My 3 Favorite Vegan Cookbooks
As someone who owns a couple dozen vegan cookbooks I thought it would be a good idea to post my 3 favorite. Honestly there are a lot of other good authors and books and they all have something I like about them, but to get things started here are 3 that I heartily recommend you consider adding to your own collection if you don’t already have them. I have chosen these three based not only on the quality and yumminess of the recipes but also for the instructional techniques that they share and the author’s attention to healthy recipes that feature good nutrition.
Appetite for Reduction, Isa Chandra Moskowitz
“Utilizing every plant-based food there is and inspired by cooking techniques and traditions from across the globe, I wanted to create a low-calorie, low-fat cookbook brimming with nutritious meals that are satisfying at every level.”
Isa writes great cookbooks like the popular Veganomicon and her series of small square books on vegan desserts. But this cookbook is different from her others. The recipes are all very healthy, make use of simple ingredients and are mostly very quick to make. The title of the book might make you think it is a “weight loss” product of sorts, but there are no weird substitutions or tricks… just lots of fresh ingredients put together in a flavorful way. My favorite recipe from here is actually the Silky Chickpea Gravy. It’s a really perfect topping for roasted veggies and all kinds of things. Plus it is really easy to make.
The other thing I like about this cookbook is that it teaches a lot of great fundamentals in a clear and concise way. At the beginning of the book there is to-the-point nutritional information on the most important vitamins and nutrients that our body needs. And a few of the chapters have a nice overview of how she comes up with recipes for certain kinds of dishes like salads or rice bowls. This provides great theory for creating your own recipes and variations. I think this would be a perfect book for someone just getting started with a vegan diet or looking to make there diet healthier. You can get it from Amazon.
Eat, Drink and Be Vegan, Dreena Burton
This is such a good cookbook. What I like about it is Dreena Burton creates a lot of recipes that I might call “fancy” but are still easy to make and use fairly common ingredients. Her recipes are never intimidating and are always full of flavor. The chapter on hummus alone is worth the price of this book. Dreena is an expert at balancing flavors in a subtle way. It’s great inspiration for your own cooking.
Dreena has also written another cookbook that I like a lot, Vive Le Vegan! which has a lot of simple recipes and a section on making food for babies and young kids. Also highly recommended! Get it on Amazon.
The Saucy Vegetarian, Joanne Stepaniak
This book has plenty of good recipes for sauces, dressings and marinades, but the real reason you should read it is for the incredibly valuable lessons in flavor. Joanne teaches us how to combine the 5 basic tastes to create any kind of flavor we can imagine. It’s a very empowering lesson. There are also convenient charts that aid in building your own sauces, which is a great way to start building on your own experiments. Once you know how to purposefully blend flavors together it really does open up a lot of possibilities in your day to day cooking and allows you to feel a lot more confident in your abilities.
Honestly I’m still learning things from this book all of the time. It’s really a blueprint for flavor. I have tried some recipes from here that I didn’t care for but that is more of a matter of personal taste. I have also had lots of good ones too. But the real reason to get this book is for the lesson in flavor combining.
I think any or all three of these cookbooks would make great additions to your kitchen. What are some of your favorite cookbooks?