Is cooking at home the miracle cure for all that ails you? We think it just might be! After all, preparing your own food gives you more control over the ingredients that go into your meals, giving you an opportunity to take advantage of healthy hacks like using better-for-you alternatives in place of white flour or adding extra greens to your dishes for an iron, calcium and potassium boost. The DIY approach to dining also saves you quite a bit of dough — check your last credit card statement and compare the tab for a restaurant meal versus the total for a whole week of groceries. Crazy how many meals you could get for the amount you spent on an entree and a glass of wine at that fancy restaurant!
Here’s the best thing about cookbooks: They make it possible to give all of these benefits to your family and friends! By gifting a cookbook for the new year, you’re able to give your loved ones an all-in-one resource (with beautiful pictures at that) that will teach them impressive culinary skills like how to chiffonade basil, give them tips on how to stock the perfect vegan pantry and also inspire them out of a culinary rut. What better time than the new year to try some new recipes and spice up your routine?
If you’re looking for some ideas for books to look for, look no further!
1. Indian Kitchen: Traditional and Creative Recipes for the Home Cook by Richa Hingle
Perfect for the giftee who loves takeout but never thought they could capture all of the amazing flavors from their favorite Indian restaurant at home, popular blogger Vegan Richa covers savory breakfasts, snacks and small plates in the 150+ recipes in this, the only Indian cookbook written by a vegan.
2. Superfoods 24/7: More Than 100 Easy and Inspired Recipes to Enjoy the World’s Most Nutritious Foods at Every Meal, Every Day by Jessica Nadel
Eating healthier doesn’t have to be boring! Jessica offers breakfasts, small bites and effortless dinners that feature everything from almonds to quinoa and oh-so-many superfoods in between!
3. Vegan Bowls by Zsu Dever
A vegan culinary secret: If it comes in a bowl, it’s going to be delicious and hearty. Fortunately for your giftees, Zsu has collected over 100 recipes — many of which can be made in 30 minutes or less — that bring the perfect flavor harmony to the table.
4. The Easy Vegan Cookbook by Kathy Hester
Have someone on your list who has a limited budget and a busy schedule? You’ve found the perfect gift in Kathy’s newest cookbook, which has 80 recipes that are fast and easy but also delicious and hearty.
5. The Plantiful Table: Easy, From-the-Earth Recipes for the Whole Family by Andrea Duclos
Give the gift of delicious, healthy recipes to the busy family in your life by sharing these 125 recipes that are sure to please the palates of kids and grownups alike.
6. Plant-Strong: Discover the World’s Healthiest Diet by Rip Esselstyn
If you’ve read My Beef with Meat or The Engine 2 Diet then you know that Rip knows how to stay strong on a plant-based diet — after all, he had to in order to fight literal fires in his former life! In this, his newest book Rip combines facts that prove how healthy a plant-based diet is with 150 mouthwatering recipes to help your giftee live plant strong.
7. The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook by Emily von Euw
Emily once again proves that balance is beautiful with her newest cookbook that features completely raw food and lightly-cooked, gluten-free meals. We recommend this book for anyone on your list who eats with their eyes first — you know, so everyone.
8. The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples by Miyoko Schinner
Not only did 2015 see Miyoko’s amazing nut-based cheeses become more available across the U.S., but this magical godmother of vegan staples also brought us an alternative to the over-processed, over-packaged staples that are a common part of the vegan diet. This book is the perfect gift for the home cook who loved Miyoko’s Artisan Vegan Cheese and wants more of the same DIY recipes for other staples like sour cream, yogurt, and butter.
9. Vegan Breakfast Recipes by Katie Adams
Help your giftees leave the boxed cereal on the shelves and start their day off right with a hearty, healthy vegan breakfast. Katie’s 50 recipes are easy, delicious and quick — exactly what your busy giftee needs in order to get healthier in 2016.
10. Crossroads: Extraordinary Recipes from the Restaurant That Is Reinventing Vegan Cuisine by Tal Ronnen
We love the move that many fancy restaurants are making towards vegetable-based (rather that meat alternative-focused) meals and Tal’s newest cookbook helps us bring some of that whole food magic into our kitchens at home. Grab a copy for the healthy gourmand on your list. He or she won’t be disappointed, we promise.
11. Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen by Kathy Patalsky
A combination of tips for how to veganize your pantry and cooking techniques for vegan staples makes this cookbook a perfect present for newbies and veteran vegans alike.
12. Vegan Marathon Diet by Mariana Correa
Have a runner on your list? Mariana’s got their training diet covered in this book that’s chock full of recipes to help improve performance the whole foods way.
13. Nom Yourself: Simple Vegan Cooking by Mary Mattern
Mary’s simple, yet impressively delicious recipes are the perfect inspiration for the giftee who is interested in eating more whole foods, but not quite sure where to start.
14. Street Vegan: Recipes and Dispatches from The Cinnamon Snail Food Truck by Adam Sobel
The aspiring food truck owner on your list is going to love this book. Not only does it feature recipes for breakfast, dinner and every meal in between, but Adam peppers it with anecdotes about what it’s like to live the not always so glamorous dream of running a food truck on the streets of the Big Apple.
15. Plant-Powered Families by Dreena Burton
Have any parents on your list? They’ll love the over 100 whole foods-based, oil-free and mostly gluten-free recipes featured in Dreena’s newest cookbook. Our favorite thing about this book: It means that we’ll never wonder what to pack in our kids’ lunches again.
Image source: Curried Pumpkin Soup