There’s nothing more motivating (and appetite-inducing) than picking up a brand new cookbook and thumbing through the vibrant, multicolor pages brimming with new recipes to try — especially when all of the recipes are plant-based and made with accessible, non-intimidating ingredients!
We here at One Green Planet are always hungry for a vast array of different vegan meals to try. Sometimes, we’re salivating over “meaty” vegan pasta sauces that provide us with ample protein and umami flavor; other times, all we want to do is craft a block of artisan plant-based cheese and impress our friends with our innovative cooking techniques. But no matter what, we always want to cook delicious food that everyone can enjoy.
That’s why we’re so excited to present the five vegan cookbooks we’ve promoted this year; all of them are inventive and exciting in their own right, but when combined, they provide you with every kind of tip and trick you need to master not only the basics of incredible vegan cooking but also some advanced and creative hacks that will keep you entertained and excited about plant-based cuisine. Check out our five favorites below, along with our recommended recipes!
1. Veganize It
Veganize It is the ultimate DIY pantry book by Robin Robertson, doing double duty with recipes for kitchen staples, plus ideas on how to use them as building blocks in both new and classic recipes. Many cooks prefer to make their own basics from scratch rather than buy expensive store versions, which are often loaded with additives and preservatives. These easy recipes make it easy to stock a home pantry, and this cookbook is an indispensable cookbook for vegans — and everyone else who enjoys food. Check out our top picks below:
- No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake With Cashew Chantilly Cream
- Luscious Lava Cakes With Lava Ball Center
- Roasted Cauliflower Piccata With Mashed Potatoes With Sour Cream and Chives
- Meat-Free Haute-Dogs
- BBQ Seitan Ribs With Homemade Barbecue Sauce
- Clam-Free Chowder With Homemade Vegetable Broth
If you’re interested, you can purchase the book from Amazon for $17.00.
2. Vegan Cheese: Simple, Delicious, Plant-Based Recipes
If you’re of the opinion that any recipe could be elevated with the addition of cheese, this is the cookbook for you. Vegan Cheese: Simple, Delicious, Plant-Based Recipes takes the intimidation out of navigating the world of plant-based cheeses, and features 60 dairy-free cheese recipes that range from creamy and mild to sharp and sliceable. Green-lifestyle expert Jules Aron shares the tricks of the trade for making sauces, cheese you can grate or slice, and soft spreadable options, using homemade nut milks, vegetables, and natural helpers like lemon juice, probiotics, agar-agar, and nutritional yeast. Her flavorful creations are enhanced with herbs and spices, and run from incredibly easy to more complex, mimicking familiar cheeses, including:
- Swiss Cheese
- American Cheese Slices
- Triple Peppercorn Cheese
- Olive and Pepper Cheese Terrine
If you’re loving these recipes, you can pick it up from Amazon for $16.96.
3. Frugal Vegan: Affordable, Easy and Delicious Vegan Cooking
Frugal Vegan features a meal idea for every time of day, whether it’s a hearty breakfast of Pineapple Scones or Biscuits and Gravy; a Backyard BBQ Bowl or Crunchy Thai Salad for lunch; or Beer Battered Avocado and Black Bean Tacos, Mushroom Stroganoff or Chickpea Curry for dinner. Host movie night with a delicious snack like Salted Peanut Butter Popcorn, or indulge in Chocolate Coconut Cream Puffs for dessert. Authors Katie Koteen and Kate Kasbee are your guides to changing up your vegan cooking routine using less expensive ingredients. The recipes below are serious game-changers:
- BBQ Chickpea Sliders With Pineapple Slaw
- Gooey Mushroom Quesadillas
- Pineapple Scones
- Chocolate Coconut Cream Puffs With Coconut Whipped Cream
- Kale Stuffed Shells With Chunky Marinara Sauce
If you want to try it out, you can nab the book from Amazon for $14.56.
4. Aquafabulous: 100+ Egg-Free Vegan Recipes Using Aquafaba
Aquafabulous features more than 100 of author Rebecca Coleman’s recipes that incorporate both the exciting new ingredient, Aquafaba, and the beans used to make it. She walks you through her many tips and techniques for sweet and savory cooking and baking. You’ll find such recipes as Herbed Nut Cheese, Fluffy Waffles, Falafels with Pesto Mayo, Mac and “Cheese,” Lemon Meringue Pie, Whoopie Pies, Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts, Baked Alaska and more. You’ll never look at a can of beans — or the challenge of making a vegan dessert — the same way. Here are our favorite feature recipes from the book:
If you want to buy the book from Amazon, it’s available for $15.91.
5. Bold Flavored Vegan Cooking: Healthy Plant-Based Recipes with a Kick
Bold Flavored Vegan Cooking by Celine Steen, founder of the popular food blog Have Cake Will Travel, embraces dynamic seasoning with umami-rich, meat-free ingredients like dried Shiitake mushrooms, tamari, miso, and matcha. Celine adds new levels of flavor to your favorite dishes with unique combinations of aromatic spices, from Szechuan peppercorn to dried árbol chilis. Her dishes are nothing short of bold and memorable. Just take a browse through our selections below:
- Piri Piri Pepper Sauce
- Pineapple Pepper Jelly
- Japanese Carrot Pickles
- Serundeng: Indonesian Seasoned Coconut Mix
- Gochujang Kimchi Sausages
if you’re inspired, you can always purchase the book from Amazon for $14.95.
So what do you think? Which of these books do you want to try first? Remember, if you finish all of these and decide you’re still hungry for more plant-based recipes, we highly recommend you check out our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. Once you download it, you’ll gain immediate access to 500 free recipes. If you upgrade to becoming a subscriber, you’ll be able to browse through over 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes. Give it a try!
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