2021 was definitely a different year, but we made it through. Plus, this year, that included stocking our shelves with some amazing cookbooks. Flip through these books to see beautiful pictures that will have your stomach growling, and get ready to want to cook everything in sight!

We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App  — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, vegan, plant-based and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help you get healthy!

We gathered some recipe selections from these fantastic cookbooks to get you started. Check them out!

1. Vegan Boards

vegan boards

Source: Vegan Boards by Kate Kasbee

Kate Kasbee is a cookbook author, recipe developer, and photographer. Her approach to cooking celebrates fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lots of pasta. Kate is also the content creator behind the food blog Well Vegan. Her cookbook Vegan Boards shows you how to create 50 stunning plant-based boards. Step-by-step instructions and a color photograph are included for each one. All the boards are remarkably easy to prepare, and most require no cooking at all. You’ll also find guidance on how to use equipment and utensils to make serving food on boards both beautiful and safe.

2. Meat Free Kitchen

Source: Meat Free Kitchen by Jenn Sebestyen and Kelli Foster Kelli Foster

The Meat-Free Kitchen has all the recipes you need for busy weeknights, packed weekends, or whenever you feel like trying out a meat-free meal. From many different breakfast options to satisfying Lentil Bolognese with Spaghetti to over 40 different kinds of meat-free burgers, these meatless meals will satisfy even the pickiest of palates. Chapters cover all meals throughout the day, from yummy breakfasts to satisfying salads, hearty soups, handheld snacks, perfect pastas, and one-pot wonders. Many of these recipes can also be made in 30 minutes or less. Preparing meatless meals has never been simpler!

3. Great British Vegan Cookbook

Source: Great British Vegan Cookbook by Aimee Ryan

If you’re craving your favourite British comfort foods, but also want to embrace a plant-based lifestyle, then Great British Vegan is the book is for you. Whether you’re vegan, flexitarian or merely interested in cutting down on your meat consumption, there’s no reason you can’t still indulge in all your favourite British classics, using easy-to-find ingredients. With great-tasting, simple to make home-style recipes that will comfort as well as nourish, this book makes sure you’ll never miss out on Sunday roasts, full English breakfasts or afternoon teas again.

4. Epic Vegan: Quick and Easy

epic vegan

Source: Epic Vegan: Quick and Easy by Dustin Harder

Veteran author and creator of The Vegan Roadie series, Dustin Harder serves as your guide to all things vegan, showing you how to use straightforward ingredients and techniques to make every meal epic. This book tells you how to create your own masterpieces by adding exciting flavors and textures, stacking layers upon layers of ooey-gooey goodness, and putting variety at your fingertips. No matter where you are on your food journey, the collection of epic recipes in this book will serve as your road map to enjoying flavor-packed, plant-based cooking. Vegetarian, vegan, flexitarian, occasionally meatless—all are welcome here!

5. Living Ayurveda

Source: Living Ayurveda by Living Ayurveda

This book is your companion to living a vibrantly rich and well-nourished life. Guiding you through an arc of a year, you’ll learn you how to stay in harmony with the different cycles of the day, the moon, and the seasons. Within each seasonal chapter, you’ll explore different yoga practices, rituals, and recipes that support the dominant dosha of the season. Spring focuses on balancing kapha, Summer focuses on soothing pitta, and the Fall and Winter sections explore ways to nourish vata. Conscious cooking is one of the quickest ways to balance the doshas and connect with nature. The simple, everyday recipes in this book highlight seasonal ingredients and tastes to nourish the doshas and support your digestion. This isn’t your standard vegetarian cookbook. Each season’s recipes use specific ingredients that highlight the six tastes and bring balance to the related dosha focus of the season. Claire’s hope is you get playful in the kitchen, connect with the sensual experience of cooking and eating, and have fun with it!

