The 9 best vegan and vegetarian cookbooks of 2019

Read our round-up of vegetarian cookbooks, plus find our top vegan cookbooks for plant-based diets. 

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More and more of us are leading plant-based lifestyles and getting creative with ingredients when cooking vegan and vegetarian meals.

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 by Dan Toombs

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

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.


Available from: 
WH Smith (£14)
Amazon (£14)
Waterstones (£20)

VEG by Jamie Oliver

Veg by Jamie Oliver

Best for fun-to-make family recipes

This had to be one of our top picks for 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

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.


Available from: 
Wordery (£12.61)
Amazon (£12.63)
WH Smith (£14)

Plant Power by Annie Bell

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 available from January 2020 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.


Available from: 
Amazon (£17.99) – pre-order
Waterstones (£17.99) – pre-order

Best vegan cookbooks to buy

Jackfruit and Blue Ginger book by Sasha Gill

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

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

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

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.


Available from: 
Amazon (£12.82)

Waterstones (£18.99)

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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