The 60 Best Vegan Books That You Need to Read (For Health, Animals, Fitness and More!)

Vegan Books

I’m so grateful that I found veganism many years ago. Going vegan truly changed my life in the best way possible. You can read about my vegan story here, but I’ll summarize it in a few words. My body thrives on a healthy, vegan, whole foods plant-based diet. It isn’t necessary to kill animals or eat animal products to survive and thrive. Going vegan is the best thing that a single person can do for the natural environment and the sustainability of our planet. This blog post highlights the best vegan books out there that will help you navigate a lifestyle that’s good for people, animals, and the planet.

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If you’ve found your way here after a growing curiosity about how to cook more meatless meals, you’ve come to the right place. Maybe you watched a vegan documentary on Netflix or you’re curious about why a friend or family member went vegan. Veganism is growing in popularity and I truly believe that a vegan lifestyle is necessary for our collective future. It’s time to get on board!

Thankfully, there are tons and tons of books out there on various topics that will show you the way. I read many books before going fully vegan, and it wasn’t always easy many years ago. Food is such a personal part of our own traditions and cultures. There are many ways to incorporate veganism into your life to establish new traditions and routines that are healthier for people, animals, and the planet. I’ve categorized some of the best vegan books into several subjects: vegan for beginners, vegan for the animals, vegan fitness, vegan travel, plant-based nutrition, and more.


Vegan for Beginners Books

Here are some of the best vegan books if you’re new to veganism and you’re not quite sure where to start. In the beginning, you’ll learn so many new ideas and some of these books will challenge you to learn new perspectives that you might not have thought about before. Even though I was raised vegetarian, I didn’t question eating animal products for such a long time. Once I read books about veganism, I started questioning why I ever ate animal products at all. These are the top vegan for beginners books that are an excellent place to start.


Becoming Vegan

Becoming Vegan

Becoming Vegan by Brenda Davis, RD. and Vesanto Melina, MS, RD is a fantastic place to start if you’re thinking about going vegan and don’t know where to start. There are two versions of this book: the Comprehensive Version and the Express Version. You’ll find information all about using plant-based foods to protect yourself against chronic diseases, how to get protein from vegan meals, ensuring a healthy pregnancy while following a vegan diet, how to maintain a healthy weight, meeting proper vitamin and mineral needs, incorporating “good fats” to your diet, and vegan nutrition for people of all stages of life (infants, children, and seniors).


The Forks Over Knives Plan

The Forks Over Knives Plan

The Forks Over Knives Plan is one of the best vegan books for beginners, especially if you’ve watched the Forks Over Knives documentary. It’s a companion book to the film, so I recommend watching the movie first and then grabbing the book. Essentially, this is a how-to book on transitioning to veganism, one meal at a time. All in all, you’ll get 100 recipes that will transform your kitchen into one that celebrates the WFPB (whole food plant-based) diet.


The Mindful Vegan

The Mindful Vegan: A 30 Day Plan for Finding Health, Balance, Peace and Happiness

The Mindful Vegan by Lani Muelrath offers a 30 day plan to find health, balance, peace, and happiness. The author combines the teachings of a vegan lifestyle with a mindfulness practice in one of the best vegan for beginner books. Backed by extensive research, you’ll learn how to rewire your habits when it comes to food and make a positive change for yourself and the world through your diet. Not only will you form a positive relationship with your food, but you’ll transform your life through compassion and clarity.


Main Street Vegan

Main Street Vegan: Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully and Live Compassionately in the Real World

Main Street Vegan by Victoria Moran is one of the best vegan for beginner books for those looking to make this amazing shift in your life. As the cover reads, “Everything you need to know to eat healthfully and live compassionately in the real world”. It has 40 short chapters that each end with a recipe. It’s the perfect guide for the veg and the veg-curious; a fun and fearless companion to your journey in plant-based living.


