Cookbooks always make great Christmas presents. This year, why not buy someone who’s interested in lowering their meat or dairy intake a vegan cookbook? Or, why not give someone buying for you a really big hint about what you’d like?
Be sure to buy them from your local book store this year, as tempting as those Cyber Monday deals may be. Don’t think of buying from a bookstore as spending more money – think of it as a necessity to support the kind of business and community you’d like. I am not going to buy from Amazon.com at all this Christmas (like many of you, I have in the past, but am reading more and more articles like this that are changing my mind). If you can’t find a book that you want locally, Powells.com has a huge selection, and you will be supporting an independent business. All of the links in this article will take you to Powell’s website.
This list definitely doesn’t cover every cookbook I love, and I only put cookbooks that I’d used several recipes from on this list. What are your favorite vegan cookbooks? Let me know in the comments section below.
My Favorite All Around Cookbook:
Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas. This cookbook truly changed the way I cook. Greens are one of the best foods you can eat, and this gives you so many great techniques for making salads, main courses, and more!
Best bets for Meat / Dairy Cravings:
Vegan Cooking for Carnivores by Roberto Martin. Roberto Martin has the best job in the world – cooking for Ellen DeGeneris and Portia de Rossi. This cookbook shows you how to make foods vegans might miss – like crab cakes and macaroni and cheese.
Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food by Alicia C. Simpson. Simpson lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and this is vegan food with Southern flavor. Enjoy updated southern favorites like Red Beans with Quinoa.
Easiest Weeknight Cookbooks:
Supermarket Vegan by Donna Klein. This cookbook is perfect for people who might not live near a natural food store. All of the ingredients in the recipes may be easily purchased at any grocery store, and the recipes are quick and easy. This is my go to cookbook for everyday cooking.
Vegan on the Cheap by Robin Robertson. This cookbook proves vegan food doesn’t have to be expensive. In addition, most of the recipes are designed for busy, real-world cooks. I love the comforting seitan recipes.
Favorite Low Fat Cookbooks:
Appetite for Reduction by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Isa Chandra Moskowitz was recently voted Veg News’ Cookbook Writer of the Year, with good reason. She has so many great cookbooks, but this one uses very little added fat, so it’s a great one to start with for someone trying to cut down in the new year.
Happy Herbivore by Lindsay S. Nixon. Nixon doesn’t use any oil at all, and this cookbook shows how easy it can be to cook this way. I love her oil-free muffins and breads.
Best International Cookbooks:
Vegan Eats World by Terry Hope Romero. I absolutely love this cookbook! It’s beautiful, and filled with a mix of complicated weekend recipes and accessible weeknight ones. Dishes from almost every world cuisine are in here – it’s a great one for people who love trying new food. Romero is Latina, and I think she does a particularly great job with that cuisine – try the Mexican Homemade Beans.
Vegan Indian Cooking by Anupy Singla. Indian food is often vegetarian, but not always vegan, and this cookbook shows you how to make veganized Indian food. Singla uses traditional Indian spices and ingredients, but always explains them. I’ve already raved about Singla and her blog in a previous post.
Nonna’s Italian Kitchen by Bryanna Clark Grogan. If there is an Italian food you’ve been wondering how you could possibly make without the meat or cheese, this cookbook is for you. It covers many traditional Italian foods that you’d only find in your grandmother’s kitchen, not in restaurants, while also covering restaurant favorites. This cookbook is how I learned to make vegan pesto!
Gluten-free Vegan Cookbooks:
Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats by Allyson Kramer. This cookbook shows you how to make really gourmet gluten-free vegan food, such as your own homemade ravioli. The food in it is so interesting and satisfying, you forget it’s both gluten-free and vegan.
The Gluten-Free Vegan by Susan O’Brien. This cookbook is more for the everyday than the above cookbook. The recipes are fresh, easy, and full of flavor. It’s worth buying the cookbook just to make the Mushroom Nut Loaf. She also taught me how to make spaghetti squash.