The New Sexy: 5 Best Vegan Cookbooks in 2021

best vegan cookbooks

Are vegan cookbooks the ‘new sexy’?

For a number of reasons, vegan cookbooks are an endless inspiration for every meal you need – from midweek dinners to seriously decadent vegan junk food!

Veganism might not have been as widespread until recently, but in 2021, it has been embraced by more and more people eager to go plant-based. 

You are right on time, as we have the 5 best vegan cookbooks for you to try!

The best vegan cookbooks this year range from easy guides for beginners to vegan cookbooks that cater to larger groups of vegans, and allow a flexitarian recipe approach, tailored to your needs. 

All cookbooks on our list take veganism beyond tofu and lentils and indicate that vegan cooking is not just sustainable and easy but also delicious on another level.

Of course, eating a plant-based diet shouldn’t mean sacrificing flavor or nutrients.

To get you the best of both worlds – the nutritional value and quality of ingredients – we have rounded up some of the best vegan cookbooks featuring unique, practical, and affordable recipes ideas for your every meal! 

But, first thing’s first…


A Peek into Veganism 

While veganism is not the latest nutrition trend, there seems to be plenty of reasons why people love it today. For one, veganism offers a safe and natural way to prepare ground-born foods, such as crops, nuts, legumes, vegetables, fruits, and more. 

As you know, all these come packed with countless vitamins, minerals, fats, healthy acids, and protein – all of which we need to function optimally. Additionally, these nutrients make vegan products equally fulfilling and nutritious compared to meat-based foods.

Nutrition aside, some consumers prefer veganism as a way to protect the environment, eat cleaner, stay fitter, and rid of toxins brought along by meat and dairy products.    

Whatever your reasoning for loving veganism might be, rest assured you are on the right track to eating healthier and better. As for inspiration and guidance, we have the perfect cookbooks to get you started. 

Are you on the search for vegan recipe inspiration?

Get ready to spice up your breakfasts, brunches, lunches, snacks, dinners, and desserts, and indulge in some yummy, practical, and super-fresh vegan recipes.

Inside our recommended vegan cookbooks, you will discover everything you need to kick off your vegan journey- from clever preparation tips and tricks to state-of-the-art culinary techniques to impress your family and loved ones. 

From beginner-friendly to advanced Asian or African-inspired recipes and more, here are the top 5 vegan cookbooks to read in 2021!


5 Top Vegan Cookbooks in 2021

1. Jackfruit and Blue Ginger: Asian Favorites, Made Vegan

Jackfruit and Blue Ginger: Asian Favourites, Made Vegan

Jackfruit and Blue Ginger: Asian Favorites, Made Vegan is the name of this modern vegan cookbook and our first choice on this list.

Sasha Gill, a dedicated vegan blogger and an Oxford University Medical scholar is the sole author of her vegan cookbook, now recognized and beloved worldwide!

Born and raised in Singapore, Sasha spent a great portion of her childhood in her home kitchen, getting acquainted with all signature dishes of her home cuisine.
When she first moved to the UK, Sasha decided to adopt a vegan lifestyle, mostly because of her roots, upbringing, as well as the traditional nutrition lifestyle of Singapore. 

Eager to somewhat replicate and adjust her on-budget student meals, Sasha vegan-optimized all mouth-watering dishes she loved and presented them through her new blog called The Sasha Diaries.

The book pays homage to the dishes Sasha is familiar with and loves to this day, some of which stem from her childhood days in Singapore and others she learned during her extensive Asian trips, from China and Thailand to Japan, Malaysia, and India.

Take your pick between Sasha’s Indian take on cauliflower samosas and Tandoori cauliflower ‘wings’, or explore a burst of flavours with her Thai Jackfruit massaman curry, just in time for dinner.

For dessert, treat yourself to Sasha’s yummy almond and semolina sugee cake, which also happens to be her favourite sweet treat. 

This modern vegan cookbook details all the specific ways of preparing vegan food and takes you on an unforgettable cuisine journey you don’t want to miss!

