I was just reminiscing about when I began my plant-based journey and all the challenges I faced, especially in finding meals that nourished my body and satisfied my tastebuds.
So, I wanted to share some kitchen wisdom with you and let you in on the best vegan cookbooks that every beginner should have on their shelf.
Wait, did you say veganism is boring and all about eating raw vegetables and tofu?
That’s where you’re mistaken. , it’s not just about eating salads.
Think pizzas, burgers, cakes, and everything in between…YES, all vegan!
Now, you might be wondering, “How exactly do I whip up all these delish meals?”
That’s where these cookbooks come in handy.
From easy-peasy recipes to gourmet meals, these cookbooks have got your back.
Get set to say HELLO to a whole new world of drool-worthy vegan delicacies..
Where do you start
Stepping into the world of plant-based meals feels quite overwhelming at times, I know! When I first started, I googled “vegan recipes for beginners” hundreds of times, looking for easy vegan weeknight meals and healthy vegan eating.
These delectable and easy cookbooks are a perfect starting point to help you ease into vegan cooking with stunning, delicious, and beginner-friendly recipes.
From affordable vegan recipes to gluten-free vegan dishes
The Best Vegan Cookbooks for Newbies
Here’s a handpicked list of the best vegan cookbooks that’ll have you whipping up incredible meals in no time! These books cover a wide range of cooking techniques with affordable vegan ingredients and fantastic vegan cooking tips. Feast your eyes on these:
- Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon
- Pro-tip: This cookbook is not only packed with vibrant photographs, but Angela also sneaks in a few gluten-free and allergy-friendly recipes. Bravo!
- The Plant Based Diet for Beginners by Gabriel Miller
- Why we love it: This cookbook focuses on nutritious plant-based meals that’ll be a hit with your tastebuds and your body! Bonus: it even includes shopping lists and meal plans.
- Viva Vegan!: 200 Authentic and Fabulous Recipes for Latin Food Lovers by Terry Hope Romero
- I adore: The way Terry seamlessly blends Latin flavors into delicious vegan dishes; it’s a match made in culinary heaven!
- Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero
- Worth noting: Often dubbed the “vegan Bible”, this cookbook covers everything from easy weeknight meals to elaborate fare for special occasions. A must-have!
- Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz
- My personal favorite: Dana’s recipes typically require 10 ingredients or less, making this the perfect cookbook for busy weeknights (and for those dealing with a not-so-well-stocked pantry).
Want to save money without sacrificing taste? These affordable vegan cookbooks provide delicious vegan recipes without the hefty price tag:
- “The $5 a Meal College Vegetarian Cookbook: Good, Cheap Vegan Recipes for When You Need to Eat” by Nicole Cormier
- Why we love it: Affordable AND delicious! Who says vegan cuisine has to break the bank?
- Why we love it: Meal planning tips + budget-friendly recipes = a winning combo!
Vegan Chefs to Follow: Get inspired by the pros
Vegan Instagram Accounts That’ll Make You Drool
Let’s face it – we all need a little inspiration sometimes. And when it comes to mouthwatering vegan cuisine, these guys have got you covered. Check out these sensational Instagram accounts dedicated to showcasing the vibrant, flavorful world of plant-based cooking:
- Why we love her: A true OG in vegan cuisine, Isa has a wealth of recipes under her belt! Don’t miss her cookbook, “Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook.”
- Why we love him: Gaz Oakley’s innovative and mouth-watering dishes are a must-try. Check out his cookbook, “Vegan 100: Over 100 Incredible Recipes from Avant-Garde Vegan.” So there you have it, folks! Start following these accounts and get set to be inspired. Remember, vegan cooking is all about creativity, fun, and deliciousness – and these guys seriously deliver on all fronts.
How to Choose the Right Vegan Cookbook for You
Now that I’ve given you a sneak peek into the best vegan cookbooks for beginners, it’s important to consider some factors before you pick one (or all!) to add to your collection:
- Kitchen Inspiration: Choose a cookbook that speaks to your culinary interests and embraces your favorite cuisine.
- Ease of Use: Opt for a cookbook filled with beginner-friendly recipes and simple instructions to avoid getting overwhelmed.
- Nutritional Values: Look for a cookbook that explains the ingredients’ nutritional values and benefits.
- Kitchen Equipment and Culinary Skills: Some cookboomight require specialized kitchen equipment or a certain level of culinary skills. Make sure to pick one that matches your kitchen setup and your cooking abilities. Hey, we all gotta start somewhere, right?
- Budget: Do you have a set budget? There are cookbooks out there for every budget. Choose one that fits comfortably within your wallet’s confine. Being on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t eat like a king!
- Allergies or Dietary Restrictions: Got any allergies or specific dietary restrictions? There are cookbooks available that take these into consideration and focus on allergen-free or specific diet-friendly recipes. You CAN have your cake and eat it too.
Your Vegan Journey
Remember, it’s not just about the food – it’s about exploring new ways of cooking, experimenting with flavors, and discovering a whole new world of nutritious and delicious plant-based meals.
Remember, everyone starts somewhere, and it’s okay if you’re a little intimidated in the beginning. With these cookbooks, you’re already on the right track. And hey, who knows? Maybe someday down the line, you’ll be the one writing your own vegan cookbook! never say never.