6. Bake It Vegan

bake it vegan

Source: Bake It Vegan by Maja Brekalo

Maya is a Croatian recipe creator, healthy plant-based, and delicious food lover, with a mission to teach and empower others to eat better and healthier. In Bake It Vegan, Maja Brekalo combines all-natural ingredients with a whole lot of creativity and flavor to share desserts that taste decadent but are also good for you. You can “veganize” classics with recipes like The Chocolate Cake, Buttery Almond Thumbprint Cookies, or the Fudgiest Bakery-Style Brownies. Bake vegan for breakfast or tea time with a Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread or Peach and Blackberry Galette. And you should definitely try fun no-bake and raw favorites like Pecan Salted Caramel Slices, Individual Neapolitan Cheesecakes, and Nutella Cake. All of these treats are a breeze to whip up yet sure to impress, with so much variety that you’ll definitely find a new go-to dessert. Whether you’re a vegan or just looking for healthier takes on your traditional favorites, this cookbook has something for you.

7. Earthy Vegan Eats

earthy vegan eats

Source: Earthy Vegan Eats by Maria Gureeva

Living a healthier, plant-based life is easy with 60 delectable recipes in Maria Gureeva’s Earthy Vegan Eats cookbook. You’ll be well-equipped to cook a variety of gluten-free, vegan meals with as little fuss as possible―there’s no need to spend long hours at the stove. Maria’s recipes are the best of both worlds: They capture the comfort of satisfying, down-to-earth meals without compromising on any aspect of your diet.

8. Traveling Vegan Cookbook

Source: Traveling Vegan Cookbook by Kirsten Kaminski

Kirsten Kaminski, creator of The Tasty K and vegan travel aficionado, is here to take you on a voyage through incredible plant-based versions of her favorite international recipes, all from the comfort of your own home. And with helpful tips and tricks for traveling as a vegan, you’ll never go hungry on any of your future globe-trotting adventures. Whip up a feast for your guests with a mezze platter inspired by Kirsten’s memories of many warm nights spent in cozy Greek taverns, or indulge in a smooth and rich Lentil Moussaka, featuring a homemade béchamel sauce based on a favorite recipe from her time living in Cyprus. Discover the plant-based way to make sabich (complete with a vegan “egg”) through a recipe that mimics the creamy, silken version she came to love while living in Tel Aviv. Fall head over heels for matcha, just as Kirsten did during her travels in Japan, as you luxuriate in totally dairy-free Matcha Ice Cream. And be transported to the sunny streets of Mexico as you bite into the tender, street-style Elotes that call back to her high school years.

9. Orchids and Sweet Tea Cookbook

Source: Orchids and Sweet Tea Cookbook by Shanika Graham-White

Adopting a plant-forward diet doesn’t mean that you’ll be eating a lifetime of meals that are primarily steamed broccoli and plain rice because eating healthy doesn’t mean that food has to lack flavor. In Orchids + Sweet Tea, recipe developer and food stylist Shanika Graham-White shows you that plant-forward meals can be delicious, bold, and flavorful. You just have to be willing to be creative and treat food as art. Whether you’re a home cook or a skilled chef, the more than 120 recipes in this book will help you make everyday comfort food recipes to nourish your family as well as unique, artful dishes for special occasions that call for more flair. This beautiful book celebrates the idea of turning old and new favorites into healthier options that everyone can enjoy while honoring a plant-forward approach to eating.

10. Essential Vegan Indian Cookbook

Source: Essential Vegan Indian by Priya Lakshminarayan

Indian cuisine is packed with delicate flavors, savory spices, and hearty vegetables, making it ideal for vegans and veggie-lovers. This Indian vegan cookbook is an essential guide for cooking up traditional plant-based delicacies and restaurant classics with a vegan twist. Whether you’re looking to expand your palate or find animal-free alternatives to your favorites, you can create authentic Indian food at home with expert guidance and mouthwatering recipes.

