Last week, I shared with you some ideas for recipes to support you in participating in Veganuary. Today, I want to highlight some great vegan cookbooks. I own all of these books, and I bought them myself. I am presenting them to you in no particular order. Also, just because a book isn’t on here doesn’t mean it’s not great. I have a whole list of books I’d like to buy and haven’t gotten around to yet. Finally, some of these books I have cooked more out of than others. That doesn’t mean anything. It’s really about how much time I have to get to all the yummy things in my life.
Thug Kitchen has two cookbooks, and I own them both. I suggest starting with the official cookbook and then moving on to Party Grub. There are so many amazing and wonderful things that you can find in the original cookbook. These include a delicious Cesar salad dressing, a great recipe for croutons (for that salad!). The Boyfriend routinely begs me to make the root vegetable fries from here, and for Christmas dinner we will be having Chickpea and dumplings (it might sound strange, but it’s a favorite in this house!).
I haven’t made a lot out of Party Grub yet, but I did make an apple focaccia. I took it to a party where my friend’s 11-year-old son kept coming back for more. I was still getting compliments on it two months later!
Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen
I love Indian food, and it’s pretty easy to make it vegan. I made the chana masala from here, and it is divine. It makes the whole house smell wonderful. There are so many delicious items in here that I have yet to try. This is a great cookbook if you want to keep things relatively simple. Some of these books will ask you to get nutritional yeast and other things which, will not complicated, could be a bit much for you depending on your journey.
The Oh She Glows Cookbook
I’ve made a lot of stuff from their website so buying the cookbook was a no brainer. I recently made this dish for our vegan Thanksgiving. I’ve only made the sweet potato enchiladas from here and – again – amazing. This is also a pretty simple cookbook (I think) with very simple ingredients that you could work easily with.
Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen
I bought this book last year for my 41st birthday, and I have made a ton of food from it! The recipes are super easy to make, and many have become favorites. I get my vegan polenta recipe from here along with a great tomato soup and a yummy risotto recipe! One of the favorites for us is the crumbled sausage and mozzarella pizza. The “sausage” is made from ground up mushrooms that you cook in olive oil, and there is a recipe for a vegan mozzarella sauce.
Two things about this pizza:
- I don’t like mushrooms, but it sounded so good I had to give it a try. It doesn’t have a mushroomy flavor at all.
- The Boyfriend loves it, and this is also on his Top 10 list of things for me to make for him.
This book has a ton of recipes you can use that are so simple to make! It’s one of my immediate go to books.
The Taco Cleanse
I just bought this book so I haven’t had time to make much with it yet. It’s 30 days worth of vegan tacos for every meal plus supplements (margaritas!). I started off with making their minimalist cheese sauce. I know, totally not a taco, but I was super curious about a vegan cheese sauce.
Can I just say OMG!!!!! The cheese sauce took me all of 10 minutes to make AND it was delicious (and it’s even better on Day 2). The Boyfriend got into it and couldn’t stop eating it. This is as far as I have gotten with the book, but I am gearing up to make some tacos within the next week. This is a great book that can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be – but most of the stuff looks pretty easy to make.
Also, the taco cleanse people are on twitter @tacoscientist. They will answer any questions you have about their recipes. For example, the cheese sauce recipe called for soy milk, but I had almond milk and didn’t want to go to the store. They said I should be able to use almond milk. I did, and it worked. So if you are unsure about a direction or ingredient – just ask them! They are super responsive.
I wanted to make sure you had a good salad cookbook on the list. I like this book because it has a range of salads in it that can fit any mood. She also has them organized by season – not that you need to follow that. Here’s an example of one of the recipes. The Boyfriend is not a big salad person, but I got him to eat the salad I linked to based on the smell of the chickpeas alone. He thought it was a hearty salad. And while the book offers plenty of vegan salad dressings for you to make, here is a link to some more!
By the way, I encourage you to make your own salad dressing whenever possible. Most take all of five minutes to make, and you can do so with minimal ingredients. I think it tastes so much better than a bottle. Plus, you’ll know exactly how it’s made.
Next week, I’ll share with you some pre-packaged vegan foods that I like. As much as I love cooking from scratch, it doesn’t happen 24/7! In the meantime, go get yourself some cookbooks.