The 8 Best Vegan Cookbooks to Buy in 2018

Expand beyond brown rice, lentils and tofu

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If you thought about going vegan a few decades ago, your kitchen was probably stocked with a lot of lentils, tofu, brown rice and vegetables. Today, however, a vegan lifestyle is more expansive and accessible because of the availability of plant-based yogurts, realistic meat substitutes, tastier flavorings and a wider variety of fruits and vegetables from around the world. But what to do with all of these wonderful ingredients? If you don’t know where to start on your vegan journey or need a little more variety in your diet, pick up one of these vegan cookbooks, sure to provide interesting and delicious recipes for any meal of the day.

  • 01 of 08

    Best Overall: Vegan for Everybody

    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.

  • 02 of 08

    Best for Meat Lovers: Thug Kitchen

    Even the most die-hard meat-eaters have probably heard of this cookbook and the website of the same name, but most people probably don’t know that every meal, side, snack and drink that comes out of Thug Kitchen is vegan.

    This bookshelf staple gives you a big selection of dishes to try, from party foods like homemade chips and salsa to classic meals like lasagna. And in sections called “Dropping Knowledge,” the authors serve up easy-to-learn nutrition and cooking facts with a side of curse words. One Amazon reviewer sums up this book perfectly: “I laughed until I cried, and then made some really great food.”

  • 03 of 08

    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.

  • 04 of 08

    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.

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  • 05 of 08

    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, nondairy 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.

  • 06 of 08

    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 nondairy 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.

  • 07 of 08

    Best Basics: 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.

  • 08 of 08

    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.