11. Plant-Based Buddha Bowls

Source: Plant-Based Buddha Bowls by Kelli Foster

Kelli Foster is the author of The Probiotic Kitchen, Buddha Bowls, and Everyday Freekeh Meals. A graduate of The French Culinary Institute, she is a recipe developer and food editor at the popular cooking site Kitchn, and her work has also been featured on Greatist and the Dr. Oz Show. In the cookbook, Buddha Bowls Kelly serves up an amazing variety of Buddha bowl ideas, each one vibrant with color, alive with flavor, and oh-so-comforting to eat.

12. Save the Planet Vegan Cookbook

Source: Save the Planet Vegan Cookbook by Celine Steen

You can eat incredibly well and make a significant contribution to saving the planet. Celine Steen’s uplifting No-Waste Save-the-Planet Vegan Cookbook shows you how with delicious recipes and practical advice. Plant-based foods have a dramatically lower negative impact on the environment than meats and animal products, as hundreds of studies have revealed. If you are a vegan and eat plant-based foods only, chances are you know this already. If you are a vegetarian or an omnivore, you probably have heard that this is one of the many reasons—quite aside from the ample health benefits of eating more plants and plant products—for adding more plant-based meals to your weekly routine.

13. The Vegan ABCs Cookbook

Source: The Vegan ABCs Cookbook  by Lisa Dawn Angerame

With this cookbook, there’s no need to feel intimidated, as Lisa Dawn Angerame devotes each chapter to a different vegan staple, giving you the chance to familiarize yourself with each one. Never again puzzle over the difference between flaxseed and aquafaba as egg substitutes or between portobello and jackfruit as meat substitutes because this book has you covered.

14. The Unofficial TikTok Cookbook

Source: The Unofficial TikTok Cookbook by Valentina Mussi

Valentina Mussi is a food and lifestyle content creator based in Miami, Florida. She comes from an Italian-Colombian family and her culturally diverse background has given her a unique outlook on food and culture. Her sweet tooth and love for good food drove her to start The Sweet Portfolio, a social media brand where she showcases fun and easy recipes.

15. The Vegan Bean Cookbook

Source: The Vegan Bean Cookbook

Taco night with friends is the best, am I right? These plant-based tacos are loaded with flavor, because meat-free doesn’t mean bland! Combine pantry staples such as nutrient-rich black beans, walnuts and spices, and in less than twenty minutes you’ll have a meat-free filling that you can use for anything from stuffing tacos to quesadillas, or you can just serve it in a bowl with plenty of veggies.   Reprinted with permission from The Vegan Bean Cookbook by Andrea Soranidis, Page Street Publishing Co. 2021. Photo credit: Andrea Soranidis

And because we couldn’t choose just 15… Here are more cookbooks (with recipes) that we featured:

  1. Student Vegan Cookbook by Hannah Kaminsky
  2. The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Made Simple: Delicious Recipes to Reduce Inflammation for Lifelong Health by Molly Thompson
  3. Beefless Cakes by Robin Coarts and Jules Schnedeker
  4. Oatmeal Banana Bread by Jillian Glenn
  5. 5 Ingredient Vegan Cookbook by Kate Friedman
  6. The Plant-Based Diet Revolution by Alan Desmond
  7. Vegan Filipino Food by Food Empowerment Project 
  8. The Taco Cleanse by Wes Allison
  9. Veganuary Cookbook by Rouxbe
  10. Epic Air Fryer Cookbook by Michelle Anderson
  11. The Taco Cleanse by Wes Allison
  12. Easy Low-Cal Vegan Eats by Jillian Glenn
  13. The Vegan Athlete’s Cookbook by Anita Bean
  14. The Student Vegan Cookbook by Hannah Kaminsky
  15. Fantastic Vegan Cookies by Tiina Strandberg
  16. Rouxbe’s Plant-based Thanksgiving Cookbook (vol. 3) by Rouxbe

Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home

Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Unfortunately, dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer, and has many side effects

For those interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend purchasing one of our many plant-based cookbooks or downloading the Food Monster App which has thousands of delicious recipes making it the largest vegan recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.

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