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The best plant-based cookbooks

by Malou Herkes

published on 1 January 2024

Whip up quick midweek vegan meals, learn how to layer and build flavour like a pro, get to grips with seasonality, understand the real science behind plant-based eating, or simply cook flavour-packed meals that will quickly become firm favourites, with this collection of plant-based cookbooks.

Ottolenghi FLAVOUR

by Ixta Belfrage, Yotam Ottolenghi

Ottolenghi has long championed more colourful, flavour-packed meals that put more plants at the centre of the plate. From Plenty and Plenty More to his most recent instalment, Ottolenghi FLAVOUR, this multi-award-winning cookbook series shows that Ottolenghi really knows what he’s doing when it comes to making veg the hero. Co-written with Ixta Belfrage, Ottolenghi FLAVOUR, will show you how to hack into the hidden depths of flavour contained within each vegetable, how to elevate simple produce to great heights, and how to match, offset, and complement your ingredients to create truly extraordinary dishes.

The Whole Vegetable

by Sophie Gordon

For chef, recipe developer and supper club host, Sophie Gordon, being led by the seasons is where the magic happens in cookery. Her first cookbook, The Whole Vegetable, is therefore organised seasonally with each chapter featuring a selection of recipes for the stars of each season’s harvest. So whether you get a veg box delivery, love to browse your local farmer’s market, or want to know which produce is at its best in the supermarket, The Whole Vegetable will refine your understanding of the best veg to eat now and give you plenty of inspiration for what to do with it.

Eat Green

Packed with plant-centric, feel-good recipes, Eat Green will show you how to put more seasonal vegetables and plants at the centre of your plate. While there are recipes for meat and fish, this flexitarian cookbook gently encourages you to embrace less (but better quality) meat and is packed with inspiring tips and advice to help you make recipes vegetarian or vegan, and to cut food waste in the process.

From the Veg Patch

Though it does feature some meat and fish, From the Veg Patch is first and foremost a book about cooking with fruit and vegetables; 10 of the best that you can grow here in the UK to be exact. From late summer tomatoes to spring beans, winter kale to autumnal orchard fruit, kitchen gardening expert Kathy Slack presents a collection of recipes to help you get the most out of your produce, whether home-grown or shop-bought.

Elly Pear’s Green

by Elly Pear

Elly Pear’s no-nonsense approach to cooking will show you how to embrace vegetarian and vegan meals every day of the week. From weeknight favourites, like summer vegetable udon noodles to Sunday roast alternative, nut Wellington, to vegan desserts, plus plenty of bulk-cooking and meal-prepping ideas, chapters on freezer food and ideas to eat with the seasons, Green is a straight-forward guide to finding the joy and ease of plant-based eating.

The Plant Power Doctor

by Dr Gemma Newman

This GP’s guide to the potential health benefits of a plant-based diet is a must-have for anyone seeking a comprehensive, easy-to-read exploration of the nutritional science of plant-based eating. Dr Gemma Newman breaks down the jargon and shares simple recipes to help the everyday cook eat more plants and less meat.

One Pot Vegan

If you’re looking for midweek vegan dinner ideas, One Pot Vegan is the one. Jam-packed with 80 plant-based recipes that can all be made in one pot, one tray or one pan, these are quick, fuss-free, creative and inspiring dinners. Think one-pan lazy lasagne, whole-roasted cauliflower katsu and hearty ‘Chicken’ supreme.

The New Vegetarian

by Alice Hart

This beautifully-presented cookbook is all about nourishing, vegetarian recipes that put wholefoods, spices, herbs and seasonal vegetables front and centre. From brown rice bibimbap bowls with smoky peppers to pumpkin bao to quinoa and broad bean falafel, this is elevated yet accessible plant-based cooking.

The Green Roasting Tin

Seasonal vegetables, hearty grains and flavourful dressings are the focus of this cookbook with one-tin dinners that you can throw together in one tray and chuck in the oven for minimal fuss and maximum flavour.  

Plant Based Cookbook

Plant Based Cookbook

by Trish Sebben-Krupka

With 200 recipes, nutritional information, plus advice on cooking techniques, this cookbook will help you take the leap and start a plant-based diet.

The Happy Health Plan

“This will be the first health book we have done, it’s the learnings we have had from helping more than 50,000 people through our health courses over the last 10 years”, say The Happy Pear twins. With meal plans, shopping lists and 4 plans to improve your heart, skin, gut and shape, this is a well-explained and concise resource for a healthier, plant-based lifestyle.


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