My Top 10 Vegan Cookbooks

November 18, 2010 by Keri

There are so many amazing vegan cookbooks out there.  Your shelves are probably already so jammed with unturned pages of recipes that every time you read about a new one your mind just wanders back to that unloved shelf.  I wish I could say I felt the same way, or maybe I don’t, but I just consider myself “a collector” and get on with it.  Note: If you have too much of anything, call it a collection and you’re fine.  “Yes, I know I purchased flour at the store despite there being six bags in the pantry, but I couldn’t remember if we were out or not.” “This is my flour collection.  One bag dates all the way back to circa 2007.”  But if you’re already a collector of too many things to get away with that little trick, here’s a  list of the top 10, favorite, must-have vegan cookbooks in my collection:

Vegan Vittles

Vegan Vittles is absolutely amazing. Every recipe I’ve made from it has been pure gold, not to mention it contains the best vegan pot roast recipe ever created.  It has a little bit of everything, from breakfasts to soups, spreads, and casseroles and beyond.  I find this book extremely pantry friendly, and never find myself on a treasure hunt for rare ingredients when I’m cooking from here.  The recipes share their pages with touching stories from Farm Sanctuary and common animal saying veganized.  Perfect reading for while you’re waiting for that pot to boil or onions to caramelize!

Vegan on the Cheap

Vegan on the Cheap is simply a staple in my weekly meal planning.  It’s a cookbook that has the pocketbook in mind.  Does white truffle oil taste amazing? Absolutely! Would a gallon of it cost more than the value of my car? Definitely!  Not that I’d buy truffle oil by the gallon, but you understand what I’m saying.  This cookbook keeps cost in mind and yet doesn’t sacrifice one bit of flavor.  Case in point, the Smoky Southwest Sweet Potato Sheperd’s Pie.  This is another book that covers a little bit of everything, and I haven’t been sent on any wild ingredient chases here either.

Vegan Brunch

I’m not a morning person at all, but I love breakfast foods.  Go figure.  Enter Vegan Brunch.  It’s filled with breakfast goodness, scrambles, frittatas,  waffles, pancakes, muffins, vegan sausages, home fries… You get it.  It’s all the morning goodness  I crave, but in a better time slot.  If you’ve ever given the jealousy-fueled evil eye to an IHOP while driving by, this book is for you.  Take that IHOP and your stupid bowl of fruit.  And may I recommend the Tofu Benny?

Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan

I love the way this book feels in my hands- the smoothness of the cover, the thickness of the pages… Okay, I’m a nerd.  Did I mention Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan has an entire section of hummus?! And, as far as I’m concerned, it holds the record for containing the best veggie burger recipe in existence.  The recipes in this book are simple, yet beyond ordinary, mostly a single page, and both the instructions and the ingredients are clear and concise.  Because, really, does that 1/72 teaspoon of cardamom really even make a difference in the flavor or is it just there because cardamom is a cool word?  Cardamom is a cool word, though.

Vegan Yum Yum

I was at the book store helping a friend pick out non-food-related books, when I happened by a display with a copy of Vegan Yum Yum.  I’d never noticed it on the shelves before, and I wasn’t planning on purchasing anything, but the photos drew me in and I ended up making the purchase.  As much as we all want to pretend we don’t buy a cookbook because it’s filled with gorgeous photos, I bought the cookbook because it was filled with gorgeous photos.  For some reason, the book itself looks like it’s taken a major beating, pieces of the cover are chipping off,  despite my usual tender care, but aside from that,  I come back to the Red and White Cauliflower Bake and the Sweet and Sour Almond Broccoli Tofu again and again.

The Sublime Restaurant Cookbook

I think everyone, or maybe it’s just me, wants to have a few recipes around that are about more than just being tasty; they’re meant to impress.  For me, The Sublime Restaurant Cookbook is where I find those recipes that have just a little something extra, like the lovely little watercress salad atop the Grilled Seitan Steaks.  The recipes I’ve made from this cookbook have been a little more time consuming, and there have been some pricier ingredients, but if I’m looking for a few entertaining ideas to turn my dining room table into a gourmet vegan restaurant, this is where I look.

The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook

What does nearly every vegan say gave them reservations about going vegan?  Giving up cheese!  And here we have an entire cookbook dedicated to giving vegans that cheesy goodness they thought they were going to miss, without the cruelty?  Quick, someone throw a copy of this baby in the veganism welcome baskets! Until The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook, it had never occurred to me I could make my own nondairy cheese blocks, but now I’m a vegan cheese making superstar!  I don’t know what’s not to love about a cookbook dedicated to vegan cheesy entrées, dips, spreads, sauces, and desserts.

Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar

It’s an entire book of cookie recipes, and amazing cookie recipes at that.  I don’t know where I’d be without my copy of Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, but I’m thinking it would be a really sad, cookie-less place.  In fact, I love it so much, I have a life dream of making and photographing every single recipe in the book! I know, dream big, right?  It’s hard to choose a favorite, but the Carrot Raisin Spice Chewies are out of this world.  Especially around the holidays, this book is an absolute staple in any vegan baking enthusiast’s collection.  I sleep with my copy.

