I’ve had a number of requests for a cookbook page on this site, so here it is. This is not meant to be anything resembling an exhaustive list. There are dozens and dozens of vegan cookbooks out there; your favourites will depend on what you like and your level of skill in the kitchen. This list has my and my husband’s favourites. They are books we find reliable with the recipes we turn to over and over again. It’s just a little something to get you on your way.
- The Engine 2 Diet, by Rip Esselstyn. Not exactly a cookbook and it doesn’t look like one. You will not find glossy photos of expertly prepared dishes gracing its pages. What you will find throughout are exceedingly healthy recipes that are not only easy to prepare, they are also delicious. We have never had a recipe out of this book fail us.
- The Forks Over Knives Cookbook, edited by Gene Stone. Not glamourous, but again, very healthy recipes that really do taste great.
- Veganomicon, by Isa Chandra Moscowitz & Terry Hope Romero. No photos, but a bible (justifiably) for many. Loaded with special tips on most pages, this is a great all-’rounder.
- The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen and Vegan Italiano by Donna Klein. No pics (vegan cookbooks have yet to discover their own potential for food porn, it seems), but these books are gold to me. I love Mediterranean food, especially Italian. If that sounds like you, you’ll probably love these books too.
- The Happy Herbivore, by Lindsay S. Nixon. Particularly good for things like dips, sauces, mushroom gravy, homemade vegan sour cream and the like.
- Easy Vegan (no author cited). Gorgeous photos, easy recipes. Very good for one-dish meals, appetizers, things with a bit of a Middle Eastern flair.
- Refresh, by Ruth Tal. If you live in Toronto and like the food at Fresh restaurants, their cookbooks (there are several now) let you recreate their dishes at home. Fairly simple and always delicious recipes. Pretty pics, too.
- Raw, Quick & Delicious, by Doug McNish. Raw is not everyone’s thing, but if you’re curious, Doug McNish’s books are where you want to start. A renowned Toronto vegan chef, Doug delivers the goods.
- The Joy of Vegan Baking, by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. (Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has several cookbooks. To date I have only her dessert book, but she’s a well respected cookbook author and her books have a great reputation for delicious, reliable recipes.) Complete with mouth-watering photos. Everything I have ever tried from this book has been a hit. If your experience with vegan desserts has been at all unappealing, this book will change your mind forever. As there is no excuse for bad vegan food, likewise, there is no excuse for bad vegan dessert. From chocolate cherry strudel to lemon bars, (un)cheesecake, scones, breads, apple cake and more, this may be the only vegan dessert cookbook you need. Having said that, if your tastes run to the truly decadent, there’s
- Sinfully Vegan, by Lois Dieterly. Peanut Butter Boston Cream Pie. Chocolate Tuxedo Cheesecake. In fact, every kind of cheesecake you can think of, plus pies, tortes, puddings, brownies…it’s all here.
- Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon. Every vegan cook should have this book! There doesn’t seem to be a dud recipe in there. Beautiful pics, too.
This is just a handful of the wonderful vegan cookbooks on the market. Look around online, go to your local library or your favourite bookstore. Going vegan does not have to equate with sacrifice. You won’t be limiting what you eat; on the contrary, you’ll be expanding it!