Vegan cookbooks are a true passion (addiction) of mine. You, however, may be on the other side of the coin – and find them a total moneysuck.
With their cunning and devious front covers leading to yet ANOTHER raw artisanal fecking pink humera seed topped salad made with Siberian mountainside sourced microgreens, I don’t blame you.
Now living healthy ain’t bad and trying different flavours is an essential wedge of lifes pie. You’d be missing out on so much not to veer from the mundane every once in a while!
But for the day-to-day family/friend meals, I like doable + relatively fast. And sacrificing taste can never be part of that equation.
Some cookbooks just miss the mark completely…so WHICH ones are really worth the cashola?
Never fear, I has you covered.
Here’s my 10 current fave vegan cookbooks that will amplify your vegan kitchen game and then some!
If you just want straightforward, no-fuss meal ideas, this one is for you. Not just a snazzy title, it really is perfect for simple folks who don’t want to search markets for obscure ingredients.
One of my fave fast dinners, Chickpea Noodle Soup is in this guy! Comforting, budget-friendly and super easy, it is such a warm and cozy meal for Winter served with crunchy, Nuttelex-laden bread.
Vegan (and non-vegan) Melbournites alike know well the magic that is Smith and Daughters/Smith and Deli. Owned by the powerhouse duo Shannon Martinez and Mo Wyse, this deli and restaurant combo pulls customers in and shakes them to their fucking core. Truly stunning eats like theirs that roar in and blow minds are too good to keep locked down, and bless our stars they shared them in this vegan bible.
Nothing too crazy or difficult in here, and a great starter recipe to chow first is their classic Tofu Scramble. Holy mother of mercy, it is heavenly AF not just for breakfast, but ANY DAMN TIME. Counting down the days until October 1 when their follow-up Smith & Deli-cious: Food From Our Deli (That Happens to be Vegan) lands.
Sorry in advance, pants.
Another fantastic no-fuss cookers, this gem by New York Times best selling author and blogger Angela Liddon is jam-packed with goodness.
Covering you for brekkie, lunch and tea, I am particularly fond of her Thai Crunch + Everyday Glow salads, as well as the Comforting Red Lentil and Chickpea Curry + the Creamy Thai Carrot Sweet Potato Soup.
Each recipe also details whether it’s gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, oil-free, grain-free, kid-friendly, and/or freezer-friendly – SUPER HANDY. Treats are abound in the back too, so if you need a fix, she has you sorted.
AN ABSOLUTE MUST. Crammed full of basic staples, the vegan queen Miyoko Schinner brings you pure gold with this one. From everyday milks, breads and condiments to all the faux meats and cheeses you can handle, I so very often reach for this one.
It practically lives on our kitchen bench – our little man is obsessed with the Diner Style Pancakes and requests them on the regular. Lucky for me, the ready-made mix means they are on the table in seconds!
Jealous? Don’t be – the recipe is RIGHT HERE.
The only one to reach for when you want to TREAT YO SELF. The Fajita Bowls are a weeknight fave of mine, and the Fudgy Brownies and Oatmeal Choc Chip Cookies are to die for.
If you don’t follow Hot For Food on YouTube, you should REALLY START. Ran by one of my fave vegans, Lauren Toyota, it is where this all began. She killed it with this cookbook release and I am hanging for her to create another already!
Creators of the ultra-addictive aerial shot Facebook recipe videos, the Bosh boys took things one step further, compiling the best together in this mammoth collection of over 140 recipes.
One of my fave sections of this book, Fantastic Feasts, allows you to throw some UNFORGETTABLE dinner parties. Whether its the Tex-Mex Fiesta, Big Bosh Roast, Italian Heaven or Big Indian Takeaway, there’s a theme option here for every budding host.
My very first vegan cookbook – so it has a special place in my hart. As a pro vegan chef who feeds some of the worlds most famous faces, Mary Mattern really knows her stuff.
Every summer, you’ll find me swimming in Miss Mary’s Macaroni Salad.
The perfect BBQ side dish, I just eat it solo in bread like the monster I am – it’s really that good.
A grand compilation of over 70 vegan recipes from some of Australia’s best chefs and vegan eateries, Cooking With Kindness is extra special.
All royalties from the sales of this book go to Edgar’s Mission, a not-for-profit sanctuary that provides a safe haven for over 450 rescued farm animals. So not only do you get to make and eat delicious noms like Curried Vegie Samosas with Lemon Mint Dippy Sauce, Warm Oreo Brownies with Choc Sawce, Mexicana Pizzas and Cheezy Mac, but you are helping a super worthy cause in the process!
Some of my fave restaurants and bakeries kindly contributed their recipes in here – namely Smith and Daughters, Mister Nice Guys Bakeshop, Soul Burger and Woking Amazing.
If that doesn’t sell it for ya, I don’t know what will!
Buy this one just to look at, for flavens sake. Absolutely stunning pics throughout of Ellie Bullen and her divine creations.
While this one has a healthy spin (Ellie is a top nutritionist after all), even I was surprised at just how satisfying each recipe is! The Peanut Nana Bread + Apple Pie Muffins go down a treat for a snack or quick breakfast, and I will never say no to the Shiitake-Pumpkin Dumplings for lunch.
Her Peanut Butter Jelly Time smoothie is my fave one to date – so thick you can eat it with a spoon!
Where most cookbooks tip towards hugely healthy or the sinfully sublime, this one sits happily left of centre – looking after your wellbeing but still in a fun and full-flavoured way.
Lovingly gifted by my fellow cookbook hoarder pal Brooke, this one is small but MIGHTY. As the title suggests, everything in here is fast to throw together, making it an essential one for the time poor.
Most of these rapido style cookbooks can be bland and uninspiring , but certainly not this guy. Julesy LOOOVES the Cinnamon Toast drowning in maple on chilly Sunday mornings, Dad loves the Crispy Potato Rostis (who wouldn’t), and my personal fave are the Pitta Pizzas. They are delish made to recipe but also handy for using up fridge lurkers.
And if you want a fast dessert on the table, probably can’t beat the Banana Split Ice Cream.
BONUS: I would be remiss to not mention the below, so here’s some others I own (10 was a VERY hard number to whittle them down to)!
These extras are all sublime ones you should also check out.
CHLOE’S VEGAN ITALIAN KITCHEN (Chloe’s EVERYTHING to be honest)
VEGANOMICON (and ALL Isa Chandra cookbooks – Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World will knock your frosting off)
Hope you LURVED this post and if there’s any must-haves you think I should check out, leave them in the comments below!
Happy cooking yo.
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