Her recipe collection is more than a vegan cookbook – it is a homage to Sasha’s heritage and her beloved Asian dishes done with a vegan twist!

In the book, you will find grand specials, such as Sasha’s ever-famous ‘butter chicken’ enriched with plant milk and seitan to her recognizable tofu pad Thai and Peking jackfruit pancakes. No matter the recipe, Sasha cleverly steers clear of meat-based products and instead offers vegan alternatives that add texture, richness and flavour to all her dishes. 

2. The Afro-Vegan Cookbook

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This vegan cookbook is well-deserving of a spot on our list!

Whether you are a fan of traditional African cuisine or a spicy Caribbean delicacy, the vibrance and flavours of all recipes in this book are bound to keep every vegan full and satisfied. 

Inside the Afro-Vegan cookbook, renowned chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry reworks and remixes all favourite staples and classic dishes inspired by the rich and flamboyant African cuisine, thus presenting creative culinary combinations that will amaze both vegans and non-vegans!

A pundit in the world of healthy vegan eating, Bryant is known for his rich collection of vegan books, such as The Inspired Vegan and Vegan Soul Kitchen, both authored by him.

Aside from being a full-time chef, Terry is also the host of Urban Organic and has appeared in numerous national TV and radio culinary shows.

His cooking empowers and encourages, whilst also telling the story of nourishing communities in his Afro-Vegan cookbook. In it, Bryant animates the African cuisine to perfection, giving it the detail, reverence, and passion it deserves.
Not just that, but he also raises the bar for using often-overlooked culinary traditions through introducing a personal, tasteful and simplistic way of readjusting these for vegan foodies. 

With this vegan cookbook, Bryant hopes to inspire, celebrate, and explore healthy vegan choices done simplistically and right!

Afro-Vegan is one of the best vegan cookbooks that bring to life vegetable, grain, and spice-based recipes often ignored. His book is a manifest of his love for cooking and his desire to put African-originated foods in their much-deserved spotlight. 

Featuring over 100 state-of-the-art and tasty dishes, mostly gathered on Bryant’s African escapades and excursions, this is a vegan cookbook that exhilarates the senses and keeps you hungry for more!

Bryant’s goal is to yet build a community of foodies to get a taste of these unique recipes- from Chile-garlic oil corn to his remarkable cinnamon-soaked wheat berry salad.

Chances are, no matter which recipe you choose, Bryant’s easy-to-follow guidelines and smart tips will make it a dish to remember.  

3. The ‘Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking’ Cookbook

Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes

Blogger Dana Shultz is widely known for her take on classy and easy-to-do vegan recipes.

Based on extensive knowledge and understanding of what it means to eat vegan, Dana recently published her very own vegan cookbook, called the ‘Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking’, featuring a variety of recipes yet unpublished on her blog.

Considered a true encyclopaedia of incredible plant-based recipes and vegan soul food delicacies, the cookbook serves as the ultimate guide for amateur, beginner, and advanced vegans. The book contains a variety of vegan meals easily searched by cuisine origin, nutritional value, skills required, and more.

The collection of recipes stands out from other vegan cookbooks on the market, as Dana attempts and succeeds in presenting newly contemplated vegan meals done with no more than 10 ingredients!

Among the rich selection of vegan breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and desserts, Dana made sure to include a handful of gluten-free vegan recipes, too. With a cookbook of over 101 available recipes, Dana puts emphasis on easy-to-make dishes that require no more than 30 minutes to prepare as well as minimal cooking equipment.

All recipes in the ‘Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking’ cookbook gives readers a glimpse into the nutritional value of each meal, whilst also offering smart tips and tricks to facilitate the cooking process and urge readers to fall in love with veganism in a whole new way!  

4. ‘The Plant Kitchen’, a Vegan’s Beginners Guide

The Plant Kitchen: 100 easy recipes for vegan beginners

If you are looking for something different out of veganism, this is the book for you! 

