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Looking for some vegan recipe inspiration? Spice up your dinners and try some new recipes with our favourite vegan cookbooks.
Eating a plant-based diet shouldn’t mean sacrificing flavour. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best vegan cookbooks with some unique recipe ideas. We have something for everyone with pasta, curries, burgers and more. Some of our top picks include budget-friendly options and easy one-pot dinners.
Discover new tips and tricks for clever vegan substitutions and cooking techniques. Our selection covers a wide range of flavours from Asian to African-inspired dishes and plenty of sweet treats.
For more inspiration, see the best cookbooks for students, the best cookbooks for kids or the best cookbooks of 2020.
Best vegan cookbooks to buy
Jackfruit & Blue Ginger by Sasha Gill
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.
Dirty Vegan by Matt Pritchard
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.
Vegan One Pound Meals by Miguel Barclay
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.
Feed Me Vegan by Lucy Watson
Lucy Watson started her vegan journey in 2015 having been a vegetarian since the age of five. Feed Me Vegan is 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.
Zaika by Romy Gill
Chef, food writer and broadcaster, Romy Gill, has crafted over 100 vegan recipes including curries, side dishes and drinks. Tuck into a hearty dinner such as sweet and sour tofu, roasted cauliflower with rose harissa or baingan masala. Whip up an easy snack like roasted pumpkin seeds, turmeric hummus or potato and pea samosas. Finish your feast with a comforting pudding like blood orange and polenta cake.
Speedy BOSH! By Henry Firth and Ian Theasby
Looking for some quick midweek meals? Look no further than these speedy dishes from BOSH. With over 100 plant-based recipes, you’ll find everything from weeknight dinners and fast breakfasts to Sunday meal prep for the week ahead. Family-favourites such as toad-in-the-hole, aubergine & lentil meatball pasta and deep, dark, smoky chilli can be on the table in under 30 minutes.
Quick & Easy by Deliciously Ella
Bestselling author Ella Mills, founder of Deliciously Ella, has created over 100 fuss-free, simple recipes in this book. Browse a wide variety of dishes including breakfasts, lunches, 20-minute meals and desserts. The super-speedy mains feature pasta, noodles, hearty veg-laden bowls and Asian-inspired plates.
WH Smith (£17)
Afro-vegan by Bryant Terry
Chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry has complied over 100 dishes inspired by Terry’s personal memories, as well as the history of food that has travelled from the African continent. Try his cinnamon-soaked wheat berry salad, creamy coconut cashew soup or crispy teff and grit cakes with aubergine, tomatoes and peanuts. It even includes suggested music from around the world and book recommendations.
Available from Amazon (£16.19)
Vegan Cooking for Everyone by The Happy Pear
Bestselling chefs Dave and Steve Flynn have crafted a wide range of easy, plant-based dishes. Learn new techniques with their step-by-step guides, fun variations and top tips. Choose from over 200 recipes including coconut granola, homemade vegan pizza, creamy broccoli pie and carrot cake with vegan soft cheese frosting.
More Plants Less Waste by Max La Manna
Zero waste chef and climate activist, Max La Manna, brings his passion for waste-free cooking to this eco-friendly cookbook. His first cookbook includes tasty weeknight dinners like spaghetti Bolognese, crunchy cauliflower curry and leftover veggie nachos. The book goes beyond recipes with all-natural home hacks such as DIY deodorant to citrus bomb house cleanser. Push yourself with his 21-day zero waste challenge.
Available from Amazon (£15.42)
Vegan JapanEasy by Tim Anderson
Try a new flavour profile with Tim Anderson’s inventive Japanese-inspired dishes. Try classic recipes such as vegetable tempura, onigiri, mushroom gyoza and agedashi tofu. Discover his clever vegan conversions including cauliflower katsu curry, french onion ramen and mapo tofu with ancient grains. Mix up a refreshing watermelon mojito and bake a batch of soy sauce butterscotch brownies.
One Pot Vegan by Roxy Pope and Ben Pook
Midweek cooking doesn’t get easier than these vegan one-pot dishes by Roxy Pope and Ben Pook. Find a range of pastas, curries, salads, stir-fries, noodles and even puddings made with simple and accessible ingredients. Cook up lemony linguine, loaded sweet potato wedges, one-pan paella and mushroom tikka masala. Bake a sweet treat such as peanut butter swirl brownies, boozy pear cake and apple & orange baklava tart.
Available from Amazon (£9)
Five Ingredient Vegan by Katy Beskow
This contains over 100 recipes using minimal ingredients. Make a tasty lunch of Santorini tomato fritters, Welsh rarebit stuffed potatoes or spinach pancakes. Whip up an easy midweek dinner such as roasted cherry tomato risotto, pumpkin and sage macaroni or pear and butterbean traybake. For those with a sweet tooth, try the carrot cake porridge, zesty bread and butter pudding and blood orange granita.
Plants-Only Kitchen by Gaz Oakley
Gaz Oakley (@avantgardevegan) has amassed a huge following on social media with his exciting vegan dishes. This fan favourite cookbook is full of meal prep ideas, gluten-free recipes and high-protein dishes. Find unique recipes like Caribbean waffles, Jamaican vegetable curry, sweet potato piri piri burgers and protein blueberry pancakes.
More vegan recipe inspiration
For more vegan and vegetarian meal inspiration, discover 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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