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My burgeoning collection of plant-based cookbooks is always growing. I can never say “no” to a new cookbook! The latest ones on my wish list are: Vegan Meal Prep by J.L Fields, The Super Fun Times Holiday Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and 15 Minute Vegan by Katy Beskow.
I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to cookbooks. I read them cover to cover like a hearty novel, and pour over each page indulgently. It’s an “event” and I savor the time it takes me to go through a new cookbook.
Before I commit to a new one, I have a few criteria I measure it up against:
- The majority of the recipes need to be meals that I will easily and regularly make for my family. It’s a cookbook after all, so if it’s just a pretty book, I am not interested.
- Any cookbook on my shelf also has to offer me a little something different. With so many cookbooks in my arsenal, I am thoughtful about any additions. I curate variety in my collection and look for each cookbook to add something new to my repertoire that I don’t already have.
- The ingredients must be readily available and the recipes shouldn’t take me more than 45 minutes. I’m a busy mom so I want the recipes to be practical and doable for my schedule during the week (when I do most of my cooking).
This list of plant-based cookbooks has it all. From the slow cooker to the cookie jar, the recipes in these cookbooks are ones I turn to again and again to feed my family. These cookbook authors not only offer delicious recipes in their books, but they also present them in fun, eye-catching layouts (another thing I look for in a cookbook).
Browse my list below for a new plant-based cookbook to add to your collection and enjoy some new recipes with your family!
My Favorite Plant-Based Cookbooks To Feed A Family
Colleen is kind of a vegan fairy godmother. She makes veganism easy and accessible for everyone with her 30-Day Vegan Challenge. She has about a dozen cookbooks, but I especially love this one because it offers mouth-watering, inventive recipes for entertaining family and friends at every occasion.
The book’s chapters are organized by types of menus – Romantic Dinners for Two, Feasts for the Holidays, Casuals Meals for Four to Six, and so on. It’s fabulous and one of my go-to resources when I am entertaining for a holiday or special dinner.
I go major fan girl over Chloe Coscarelli. I met her once at her former Silverlake restaurant when it first opened and I couldn’t stop talking about her for weeks.
An Italiana, she’s a vegan after my own heart. I love how she’s deliciously created vegan Italian recipes that are full of all the classic flavors. Her meatballs are the best I have ever had!
I recently added Chloe Flavor to my collection (I also have Chloe’s Kitchen and it’s great too!) and have been cooking my way through it. There are some great weeknight dinners in there that my family and I have loved. I highly recommend adding it to your collection of plant-based cookbooks.
These ladies are the authors of Veganomicon (the first vegan cookbook I bought) and individually have some wonderful cookbooks to their name.
Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar is a must have on my list. With kids in the house, you’ve got to have the perfect chocolate chip recipe – and this book has THE best one and so much more. They’ve got drop cookies and fancy cookies, and slice and roll cookies.
It’s the book you want on hand for your annual holiday cookie exchange, and the one you’ll turn to for a familiar oatmeal cookie on a rainy day.
Dana is one of my favorite vegan bloggers. Her recipes are always inventive and mouth-watering, and the pictures are always stunning.
I turn to these recipes for my every day cooking and weekly meal plans because they are straightforward, and only require about 10 ingredients with no more than 30 minutes to prepare.
Her book also is a great resource for basic vegan staples, like flax egg, DIY almond milk, vegan parmesan, gluten-free flour blend, whipped cream and many others.
The Spork Sisters are the first vegan cooking teachers I had when I went vegan. They are a dynamic duo and I adore their intimate cooking classes in West Hollywood.
This is their first cookbook and I love it for so many reasons. First, the recipes are de-licious, and they are easy to make. They demystify tempeh and tofu and provide really stunning recipes that are fun to make. I especially love the fun food facts on each page. The suggested menus are also a big plus for me in this cookbook.
I also recommend their second book, Vegan 101 which I have been turning to lately for new recipes to rotate into my weekly dinner plan.
As vegan mom who loves to entertain, I don’t know what I would do without this cookbook. I’m a Jewish convert with Hispanic and Italian roots so we celebrate a lot in my home, and this book is a feast for all of the holidays, each chapter organized by occasion.
I’m the only vegan in my extended family so I turn to this plant-based cookbook for every celebration to create a meal that everyone will enjoy.
Clearly, I am an Oh She Glows fan! Both of Angela’s books make my list of favorite plant-based cookbooks for the family.
Her recipes are always beautiful and delicious, and both of her cookbooks are bursting with whole foods and fresh ingredients that always nourish me and my family.
Robin is kind of amazing. She has written more than twenty cookbooks, of which I own several.
As a busy working mom, the slow cooker is one of my strategies for getting dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes. Robin’s book is the one I open again and again when I’m cooking in my crock pot (and Breville Fast Slow Pro, a recent gift from my hubby).
She has so many wonderful options for soups, stews, beans, main dishes, and even dessert. She also has appetizer, snack, and beverage recipes. It’s a must-have for your library of plant-based cookbooks.
I own several of Julie’s cookbooks but this one is my favorite because it breathes new life into the ordinary casserole, which I depend on often for family meals because of their practicality and ease.
She breaks down the casserole into a formula and sets you with up several recipes for sauces and toppings, but also has wonderful recipes for everything from pasta bakes and gratins to pot pies and desserts. I love this cookbook!
This book is one of my weeknight favorites. I promise it will quickly become your go to source for delicious plant-based meals ready in 10 minutes or less.
What Hannah takes away in prep and cook time, she adds back in flavor! Each of these recipes passes the “lick your plate” clean test and they are all original and unique in flavor. This cookbook breathes new life into my weekly meal plan when I’m stuck in a rut.
This is the first book I bought by Dreena (and have since purchased several of her others), and I turn to it often. She has three girls around the same age as my kids so I identify a lot with her life, schedule and cooking challenges. Her recipes are full of whole foods and kid friendly ingredients. I highly recommend this cookbook for anyone feeding kids.
Do you have a favorite cookbook that I should know about? I am always in the market for a great find! Let me know in the comments below.