Long before going plant-based, I started collecting vegan cookbooks. Why? Funny story: I accidentally kept one from when someone let me borrow it and never found them again. Honestly, I think they live in another country now… yikes.
Since then and since having gone vegan, Dave and I have come across a few cookbooks that we know and have come to love. Here are just a few of the books that have a special place on our kitchen cabinet shelf.
- Thug Kitchen. If you haven’t tried making pumpkin chili, you are missing out. Don’t be fooled by the title– these recipes are seriously delicious!
2. The Homemade Vegan Pantry. We really want to try all of the cheese recipes from this cookbook, but it’s all too easy to purchase things at the store. However, making food from scratch reminds me of my grandma and is a healthier alternative to store-bought foods, so I want to make sure to do more of it in 2018!
3. Love Real Food. While this is technically a vegetarian cookbook, the author includes a ton of alternatives in the footnotes for vegans and others with dietary restrictions.
4. Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking. Dana Shultz is a plant-based culinary wizard; I’m sure of it. Every recipe we have made from her cookbook and website have been astounding, my favorite being the vegan Mexican cheese, queso-style. Forget about regular ol’ cheese queso, this stuff will blow it out of the water! 😉
5. Field Roast: 101 Artisan Vegan Meat Recipes to Cook, Share, & Savor. If you’re looking for savory recipes to make you forget regular meat and cheese ever existed, or if you need to satisfy the meat-eater in the house but still want to share a plant-based meal, this cookbook is for you! We just made the paella, and it was so good!!
6. Forks Over Knives Family. If you’re looking for fresh, oil-free and lower-in-salt recipes that will satisfy everyone, you’ve come to the right cookbook! 😉 Forks Over Knives is the movement that started the reintroduction of the plant-based diet, including our own! These recipes can be altered to your taste, as well, so if you feel something needs a little something else, it’s easy to modify.