Never Too Late to Go Vegan

Never Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet

Never Too Late to Go Vegan by Carol J. Adams, Patti Breitman, and Virginia Messina, MPH, RD, aims to demonstrate the exact title of the book – it’s never too late to go vegan! This book is geared to the 50+ crowd with practical tips, tricks, and advice about going vegan, no matter your age. There are so many health advantages to adopting a vegan lifestyle where everyone can benefit, and it’s not too late to start today.


The 30 Day Vegan Challenge

The 30 Day Vegan Challenge

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is one of the first vegan authors that I started following online when I decided to go vegan. In her book, The 30 Day Vegan Challenge, you can easily change your life in just one month. If you’ve ever wondered how you’ll live without cheese or eggs, or have no idea where you’ll get your protein, this is the book for you. Colleen Patrick-Goudreau debunks common myths about a vegan diet, shows you how to eat and shop affordably, and provides practical advice for dining at restaurants. There are tons of resources and recipes in the book, whether you’re already vegan or slowly transitioning to veganism.


Vegan for the Animals and Animal Sanctuary Books

The main reason why I went vegan is because I am an animal lover. I couldn’t justify hurting an animal in any way for food when it’s absolutely not necessary. If you love animals, you’ll want to read the following best vegan books for animal lovers (from farm animals to wildlife to your pets).


Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows by Melanie Joy, PhD introduces readers to the concept of carnism. Social psychologist, Melanie Joy, developed the term in 2001, and it’s all about the psychology behind meat eating. While carnivores need meat to survive, carnists eat meat based on personal beliefs. Joy maintains that meat eating is influenced by social conditioning, and the choice to eat meat is not natural as most people don’t want animals to suffer. Carnism is a subset of speciesism, the act of treating one species as superior over another.


Eating Animals

Eating Animals

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer delves into why we eat certain animals and not others, the origins of eating traditions, and the fictions we create around them. Foer examines industrialized factory farming practices and how we treat animals as a society. It’s one of the best vegan books; it’s incredibly well researched and unbiased. It should be required reading for all. Consumers need to be truly informed about what they’re supporting when they purchase any animal products at the grocery store.


Animal Liberation

Animal Liberation

Animal Liberation by Peter Singer was published back in 1975 and it’s one of the first books that inspired millions of people to change their lifestyles. Even though it was published decades ago, the problems addressed in the book still exist today. Farm animals and lab animals are treated inhumanely in so many ways. The book explores how we cause animals needless suffering, how it’s absolutely unnecessary to exploit creatures in this way, and what we can do about it.


Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food

I actually bought the Farm Sanctuary book by Gene Baur at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York. It was after my first visit to Farm Sanctuary, an animal sanctuary for farmed animals. I have since returned to Farm Sanctuary on a couple of occasions because it’s one of the most wonderful and peaceful places imaginable. Gene Baur is one of the leading animal rights activists, and he tells his story about starting a farm sanctuary. He explains why these animals are ambassadors for the millions who are slaughtered each day, and examines why we need to change our eating and lifestyle habits for a more sustainable and cruelty-free future.


Esther the Wonder Pig

Esther the Wonder Pig: Changing the World One Heart at a Time

You’ve probably heard about Esther: she’s one famous pig! The story of Esther the Wonder Pig by Esther’s dads, Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter shows how a little pig completely changed their lives. They brought Esther into their homes, not knowing that she’d grow into a huge pig weighing hundreds and hundreds of pounds. More importantly, the book demonstrates how the couple adopted a vegan lifestyle and became important ambassadors for animal rights. It also details how they became the owners/operators of a farm sanctuary called Happily Ever Esther (that isn’t too far from where I live!).


The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals

The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals

The Lucky Ones by Jenny Brown is the autobiography of a woman who founded Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in Woodstock, New York. The book describes her story as a child cancer survivor, and how she eventually made the connection between loving animals, like her pet cat, and eating animals, like cows and pigs. After working undercover to expose animal abuse at stockyards in Texas, she leaves her job as a film and television producer behind to start a sanctuary for farm animals. Jenny Brown goes into great detail about the horrifying conditions at factory farms, and talks about the survival stories of the animals now living peaceful lives at her animal sanctuary.


