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Chosen by the BBC Good Food team, our top 10 best vegan and vegetarian cookbooks list is a collection packed with colourful, innovative recipes that put vegetables centre-stage, fuse flavours from around the world and will help you create delicious plant-based meals at home.
Whether you’re a vegan beginner, flexitarian, an athlete looking for plant-power to fuel your workouts or healthy everyday meals for your family, there’s something for everyone. This is food to get excited about.
Best vegetarian cookbooks to buy
The Curry Guy Veggie by Dan Toombs
Best for veggie curry lovers
The third book from food writer Dan Toombs is a truly expert guide to navigating meat-free Indian dishes, packed with recipes showcasing just how colourful, creative and delicious vegetarian Indian food can be. Plus, every recipe comes with instructions on how to make them vegan too.
Must try recipe: Mixed vegetable & paneer sabzi.
Little Green Kitchen by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl
Best for simple vegan and vegetarian recipes for the family
Luise and David, the husband-and-wife team behind acclaimed vegetarian blog Green Kitchen Stories, are here to help you perfect the art of quick and easy vegetarian and vegan meals for all the family. Tried and tested by their three small children, their simple recipes include creamy broccoli pasta, tofu cashew masala, plus party food options and lunchbox favourites.
Must-try recipe: Portobello & mushroom avocado quesadillas.
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Veg by Jamie Oliver
Best for fun-to-make family recipes
This had to be one of our top picks of 2019. In Veg, Jamie makes vegetarian cooking easy sharing over 100 fun-to-make recipes full of flavour and all family-friendly. You’ve got stews, pastas, curries, pies and traybakes, each designed to make vegetarian cooking accessible and most importantly, delicious.
Must-try recipe: Scruffy aubergine lasagna.
East by Meera Sodha
Best for fusion flavours
Meera’s experience as a successful food writer really shines through in her latest book. Full of innovative flavours, East brings a new lease of life to Indian, Asian and Southeast Asian cooking melding classic recipes with innovative flavours to create authentic and vibrant plant-based recipes.
Must-try recipe: Pistachio, pea & mint soba noodles and mushroom bao.
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Plant Power by Annie Bell
Best for protein-packed recipes
Distinguished food writer Annie Bell is bringing foodies a real treat in the new year. Her new book Plant Power features 100 protein-rich recipes for vegans and vegetarians in which she shares how to source plant proteins from high-quality unrefined whole foods. With stunning images, this book is truly a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach.
Must-try recipe: Halloumi & pine nut burgers.
Best vegan cookbooks to buy
Jackfruit & Blue Ginger by Sasha Gill
Best vegan cookbook for Asian flavours
Originally from Singapore, when Oxford medical student Sasha Gill moved to the UK and went vegan, she began turning her favourite Asian dishes into plant-based meals. Her innovative creations range from tofu pad Thai and Peking jackfruit pancakes to butter chicken made from seitan and plant milk. This is an incredibly comprehensive Asian vegan book.
Must try recipe: Japanese pumpkin katsu-don.
Dirty Vegan by Matt Pritchard
Best vegan cookbook for plant-power meals
Former Dirty Sanchez stuntman, skateboarder and vegan Matt Pritchard started his own YouTube channel to teach people that you can still be strong and healthy on a plant-based diet. His book Dirty Vegan is packed with uncomplicated, delicious recipes from fried tempeh sambal to creamy mushroom pie and sausage rolls.
Must try recipe: Spiced Turkish lentil pizza.
Vegan One Pound Meals by Miguel Barclay
Best for cooking vegan and veggie on a budget
The latest in the One Pound Meals book series is all about easy plant-based meals that cost £1 or less per head to make using supermarket ingredients. From sticky peanut butter tofu to creamy cauliflower tagliatelle, this book is full of clever ideas for everyday cooking on a budget.
Must-try recipe: Artichoke paella.
Feed Me Vegan by Lucy Watson
Best for vegan and veggie comfort food
Lucy Watson started her vegan journey in 2015 having been a vegetarian since the age of five and has brought together her favourite plant-based recipes in Feed Me Vegan. It’s plant-based comfort food at its best, showcasing satisfyingly solid recipes for creating the ultimate vegan brunch and veggie burgers packed with lentils, chickpea and smoked chicory.
Must-try recipe: Hot cinnamon doughnuts.
More vegetarian recipe inspiration
For more vegan and vegetarian meal inspiration check out our recipe collections online, plus check out our BBC Good Food: Vegan Meals Cookbook to find 101 easy and delicious vegan recipes that prove plant-based cooking doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. All recipes in the book are triple-tested by the BBC Good Food team so you know they’ll work every time.
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