I get asked to recommend plant-based cookbooks quite often.
I jump at the chance to share the books that have taught me so much about this way of eating, and inspire me on a daily basis.
It’s about time I put them all together in a collection of favorites that showcases the best of the best. These books have helped me understand the techniques, flavors, and necessary approaches for successfully implementing a plant-based lifestyle. In no particular order…
Blissful Basil by Ashley Melillo
Every recipe in this book has been a hit that goes above and beyond expectations. The easy shiitake bacon captured my heart and convinced me to stay for the more involved dishes like the baked pasta with creamy “mozzarella” and homemade sauce.
Check out Blissful Basil for more.
The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Katz
Technically not a plant-based book, but deserving of a spot. I love fermented foods (cider, anyone?), and this is a nearly 500 page book is essentially the fermentation bible. But it is less cookbook and more concept and process based. You’ll learn the ins and outs of fermentation, but don’t expect any traditionally written recipes. You have to read and understand, then play and get a feel for it all, and ultimately hone in on your own unique approach.
Check out Wild Fermentation for more.
Ferment Your Vegetables by Amanda Feifer
If you’re looking for a less cumbersome book on fermentation, this is a great option. It’ll help you get started and understand all the possibilities of fermenting vegetables, which Amanda was illustrating on her blog, Phickle, first.
Check out Phickle for more.
Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward
I credit this cookbook for making me rethink beets. But that’s just one tiny note about what Ella brings to the table. Anyone who has made the journey to plant-based after a health scare has instantly captured my attention and feels like a kindred spirit. Her tone and recipes are on my wavelength, and after visiting her cafe, The Mae Deli, in London last year I was hooked.
Check out Deliciously Ella for more.
The Plant-Power Way by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt
This plant-based power couple is lifestyle #goals. Rich Roll’s podcast is one of my favorites, and Julie’s prowess in the kitchen reinvigorates my passion for cooking. And this one is more than just a cookbook; it includes many editorial elements that give it far more bang for your buck.
Check out Rich Roll for more.
Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz
I turn to this book when I want a surefire path to satisfying comfort food. My favorites include the Smashed Black Bean Green Chile Taquitos and the Thai Quinoa Meatballs. But there’s also all the basics to get you started with plant-based essentials like sauces, pickling, how to work with tofu, and much more.
Check out Minimalist Baker for more.
This Cheese is Nuts by Julie Piatt
Brought to you by half of duo behind The Plant Power Way (mentioned above) this new book brings to light the incredible possibilities of nut-based cheeses. If you’ve dabbled with plant-based eating but have deemed cheese a non-negotiable, this book may help soften that tight grip on dairy.
Check out SriMati for more.
YumUniverse Pantry to Plate by Heather Crosby
I already devoted a post to gushing about this book by my friend Heather, but of course it deserves a spot here. This one goes beyond cookbook and into the realm of textbook, but don’t let that word scare you off. It’s so comprehensively written that you’ll feel as if you’re getting a plant-based education, all while swooning over gorgeous photos and beautiful hand-painted details.
Check out YumUniverse for more.
Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen by Richa Hingle
I love Indian food, but am not familiar enough with the cuisine to confidently throw dishes together off-book. Richa is my trustworthy guide. Her blog (which is not exclusively Indian food) had me instantly hooked, so I knew this book was a must. She covers every type of dish imaginable, with an accessible approach that makes tackling her recipes a joy.
Check out Vegan Richa for more.
One Part Plant by Jessica Murnane
I started with Jessica’s podcast and haven’t looked back. She has an infectious personality and is fully invested in unearthing the best there is in the health and wellness sphere and sharing it with the masses. I knew her cookbook would be equally as inspiring, and it is. If you’re simply plant-curious, this is the one for you. Jessica’s goal is simply to get people eating one plant-based meal per day, which is an inviting and accessible request for all.
Check out Jessica Murnane for more.