Going Vegan? These Are the Must-Have Cookbooks For Your Kitchen

Recipes so good you won’t even realize they’re missing cheese. 

Think you can’t enjoy food without melted cheese on top? Think you can’t get protein without eating meat? Think you’ll be hungry if you only eat plants? Think again. While going vegan isn’t for everyone, we could all benefit from eating fewer animal products and cooking more vegan recipes. After all, eating a vegan diet has benefits like weight loss, lower blood sugar, clearer skin and balanced hormones.

So what do you eat when you can’t eat meat, eggs, dairy, honey, fish, or anything that comes from an animal? How about caramelized onion barbecue quesadillas or spiced chickpea wraps with tahini dressing, or apple pie oatmeal? Sound good? We thought so. Hit up the store, load your cart with nutrient-rich fruits and veggies, nuts, legumes and more, and get cooking.  

For the Curious

Vegan Cookbook for Beginners: The Essential Vegan Cookbook to Get Your Started

Want to add vegan recipes to your weekly meal plan, but don't know where to start? This cookbook is perfect for anyone new to cooking vegan as it offers easy guidelines, shopping lists and flavorful recipes. We'll take seconds of the crispy corn fritters, please.

 

For the Social Influencer

Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck

You've seen their plant-based "tough love" all over social media and now you can make those delicious vegan recipes at home. This book breaks down the techniques you need to know to tackle veganism in an affordable and delicious way, while also making you laugh out loud. We're partial to the roasted beer and lime cauliflower tacos. 

For the Super Busy

Thug Kitchen 101: Fast as F*ck

From the same creators as the original Thug Kitchen, this cookbook gets a healthy, vegan meal on the table faster than the time it takes to wait for takeout. The best part about this book is that it's not preachy, it's just really delicious, quick recipes that'll make you feel good. Be sure to try the pesto spaghetti squash. 

For the Super Foodie

Smith & Daughters: A Cookbook (That Happens to Be Vegan)

From the creators of Smith & Daughters, a popular restaurant in Australia, comes a vegan cookbook that has big flavor. Featuring shareable entrees, small plates, salads, sweets, dressings and drinks—all with a Spanish twist—you'll feel like you're eating at a restaurant when you cook from this book.  

 

For the Blogger

The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out

It started out as one of the most popular vegan blogs on the internet and is now a well-loved cookbook. Focused on recipes that nourish you from the inside out, this cookbook also features more than 90 gluten-free recipes and many without soy, nuts, sugar and grains. The warm nacho dip literally gives us life. 

For the Athlete

The No Meat Athlete Cookbook

Think plants can't fuel your intense workouts? Think again. This cookbook will show you how to use plant-based food to get the most out of your workouts—whether you’re hitting up the latest fitness studio or training for a marathon. We're partial to the nut butter and jelly breakfast cookies to get us moving in the morning. 

For the Saver

Frugal Vegan: Affordable, Easy & Delicious Vegan Cooking

Repeat after me: Eating healthy does not have to be expensive. Featuring 99 affordable (and delicious!) recipes, this cookbook teaches you how to cook vegan without all those "special" expensive ingredients other cookbooks may feature. The chickpea curry in this one is better than takeout! 

 

For the Documentarian

Forks Over Knives: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year

Inspired to go vegan after seeing the film Forks Over Knives? This is the perfect cookbook for you as it's from the same creators of the popular documentary. This cookbook subscribes to the notion that it's not what you can't eat when you cook vegan but what you can. The grilled eggplant steaks are a must-try!

For the Person Who is Scared to Go Vegan

But I Could Never Go Vegan!: 125 Recipes That Prove You Can Live Without Cheese, It's Not All Rabbit Food, and Your Friends Will Still Come Over for Dinner

Just like the title suggests, we promise you won't miss cheese and your friends will most definitely still want to eat dinner with you if you cook from this book. If you're on the fence about veganism, try the mushroom cheddar grilled cheese sandwich and you will change your mind.

For the Sometimes Vegan

The VB6 Cookbook: 350 Delicious Vegan Recipes for Healthy Vegan Meals All Day and Delicious Flexitarian Dinners at Night

Want to incorporate more plant-based eating into your life, but don't want to become a full-time vegan? Food journalist Mark Bittman created an entire eating plan around being vegan before 6pm. While this book is not entirely vegan, it’s filled with easy recipes vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians, and meat lovers will all love. It’s the perfect book if you’re looking to test the vegan waters. The slow cooked Brussels spouts with lemongrass will turn you into a believer.  

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