We Animals

We Animals

We Animals by Jo-Anne McArthur showcases select photographs taken across 15 years from around the world. It explores how humans treat animals that are used for food, research, entertainment, and fashion. The book tells the stories of each animal pictured that are truly heartbreaking. There are also a few photos of the survivors of the industries that exploit animals. These thought-provoking and heart-wrenching photographs will make you think twice before purchasing any products that support animal cruelty. As there are many activities and attractions in tourism that are cruel to animals, I encourage you to read my interview with Jo-Anne McArthur about this very topic. Here’s also a list of animal attractions to avoid and what you can do instead while traveling.


Vegan Fitness Books

But…where do you get your protein? (Said no one ever, once you see how fit vegan athletes are). It’s pretty apparent that you can thrive as a vegan athlete. These vegan fitness books give you tips and tricks when it comes to exercises, meals, fitness stories, and additional things to know about getting in the best shape of your life.


No Meat Athlete

No Meat Athlete

No Meat Athlete by Matt Frazier is the first book by the vegan blogger and founder of the website of the same name. The book teaches you how to “run on plants and discover your fittest, fastest, happiest self”. Matt Frazier is an ultramarathoner who swears by a vegan diet and lifestyle for maximum performance, health, and energy. There are training plans for 5k, 10k, and half marathon races, as well as over 50 vegan recipes and formulas (sports drinks, gels, smoothies, and energy bars).


Shred It!

Shred It!

Shred It! by Robert Cheeke is “your step by step guide to burning fat and building muscle on a whole food, plant-based diet”. There are dozens of workouts with instructions and photographs. In addition, there are 75 recipes to try and meal plans, too. Use these meal plans in conjunction with the training programs in the book to burn fat, gain muscle, and see real results.


Thrive

Thrive

10 years ago, Brendan Brazier published Thrive, an easy to follow program that shows you how to enhance your performance as an endurance athlete on a vegan diet. Flash forward 10 years later, and Brazier is still thriving on this program. In the newest edition of this book, Brazier has added 25 new recipes, in addition to the 100 recipes already part of the book’s 12 week meal plan. They are whole food, plant-based recipes without animal products, soy, wheat, corn or refined sugar.


Eat and Run

Eat and Run

Eat & Run tells the story of Scott Jurek’s “unlikely journey to ultramarathon greatness”. He writes about his life and career as an elite athlete and a vegan. At first, he hated running. Now, he’s breaking world records. Jurek tells many fascinating stories about competition and endurance, as well as sharing his stories. With regards to veganism, Jurek explores the ways that food is fuel for our bodies and how a vegan diet reigns supreme for athletes.


Finding Ultra

Finding Ultra

Rich Roll’s book, Finding Ultra, illustrates his stunning transformation from an overweight, sedentary lifestyle to one that prioritizes plant-based eating and exercise. In a matter of months, Rich Roll changed his life, lost weight, got into shape, and started training for ultramarathons. He shares the ways that he shifted his mindset and routines and encourages everyone to embark on their own transformations, too.


Plant-Based Muscle

Plant-Based Muscle

Plant-Based Muscle by Robert Cheeke and Vanessa Espinoza is a follow up to Cheeke’s book, Shred It! Cheeke and Espinoza share their vegan and fitness tips coming from two different backgrounds and perspectives. In doing so, they hope to inspire you to take your diet and fitness routine to the next level. You’ll get workout tips, sample workout programs, vegan meal plans, grocery shopping tips, and more. This is one of the best vegan fitness books for its comprehensive strategies.


Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness

Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness

You’ll notice a few of Robert Cheeke’s books on this list. That’s because he’s one of the leaders and most knowledgeable people in the vegan fitness community. In Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness, Cheeke shows how you can build a strong and healthy body while following a vegan diet. This is the first book in the world about vegan bodybuilding. There are details here about meal plans, training regiments, and even how to gain sponsorships and create your own bodybuilding career.