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World

If you have the cookie book, you really need this one too.  I mean, they’re like themed salt and pepper shakers or sibling puppies; you just can’t split them up.  With Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, you’ve got every family member’s birthday or random Tuesday night covered.  There are all kinds of fun and yummy cupcakes, so you never get stuck in a cupcake rut… if there’s such a thing as a cupcake rut… If you want people to rethink everything they knew and loved about the plain white cupcake, make the Simple Vanilla and Agave Cupcakes.  They’re life changing.

The Joy of Vegan Baking

For every baked good under the sun, veganized, The Joy of Vegan Baking is your man… or woman… is your cookbook.  This treat book contains classic recipes you know and love with easy to find ingredients and simple to follow directions.  It’s is the kind of stuff you take to extended family gatherings, where everyone usually shuns your dish without even trying it, like it has some sort of giant scarlet V super glued to the side of the dish.  No one will even know these desserts are vegan until the dish is cleared and you’re making certain every last person knows they were scarfing your vegan cobbler like it was the great cobbler shortage of ’10.  And if someone else is already bringing the pumpkin pie, one-up them with  the Pumpkin Cheesecake!

That was 10, but I just have one more thing to add…

The Saucy Vegetarian

An amazing sauce makes every dish better.  An amazing no-cook sauce that takes literally under 5 minutes to prepare makes life better.  I love you, The Saucy Vegetarian, for turning nothing but a pot of soba noodles and some vegetables into an actual meal.

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Comments

  1. Candy Beans says:

    Great list! There are quite a few on there I don’t have yet – guess it’s time to update the wishlist!

  2. bitt says:

    What is wrong with me? I don’t have ANY of these yet! Some of going on the Xmas list.

  3. Sarah S. says:

    AWESOME list! I have a lot of these and a few that are missing are actually on my Christmas list, namely Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan and The Joy of Vegan Baking

  4. Emmy says:

    It’s funny when I first went vegan I thought it was going to be really tough as I hadn’t ever seen a vegan cookbook but how wrong was I??? There are so many out there!!! I love your list, I only own 5 on your list so there are some more I definitely need to check out!

    • Keri says:

      Haha, I know, right?! I was vegan for quite some time before I even thought to look for vegan cookbooks!

  5. lazysmurf says:

    I have never heard of The Sublime Restaurant Cookbook, I will have to check it out!

    • Keri says:

      It’s a great book for some “fancier” dishes! I’ve never been to the actual restaurant, but I’ve heard great things!

  6. Dominique says:

    So happy Skinny Bitch isn’t on here :) Good picks!

  7. Noelle says:

    Vegan Cupcakes Take over the world is my favorite even though I do not own it yet. :(

  8. Natalie says:

    To be honestly.. sadly I’ve only tried a few recipes from vegan cookies take over the world and vegan cupcakes take over the world b/c my friend had those books (both delicious though!).

    I really want to try Vegan Brunch and Vegan Vittles however! Just never got around to getting the money together (and a decision)… both are on my amazon wishlist though :)

  9. Omer says:

    My favorite book is Vegan With A Vengeance in all its glory…

  10. Beth says:

    Vegan with a Vengeance, all the way! It was one of my first cookbooks, and my husband gave it to me as a b-day gift, so it has a little love note written in it too. Awesomeness and sentimentality all in one!

  11. bitt says:

    I don’t really have one favorite that is vegan cooked, I have dozens. My favorite raw vegan one is Sweet Gratitude. I’ve made more from that one than any other cookbook ever. Love it.

  12. Danni says:

    Great list! I actually don’t have quite a few of those books (which is odd considering the massive number that I have in my possession…). I’d have to say that my favourites are VWAV, VCON, 500 Vegan Recipes and all of Sarah Kramer’s books. I’d love to try some on your list :)

  13. Regina says:

    It’s hard to pick a fav…but I’ll go with Vegan Brunch because I love all things breakfast.

  14. My favorite is Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I’ve used that the most!

  15. Yvonne says:

    I still like ExtraVeganza a lot: it has simple but also more elaborate meals, and the cookie and muffin recipes are some of the best ever invented!

  16. Brandi says:

    The only cookbook I own that is completely vegan is Vegan Yum Yum so i’d have to say that that’s my favorite. Every recipe I have tried from it is yummy and the pictures are nice.

  17. Jason says:

    My favorite Vegan Cookbook is Veganomicon.

  18. Meredith says:

    Choosing one cookbook as my favorite is really hard but I’d probably have to say Vegan with a Vengeance, it was my first vegan cookbook and I’ve cooked out of it so much! And everything has been SO delicious!

  19. Elisabeth says:

    I don’t have a favorite vegan cookbook, but I love these: The Veganomicon, The Vegan Planet and The Candle Cafe Cookbook

  20. caeli says:

    My fave at the moment would have to be Vegan Yum Yum. I only got it a few weeks ago, but the recipes are pretty straight forward and delish. My boyfriend looooves the corn fritters, so i’m happy to make them into a regular dish – they’re so speedy to make!

  21. Kelsey says:

    I love La Dolce Vegan, How it all Vegan, and The Garden of Vegan