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The 10 best vegan cookbooks (of 2024)

As an experienced professional chef and keen home cook, I am no stranger to a cookbook. They provide endless opportunities to experiment with food, as well as a window into the ideas and creativity of other cooks. If you too are looking for some cooking inspiration or just a starting block to your vegan journey,…

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As an experienced professional chef and keen home cook, I am no stranger to a cookbook. They provide endless opportunities to experiment with food, as well as a window into the ideas and creativity of other cooks.

If you too are looking for some cooking inspiration or just a starting block to your vegan journey, then you’ll enjoy my roundup of the best vegan cookbooks. I’ve handpicked options suitable for all skill levels, featuring a diverse range of cuisines. There’s truly something here for everyone!

Support independent booksellers: If you do choose to buy any of these vegan cookbooks I urge you to buy them from Bookshop.org – an online marketplace for independent booksellers.

Here are the best vegan cookbooks

Vegan cookbook - Veganomicon

Best ultimate vegan cookbook

Veganomicon

  • Diet: Vegan (with soy-free & gluten-free options)
  • Cuisine: Variety
  • Recipes: 250+
  • Author: Isa Moskowitz and Terry Romero
  • Price: £28.50

Veganomicon is one of the original and most well-known vegan cookbooks. It features a huge variety of recipes which cover many different dietary requirements, like gluten-free and soy-free. The cookbook has been around since about 2007 and was updated in 2017 with even more awesome recipes.

If you are after just one recipe book, then this is all you’ll need. It includes everything from the basics of vegan cooking to making delectable desserts.

It is a hefty book which I’m certain will get a lot of use! I guess you could call it the bible of vegan cookery.


The frontcover of BReD one of the best vegan cookbooks

Best vegan bread

BReD

  • Diet: Vegan
  • Cuisine: Sourdough, bread, & baking
  • Recipes: 100+
  • Author: Ed and Natasha Tatton
  • Price: £28.19

BReD has to be my favourite vegan cookbook of 2024. It is a fully vegan baking cookbook with a focus on sourdough and bread. It was created by the duo behind BReD, a vegan bakery in Whistler, Canada. Find out more in my full BReD cookbook review.

They are renowned for their beautiful sourdough loaves and baked goods. So I have thoroughly enjoyed learning how to up my sourdough game, from the very best!

Even if you are starting out on your baking journey, you’ll benefit from this amazing cookbook. You will learn everything from making your own sourdough starter from scratch to creating delicious sourdough cinnamon buns.


Vegan cookbook - Speedy BOSH!

Best quick vegan cooking

Speedy BOSH!

  • Diet: Vegan
  • Cuisine: Variety
  • Recipes: 100+
  • Author: Henry Firth and Ian Theasby
  • Price: £20.90

Most people don’t have the time or energy to cook vegan meals from scratch. Thankfully, BOSH! have created this cookbook with over 100 different plant-based recipes that take under 30 minutes to cook.

That doesn’t mean that taste and nutrition have been chucked out of the window, as they still utilise many different plant-based and whole foods ingredients.

Their recipes include hearty stews, comfort foods, one-pot dishes, and delicious desserts.


Vegan cookbook - One Pot: Three Ways

Best vegan one-pot meals

One Pot: Three Ways

  • Diet: Vegan
  • Cuisine: Variety
  • Recipes: 100+
  • Author: Rachel Ama
  • Price: £20.90

One of the biggest hurdles to cooking healthy and tasty vegan meals is the difficulty of the recipes. With Rachel Ama’s One Pot: Three Ways cookbook you’ll learn how to make delicious plant-based meals using just one pot.

Moreover, for each recipe, she has provided three different ways in which you can enjoy that dish. This means you can bulk cook and enjoy one recipe throughout the week.

Make sure to check out Rachel Ama’s limited edition ready meal collab with Allplants.


Vegan cookbook - East

Best vegan Asian cookbook

East

  • Diet: Vegetarian
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Recipes: 120
  • Author: Meera Sodha
  • Price: £19

This is the only vegetarian cookbook that I’ve included in this roundup, but it is definitely worthy of mention here. Meera Sodha, a remarkable cook and recipe developer renowned for her expertise in Indian cuisine, also demonstrates her abilities in other Asian cuisines.

This particular cookbook, East, is one of my Vegan Mum‘s favourites. It features a range of different recipes, including dhal, ramen and nasi goreng, each of which would be a delightful addition to any dinner party

It includes a mix of vegan and vegetarian recipes, but I find most of the vegetarian recipes are easy to veganise. For example, you can use tofu instead of paneer in her Roasted Paneer Aloo Gobi dish.