Yoga & Veganism: The Diet of Enlightenment

Yoga & Veganism: The Diet of Enlightenment

Yoga & Veganism: The Diet of Enlightenment by Sharon Gannon explores the ways that the ancient foundation of yoga relates to ethical veganism. Gannon is a co-creator of the Jivamukti Yoga Method, a practice that centers around veganism, and teaches compassion to all living beings. Yoga & Veganism is an essential guide to enlightenment that details the ways that spirituality, diet, the environment, and all living beings are interconnected. During today’s modern global crises, Gannon encourages a yoga of action, or spiritual activism, and demonstrates the ways that personal physical health is tied to the health of the planet.


Best Vegan Nutrition Books

There are so many vegan nutrition books out there, written by knowledgeable doctors and dietitians. Here are a few of my personal favorites by some of my favorite vegan nutrition authors. I even had the opportunity to see a few of them speak at their lectures on board the vegan cruise, Holistic Holiday at Sea.


How Not to Die

How Not to Die

How Not To Die by Michael Greger, MD is one of the best vegan books to read about nutrition and I highly recommend that you check this one out. I think this is my absolute favorite book about plant-based nutrition and how you can follow a vegan diet to prevent and even reverse many diseases. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Greger speak on this topic and he is such a wealth of knowledge. Through this book, Dr. Greger shows how the majority of premature deaths can be prevented through easy changes in diet and lifestyle.


The China Study

The China Study

The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II, MD is the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted. I read this book many years ago and I was totally enthralled and floored by the information in it. There are loads of nutrition and research facts from long term studies. Using this data, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and his son make their recommendations on the best diet for health and longevity (hint: it’s eating more plants).


Whole

Whole

Whole is a follow up book after The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell. In Whole, Dr. Campbell explains the science behind why the whole foods plant-based diet is the healthiest diet out there. He also explores why the majority of people haven’t changed their dietary habits, even though the evidence shows that animal products do more harm than good. This book provides the necessary shift to change the way that we think about food.


Eat to Live

Eat to Live

Eat To Live by Joel Fuhrman, MD is one of the best vegan books about nutrition that will show you how to lose weight on a plant-based diet. It’s a 6 week plan that demonstrates how eating food that’s higher in nutrients and lower in calories will help you to feel fuller for longer. You’ll eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes. Sound good? Eat To Live will put you on the right track for the rest of your life.


The Healthiest Diet on the Planet

The Healthiest Diet on the Planet

The Healthiest Diet on the Planet by Dr. John McDougall and Mary McDougall is a proven formula that the McDougalls recommend for staying your healthiest and preventing disease. It will help you feel fantastic, lose weight, and even reverse many common chronic diseases. This diet is a natural, plant-based diet based on starches. Intrigued? Check out the book for more information!


Proteinaholic

Proteinaholic

How do you get your protein? Proteinaholic by Garth Davis, MD, shows that we have an unhealthy obsession with protein. Rather than being the answer to health and nutrition, an overload of animal proteins is part of the problem. Proteinaholic dispels common myths surrounding protein and shows the links between animal protein and many chronic diseases (heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and cancer). There’s a two week meal plan that will help us detach from our protein addicted ways.


Vegan for Her

Vegan for Her

Vegan For Her by Virginia Messina, MPH, RD is the woman’s guide to being healthy and fit on a plant-based diet. Women have special dietary needs, and this book will guide the way for optimal wellness at all ages. Vegan For Her demonstrates how to lower your risk for heart disease and breast cancer, how to diminish PMS and cramps, how to manage conditions like arthritis and migraines, how to build strong bones, and how to enhance fertility. I also love how the author explores the ways to create a vegan-friendly home and wardrobe.


