16 Best Vegan Cookbooks For Beginners

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Interested in eating more plant-based meals? Browse these awesome vegan cookbooks for beginners to get inspired in the kitchen.

Transitioning to veganism isn’t always easy — especially if you’re the only one in the family striving to do so.

Having the right cookbook for your (and your family’s) needs can be a game-changer.

This selection of vegan cookbooks for beginners features goodness that even the veg-skeptic or picky eaters will devour!

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Best Vegan Cookbooks for Beginners

Here is our list of hand-selected cookbooks that’ll help you cook some amazing vegan food! Enjoy.

But I Could Never Go Vegan!

Think going vegan means missing out on your favorite comfort foods? Let Kristy Turner prove you otherwise.

She takes all your usual go-to meals and turns them on their head, in a completely cruelty-free and, of course, insanely delicious way.

Forget about craving cheese, you’ll be too distracted by Macadamia Ricotta, Tempeh Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese and Mushroom Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. 

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Vegan on the Go: Fast, Easy, Affordable 

Don’t we all want our food preparation to be easy and fast while keeping the grocery bill low? “Vegan on the Go” packs 100 plant-based recipes that are portable, quick, and really delicious.

With a focus on lunchbox ideas, this cookbook has everything from tofu sushi to vegan sausage salad, pizza, muesli bars, or sweet potato burgers — all of which are photographed to whet your appetite.

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Vegan Fakeaway

Recreate the delicious flavors of takeaway at home with this awesome vegan cookbook!

Divided into chapters on American, Chinese, Indian, Italian, and Middle Eastern classics, you’ll find recipes that take just 15 minutes to cook, slow-cooker recipes that do the hard work for you as well as menus that will feed up to 4 people.

Enjoy sesame spring rolls, Sicilian-style pizza, chili burritos, or falafel flatbread, all without leaving the house.

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free 7-day vegan meal plan

Your next week of eating is planned out with these quick and delicious vegan bowls, meal prepping steps & full grocery list.

Fast Easy Cheap Vegan 

Some people think that a vegan diet can be too time-consuming, too much work, and too expensive!

“Fast Easy Cheap Vegan” busts those myths with easy recipes that require 10 ingredients or less and are done in 30 minutes or less.

This awesome vegan cookbook is full of everyday recipes that are suitable for small budgets and features goodness such as creamy basil gnocchi, quick quesadillas, cheesy cracker snackers, and brownies in a cup.

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Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats 

Enjoy brilliant plant-based dishes that make cooking delicious vegan food every day genuinely easy! No bland or boring meals and forget all-day cooking with Rachel Ama’s cookbook.

Many recipes are quick and require only one pot, ingredient lists are short and supermarket-friendly.

Find goodness such as cinnamon french toast with strawberries, chickpea sweet potato falafel, Caribbean fritters, and carrot cake waffles in this cookbook.

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Henry Firth and Ian Theasby are here to bring you over 140 simple recipes that are outrageously tasty and undetectably vegan!

Always ensuring they stick to fresh, supermarket-friendly ingredients, these guys truly create “plant-based food for everyone”.

Find crowd-pleasing party pieces, sumptuous desserts, hearty dinners, and more satisfying recipes in their book!

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Isa Does It

Written by America’s bestselling vegan cookbook author Isa Chandra Moskowitz, this popular beginner’s cookbook features 150 recipes that are flavorful, satisfying, and often ready to enjoy in 30 minutes or less.

Mouthwatering dishes like summer seitan saute, bistro beet burgers, banana nut muffins, or Chimichurri pumpkin bowls are featured in 11 different categories, from soups to bowls and desserts!

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Plants-Only Kitchen

No fuss, no fancy ingredients — just fantastic food using plants, only.

Gaz Oakley’s crowd-pleasing recipes don’t just make any transition to veganism a lot more fun; they are totally suitable for non-vegans as well!

Find over 70 delicious, super simple, and protein-packed recipes for busy people in his popular cookbook, which features lots of gorgeous photos as well as symbols flagging recipes that are gluten-free, high-protein, or meal prep-friendly.

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La Vida Verde

Follow along with Jocelyn Ramirez as she transforms the traditional dishes she grew up making into wonderfully flavorful plant-based meals everyone will love.

Capturing all the spicy, earthy, savory deliciousness of authentic Mexican cooking, these 60 recipes range from tortillas to fresh cheese, jackfruit tacos, and árbol chiles with tomatillo.

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East Meets Vegan

“East Meets Vegan” combines the best of Asian home cooking in a plant-based and delicious way! 

Including traditional Thai, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, and Malaysian recipes like spring rolls, shiitake ramen, mango lassis, tandoori cauliflower, pineapple fried rice, and vegan butter chicken, Sasha Gill proves that plant-based dishes can be easy and affordable.

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Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Diet Cookbook

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be expensive! Find out how to whip up 3 filling whole food plant-based meals a day for just $7 in Kathy Davis’ “Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Diet Cookbook”.

The recipes are both accessible and tasty, keeping your belly full and your grocery bill in check!

Find ratatouille pasta, peanut butter energy bites, breakfast hash, and more recipes that are all free from animal products, oil, salt, and sugar.

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The Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook 

If you happen to own a pressure cooker, this is the vegan cookbook to get! We’ve already shared our favorite vegan Instant Pot recipes on the blog, but this book takes things a step further.

Over 90 nutritious and delicious everyday vegan recipes make cooking a snap!

Enjoy hands-off cooking while tasting the full repertoire of vegan dishes like homemade coconut yogurt, breakfast enchilada casserole, mushroom risotto, and double fudge chocolate cake.

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The High-Protein Vegan Cookbook for Athletes

Fuel your body with these 70 wholesome high-protein vegan recipes!

Being a top-performing no-meat athlete has never been easier — this awesome book comes with a handy nutrition 101 chapter, tips for stocking your kitchen, and lots of nutrition information for each recipe.

Jenna Braddock, RD, really knows how to make healthy and delicious protein-packed recipes ranging from quick breakfast choices to portable snacks, energizing bowls, sandwiches, dinners, and desserts! 

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The Complete Gluten-Free Vegan Cookbook

If you need to avoid gluten, you can totally do so on a vegan diet!

Check out these 125 filling and satisfying recipes, which offer a wealth of options for everyone — whether you’re gluten-free yourself or want to cook for someone else.

Find lots of additional dietary labels such as soy-free or nut-free (super allergy-friendly!) and enjoy fluffy baked goods, hearty entrées, quick snacks, breakfasts, and sweets.

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Eat Like You Give a F**k

The Thug Kitchen duo are practically superheroes when it comes to the vegan cookbook market.

Not only do they know how to get damn tasty grub on our plates (and fast), but they’re also adored for their straight-talking, no-nonsense conviction that real food is ALWAYS best. 

Whether you are looking to introduce your kitchen to the art of vegan cooking or a long-time vegan looking to up your food game, “Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F**k” is the book for you.

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About Alena Handwritten FontAlena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.

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