Vegan cookbook - Simply Vegan Baking

Best vegan baking

Simply Vegan Baking

  • Diet: Vegan
  • Cuisine: Baking
  • Recipes: 70
  • Author: Freya Cox
  • Price: £18.04

Vegan baking doesn’t need to be tricky. Freya Cox, an ex-competitor from The Great British Bake Off, will show you how to utilise supermarket ingredients to create no-fuss vegan bakes.

There are recipes for cakes, cookies, breads and desserts. Including vegan versions of classic bakes like triple chocolate cookies, cinnamon rolls, banoffee pie, lemon meringue pie and a lot more!

But don’t worry, this isn’t an overly technical book. A beginner will easily be able to pick this up and bake delicious cakes and more.


Vegan cookbook - Anything You Can Cook, I Can Cook Vegan

Best for non-vegans

Anything You Can Cook, I Can Cook Vegan

  • Diet: Vegan
  • Cuisine: Variety
  • Recipes: 100+
  • Author: Richard Makin
  • Price: £23.75

This cookbook from Richard Makin is proof that a vegan diet isn’t at all restrictive. This is why I believe this cookbook would be well suited to vegans and non-vegans alike. As it will help to spread a more encouraging message about the vegan lifestyle.

The recipes range from vegan fried eggs and vegan cheese to tempeh nuggets and vegan beef. Some recipes are more technical than others, but there is something in there for everyone!

Not only will you learn some really useful recipes, but you’ll also pick up plenty of useful vegan ‘hacks’ along the way. Which you can utilise in your own cooking.


Vegan cookbook - Nistisima

Best vegan Mediterranean food

Nistisima

  • Diet: Vegan
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Recipes: 120
  • Author: Georgina Hayden
  • Price: £24.70

Mediterranean food is usually synonymous with seafood, but it also includes a lot of whole foods and vegetables. All of these are given the spotlight in this beautifully presented vegan cookbook.

Georgina Hayden draws upon Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Eastern European cuisines with simple and nutritious recipes like her Pumpkin, raisin and harissa pie and her Rizogalo rose rice pudding with roasted strawberries.

With this cookbook, you’ll be eating a wide variety of vegetables, fruits and legumes. Great for your health and wellbeing!


Vegan cookbook - Plentiful

Best vegan Jamaican food

Plentiful

  • Diet: Vegan
  • Cuisine: Jamaican
  • Recipes: 100+
  • Author: Denai Moore
  • Price: £22.80

Let Denai Moore take you on a magical journey around Jamaica with her Plentiful cookbook. You can tell that all of the recipes have come straight from her heart! The vibrant colours and punchy flavours will definitely bring a smile to your face.

Expect classic Jamaican dishes, but veganised with a modern twist. Take her Rice and Peas Arancini dish, which fuses together Jamaican and Italian cuisines using plant-based ingredients.

Make the most out of her simple pantry list which will ensure you have a well-stocked vegan kitchen.


Vegan cookbook - The Whole Vegetable

Best waste-free

The Whole Vegetable

  • Diet: Vegan
  • Cuisine: Food waste-free recipes
  • Recipes: 130+
  • Author: Sophie Gordon
  • Price: £26.60

The last time you prepped any vegetables, how much of it did you chuck in the bin or your compost heap? I bet it was a sizeable amount. But did you know that there is a lot of hidden flavour and nutrients in the scraps?

This plant-focused recipe book with teach you how to make the most out of the whole vegetable. With recipes like broccoli pesto and cauliflower carbonara.

Not only will it show you ways to reduce food waste, but it also teaches you how to eat with the seasons. You’ll love how simple but delicious the recipes are.


Why trust Edible Ethics?

You can trust my guide on the best vegan cookbooks because I’m not just a chef – I’m also a food lover who’s been into cooking since my teenage years. Back then, my mum worked long hours, so I turned to cookbooks for guidance.

In 2015, I decided to go vegan. It was like starting again from scratch. I had to learn new tricks and techniques, relying heavily on vegan cookbooks. It was a challenge, but it became a real passion.

So, here on Edible Ethics, you’re getting advice and recipes from someone who knows the ins and outs of vegan cooking. I’ve been through the ups and downs, tested countless recipes, and figured out what works.

My selection criteria

Here are the criteria I followed when picking out vegan cookbooks for this roundup:

  • Skill levels: I believe that vegan cooking should be accessible to everyone, so I’ve meticulously chosen a selection of cookbooks suitable for all skill levels.
  • Cuisines: Vegan food transcends borders and can be applied to a multitude of global cuisines. To showcase the versatility of plant-based ingredients, I’ve included a diverse range of cuisines in this roundup.
  • Time: Recognising that some prefer quick and easy recipes while others seek more technical culinary adventures, I’ve thoughtfully curated a mix of cookbooks featuring both swift, simple recipes and more time-intensive creations.
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