The Plant-Based Solution

The Plant-Based Solution

The Plant-Based Solution by Joel K. Kahn, MD is his healthy heart plan to power your health. With a few simple changes in your diet, you can live optimally and help heal the planet, too. Dr. Kahn busts common myths about protein and carbs, and links a vegan diet to preventing and reversing illness. He includes a 21 day meal plan, including recipes from his own popular vegan restaurant. There’s also a thoughtful exploration of how personal health and the health of the planet are interconnected.


The Low Carb Fraud

The Low Carb Fraud

The Low Carb Fraud is another book that I’ve included on this list by T. Colin Campbell, PhD. We’re all probably familiar with the claims of a low carb diet: bread is bad, fat doesn’t matter, and carbs are the reason why you aren’t losing weight. In The Low Carb Fraud, Dr. Campbell debunks these claims and shows why we shouldn’t be afraid of eating carbs. In fact, all carbs are not created equal. T. Colin Campbell shows you the best ways to lose weight and eat for longevity and health.


Super Immunity

Super Immunity

Super Immunity by Joel Fuhrman, MD is “the essential nutrition guide for boosting your body’s defenses to live longer, stronger, and disease free”. Dr. Fuhrman believes that the key to staying healthy lies with diet and lifestyle, and we need to change the way we eat. He provides a two week menu plan with 85 recipes that show how to boost immunity and stay healthier. His strategies come from numerous scientific studies and are backed from the results of thousands of his patients.


The Starch Solution

The Starch Solution

The Starch Solution by John A. McDougall, MD and Mary McDougall illustrates how a starch-rich diet can help you lose weight, prevent disease, and even cure common illnesses. You’ll fuel your body on a plant-based diet high in starches and lower in proteins and fats to feel fuller, have more energy, and feel your best. This is not a fad diet; Dr. McDougall has helped thousands of people lose weight and get healthier using this exact diet plan.


Your Body in Balance

Your Body in Balance

Your Body in Balance by Neal D. Barnard, MD, FACC shows how diet is directly connected to hormones and health. Dr. Barnard demonstrates the connections between the food that we eat and common hormone-related conditions like weight gain, infertility, menopausal symptoms, thyroid problems, acne, breast and prostate cancer, and others. He shows how our food choices can affect our susceptibility to these conditions and how we can improve our lives with dietary changes.


The Cheese Trap

The Cheese Trap

The Cheese Trap is another excellent book by Neal D. Barnard, MD, FACC and demonstrates how breaking our addiction to cheese will help us lose weight, gain energy, and get healthy. Addiction to cheese is real. How many times have you heard, “I can’t give up cheese!” when referencing a switch to a vegan diet? It’s possible to stop eating cheese (I haven’t eaten dairy cheese in well over 10 years) and you’ll be way healthier for it. Dr. Barnard shows how cheese operates as a narcotic in the brain and how getting your “cheese fix” can be deadly.


Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr. MD is a revolutionary program that’s based in 20 years of scientific study, showing that it’s possible to prevent and reverse heart disease with diet. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and it’s entirely preventable through a plant-based, oil free diet. Dr. Esselstyn also provides over 150 delicious recipes that him and his wife have developed over the years.


Vegan for Life

Vegan for Life

Vegan For Life by Jack Norris, RD and Virginia Messina, MPH, RD tells you “everything you need to know to be healthy and fit on a plant-based diet”. This is a comprehensive guide to plant-based nutrition and one of the best vegan books whether you’re new to this lifestyle change or not. They debunk myths about vegan nutrition and show you exactly how to get the proper nutrients. These registered dietitians also provide you with sample meal plans, food substitution charts, and more.


Vegan and the Environment

Going vegan and caring about the environment go hand in hand. Looking for more facts and proof of this? You need to read the following books that detail the positive effects that a plant-based diet has for the planet.


