The Best Plant Based Cookbooks
Although many cookbooks contain whole food, plant-based recipes, they’re often either not all vegan, or they use a few too many processed foods to satisfy your needs. There are numerous paths one takes to arrive at this point. You may have given up animal products or you may be a longtime vegetarian who needs to expand your recipe repertoire. Regardless of how you got here, you’re undoubtedly searching for a practical way to eat vegan or vegetarian without adding too much time, cost or complexity to your weekly to do list. To find the best vegetarian and vegan cookbooks available, we read everything we could find on the topic, and have taken several for a test drive. We’ll begin reviewing our favorites later this year. At Cardiochick, we also rely on meal planning charts (read more about this strategy on Rachel’s March update).
If this all describes your world, then one more of these cookbooks may be for you.
These cookbooks below are 8 of the healthiest whole food, plant-based diet cookbooks you will find.
1. The No Meat Athlete Cookbook
We’re big fans of Matt Frazier at No Meat Athlete, and his plant-based cookbook made it onto Sports Illustrated‘s list of Best Health and Wellness Books of 2017. That’s an incredible achievement! Whether you’re an athlete or not, pick this one up and learn plant-based cooking from a master.
2. Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook
The documentary, Forks over Knives, was the catalyst for our star, Rachel, to begin her plant-based journey. The premise of the documentary is that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us, can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. The authors and contributors have spent decades researching and cooking and consuming plant-based foods and their plant-based cookbook is a product of all that experience. Highly recommended.
3. The Plantpower Way
The Plantpower Way is another family-focused plant-based cookbook. This one is full of really useful advice for helping your spouse and/or kids grow to love a plant-based lifestyle.
4. Vegetable Literacy
Vegetable Literacy is fascinating. Deborah Madison has been on the leading edge of vegetarian cooking in the United States for decades. In this cookbook, she gives us recipes that show why vegetables, edible flowers, and herbs from the same families go so well together. Whether you’re looking to jump into plant-based cooking with both feet or you’ve been around the proverbial block and are looking for something new and a little different, this is a great place to start.
5. The Vegetarian Cook’s Bible
The Vegetarian Cook’s Bible is a great all-around entry. Besides hundreds of delicious recipes, many of which we have made, it has an incredible Herb Profiles section that sets it apart, showing the uses and benefits of dozens of herbs. It also directs you to “Healing Smoothies” recipes for many of them.
6. Vegan for Everybody
For decades, America’s Test Kitchen has set the standard for culinary perfectionism. The Vegan for Everybody cookbook does not disappoint.
7. Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking
Dana Shultz, the Minimalist Baker, holds a special place in our hearts. Her minimalist recipes are so attractive for their beautiful simplicity. Check out her blog at Minimalist Baker.
8. Superfood Smoothies
Finally, our top smoothie book: Superfood Smoothies. Julie Morris is a New York Times bestselling author and her smoothie offering is a great addition to her repertoire. The pictures are gorgeous and the variety of recipes included means that you’ll never lack for a fresh smoothie idea.
What’s special about these vegan cookbooks? The recipes in these cookbooks focus on truly healthy vegan recipes. Some of them are part of larger product offerings from their authors, or the outgrowth of successful blogs, so we encourage you to dig deeper and learn more where your curiosity is piqued.
Whether you’re trying to lose weight or are just interested in focusing your diet on the healthiest foods you can, you’ll want to take a look at these! As we’ve already discussed, health and weight loss—regardless of your age—are achieved primarily by managing your nutritional decisions. Iif you’re still trying to figure out what the benefits of a plant-based diet is, read our post about plant-based diets.
You might also want to learn more about how vegetarians can get enough protein while eating some of the recipes in the vegan cookbooks below. Filled with lower calorie-density foods that are nutrient-rich, many of the vegan recipes in these cookbooks combine the best of both worlds—protein-rich options that provide the nutrients you need. By eating a whole food, plant-based diet you’ll be more satiated while managing your weight, energy and overall health.