The 10 Best Vegan Cookbooks For Beginners in 2022

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Finally made your way into veganism but ​struggle to cook vegan food?

Don’t worry. Even if you’ve never boiled a grain of rice in your life — the following vegan cookbooks will teach you how to come up with plant-based delicacies that will mesmerize anyone at your dinner table.

Coming from a traditional family — changing to a vegan diet wasn’t a positive thing, but after I started cooking yummy vegan dishes, and sharing them with everyone, something changed. 

Today I’m asked to cook plant-based food whenever I’m around, so they can “reduce” meat and dairy consumption.

If you want to cook some amazing vegan food, there are 10 vegan cookbooks that can help you get started. 

10 Best Vegan Cookbooks for Beginners

#1 – Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give F*ck.

thug kitchen

There are elements in this book I found fascinating.

The first one is the fact the food tastes delicious. I’ve tried many recipes over the years, and I can’t help but feel most don’t taste good when I’m done. 

Thug Kitchen shows you how you can create delicious vegan food without fail. Yes… the book includes A LOT of instructions… as a beginner would have it.

The recipes don’t demand any high-end kitchen gadgets or cream of the crop ingredients; only simple ingredients that you can find in your local supermarket. 

There is a lot of cursing in book; not something most people appreciate, but it makes for a hilarious time reading.

To give you an example, here’s how they describe breakfast, salads, and soups:

  • Carpe Fucking Diem.
  • Short Order Shit.
  • Big-Ass Cup Of Cozy.

This cookbook is a New York Times Bestseller, so there is certainly a level of quality to it. 

#2 – The Vegan 8: 100 Simple, Delicious Recipes Made with 8 Ingredients or Less

the vegan 8

Do you want to heal yourself with a plant-based diet?

That’s what Brandi Doming did for her husband after he got diagnosed with gout.

Yes, the secret apparently lies in this book; and it doesn’t seem to take that much, as you got 100 simple, delicious recipes made with 8 ingredients or less.

In the first chapter of this book, it gives a thorough introduction to tips, tricks, techniques, and ingredients to assure you get the most out of the recipes every time.

The rest of the chapters are divided by the type of meals in a day: Breakfast, Scrumptious Snacks & Appetizers, Time-Crunch Lunches, Sauces & Dressings, Easy Entrees, Comforting Soups & Stews, Sides & Dips, Crowd-Pleasing Desserts, and Staples.

The book considers as it contains easy to spot information on whether a dish is gluten-free, and also other allergen-related information.

The premise behind using 8 ingredients lies in the fact most people are busy… and most are beginners giving their first steps in a new diet. Brandi wrote this cookbook with those people in mind because delicious food SHOULD NOT be this nightmare you have to set aside three hours of your day for elaboration. 

Brandi has her unique preferences, for example, I’ve noticed she loves to include smokey barbecue flavor in her dishes. Not only that, her desserts are light on fruit but heavy on chocolate; for those of you who revere chocolate, this is an absolute dream.

#3 – Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week.

isa does it

Isa is one of a kind. Her experience & creativity in the kitchen helps you create full, multidimensional flavors that exceed the tastiness of comparable meat dishes.

Whether it’s a vegan creamy sauce or a bean salad — Isa takes it to the next level.

Isa can use fairly simple ingredients and morph them into bold, satisfying and crave-worthy foods you can make in less than 30 minutes.

The pages in this book look gorgeous and the texture of the paper itself adds to the quality of the book.

ISA DOES IT BOOK

Here are the names of some amazing recipes in the book:

  • Chickpea-Rice Soup with Cabbage.
  • Chicky Tuna Salad Sandwiches.
  • Puttanesca Pomodoro.
  • Lentil-a-Roni.

Looking at the cover, one might feel underwhelmed and tie it to the hundreds of thousands of similar books on the same topic — but obviously, that’s not Isa’s job.

When she writes, she always guarantees surprising, delicious, unexpected, and new vegan recipes you can easily create every day of the week.

Isa also took the time to add notes to each recipe, by including variations. You might be allergic to gluten or nuts, or you might have a certain dislike… in which case Isa doesn’t limit the reader by only accounting for the regular ‘I love it all’ person.

Imagine buying a cookbook and not being able to cook 10 recipes in it. Not with Isa.

This being said, the desserts could be MORE interesting and appealing.

