5 vegan cookbooks that will make you fall in love with plants

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January means Veganuary and there’s never been more people interesting in embracing plants and a plant based diet. Veganism has increased massively in the UK. GlobalData research from the first quarter of 2017, has found that 3% of the British population now describe themselves as vegan, compared with 0.8% in 2014. More than 25% of us are actively reducing the amount of meat and fish we eat as the links between factory farming, climate change and biodiversity loss become better known.

But going vegan can cause us to scratch our heads when thinking about meals for more than a couple of nights. Don’t worry, we’ve come up with our favourite vegan cookbooks from the last year, which range from cheap and cheerful midweek meals to sumptuous feasts that will bring even the most hardened steak lover round.

Whether you're vegan and looking for new foodie ideas, trying veganism for Veganuary or just looking for more plant based meals to reduce your dairy and meat intake then read on. Warning - you'll leave hungry.

Alice Pritchard 1 January 2018


Vegan Cookbooks

Much More Veg

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s own journey into veganism is reflected in Much More Veg, that combines the River Cottage focus on seasonality with letting veggies take the starring role. And what a role, from hearty Mushroom pearl barley risottos that can bubble away on a Sunday afternoon to Squash, apple and blackberry salads, each dish is a future rural country classic, whether you’re cooking it in a London flat or the highlands of Scotland.

The Vegan Cookbook

Aussie blogger Adele McConnell is on a mission to make plant based food more simple, more tasty and less daunting. It’s about making room for more veggies on your plate above anything else and her simple to follow recipes in The Vegan Cookbook are perfect for anyone looking to dip their toes in the non-meat world. There are over 100 vegan recipes here from Red lentil and beetroot burgers to Sweet potato hash. Vegan cooking doesn’t have to be intimidating or complicated.

Feed Me Vegan

Lucy Watson’s Feed Me Vegan won the PETA Vegan Food Awards in 2017 and for good reason. The Made In Chelsea star has been a vegetarian most of her life and a vegan for the last few years. This simple, beautifully shot, vegan cookbook shows you don’t have to sacrifice taste (or tasty cake) when you give up meat and dairy and while there is the odd Instagram favourite Buddha bowl recipe (Peanut tofu Buddha bowl) there’s thankfully more substance than style in Feed Me Vegan.

Vegan: The Cookbook

Vegan food is more than just tofu curries and stuffed peppers. This is an encyclopedia of all things vegan, with over 500 plant based recipes taken from cuisines all over the world, from Australia to Zambia. There are a number of advanced recipes for people who want to do more than just whip up quick meals. Choose from sweet and savoury starters, soups, salads, mains, and desserts, Vegan: The Cookbook is a comprehensive vegan recipe book takes in a range of methods and techniques. It’s perfect for any vegan cooks  more interested in taste and texture than making pretty smoothie bowls or salads for social media.

Vegan in 7

If vegan food still makes you hesitate, Vegan in 7 takes the limited ingredients approach and applies it to plant based eating. No recipe in Rita Serano’s book needs more than seven ingredients and many of them are also refined sugar free and low fat, from Winterslaw with tahini dressing to Sweet and salty caramel treats. That’s right people, vegan doesn’t always mean holier than thou, low calorie do good food. This is about simple seasonal ingredients with recipes split into Start, Fast, Fresh, Nourishing, Gather, Sweets and Basics as well as recipes for nut mylks.

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