This is my vegan and vegetarian cookbook wishlist. I hope that all of these amazing books can soon grace my bursting cookery book shelves!
I’ve long been a believer that books make the perfect gift. A well-chosen book, whether a novel, beautiful notebook, vegetarian cookbook or non-fiction book, always shows how much you know someone and listen to what they love.
I love dreaming up recipes, but I most definitely also like to follow the recipes of others. Whether that’s recreating a dish from a fellow food blogger, using a recipe box scheme or flipping through my favourite cookbooks, it’s always nice to see new flavours and methods.
Some cookbooks take you on a journey with their beautiful prose, others transport you back in time, like my collection of antique cookery books, while some are functional and ever so useful.
I spend a lot of time browsing in bookshops looking at baking and vegetarian cookbooks, and one place that’s great for discounted books is The Works. With their super low prices, vegetarians, vegans and anyone who has recently changed to these diets can load up with plenty of cookbooks to inspire them – without breaking the bank.
Here is my wish list of vegetarian cookbooks.
Alice Hart’s Vegetarian has recipes that will definitely appeal to both veggies and meat-eaters. There are 141 recipes that include starters, snacks, breakfast, brunch, lunch, salads and soups to quick and easy recipes, fine dining dishes and desserts.
Maria Elia’s The Modern Vegetarian features recipes full of flavours, colours and textures to create imaginative vegetarian dishes. This title also helps you learn how to smoke an aubergine over a gas flame, which you can then turn into a curry, or mash and mix with potato, griddle, roll in dukkah and wrap around mozzarella.
I’ve had River Cottage Veg Everyday since it came out and it is definitely the most-used cookbook in my collection. Many of the recipes have been made so many times in my house and my meat-eating husband loves them as well, for me it really is a must-have vegetarian cookbook.
Rose Elliot is the queen of vegetarian cooking. In 30-minute Vegetarian, she shares 140 modern vegetarian recipes that can be cooked in half an hour or less. Recipes include: Celeriac soup with porcini and truffle oil, Banana pudding, Thai bean and millet cakes with a hot red pepper sauce, White chocolate cheesecake with lime and ginger and many more.
Aine Carlin is a fellow columnist of mine at Vegetarian Living magazine. I write about reducing food waste and she writes about everyday veganism. The New Vegan is her second book and it is packed with nourishing, vegan recipes. It’s an in-depth handbook for everything you need to know about going vegan.
The Vegan Kitchen Vegan is about enjoying a plant-based diet, full of colour and variety, at its very best. The book has recipes to make exciting food that not only tastes good but that is healthy as well. Recipes include Roast vegetable pizza, Keen green soup, Apple & cinnamon crisps and Chocolate cake with avocado icing.
What have I missed out? Tell me about your favourite vegetarian cookbook in the comments!
Disclosure: The Works commissioned me to write about my vegetarian cookbook wishlist. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands who make it possible for me to run Veggie Desserts and mess up my kitchen. First image courtesy of Shutterstock/antoniodiaz. Prices correct at time of writing.