One of the main reasons why it excels in vegan cooking is because The Plant Kitchen vegan cookbook is created as a guide for vegan beginners and offers over 100 recipes to choose from!

If you were hoping to start off your plant-based journey on the right track, this cookbook is bound to become your new culinary best friend!

The book’s author, Ryland Peters, masterfully introduces a range of recipes executed by using fresh produce as well as vegan protein-rich alternatives, such as legumes, nuts, prunes, and more!

Seasonings and sauces used in Peters’ recipes serve as an inspiration from all over the world and result in carefully thought out dishes that pop in colour and impress in taste. 

From tender peas, asparagus, baby carrots, sun-burnished peppers, and tomatoes to plant roots and potatoes for the colder season, Ryland’s plant-based recipes showcase seasonal produce used right and guarantee to satisfy your appetite and boost your overall vegan experience. 

In this cookbook, you will find popular vegan recipes, such as smashed avocado on toast with raw courgette, herb salad with dukkah, the beloved azuki bean stew with amaranth, or the simple Thai vegetable dish. Just in time for dessert, try the incredible grain-free adaptogenic chocolate nougat bar, and enjoy a rich taste of natural sweetness! 

5. Epic Vegan: Wild and Over-the-Top Plant-Based

Epic Vegan: Wild and Over-the-Top Plant-Based Recipes

This one goes to the ones who love to experiment in the kitchen!

Anything but traditional and dull, Epic Vegan takes a new approach to modern-day veganism, and bursts with nostalgic flavours, juicy textures, and countless nutrients.

Author Dustin Harder began his vegan career as a TV show host and given his experience, he’s the perfect cook to step outside the comfort zone of cooking and steer clear from the typical.

His cookbook, Epic Vegan: Wild and Over-the-Top Plant-Based, inspires with its richness in the wildest vegan meals that are a joy to prepare. In midst of all the food mess, Dustin’s recipes always deliver that mouth-watering impact and offer great versatility in preparing unique vegan dishes.

For playful cooks and eager experimenters, Epic Vegan encourages you to inspire yourself and others with staple dishes such as Dustin’s Festive Cheesy Spinach Bread and Bacon Macaroni and Cheese Blue Burger. Yum, yum!

The Host of the TV show ‘The Vegan Roadie’, Harder puts his primary focus on adventures while cooking and making the most of both simple and fancy ingredients to end up as delicious meals served just in time for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

All recipes featured in the cookbook can be made from scratch, and the ingredients are so lively, you can easily take most of them from savoury to sweet. In his recipes are also pure foodie classics, such as Norito’s Los Tacos and vegan burgers to drool over with delight.

With an easy step-by-step guide and a very specified culinary mission, Dustin is the vegan demigod the culinary world so desperately needed! 


Vegan Considerations

There are many people who still have their second-thoughts on going vegan. Usually, veganism is met with judgment and criticism, but luckily, in recent years, the tides are shifting and vegans are growing in number. 

While some still resort to meat-based diets, veganism can be a great alternative for those who are looking for a meatless plan that is just as healthy and beneficial.

Well, for all eager vegans out there, or vegans to-be, rest assured that these vegan cookbooks will direct you on the right path to eating healthy foods while eating clean and natural. 

You can find all 5 best vegan cookbooks through any online book retailer, or on Amazon, at prices ranging from 10 to 50 dollars. 

One last thing before we go, veganism can be super affordable when you already know what you’re cooking, and, with a solid meal plan in mind. As veganism leaves lots of room for alternatives, repurposing ingredients, and transforming sweets into savoury meals and vice versa (hey avocado!), the lifestyle offers an array of options to consider.  

No need for excessive spending, and going all out- veganism is your most suitable alternative to clean, fresh, and healthy eating!

Ready to go vegan with us? 

Let’s get started! 

Thomas
Thomas has been vegan for over 5 years and has decided to move to Costa Rica with his family to be closer to nature and live a more minimalistic life. He loves yummy vegan food and sustainable products.