We've got good news. Eating healthily (or making considerable changes to your diet) doesn't have to be hard. When you're armed with the right cookbook, you have a whole world of recipes to explore, meaning you'll never run out of inspiration and hopefully find it easier to stay on track. But with so many cookbooks available to buy, how do we know which ones are best?

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We asked our team of food experts to recommend their favourite cookbooks with a healthy angle and compiled a list of our top finds. From books which help with losing weight, eating less dairy, going gluten-free or following the change of the seasons, we have everything you need below.

There are books filled with healthy family dishes, hearty salads, vegan brunch recipes, veggie weeknight dishes and even nourishing student meals.

For more unbiased expert buyer’s guides, visit our reviews section to find over 200 round-ups, including best healthy cereal, gluten-free bread and high-protein snacks.

16 best healthy cookbooks at a glance

  • Best vegetarian cookbook: A Modern Way to Cook, Anna Jones (£26.38)
  • Best gluten-free cookbook: The Gluten-Free Cookbook, Cristian Broglia (£27.28)
  • Best for uni students: The Green Roasting Tin, Rukmini Iyer (£10)
  • Best for filling salads: Savage Salads, Kristina Gustafsson and Davide Del Gatto (£6.07)
  • Best for families: Joe's Family Food, Joe Wicks (£9)
  • Best for healthy classics: Honestly Healthy for Life: Healthy Alternatives for Everyday Eating, Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson (£9.99)
  • Best for fresh flavours: A Change of Appetite, Diana Henry (£9.99)
  • Best for nutrition: How Not to Die, Michael Greger (£10.40)
  • Best vegan cookbook: Rachel Ama's Vegan Eats, Rachel Ama (£15.58)
  • Best budget cookbook: Broke Vegan, Saskia Sidey (£9.61)
  • Best for healthy inspiration: The Sprouted Kitchen: Bowl and Spoon, Sara Forte (£15.95)
  • Best healthy Indian cookbook: Chetna's Healthy Indian, Chetna Makan (£13.49)
  • Best for seasonal cooking: The Magnificent Book of Vegetables: How to Eat a Rainbow Every Day, Alice Hart (£18.55)
  • Best for gut health: The FODMAP Friendly Kitchen, Emma Hatcher (£15.46)
  • Best for overall health: The Doctor's Kitchen, Dr Rupy Aujla (£7.49)
  • Best sugar-free cookbook: The Extra Virgin Kitchen, Susan Jane White (£13.29)

The best healthy cookbooks 2022

A Modern Way to Cook, Anna Jones

Anna Jones A Modern Way to Eat

Best vegetarian cookbook

This is the second book from Anna Jones, who we consider the queen of vegetarian cooking. Her first, A Modern Way to Eat, specialised in simple yet delicious meals, all made without meat. A Modern Way to Cook continues in this vein, but introduces slightly more adventurous dishes and unusual flavour pairings.

It includes clean, nourishing, vegetable-focused recipes which can be enjoyed any night of the week. Chapters are broken down into cooking times (under 15, 20, 30 and 40 minutes). In classic Anna Jones style, every recipe is balanced – taste, texture, acidity, spice, sweetness and crunch are always considered. And she uses clever tricks to both save time and enhance flavour. The kale, tomato and lemon one-pot spaghetti, which makes a silky sauce using the starchy water, will change the way you cook pasta forever.

The Gluten-Free Cookbook, Cristian Broglia

The Gluten-free Cookbook

Best gluten-free cookbook

Consider this sizeable book a gluten-free bible. It packs in as many as 350 gluten-free recipes from all around the world. In this way, it shows how easy and varied it can be to eat a diet that's naturally gluten-free, without having to rely on substitutions. There's enough recipes to keep you cooking all year round, including summer rolls, cornbread, steak with chimichurri sauce, curry, pavlova and lots more.

Available from:

Amazon (£27.28)
WHSmith (£35)

The Green Roasting Tin, Rukmini Iyer

A Green Roasting Tin, Rukmini Iyer

Best for uni students

Rukmini Iyer's roasting tin books have been hugely successful, and for good reason. She takes one tin and a few simple ingredients then pops them in the oven, what comes out is a balanced, healthy meal that you can enjoy any night of the week. There are six books to try, and we love this veggie and vegan one. It contains 75 meat-free recipes, including hearty three-bean chilli with guacamole, miso aubergine, and beetroot, chickpea and coconut curry. We appreciate that there are no complicated ingredients and absolutely no faff.