Eat for the Planet

Eat for the Planet

Eat for the Planet by Nil Zacharias and Gene Stone is “saving the world one bite at a time”. The primary driver of climate change isn’t plastic, cars, or air travel…it’s our industrialized food system. The authors aim to show you that by making minimal changes in how we eat, anyone can have a long lasting positive impact on the planet. If you consider yourself an environmentalist, you absolutely must follow a plant-based diet.


Diet for a Small Planet

Diet for a Small Planet

Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe is a revolutionary book dating back to 1971. It’s the first major book that proves the environmental impact of the meat industry on the planet and argues that we need to follow environmental vegetarianism. The book goes into great detail about solutions to world hunger by following a plant-based diet. This book was actually one of the main reasons why my parents decided to go vegetarian and raise both myself and my sister as vegetarians back in the early 80s.


The Sustainability Secret

The Sustainability Secret

The Sustainability Secret by Kip Andersen and Keegan Huhn is the companion book to the 2014 documentary, Cowspiracy. It uncovers the connections between climate change and animal agriculture, proving these shocking truths. There are a huge amount of environmental issues that relate to animal agriculture: deforestation, rainforest destruction, greenhouse gas production, water consumption and pollution, habitat loss, species extinction, ocean dead-zones and more. The book makes suggestions on how we can work together to combat climate change through our food choices.


Food Choice and Sustainability

Food Choice and Sustainability

Food Choice and Sustainability by Dr. Richard Oppenlander shows “why buying local, eating less meat, and taking baby steps won’t work”. Dr. Oppenlander goes into great detail about how our current system of animal agriculture affects our lands and oceans. These massive environmental impacts are devastating to our planet, and we must take big steps to ensure the long term health of the world. We must all switch completely to a plant-based diet – baby steps won’t work here.


Comfortably Unaware

Comfortably Unaware

Comfortably Unaware is another book by Dr. Richard A. Oppenlander showing the connections between environmentalism and veganism. What we choose to eat is destroying our planet. Modern agro-business is quite literally decimating the earth and stealing a future away from our children. Furthermore, these food choices are killing us through chronic disease. We can change the world, one bite at a time, by choosing plant-based meals.


Vegan Travel Books

Are you a vegan traveler? Me too! Feel free to browse the vegan travel section of this website. There are also some wonderful vegan travel books out there that go into more detail about how to travel while following a vegan diet.


Veggie Planet

Veggie Planet

Veggie Planet is a vegan travel book by my friend, Wendy Werneth, also known as The Nomadic Vegan. She shows you exactly how easy and fun it can be to travel the world following a vegan diet. Wendy demonstrates how many international cuisines have naturally vegan options and how to find them whether you’re traveling or at home. There are pocket reference guides for when you’re on the go, and she also shows you the non-vegan ingredients that you should avoid.


Essential Vegan Travel Guide

Essential Vegan Travel Guide

The Essential Vegan Travel Guide by Caitlin Galer-Unti shows you just how easy it can be to plan a vegan trip abroad. She shows you how to find vegan-friendly restaurants, connect with local vegans, choose the best places to stay, and how to travel and keep the peace with non-vegan companions. There are so many vegan adventures out there in the world, and Caitlin shows you how to experience them for yourself.


The Vegan Travel Handbook

The Vegan Travel Handbook

The Vegan Travel Handbook by Lonely Planet is a practical guide to vegan travel around the world. Whether you’re new to veganism or you’ve followed a plant-based diet for a while, this book outlines a variety of vegan-friendly vacation ideas. It provides lists of vegan festivals, tours, accommodations, and experiences around the globe. If you want to have an epic vegan vacation, this travel guide will provide lots of great travel inspiration.


Will Travel for Vegan Food

Will Travel for Vegan Food

Will Travel For Vegan Food by Kristin M. Lajeunesse is “a young woman’s solo van-dwelling mission to break free, find food, and make love”. Kristin travels across 48 states, visiting 547 restaurants in two years and dining at every vegan restaurant she could find. It reads more as a memoir than a book about vegan restaurants, although you’ll find lots of information about the food, too.


