The 10 best vegan cookbooks
24 March 2020
Whether you're planning to reduce your animal produce intake or want to switch to a vegan diet for good, a great cookbook can serve as a helpful and fun guide to the process. Here's our roundup of the best vegan cookbooks, as recommended by Mumsnet users, to inspire and ease you into a plant-based diet this year.
Since its conception in 2014, Veganuary has encouraged hundreds of thousands to go vegan for the month of January and many to embrace a plant-based diet permanently. But who says it has to stop there? In 2020, it's also never been easier to find diverse vegan products and ingredients at your local supermarket, as well as to reach out to a community – such as the lively vegan forum topic on Mumsnet – to help support you through the transition to a plant-based lifestyle.
While there is much inspiration to be found online, sometimes it's nice to have a comprehensive guide you can take into the kitchen. These cookbooks have been highly rated by Mumsnet users, who have shared their own vegan journeys on our forums, for their clear information, useful tips and tasty culinary ideas that prove you can have your vegan cake and eat it, too.
1. Forks Over Knives by Del Sroufe
Forks Over Knives' philosophy is not about what you can't eat, but what you can – and there are so many delicious dishes here. Chef Del Sroufe and his collaborators transform wholesome fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes into over 300 recipes – classic and unexpected – to help you see just how easy and tasty a plant-based diet can be.
Starting with the basics that serve as the building blocks for any vegan creations you may try, the cookbook also contains globally- and seasonally-inspired dishes, so there's definitely something for everyone.
“I love Forks Over Knives. It focuses on a whole food diet. I'd really recommend it.”Buy it now
2. BOSH! by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby
Henry Firth and Ian Theasby, creators of the biggest plant-based platform BOSH!, inspire people to cook tasty and simple recipes at home with this cookbook. Always ensuring they stick to fresh, supermarket-friendly ingredients, BOSH! makes it easy to try out plant-based meals.
With over 140 of their favourite go-to breakfasts, party pieces, hearty dinners, delicious desserts and even some excellent cocktails, these recipes are easy to follow and are sure to wow any guests you have over (possibly even the MIL).
“I've bought the Bosh! book and am loving it, lots of good ideas.”
“It's brilliant. We use it all the time and have not tried a bad meal yet!”Buy it now
3. Thug Kitchen
LA-based Thug Kitchen is out to prove that you can have your veggies and still be a total badass in the kitchen. This amusing (and very sweary) cookbook contains delicious, healthy and easy-to-prepare recipes that are ideal for anyone wanting to transition to a plant-based diet.
So if you don't mind the cursing, here you'll find an excellent collection of fun and filling vegan recipes.
“Thug kitchen is my favourite by miles.”
“Thug Kitchen is good (and sweary)!”Buy it now
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4. The New Vegan by Áine Carlin
For those new to the plant-based lifestyle, it can seem daunting to make the transition when you don't know where to start. Luckily, The New Vegan serves as a comprehensive everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-going-vegan handbook – with 90 delicious recipes, helpful advice and even a section on making your own vegan-friendly beauty products.
The book also provides valuable information on vegan sources of nutrients and tips on how to integrate veganism into your busy lifestyle.
“Áine Carlin’s Keep it Vegan and The New Vegan are very accessible.”Buy it now
5. Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats
Rachel Ama's cookbook takes inspiration from naturally vegan dishes and cuisines, as well as her Caribbean and West African roots to create delicious full-flavour recipes you'll want to make over and over again.
The featured recipes are quick and often one-pot (which makes meal prep so much easier) and have short ingredient lists with items that can be found at any supermarket. What's more, Rachel has included a song with each recipe so you'll have a great playlist to go alongside every plate of delicious food you make. This cookbook proves just how fun vegan cuisine can be.
“I follow Rachel Ama on Instagram and I've got her new recipe book. Yummy and easy to cook.”Buy it now
6. Peace and Parsnips by Lee Watson
Peace and Parsnips is a an excellent all-round guide to vegan cookery with 200 recipes that use fresh everyday ingredients and require minimal fuss. Lee Watson also provides an informative introduction to a balanced plant-based diet, breaking down all its components in terms of nutrition, seasonality and flavour.
So whether you're new or already committed to a plant-based diet, this comprehensive cookbook celebrates the varied, healthy and delicious ways of cooking and eating vegan.
“I recommend Lee Watson’s Peace and Parsnips. It's 'real' food, not fake 'pretending to be meat and cheese' food.”Buy it now
7. The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon
The Oh She Glows Cookbook contains over 100 delicious and wholesome plant-based recipes, many of which are also allergy-friendly – with more than 90 gluten-free – and many nut-free and soy-free options. They use minimal processed ingredients, instead focusing on whole, nutrient-packed vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains that will boost your energy, improve your health and please your taste buds.
In the introduction, Angela Liddon shares her personal journey to health with a plant-based diet and explains how to build your own vegan foods pantry, so you have most of the basic ingredients on hand for when you get busy in the kitchen.
“Oh She Glows is good and the recipes are well-balanced nutritionally speaking.”
“I've recently got hold of Angela Liddon's Oh She Glows Cookbook and love it. The chocolate brownies in there are gorgeous. It covers some really good basic recipes too.”Buy it now
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8. River Cottage Much More Veg by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall
In this cookbook Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall uses veg, fruit, whole grains, nuts, seeds, spices and cold-pressed oils to explore the length and breadth of what can be achieved with natural, unprocessed plant foods.
The recipes are easy, versatile and delicious – and all but a handful are also gluten-free. Better still, at least half the dishes require 20 minutes or less hands-on prep time, demonstrating how easy and convenient it can be to use vegan foods as the bedrock to your diet.
“My current favourite is Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s Much More Veg – everything I've made from there has been delicious.”Buy it now
9. Easy Vegan by Sue Quinn
Easy Vegan is a great beginner's guide to going vegan, with 140 tasty recipes ranging from everyday to gourmet plus a breakdown of some of the key facts about a balanced plant-based diet.
It includes a a vegan nutrition chart with recommended daily intakes of vitamins, minerals and proteins and a list of plant-based sources for each. What's more, this cookbook also provides useful visual explanations on how to 'veganise' a recipe, providing replacements for animal-sourced elements so you can easily amend any non-vegan recipes.
“Easy Vegan by Sue Quinn is very good.”Buy it now
10. Feed Me Vegan by Lucy Watson
Feed Me Vegan is a great gateway book to a plant-based diet, covering all the essentials to put in your store cupboard and full of delicious, easy-to-make recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It also contains many ideas for sweet treats and comforting snacks as well as the best places to source vegan products, which makes finding a selection of your new plant-based favourites easy.
Lucy Watson's cookbook shows that eating vegan doesn't mean you have to compromise on flavour – or those filling comfort foods.
“Feed Me Vegan by Lucy Watson is highly rated by a vegan friend of mine!”Buy it now
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