chef or novice vegan cook, something tells us you’ll thoroughly enjoy this collection.
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.
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 and affordable ingredients, ensuring that each recipe is accessible to make.
Whether you’re new to vegan eating 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.
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.
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 a plant-based diet, 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 vegan foods.
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.
It wouldn’t be a list of vegan cookbooks without a book on baking. In this title 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, this mouthwatering collection of recipes and comfort foods will surely satisfy your sweet tooth.
When it comes to 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 know a college student who follows a vegan diet? 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.
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.
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 plant-based cooking inspiration.
As the only vegan chef to win first place on Food Network’s cupcake wars, Chloe Coscarelli might very well be one of our favorite cookbook authors. This particular title, Chloe Flavor, is a fun and vibrant book featuring plant-based food and approachable recipes that every home chef will love.
Bryant Terry is a vegan chef, food justice activist, and author of several books. We’re especially fond of Vegetable Kingdom, which offers a wide range of recipes that center around real, whole food (rather than processed meat substitutes). The book also explains the fundamentals of vegan cooking, making it easy to develop basic skills in the kitchen while creating delicious food sans animal products.