Here’s a selection of some of the best vegan books that have been particularly meaningful to me (as well as some great vegan cookbooks!):
Diet for a New America by John Robbins John Robbins the heir to Baskin Robbins really puts his money where is mouth is. He funded research to uncover the facts behind factory farmed animals and the impact they have on our planet. I read this book first when I was 18, I had been vegetarian for 2 years and after reading this I thought, WOW, now that I know what happens to the animals and to our planet I will never be able to eat animal products again and thus I my transformation to the vegan lifestyle.
Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Terry Hope Romero, Rebecca Bent and Sara Qui These punky creative girls are master bakers that have a sweet tooth that matches mine. I love how they give a basic chocolate cupcake recipe then they give a few other variations on how to turn your chocolate cupcake into a cookies ‘n cream cupcake. By the way of the many recipes I have tried out from their book cook ‘n cream is my personal favorite and child approved - it is the favorite of my son and all of my 4 nieces that bake with me! So Child Seal of Approval! Also, they provide gluten free options and low fat options in case your sweet tooth is in time out mode.
Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero Veganomicon really delivers according to it’s title. It is the ultimate vegan cookbook with a wide range of eats that include flavors from around the world so there is something in there for everyone. And with so many recipes you have lots of options. This book covers a lot of ground if you were going to buy just one vegan cookbook this should be the one!
Great Chefs Cook Vegan by Linda Long Ever go out to eat at a high end restaurant and you tell your waiter you are vegan and they respond no problem we have a veggie plate. This cookbook kicks that veggie plate to the curb! Linda approached top chefs and asked them to cook something vegan that is actually fun for vegans! This book was inspired by Linda’s love for 5 star dining and the socializing that goes along with a 7 course meal. We are so lucky that Linda found herself in fancy restaurant that rose to the occasion of a vegan dining. This book is for the gourmet chef in you. If you are not a sophisticated cook with an arsenal of cooking materials this book will help you learn something new.
Candle 79 Cookbook: Modern Vegan Classics from New York’s Premier Sustainable Restaurant by Joy Pierson, Angel Ramos, Jorge Pineda and Rory Freedman If you can’t make it out to Manhattan to dine at Candle 79 buy this cookbook and bring the fine dining home! I love all of their delicious recipes from the Heirloom Tomato Avocado Tarter to the Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Cakes this cookbook will have your carnivore friends wondering just how you did that!
I Am Grateful by Terces Engelhart The forward of this book is not what you would traditionally find in a cookbook. Terces’s path to raw organic food has been a spiritual path with many trials as well as triumphs. And I would love to thank her for the experiences she has endured to get to where she is as I love her raw food recipes. She is a raw food expert that delivers with the most positive spirit. In fact each recipe’s name is a positive affirmation followed by the entrée. She has a few restaurants and ordering there in person is so much fun. I love her “I am Cherished Cashew Lemon Cheesecake”!
A Consumer’s Dictionary to Cosmetic Ingredients by Ruth Winter This enlightening guide is a must have if you are curious about 14 letter (and longer) words and their origins of ingredients. I love to reference this book when I come across an unfamiliar ingredient. My first copy of this guide was from years ago before the internet took over our world.
How it all Vegan! Irresistible Recipes for an Animal-Free Diet by Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer This is the real A-Z do it all cookbook and beyond. And what I mean by that is these girls have fabulous recipes from sauces to tofu jerky and at the end of the cookbook there are more recipes for picky kids and pets. They even give you formulas for making household cleaners and homemade cosmetic concoctions! Just thinking about the recipes I have tried from this book makes me want to open up it up tonight and make the “Potato Cheese: Pierogies”! Looks like I know what my family will be eating tonight!
The Everything Juice Book by Carole Jacobs and Patrice Johnson I always feel light and energized by juice so finding this Everything Juice Book was fun for me to go through recipes and find mixtures to cure what ails you. I love the history of juicing as well as juicing with purpose!
Vegan Brunch Homestyle Recipes Worth Waking Up For by Isa Chandra Moskowitz Do I own every cookbook Isa Moskowitz writes? I’m not sure but it’s highly possible! This woman has a gift and I really want to thank her for sharing! This brunch cookbook covers so much ground she even shares how to make sausage yourself! Have you ever come across vegan sausage recipes? This was a first for me. Her Pain au Chocolat is delicious and a simple quick recipe to follow. Other recipes like her savory Caramelized Vidalia Onion Quiche is a staple around my house. There are so many colorful photos that help me decide what to cook up next! I love the variations she includes and her master tips! Isa has a way of opening up doors to the world of flavor!
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