Vegan Passport

Vegan Passport

Vegan Passport is a great companion for any upcoming trips that you’re making while following a vegan diet. Essentially, it has vegan dietary details translated into dozens of languages from around the world. It’s passport sized, so it’s really portable and easy to bring along with you on your next trip.


Best Vegan Cookbooks

The most rewarding part of going vegan is…the food! By following a vegan diet, you’re opening yourself up to a whole new world of glorious meals. These feature delicious veggies, hearty plant-based proteins, and yummy grains on your plate. You’ll learn vegan dishes based on international cuisines or copy cat meals of classic favorites without the meat.


Veganomicon

Veganomicon

Veganomicon is the very first vegan cookbook that I owned, and I still regularly cook from it to this date. I used to frequent the Post Punk Kitchen blog (by one of the authors, Isa Chandra Moskowtiz) and its forums quite regularly as I transitioned to veganism. This is one of the vegan cookbooks in this list that you absolutely need to own. There are so many staples to vegan cooking in this book, and some of my very favorite recipes have come out of it (helloooo chickpea cutlets!).


Appetite for Reduction

Appetite for Reduction

Yes, it’s another cookbook by Isa Chandra! Appetite for Reduction is just as good as Veganomicon, except that there’s an emphasis on low-fat vegan recipes. Don’t worry, they taste just as good as any other plant-based meal you’ve prepared. The reason why you see Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s cookbooks on this list three times? Every single recipe that she’s ever published and that I’ve ever made has always turned out amazingly well. You really can’t go wrong with any of her recipes or cookbooks.


Isa Does It

Isa Does It

And here’s the third one – Isa Does It! This is one of the best vegan cookbooks when it comes to easy and delicious recipes that you’re sure to love. I’m a huge fan of many choices from this cookbook – the Pad Thai recipe is a regular favorite of mine lately. From bowls to burgers to soups and beyond, there’s something for every taste and preference in Isa Does It! And I guarantee that every meal will impress your family and friends.


Oh She Glows Cookbook

Oh She Glows Cookbook

Oh She Glows is a cookbook by Angela Liddon, named after her blog of the same name. There are more than 100 recipes by this self-trained chef who has perfected the art of vegan cooking. The dishes include re-imagined meals that traditionally feature meat, as well as inventive meals that you may not have seen anywhere else. 90 of the recipes are gluten-free, and many are perfect for those with food allergies.


Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen

Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen

Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen by Richa Hingle is a cookbook by one of my favorite food bloggers. It features 150+ vegan Indian food recipes with tons of gorgeous photos throughout the book. You’ll find savory breakfasts, dals, flatbreads, Indian desserts, and much more. There are recipes that are perfect for the beginner cook, as well as more intermediate recipes with even more complex flavor profiles. At the time it was written, this was the only vegan Indian cookbook by a vegan.


The Homemade Vegan Pantry

The Homemade Vegan Pantry

You might recognize Miyoko’s name from the amazing artisan vegan cheeses that you can find at many grocery stores. Miyoko Schinner’s The Homemade Vegan Pantry is a cookbook where you can make all of your own pantry staples from scratch. Learn how to make vegan yogurt, cheese, dressings, sauces, mayonnaise, bacon, and more. Choose homemade over processed and live a healthier lifestyle with this incredible recipe book.


Vegan Comfort Classics

Vegan Comfort Classics

Vegan Comfort Classics is the recipe book by Lauren Toyota of Hot For Food fame. In this cookbook featuring more than 100 recipes, you’ll learn how to make all of your favorite comfort food classics prepared completely out of plants. There’s Philly cheesesteak, mac ‘n cheese, fried chicken, ramen noodles, and even pop tarts! Get out your stretchy pants. These comfort meals won’t have you missing the meat one bit.


