Whether you’re cooking for a vegan guest, trying to include more plant-based meals in your diet or a fully-committed vegan hoping to explore a wider variety of dishes, everyone could do with a couple of the best vegan cookbooks on their kitchen shelves.
According to a survey conducted last year, as many as 3.5 million British people now identify as vegan – that’s around 7 per cent of the population. With that shift, the perception of vegan food has also changed. No longer does the phrase conjure up images of unpronounceable ingredients or unpalatable blocks of tofu – the vegan food of today is fresh, exciting and full of flavour, as the recipes in these titles prove.
So, whatever your reason for seeking new vegan meal ideas, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 11 cookbooks that will keep you feeling inspired, energised, and most importantly, satisfied.
12 of the best vegan cookbooks
YouTube sensations Henry and Ian, better known as the Bosh! boys, released their first cookbook last year, and it became the fastest selling debut cookbook of 2018. Why? Because their easy-to-follow recipes are approachable versions of the day-to-day dishes you already know and love – from their spice-laden Rogan Bosh! to vegan scones with cashew clotted cream and even a ridiculously rich chocolate fudge cake. Look out for the follow-up, Bish Bash Bosh!, which is set to be published in April.
Deliciously Ella: The Plant-Based Cookbook
You’ll probably recognise Ella Mills from her Instagram account, where she’s built a loyal base of 1.4 million users who follow her for her quick, tasty meal and snack concepts, as well as her candid account of living with postural tachycardia syndrome, a chronic condition which led her to discover her new way of eating. The Plant-Based Cookbook is her fifth, and features over 100 brand new plant-based recipes – think filling salads, veggie burgers, breakfast ideas like vegan shakshuka and sweet treats including peanut cookies and fudgy brownies.
Vegan in 7
If the thought of cooking vegan food feels overwhelming, Rita Serano’s Vegan in 7 is a great place to start. This book eschews complicated recipes and instead presents a range of healthy, seasonally-inspired meals that you can whip up at your laziest. As the title suggests, each plate has seven ingredients or less – so even when the storecupboard is bare, there’ll be something delicious in here for you to enjoy.
This is a vegan cookbook for those times when you really want to pull out all the stops. Author Chantelle is chef patron at London restaurant Tredwell’s, winner of AA’s London Restaurant of the Year, and knows how to use vegan ingredients to make the most impressive alternatives to foods like meringue and pastry. The things she can do with aquafaba (the liquid that comes with tinned chickpeas) will blow your mind.
Thug Kitchen has been around since 2014, and in that time, it’s become a New York Times bestseller and won endorsements from the likes of Jamie Oliver (‘I like their passion for for cutting to the chase and for knocking up good food’) and Gwyneth Paltrow (‘this might be my favourite thing ever’). The hilariously foul-mouthed cookbook remains popular because it uses a punchy approach to deliver a serious message about nutrition – from pumpkin chilli to grilled peach salsa, you’ll soon be following their mantra of eating ‘like a champ, not a chump’.
So Vegan in 5
If you’re not already a vegan, Roxy and Ben, the creators of ‘So Vegan’ – one of the world’s leading vegan recipe channels – want to set you a challenge: to go vegan one day a week. The couple want to prove that you don’t have to be vegan (or well-off!) to enjoy quick, delicious vegan food – and the 100 5-ingredient recipes here, including harissa tofu scramble and fluffy blueberry pancakes – will send you on your way.
Oh She Glows
Oh She Glows is another classic that already sits on many a vegan’s bookshelves – and if you don’t already own it, it’s a must-have investment. Angela’s repertoire includes weeks’ worth of go-to breakfasts, protein-packed snacks, hearty main meals and decadent desserts, all written in a friendly, easy-to-follow manner. Even meat eaters will find something to love in these pages.
The New Vegan
Aine is known for her straightforward approach to vegan cookery, and has a number of vegan cookbooks to her name. In addition to 90 recipes, The New Vegan gives you advice for every aspect of adopting a vegan lifestyle, from overcoming cravings to dining out at restaurants. It’s worth a purchase for the jerk-marinated cauliflower steaks alone.
Vegan Comfort Food Classics
This is junk food, but not as you know it. Vegan Comfort Food Classics teaches you how to transform your favourite indulgences into meat-and dairy-free masterpieces – everything from stuffed crust pizza to cinnamon rolls is back on the menu. Get started this vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe (and a glass of plant-based milk on the side, of course).
Leon Fast Vegan
Love Leon’s healthy fast food on the high street? You’ll love their vegan recipes too. This book is broken down into three sections: The Main Event, On the Side, and Sweet, to give you a full spectrum of ideas. Inspiration for each comes from all around the world, from vegan sushi to Mexican tacos to Vietnamese pancakes – why not take your tastebuds on an adventure?
15 Minute Vegan
Katy Beskow knows the importance of knocking up a vegan feast in a hurry – which is why the recipes here take a matter of minutes to put together. This contemporary take on vegan food encompasses meals like butternut squash macaroni and satay noodles – hearty plates with contemporary flavours and minimal fuss.
It’s time to indulge your vegan sweet tooth – yes, baking without eggs, butter and milk is not only possible, but actually surprisingly simple. The Vegan Baker has achievable yet creative recipes for cakes, muffins, slices, cookies, biscuits, pies, tarts and strudels, all with – the only challenge you’ll face is deciding which one to make first.