Like it or not, we were all forced to improve our cooking skills this year. While takeout has normalized and restaurants have resumed outdoor dining in some areas, nothing harkens in the holiday season like a home-cooked meal. With this season’s impressive rollout of vegan cookbooks, you can recreate the most popular goodies from standout vegan bakeries or master more humble weeknight staples. Here are our top vegan cookbook picks for this cozy season.
1. Evolving Vegan by Mena Massoud
Aladdin wrote a cookbook, and it’s vegan. Well, the actor who played Aladdin in the Disney live-action film wrote a cookbook, but that’s a technicality we’re glossing over. In 2019, we watched Massoud document his vegan travels through the Evolving Vegan Instagram account, and the project has finally culminated in an outstanding cookbook. Composed of Massoud’s own recipes and hits from vegan restaurants across the United States and Canada, the contents strike the ideal balance between weeknight basics and complex weekend projects.
Recipes to try: Stranger Wings Pizza, Ethiopian Dinner, Koshari (an Egyptian pasta, lentil, and rice dish)
2. Nourish by Brenda Davis, RD and Reshma Shah, MD, MPH
Far more than just a recipe book, this new work from dietitian Brenda Davis and pediatrician Dr. Reshma Shah offers comprehensive plant-based nutrition advice for individuals and families. This is a wonderful resource for new parents, grandparents, or anyone who is just stepping into the vegan lifestyle. The satisfying recipes allow readers to apply their newfound nutrition knowledge to their everyday meals.
Recipes to try: Build-Your-Own-Full-Meal-Salad, Peanut Dragon Bowl, Lemony Chickpea Pasta with Mushrooms and Broccoli
3. Karma Baker Cookbook by Celine Ikeler
Just in time for the holiday baking season, the woman behind the iconic Karma Baker bakery is releasing the sumptuous recipes for some of her most coveted fall and winter bakes. While we’ll still be ordering her more ambitious sweets either at the Westlake, CA store or online, this 18-recipe e-book allows us to recreate Karma Baker staples such as autumnal pies and decorative sugar cookies. We’ll leave the PieCake to the pros!
Recipes to try: No-bake Pumpkin Cream Cheesecake, Chocolate Coconut Cream Cake, Mexican Wedding Cookies
4. Plant Based Gourmet by Suzannah Gerber
Ever wondered how chefs at your favorite vegan restaurant build those tantalizing, complex flavors that you can never seem to master at home? Plant Based Gourmet has the answers. This book will teach you essential kitchen techniques, how to layer flavor, and how to create vegan meals worthy of a five-star restaurant. These recipes take patience and dedication, but with Gerber’s detailed instructions, the end result will be glorious.
Recipes to try: Escargot Amuse Bouche, Maitake Steak, Baked Brie
5. Oh She Glows for Dinner by Angela Liddon
This blogger-turned-recipe-developer has come a long way since first launching Oh She Glows in 2008 to document her eating disorder recovery. Fast-forward 12 years later and enjoying a full, healthy life, Liddon is now a mom and New York Times Bestselling author. This latest dinner-focused cookbook completes the Oh She Glows Trilogy (Oh She Glows Cookbook and Oh She Glows Everyday). Expect accessible, nourishing, and family-friendly recipes in addition to “Glow Getter Meal Plans” and “Menus to Get Your Glow On.”
Recipes to try: Cheesy Lentil Bolognese Casserole with Italian Herb Parmesan, O! Canada Spiced Maple Cream Torte with Warm and Gooey Apple Pie Compote, Fast Family Fajitas
6. Healthy at Last by Eric Adams
Many politicians publish memoirs, but Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams took a different approach. Adams’ inaugural work details his personal journey from a type-2 diabetic to a plant-based advocate and community leader. Using his background as a launchpad, Adams takes a deep dive into the prevalence of preventable disease in African-American communities then offers solutions by way of plant-based nutrition. The book also includes 50 recipes from vegan celebrities and health experts such as Jenné Claiborne (Sweet Potato Soul), Charity Morgan, and Bryant Jennings.
Recipes to try: Vegan Chipotle Mac N Cheese, Cheezy Grits Breakfast Bowl, Black Bean Tacos
7. Vegan Christmas Cookies and Cocoa by Audrey Dunham
Get ready for cookie season! Vegan blogger and cookie queen Audrey Dunham just released her first cookbook, and it’s all about the holidays. We love Dunham for her weeknight-ready recipes via her blog, as well as the decadent gluten-free cookie mixes she sells under her Peanut’s Bakeshop brand. There’s plenty of kid-approved seasonal sweets and holiday cookies in this beginner-friendly book.
Recipes to try: Homemade Marshmallows, Winter Lattes, Gingerbread People Cookies
8. Friendly Vegan Cookbook by Michelle Cehn and Toni Okamoto
Co-authored by a pair of vegan resource gurus, the Friendly Vegan Cookbook aims to spotlight the vegan lifestyle as one of accessibility, nourishment, and flavor. Michelle Cehn of World of Vegan and Toni Okamoto of Plant-Based on a Budget join forces to bring people to the vegan way of life—no matter their background or financial status. The vibrant photography and belly-warming meals will be sure to put a smile on your face.
Recipes to try: Yellow Tofu Curry, Cornbread Chili Casserole, Birthday Cake
9. The Vegan Rhino: Ultimate Holiday Feast by Ryan Shepard
If all you’re looking for is the answer to what to make this holiday season, plunk this seasonal cookbook in your virtual shopping cart. With 35 easy-to-follow recipes specifically tailored to holiday eating, this eBook is the go-to resource for every festive gathering or solo-meal this season. While the recipes are seasonal, the extensive reference guides at the back of this book can (and should) be used year-round. Keep this PDF flagged any time you need to look up which egg replacer method works best for which recipes, celsius to Fahrenheit conversions, and more helpful tips.
Recipes to try: Pumpkin-Style Dinner Rolls, Vibrant Pomegranate Stuffing, Warm Cinnamon Apple Wedges
10. The VegNews Guide to Being a Fabulous Vegan by Jasmin Singer
This isn’t a cookbook—it’s so much more. Author, activist, and long-time vegan Jasmin Singer guides readers through 30 chapters of vegan how-to, all specifically aimed to transform you into your most fabulous vegan self. From what to eat for breakfast to the hidden horrors of the animal agriculture industry, even seasoned vegans can learn quite a lot from this comprehensive vegan companion guide. Think you’ve already reached your optimum vegan potential? Add this to your cookbook collection just for the exclusive VegNews recipes at the end of each chapter.
Recipes to try: BBQ Oyster Mushroom Sliders, Two-Step Vegan Biscuits, Salted Caramel Brownies
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