Essential Plant-Based Cookbooks

Essential Plant-Based Cookbooks

There's a stack of cookbooks in my apartment I like to flip through when I need a little meal inspiration. I prefer to work with what we have in the pantry and adapt recipes instead of following by the book. I find cookbooks are best used as guidelines; dishes always need more seasoning than the recipe calls for and everything tastes so much better when you've added your own little tweaks. Plant-based cookbook recommendations are something I'm frequently asked about so here are my must-have books for anyone looking for more vegan-friendly recipes.

How Not To Die Cookbook

The title of this book has proven to be rather off-putting to those I have recommended it to, and I can't blame them, it is awful. But this is by far one of the best plant-based cookbooks you can own, every recipe I've tried has been delicious. All the ingredients used are whole foods so you know the meal you're getting is packed with nutrition. If you have a well-stocked pantry you won't struggle with this cookbook. If you only buy one plant-based cookbook make it this one.

Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook

It really is the ultimate vegan cookbook! The Veganomicon is a comprehensive plant-based cooking guide including everything from basic cooking tips to expert recipes. It's easy to follow with a range of dishes including easy dinner recipes to soy-free, gluten-free, and low-fat options. I've had this book for years but only recently started digging into it. It's great for learning how to make healthier staples like seitan and doesn't rely on processed foods. The only negative thing I have to say is the photography is rather poor. It's more of a reference guide than a coffee table book but it can be forgiven for that since it's so useful.

Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give A F*ck

A cookbook dedicated to verbally abusing you into a healthier diet. There's something about this sweary book I love plus the food happens to be amazing. If you like dishes that are packed with flavour and spice, Thug Kitchen is for you. This cookbook is especially great for cooking for guests; the recipes are impressive yet easy to make, which means you spend less time in the kitchen and more time in the company of your friends.

River Cottage: Much More Veg

Classic recipes made with simple ingredients, that's what Much More Veg is all about. There's lots to choose from in this cookbook from hearty dishes to light meals that all happen to be plant-based. It's a great book for those wanting to eat more plants but aren't yet ready to go fully plant-based. I find you need to work a little to create a menu; most recipes in this book aren't big enough to be mains, it's all about tapas-style cooking. I reach for this cookbook when I'm looking for side plates or little extras to add to main meals.

Vegan: The Cookbook

I've yet to invest in this cookbook myself although I'm poured over the beautiful pages frequently. It's a huge tome of 500 recipes inspired by cuisines from around the world. If you're adventurous with your food and like to experience new flavours regularly, this is the cookbook to go for. There's so much packed within the pages, each recipe has straightforward instructions, accompanied by stunning photography. It's an investment for sure but well worth it.

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