The 8 Best Vegan Cookbooks of 2020

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Best Overall: Vegan for Everybody at Amazon

"Packed with more than 200 vegan recipes."

Best for Weeknights: Isa Does It at Amazon

"Supermarket-friendly recipes that use quick-cooking techniques."

Best Instant Pot: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot at Amazon

"Gives you 80 great vegan recipe ideas to put this appliance to work."

Best for Beginners: The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples at Amazon

"Covers standard ingredients like pizza dough, granola, pasta, ketchup and more."

Best for Affordable Ingredients: Plant-Based on a Budget: Delicious Vegan Recipes for Under $30 a Week, in Less Than 30 Minutes a Meal at Amazon

"Focuses on recipes featuring cheap ingredients you can get at your supermarket."

Best Dessert: Chloe's Vegan Desserts at Amazon

"100 amazing, vegan desserts that are foolproof."

Best Comfort Food: Sweet Potato Soul at Amazon

"100 plant-based recipes that riff on Southern cooking."

Best Healthy: Forks Over Knives at Amazon

"A favorite of vegans, vegetarians, and anyone else looking to eat healthier."

Whether you want to start incorporating more plant-based meals into your diet, or you're a long-term vegan looking to spice things up in the kitchen, there's likely a cookbook for your needs. But with the sheer number of vegan cookbooks in print, it can feel daunting trying to find the right one. That's why we did some of the legwork for you.

From comfort food to desserts, we've made a list of the best vegan cookbooks, whatever your reasons for cooking plant-based.

Best Overall: Vegan for Everybody

Vegan For Everybody

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Any time the experts at America’s Test Kitchen release a new cookbook, it’s bound to be a hit—and this 2017 release is no exception. It’s packed with more than 200 vegan recipes that range from burgers to chili and from appetizers to desserts.

Here’s one thing that all of these recipes have in common: They’re all made with ingredients you can find in your own supermarket. Fair warning for those with a big cookbook collection: Some of the recipes in this cookbook are repeats from other America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks like The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook or The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook.

Best for Weeknights: Isa Does It

If you’re a vegan, you likely already own one of Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s nine vegan cookbooks. And with this particular book, you’ll get her best ideas for easy weeknight dinners—most of which can be done in 30 minutes or less. Isa understands that readers are super busy after a full day of work, so she’s created supermarket-friendly recipes that use quick-cooking techniques. She offers recipes like sweet potato red curry with rice and purple kale and summer seitan sauté with cilantro and lime, plus quirky commentary, great photos, and illustrations to keep you entertained along the way.

Best Instant Pot: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot

Why should meat-eaters have all the fun with an Instant Pot? This revolutionary kitchen gadget does so much more than make a pot roast; it can cook up non-dairy yogurts, prepare an entire plant-based meal at once, or simmer your sides while you work on the main dish. This Instant Pot-focused cookbook gives you 80 great vegan recipe ideas to put this appliance to work. Make meals like creamy mushroom curry with brown basmati rice pilaf, herbed French lentils with beets and pink rice, and tres leches-inspired dessert tamales.

Best for Beginners: The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples

There are plenty of cookbooks out there that teach home cooks how to make kitchen staples like homemade butter and quick mayo, but vegans often have to rely on online recipes or packaged products they find in stores. Not anymore.

This cookbook covers standard ingredients like pizza dough, granola, pasta, ketchup, and more. And you can even learn how to make vegan mozzarella that bakes and browns on a pizza almost like the real thing. (It helps that the author has her own vegan cheese company.) The book is great for vegans, vegetarians, and anyone trying to inject more flavor into their weekly cooking routine.

Best for Affordable Ingredients: Plant-Based on a Budget: Delicious Vegan Recipes for Under $30 a Week, in Less Than 30 Minutes a Meal

Eating vegan doesn't have to mean spending a fortune on rare substitutes and pricey produce. This book focuses on recipes that are cheap and chock-full of ingredients you can get at your supermarket—no major lifestyle or budget change necessary. Not only are the meals inexpensive to make (less than $30 per week!), but they're also quick, coming together in 30 minutes or less, as the title promises.

Written by Toni Okamoto, who founded a website by the same name, the pages include tips for frugal food shopping, planning, and consumption. It also covers some smart cooking basics. Treat yourself to wonderfully simple treats such as five-ingredient peanut butter bites, banana zucchini pancakes, and more.

Best Dessert: Chloe's Vegan Desserts

Baking is a science, so you can’t just leave out the eggs, milk, butter, and cream and hope for the best—your cake will probably resemble a brick. Luckily, Chloe Coscarelli, the namesake of the By Chloe brand, has come up with over 100 amazing, vegan desserts that are foolproof. She covers the classics like chocolate chip cookies but also gets fancy with her recipe for rosemary ice cream with blueberry sauce. You’ll find all the dessert categories covered in this cookbook, so you can be prepared for any occasion.

Best Comfort Food: Sweet Potato Soul

Eating vegan doesn’t mean you have to fully give up hearty, satisfying comfort food—at least that’s what this author discovered. Jenné Claiborne grew up in Atlanta feasting on buttery biscuits, her grandmother’s sweet potato pie, and smoky sausage links. It would seem like those dishes are incompatible with vegan cooking, but through some experimentation, Jenné has come up with 100 plant-based recipes that riff on Southern cooking.

She recreates her favorites from childhood by swapping in red bean sausage, nutritional yeast, non-dairy milk, and plenty of vegetables and seasonings. You’ll also learn a lot more about the culture and history behind these meals when you read the intro to each recipe.

Best Healthy: Forks Over Knives

After the 2011 documentary "Forks Over Knives" made its debut, fans wanted to know how to cook healthy, plant-based foods in their own kitchens. So, when Forks Over Knives–The Cookbook was published a year later, it flew up the ranks of The New York Times bestseller list.

Since then, this cookbook has become a favorite of vegans, vegetarians, and anyone else looking to eat healthier. By focusing on inexpensive ingredients and easy-to-prepare recipes, the author makes going vegan seem like an attainable goal. And with recipes like mushroom stroganoff, grilled eggplant “steaks” and bursting-with-berries cobbler, aspiring vegans won’t have to sacrifice on flavor.

Final Verdict

Vegan for Everybody by America's Test Kitchen takes our top spot because of its sheer number of recipes—200—and the fact that most of the recipes call for ingredients you'll likely find at your local grocery store. Watching your budget? Eating plant-based doesn't have to be expensive, as reviewers of Plant-Based on a Budget can attest: this cookbook is focused on meals that call for cheap, easy-to-find ingredients. Plus, the meals come together in 30 minutes or less.

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