Vegan cooking suffers from an image problem. There are some amazing vegan cookbooks out there, but there are also too many cookbooks that require 27 hard-to-find, expensive ingredients per recipe or feature yet another flavorless veggie patty idea. An Amazon search for “vegan cookbook” gives you a cool 2,832 options vying for your hard-earned money (I, on the other hand, make no money off you purchasing any of the below). Here are the Top 5 Vegan Cookbooks that won’t be collecting dust on the shelf:
The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet – Alicia Silverstone
Pros: Healthy, delicious recipes, clear directions, a wealth of information about making the transition to veganism
Cons: Some of these recipes do require a special trip to the store until your shopping habits catch up to your new lifestyle
Pros: You actually have these ingredients in your pantry (ketchup, oats, beans, etc.), Recipes are quick and easy, Great for budget cooking
Cons: Some of the desserts are too high in sugar
Pros: This is the cookbook that should have followed up the original Skinny Bitch (let’s all forget the over-processed horror that was Skinny Bitch in the Kitch) – beautiful photography, unique but still easy to follow recipes, lots of information about the vegan lifestyle
Cons: These are not 5 minute recipes – be prepared to actually spend time in your kitchen
The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein
Pros: Healthy Mediterranean style recipes that don’t rely on meat substitutes
Cons: No pictures. Recipes are geared at experienced cooks.
Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Terry Hope Romero, Rebecca Bent and Sara Quin
Pros: Delicious treats. Many varieties for varying skill levels.
Cons: Remember, vegan doesn’t necessarily mean healthy. These are still cupcakes.
What cookbooks do you recommend for new vegans? Are there any that you would recommend new vegans not buy? Leave a comment below!