When I first went vegan, I wanted to take in all the information I could get and proceeded to gather quite a substantial collection of plant based cookery books. Almost 5 years later, here are the ones I tend to reference the most.
Isa Does It – Isa Chandra Moskowitz
This is without doubt my most used and most loved cookbook of the lot. Isa has a knack for using mostly simple ingredients with delicious results, and a bit of humour thrown in for fun. My most practised recipes include Beefy Asparagus Stir fry, Curried Peanut Sauce Bowl with Tofu and Chocolate Chip and Rosemary cookies.
The Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town by Ms Cupcake
Every recipe that I have tried in this book has been wonderful and widely acclaimed by friends and work colleagues alike. Not for those watching their waist line! Everything from Coconut Bounty cupcakes to Jaffa cakes. Perfect for the beginner vegan baker.
Chloe’s Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli
Chloe interprets 125 classic American recipes to make them vegan friendly and, of course, even more delicious. From the obligatory, ‘Best Ever Mac and Cheese’ and stack of Pancakes to great ideas for dips and sauces.
Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Mosokowitz and Terry Hope Romero
Ok, so I may be a little Isa obsessed but that’s because she’s the best. The 2nd Isa Chandra pick for my top 5 comes in the form of Veganomicon. The lack of photos is made up for with even more recipes. Fudgy Wudgy Blueberry Brownies and Lasagna Marina being my firm favourites. The book also includes a great introductory section including how to stock a vegan pantry and which equipment to use.
Forks Over Knives edited by Gene Stone
The companion recipe book to the wonderful documentary Forks over Knives all about the healing power of a plant based diet. I love that these recipes are simple to make and adapt and great for week night dinners. As well as some wonderful salad and dressing recipes, there’s some great healthy staples like Black Beans and rice and Creamy Noodle casserole. Definitely the most nourishing and health conscious of the pack.
I would love to know what your favourite vegan recipe books are.
Thanks for reading
London Vegan Bird
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