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7 vegan cookbooks for beginners

by Malou Herkes

published on 12 March 2020

Inspired to cook more vegan this year? If you’re rehauling how you eat but you don’t know where to start, these cookbooks will teach you how to do it. Forget boring bowlfuls of beans, these cookbooks put flavour and ease first, showing you how to cook meals that will keep you full as well as tips for maintaining a balanced diet. From vegan midweek dinners to plant-based cakes and bakes, these are brilliant vegan cookbooks for beginners.

The Happy Pear Vegan Cooking for Everyone

The Happy Pear Vegan Cooking for Everyone

If you want to learn the fundamentals of vegan cooking with an easy-to-follow step-by-step foundation, this is the cookbook for you. This brilliant new cookbook is the result of two-decades of learnings from plant-based cooks, The Happy Pear twins. Recipes are included but rather than encourage us to rely on them, the twins help us to build our own knowledge of plant-based cooking from the ground up. They teach us how to build our favourite meals with easy-to-understand formulas, how to pair ingredients and how to adapt recipes so that we can confidently use their instincts and learn to make a good meal without relying on a recipe. 

One Pot Vegan

One Pot Vegan

Divided into three simple chapters – lights, dinners and desserts – this easy-to-navigate cookbook will show you how to cook vegan meals all in one pot, one pan or one tray, making it super-easy to get on the table any time of the week. Think, Mushroom Tikka Masala and Pearl Barley Chilli, ‘Fishcakes’ with Homemade Slaw and Boozy Caribbean Pear Cake. From the loveable duo behind vegan platform, So Vegan, expect imaginative, creative and inspiring recipes for beginner cooks. 

One Pot Vegan

One Pot Vegan

80 quick and simple one-pot vegan recipes from the duo behind SO VEGAN

80 quick and simple one-pot vegan recipes from the duo behind SO VEGAN

Fuss-free, vibrant recipes packed with flavour

Fuss-free, vibrant recipes packed with flavour

Healthy plant-based recipes to help you eat more veg and be kinder to the planet

Healthy plant-based recipes to help you eat more veg and be kinder to the planet

Veganeasy: Delicious Food in 5 Ingredients

Veganeasy

by Denise Smart

If you want a cross between Bosh! and Jamie’s 5-Ingredients, this is the cookbook for you. Make flavoursome meals spanning breakfast, mains and sweet treats using only five, easy-to-find ingredients. Favourite recipes? One-Pot Cajun Rice & Beans and delicious Salted Fudge Chocolate Brownies. 

Veganeasy: Delicious Food in 5 Ingredients

Veganeasy: Delicious Food in 5 Ingredients

Delicious, fuss-free vegan recipes

Delicious, fuss-free vegan recipes

Vegan twists on comforting classics

Vegan twists on comforting classics

Mouth-watering dairy-free desserts

Mouth-watering dairy-free desserts

There's a Vegan in the House: Fresh

There’s a Vegan in the House

by DK Publishing

This vegan cookbook is great for any beginners looking to dip their foot into vegan cooking. With family-friendly recipes, top tips on how to balance your diet, and lots of flexi swaps to cater for the omnivores around the table, this is an inclusive cookbook that will help you cook for everyone around the table. Try the Raindbow Lentil Meatballs with Arrabbiata Sauce to start.

There's a Vegan in the House: Fresh

There’s a Vegan in the House: Fresh, Flexible Food to Keep Everyone Happy

Flexible recipes to accommodate the whole family

Flexible recipes to accommodate the whole family

Comforting classics that can be vegan or meat-based

Comforting classics that can be vegan or meat-based

Simple and easy recipes to see you through the week

Simple and easy recipes to see you through the week

Vegan Cakes and Other Bakes

Vegan Cakes and Other Bakes

by Jérôme Eckmeier, Daniela Lais

If you’re delving into the world of vegan cooking but you’re missing cakes, biscuits and sweet treats, this is a great beginners’ cookbook to satisfy those cravings. With 80 recipes, from brownies to savoury quiches, you’ll find practical baking advice, must-have equipment lists and all the info you need for natural substitutes. Try this Chocolate Mousse Raspberry Cake for starters.

Vegan Cakes and Other Bakes

Vegan Cakes and Other Bakes

Delicious vegan versions of classic cakes

Delicious vegan versions of classic cakes

Failsafe vegan recipes for everything from bread to pastry

Failsafe vegan recipes for everything from bread to pastry

Show-stopping vegan desserts and sweet treats

Show-stopping vegan desserts and sweet treats

Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats: Tasty plant-based recipes for every day

Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats

This vegan cookbook draws from Caribbean and West African influences and ingredients to create full-flavour, bold recipes. From YouTube sensation, Rachel Ama, this is a great book for anyone seeking sumptuous vegan-spiration on a budget. Favourite recipes? Try her Vegan Juna Pasta or West African Peanut Stew. 

Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats: Tasty plant-based recipes for every day

Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats: Tasty plant-based recipes for every day

Tasty vegan food inspired by Rachel's Caribbean, West African and British roots.

Tasty vegan food inspired by Rachel’s Caribbean, West African and British roots.

With bold, mouthwatering recipes, fresh twists on old favourites, and delicious bakes.

With bold, mouthwatering recipes, fresh twists on old favourites, and delicious bakes.

Full of clever tips and hacks to help you create exciting, flavourful vegan dishes.

Full of clever tips and hacks to help you create exciting, flavourful vegan dishes.

The Green Roasting Tin Jacket

The Green Roasting Tin

Rukmini shows you don’t have to spend hours cooped up in the kitchen with her throw-it-all-in roasting tin dinners and tasty flavour combinations. While not exclusively vegan, The Green Roasting Tin is still full of meat-free and dairy-free ideas with plenty of seasonal vegetables, hearty grains, beans and flavourful dressings. It’s a great cookbook to get you inspired to swap and choose your own favourite combinations to throw in the oven and let it do all the hard work. 

The Green Roasting Tin Jacket

The Green Roasting Tin

Fast one-dish family favourites

Fast one-dish family favourites

All-in-one creative vegan recipes

All-in-one creative vegan recipes

Easy one-tin vegetarian dinners

Easy one-tin vegetarian dinners

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