#4 – Fuss-Free Vegan: 101 Everyday Comfort Food Favorites, Veganized

fuss free vegan

There’s something magical about this book.

The way the book is presented… the imagery, the fonts, the way the images show you how each step should look like in the cooking process… along with the respective instructions on the side of each image makes this a splendid book for beginners.

Sam’s recipes are delicious, easy to follow, and easy to prepare.

I’m warning you though, this book is not about using a lot of processed or frozen foods; it’s more about creating delicious foods using fresh, whole, plant-based ingredients that are highly nutritious. 

If you love cooking, you’ll find true bliss in following the simple recipes laid out by Sam.

The ingredients you find in the cookbook, despite being fresh, are not expensive to buy. Another aspect I appreciate is the variety of foods you can find; there’s something for everyone in this cookbook.

However, if you’re allergic to nuts, this cookbook is probably not for you. 

#5 – Liv B’s Vegan on a Budget: 112 Inspired and Effortless Plant-Based Recipes

Liv B cookbook

Do you want to have a go at delicious vegan food on a budget?

Liv B has created 112 effortless, plant-based recipes to get yourself quickly adapted to a vegan diet.

Liv B prefaces the book with a list of cheap and accessible ingredients that minimize grocery costs compared to some other cookbooks.

The book is very beginner-friendly with many tips that help new vegan adapt and become familiarized with cooking plant-based ingredients.

The pages are not overwhelming at all! (If you’ve tried your share of cookbooks over the years, you will understand why I mean by this. Some books have pages we skip because the recipes are simply too long — which deters some people from trying new recipes)

How do you feel about the page above? Simple right?

If you love to cook on a budget, but still want absolutely delicious food, this is a great cookbook.

#6 – But I Could Never Go Vegan!: 125 Recipes That Prove You Can Live Without Cheese, It’s Not All Rabbit Food, and Your Friends Will Still Come Over for Dinner

BUt i could never go vegan

Do you resist the idea of using ingredients created to emulate animal-based ingredients?

This book, authored by Kristy Turner, contains a great chapter that provides you with authentic plant-based recipes; not ones that mimic animal foods.

“Why call it something it isn’t and then try to make it taste like what it will never really taste…?  We should allow the plants to truly shine in their own right.” I love this approach.

The book starts with an interesting and easy to follow introduction covering basic ingredients and tools you need to get started; as well as a basic guide on topics such as roasting garlic, making nut butter and cooking various grains.

And if you’ve always wondered how you can make tofu and seitan taste great— Kristy teaches you how to make condiments and components that will turn bland ingredients into flavorful powerhouses. 

This cookbook is missing the nutritional information for each recipe. Knowing what’s on your plate helps you assess the nutrients might need in other meals.

Although I enjoy taking my time cooking, I know some people don’t, so this cookbook is for the lazy cooks out there. 

#7 – The Beginner’s Guide to a Plant-Based Diet: Use the Newest 3 Weeks Plant-Based Diet Meal Plan to Reset & Energize Your Body. Easy, Healthy and Whole Foods Recipes to Kick-Start a Healthy Eating.

plant-based diet baby

Let me start by saying this: If you love a book with colorful pictures, this is not the book.

This being said, not everyone cares about colorful books with pretty pictures — although it may affect your decision to choose (or not choose) a cookbook.

The Beginner’s Guide to a Plant-Based Diet gives you an eating routine that if followed closely, will certainly prolong your life and diminish your risk of disease. In fact, this book insists on the consumption of natural plant-based foods that keep up the correct adjust of proteins, sugars, and fats in your body.

It’s about implementing an authentic whole food, plant-based diet by using organic ingredients, fruits, grains, seeds, and vegetables.

More than creating tasty recipes — I feel like the purpose of this book is different. Food is sustenance, and while we seek to taste in food, there’s an appeal in eating food for the energy and nutrients it provides.

That being said, this book might not strike a chord with most people — but it’s a good way to get educated, and transition into a plant-based diet.

#8 – The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out

oh she glows cookbook

A great thing about this cookbook is that you won’t need to go find a weird ingredient in a health food store to make these recipes; you just need to have access to whole, plant-based foods.

If you read some of the reviews on this particular book; you’ll find some arguments to be somewhat odd. One person, in particular, complained about how complex the recipes are and how long they take to create. But that is impossible because you can actually find a variety of recipes in this book.