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Savage Salads, Kristina Gustafsson and Davide Del Gatto

Savage Salads, Kristina Gustafsson and Davide Del Gatto

Best for filling salads

Salads can be a great way to get your daily dose of vegetables, grains, protein and fats. However, when not done right they can be a little lacklustre and leave you feeling hungry. With this book, you'll never eat a sad salad again. It's written by Kristina Gustafsson and Davide del Gatto, who set up shop in London to sell fully-loaded salads and soon had long queues out the door. They knew they were on to something and pulled together a book of their famous protein-rich, vitamin-packed salad recipes, all made with meat, fish or cheese. Ideal for anyone looking to fuel up before or after a workout.

Available from:

Amazon (£6.07)

Joe's Family Food, Joe Wicks

Joe's Family Food, Joe Wicks

Best for family meals

You'll probably recognise Joe Wicks from the cover of his Lean in 15 books, which promote healthy eating habits and helped millions to lose weight. Now he focuses his attention on helping families put nourishing meals on the table, while spending less time in the kitchen and more time together.

His book offers family recipes with a healthy twist. It's approachable, as most of the recipes are classics the kids already know and love, from pasta to pizza, burgers and even popcorn. The chapters are divided into sections like speedy suppers, big batch and hob recipes, so you can choose meals depending on how much time and effort you feel like putting in.

Available from:

Amazon (£9)
Waterstones (£20)

Honestly Healthy for Life: Healthy Alternatives for Everyday Eating, Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson

Honestly Healthy for Life

Best for healthy classics

Honestly Healthy is a book for anyone following the alkaline diet – a way of eating which aims to reduce acid in the body and restrict the amount of sugar, meat and processed foods consumed. The recipes are mostly vegetarian and packed with pulses, nuts, fruit and sprouted grains. There's lots of helpful information about the alkaline diet, should you wish to learn more. There's even a short five-day cleanse with meal plans to help get you started.

Although there's no scientific evidence for some of the claims made about the diet, you'll still benefit from reducing your intake of processed ingredients and eating more healthy, balanced meals.

Available from:

Amazon (£9.99)
Waterstones (£25)

A Change of Appetite, Diana Henry

A Change of Appetite, Diana Henry

Best for fresh flavours

This is senior food editor Anna Glover's go-to cookbook when she's looking for something lighter. "It made me think about eating healthy as something to enjoy rather than fear," she told us, "and I knew the recipes would be full of flavour and interesting. I was bookmarking every page as a ‘to make’ which is when I know it’s a good cookbook! The the griddled Vietnamese chicken with table salad, Burmese chilli fish with hot and sour salad, and Israeli chicken with harissa griddled peaches and mint were the first things that caught my eye."

How Not to Die, Michael Greger

How Not to Die, Michael Greger

Best for nutrition

Dr. Michael Greger's best-selling book focuses on enriching your diet so that you can you reduce your risk of illness and disease. In a time when most doctors prescribe medicine or surgery, he suggests that adopting a healthy, plant-based diet could be enough to avoid some types of sickness and even reverse the effects of disease.

Beyond the sensationalist title is a selection of excellent plant-based dishes waiting to be enjoyed. As well as cutting edge nutritional science and a helpful checklist of 12 foods we should consume every day. It offers a clear, actionable path for anyone looking to eat more mindfully to boost longevity.

Available from:

Amazon (£19.98)
Waterstones (£12.99)

Rachel Ama's Vegan Eats, Rachel Ama

Rachel Ama's Vegan Eats

Best vegan cookbook

Rachel Ama is changing what it means to be vegan with her inspiring debut book. Drawing on her heritage, she combines Caribbean and West African flavours with ingredients you can easily get in the supermarket. The results are bold, playful vegan dishes you'll come back to again and again. From ackee scramble with smoky aubergine bagels, to curry-roasted cauliflower with coconut raita and peanut fried rice. The recipes look so good, you'll want to get cooking immediately.

Available from:

Amazon (£15.58)
Waterstones (£20)

Broke Vegan, Saskia Sidey

Broke Vegan, Saskia Sidey

Best budget cookbook

Whether it's for the health of the planet or ourselves, we all want to increase the amount of plant-based recipes in our repertoire. But going vegan can be expensive – there's meat and dairy-alternatives to buy, not to mention all the extra nuts, herbs and spices for flavour. Luckily there's this handy cookbook from food stylist Saskia Sidey, who breathes new life into vegan cooking while keeping costs down.