Vegan Eats World

Vegan Eats World

Vegan Eats World by Terry Hope Romero showcases a whopping 300 recipes from international cuisines. Discover dishes inspired by cuisines from Morocco, Thailand, India, Poland, Jamaica, and more. Bring worldwide flavors to your own kitchen – there’s something for every taste and every mood. The book is really user friendly and has lots of colorful photos. The recipes are also categorized into quick (under 45 minutes to make), easy to make, low fat, cheap, gluten-free, etc.


BOSH!

BOSH!

I’m sure you’ve probably seen at least one of the BOSH! food videos online. This is the first BOSH! cookbook by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby, creators of the world’s fastest growing platform for plant-based cooking. They’ll show you how to prepare over 100 vegan recipes quickly and easily from home, including dinners, desserts, and cocktails. Even if you don’t follow a plant-based diet, BOSH! will show you how to incorporate more delicious vegan meals into your life.


Afro-Vegan

Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry

The Afro-Vegan cookbook by Bryant Terry is “farm-fresh, African, Caribbean, and Southern flavors remixed”. Renowned chef and food justice activist, Bryant Terry, recreates yummy and satisfying African, Caribbean, and Southern dishes using only plants. There are over 100 recipes that draw on Terry’s personal memories and the history of food that traveled to the Americas from Africa. Terry’s book is highly innovative and you’ll be wowed by the meals.


The Engine 2 Cookbook

The Engine 2 Cookbook

The Engine 2 Cookbook by Rip and Jane Esselstyn is the cookbook companion to the New York Times bestseller, The Engine 2 Diet. Rip Esselstyn originally created a diet for fellow firefighters who were used to responding to emergencies, but not taking great physical care of their own bodies. By following Rip’s program, everyone lost at least 20lbs in four weeks. There are more than 130 tasty recipes that will help you lose weight, lower cholesterol and improve your overall health.


Chloe’s Kitchen

Chloe's Kitchen

Chloe’s Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli features 125 vegan recipes that you’ll fall lin love with. Chef Chloe is the first vegan chef to win the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. She outlines recipes for fun and healthy meals, paired with bright and beautiful photos of the dishes. These are reinterpretations of some of America’s favorite foods, made completely without animal products. She also includes her winning recipe for cupcakes, too!


Thug Kitchen

Thug Kitchen

The Thug Kitchen cookbook is a companion to their popular website that will inspire you to eat vegetables and kick ass. It’s all about cooking nutritious food from scratch in your own home that won’t have you missing fast food or takeout. There’s also some hilariously bad language that keeps it interesting. Overall, the recipes are pretty easy and full of flavor, so I recommend that you check it out.


But I Could Never Go Vegan!

But I Could Never Go Vegan!

But I Could Never Go Vegan! by Kristy Turner is a phrase that I know I’ve heard again and again. Going vegan really isn’t that hard once you know what to make. This cookbook will guide the way and there will be no excuse to not go vegan. It dispels the myths about going vegan and shows you exactly what to prepare. Wow your friends at your next dinner party and show everyone that it’s possible to survive and not eat cheese (and share your delicious meals using vegan cheese that will surely impress!).


Looking for Vegan Recipes?

If it’s vegan recipes you seek, I have some of the best vegan meals based on cuisines from around the world in the following blog posts. No recipe books required! Take a look at these:

New to Vegan Cooking?

New to cooking or veganism and don’t know what to do? I recommend taking some cooking classes from the comfort of your own home. There are all vegan cooking classes waiting for you at Veecoco. You’ll learn how to cook delicious vegan meals, starting from beginner dishes and exploring worldwide menus by renowned vegan chefs.

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Which books on this list are your favorite? Which ones would you add to this list?

2 Responses

  1. Kat
    | Reply

    Thanks for sharing this. There are so many books here I want to read! I didn’t even think about looking at vegan travel books before going away. xx

    • Lauren
      | Reply

      Thank you! The travel books listed here are general travel books that provide some inspiration for future trips. There are also books out there that focus on specific destinations that I didn’t include in the list. Maybe I’ll do an entire vegan travel book blog post in the future!

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