In fact, you can find recipes that take 5 minutes to prepare— and recipes that can take you up to 2-3 hours to make. It really boils down to you actually taking the time to read the cookbook before making early assessments.

This being said, there’s a not so good aspect — which should be brought up. I believe vegan food should be healthy — and really purge the need to rely on processed ingredients to add any flavor to ingredients.

However, I consider the recipes in this book to be quite indulgent — since almost every recipe has oil and added sugar.

I certainly wish there were healthier choices — more salads, healthy pancake or waffle recipes, and less creamy dishes. I’d really rank this cookbook higher if the recipes were more vegetable-rich — because we should really look at plant-based food as something that should improve our health and keep us healthy for a long time!

#9 – Vegan Cookbook For Beginners: The Essential Vegan Cookbook to Get Started

vegan cookbook for beginners

This vegan cookbook markets itself as a book made for beginners.

With 150 vegan recipes, there’s a huge appeal in finding hundreds of recipes that are easy to prepare— most under an hour.

This being said, I felt this cookbook gave a bigger emphasis on health.

If you’re looking for a bit more tasteful food, there’s a chance you’ll need to add more salt or seasoning when cooking. It’s a great starter book but I felt some things were lacking.

First off, I could not find any nutritional information with the recipes. Providing a break down of the nutritional value of each meal is essential for a vegan diet. It’s important to strike a balance and see exactly what you’re getting in each meal.

The other odd aspect — and this will turn off many people… is the lack of pictures. How do prepare a meal without mental imagery of the recipe? This is especially true for beginners.

Lastly, I noted there was a bigger focus on dressings and sauces, as well as smoothie recipes. While these recipes are great, I’m always in for variety. And this book kind of missed the mark on that… despite still being a great book, nonetheless.

#10 – Forks Over Knives ― The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year

forks over knives cookbook

Honestly— I’m a fan of Forks Over Knives.

I’ve read the documentary, I’ve used their app — and I’ve followed their website closely over the years. They’ve introduced millions to veganism!

Thus before I get to the critical part, I want to acknowledge what they are doing here.

Seriously, I know why anyone would buy this cookbook over any other.

The cover is beautiful; the brand launched an eye-opening documentary seen by millions; they launched a free educational app you can use to get new recipes every week… and they even have courses that introduce people into a vegan diet.

THEY HAVE DONE A LOT.

Not only that, but some people fell in love with this cookbook because it brought them results they never expected.

People have lost weight and felt more energetic; some have even cut back on asthma medication — which speaks volumes about the impact this cookbook had.

This being said, I want to point out a few things I’ve discovered after simulating some of their recipes.

First off, some recipes state they can feed 4 people, but I’ll just assume most people feel full with very little. And my wife likes to save food for the next day, but unfortunately, their tomato soup, if you follow it strictly, comes up a bit short. The same can be said for creams and sauces in some of their main dishes. (Stroganoff anyone?)

The recipes are some kind of mix of too much/not enough and you’ll never know until it’s too late. For an inexperienced cook, this might be difficult to figure out.

What’s more, the recipes in this cookbook can get somewhat spicy. Don’t get me wrong— I’m a spicy guy, but my wife doesn’t like spice at all.

Additionally, despite the 300 recipes in the book, there’s a lack of real variations.

Sometimes it feels like they build-up from previous recipes and just adds a small ingredient here and there to create similar versions of the same thing.

And as much as I loved soy when I started veganism — today I just don’t. There’s just too much BS that goes into creating soybeans.

In end, I just feel like there are better books out there for beginners.

Conclusion

When I became vegan, I found myself seeking the flavor of meat and cheese in my vegan meals. This made me realize that my brain was hooked to that flavor, just like a drug addict is addicted to heroin.

A diet with meat and cheese is not healthy for you.

But nor is a diet with fake meat and fake cheese. 

Just because you are vegan now, that doesn’t mean you can’t get overweight or sick.

Therefore, you must practice an authentic whole-food, plant-based diet.

Yes, it’s okay to go wild sometimes, but the healing ingredients are within nature. Whatever cookbook you end up following, please keep that in mind.

A plant-based diet can be delicious, but you don’t need to constantly seek the thrill flavorsome food every day. Keep it healthy ~

Thanks for taking your precious time to read this post.