From uni students to inexperienced vegans, plenty of people will enjoy this book. It's full of recipes that use whatever you have on hand, such as back-of-the-fridge fritters, vegetable tart and frozen smoothie bowls. Plus, there are tips for making food go further, batch-cooking ideas, and sweet recipes for times of indulgence.

Available from:

Amazon (£9.61)
Waterstones (£12.99)

The Sprouted Kitchen: Bowl and Spoon, Sara Forte

Bowl and Spoon, Sara and Hugh Forte

Best for bowl recipes

There's something about eating from a bowl that makes healthy recipes feel even more nourishing, as if nestling the ingredients together – instead of laying them out on a plate – makes them even better for you. This is the premise behind the second book from blogger Sara Forte.

She takes natural whole foods, lean proteins, unrefined sugars and filling grains and combines them to make comforting dishes you'll want to savour. Chapters are split into morning bowls, side bowls, big bowls, sweet bowls and there's a section on dressings and sauces. The recipes are easy to follow and truly delicious. We found it impossible to pick a favourite but we especially love the soba noodle salad with veg and maple tofu, the roasted mushrooms with tahini kale slaw and the easy chickpea salad.

Available from:

Amazon (£15.95)
WHSmith (£19.32)

Chetna's Healthy Indian Vegetarian, Chetna Makan

Chetna's Healthy India, Chetna Makan

Best healthy Indian cookbook

You may remember Chetna from her time on The Great British Bake Off or her first best-selling cookbook, Chai, Chaat and Chutney. Either way, you'll be seriously impressed by her latest offering. Its pages are lined with healthy and vibrant Indian recipes, all made without meat. Recipes include courgette kofta curry and spicy roasted cauliflower.

Chetna proves that veg really can be the star of the show. Perfect for those times when you want big flavours without the calories, salt or fat. It's inspiring, especially to anyone who thinks Indian cooking only covers the cream-laden dishes we often order in restaurants.

The Magnificent Book of Vegetables: How to Eat a Rainbow Every Day, Alice Hart

The magnificent book of vegetables, Alice Hart

Best for seasonal cooking

We all know the benefits of eating a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, with this beautiful collection of vegetarian and vegan recipes, you'll be eating a rainbow in no time. The book is split into seasons, so you can choose new wholesome dishes throughout the year. The focus is on simple-yet-satisfying flavours and ingredients which nourish our bodies and minds.

Highlights include crispy courgette and sweetcorn fritters, beetroot puttanesca and purple sprouting broccoli pasta.

The FODMAP Friendly Kitchen, Emma Hatcher

The FODMAP Friendly Kitchen, Emma Hatcher

Best for gut health

FODMAPs are foods which cause problems for anyone with digestive issues, such as coeliac disease and IBS. After suffering from a sensitive gut for years, Emma Hatcher was recommended the FODMAP diet by a doctor and never looked back. Now, she brings the joy of cooking and eating back to anyone living with bloating, tummy pains and feelings of discomfort by making recipes without these problem foods.

Her recipes prove it's possible to look after your gut while enjoying quick, easy and nourishing meals every day. Try the baked eggs with tomatoes and feta, quinoa, kale and feta patties with rainbow slaw and rhubarb polenta cake.

The Doctor's Kitchen, Dr Rupy Aujla

The Doctor's Kitchen, Dr Rupy

Best for general health

For those who want to forget the fad diets and follow a doctor's advice, there's this fantastic first book from Dr Rupy Aujla. He's a strong believer in the power of food as medicine, something he calls 'plates over pills'. Within the pages, he explains the principles of living healthily, the impact of what we choose to put on our plate and how dangerous it can be to self-diagnose our intolerance to things like gluten.

He includes plenty of wholesome recipes to get you started – each one is a balance of nutrients, as well as textures and flavours.

Available from:

Amazon (£7.49)
WHSmith (£15.63)

Waterstones (£16.99)

The Extra Virgin Kitchen, Susan Jane White

The Extra Virgin Kitchen, Susan Jane White

Best sugar-free cookbook

After being advised to stay away from sugar, wheat and dairy due to intolerances, food writer Susan Jane White was left feeling unsatisfied and uninspired. She took matters into her own hands and, using her wealth of knowledge, began creating delicious recipes that didn't compromise her health. As her energy levels started to rise, so too did her enthusiasm for free-from cooking, so she created this excellent book to help others feel the same. Her recipes include hearty salads, wholesome breads, indulgent desserts and fragrant curries.

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