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The vegan cookbooks you need in 2024

by Malou Herkes

published on 2 January 2024

Gone are the days of bland over-cooked vegetables and worthy bowls of chickpeas. Vegan food is getting a makeover. But with an endless stream of new vegan cookbooks out there, which ones will give you the best grounding, the most inspiring dishes or the need-to-know advice?

Whether you follow a totally plant-based diet, are looking to swap in a few vegan meals to your midweek routine or are taking on the Veganuary challenge, these cookbooks promise practical tips and transformative recipes.

Easy by So Vegan


by Roxy Pope & Ben Pook, So Vegan

Roxy Pope and Ben Pook, the creators behind the platform So Vegan, are back with yet another collection of simple, budget-friendly recipes that use easy-to-buy ingredients. With chapters 15- and 30-minute midweek meals, hearty comfort food, mouth-watering desserts, and more, Easy proves that vegan cooking can be accessible and enjoyable.

Vegan Air Fryer cookbook

The Vegan Air Fryer

by Niki Webster

Air fryers have become a popular addition to kitchens up and down the country – and for good reason. Food blogger and plant-based chef Niki Webster shows us how to make the most of our beloved air fryers with 70 time-saving vegan recipes including curries, loaded fries, tofu tacos, and even cookies.

The Happy Pear Vegan Cooking for Everyone

The Happy Pear Vegan Cooking for Everyone

This revolutionary vegan cookbook won’t just give you recipes, it’ll teach you how to cook. With 20 years of plant-based experience and knowledge, The Happy Pear distil everything they know about cooking vegan food from the basics up. Learn how to make vegan pancakes, dairy-free milks, burgers, pastas, curries, sauces, desserts, and everything in between. With the twin’s step-by-step guidance, you’ll soon be able to confidently rustle up plant-based meals without having to rely on a recipe.

One Pot Vegan

From the duo behind the hit online recipe platform, So Vegan, One Pot Vegan features 80 easy plant-based recipes that can all be made in one pot, tray or pan. Find creative recipes for light meals, dinners and desserts with an emphasis on maximum flavour, minimum fuss.

Ottolenghi FLAVOUR

by Ixta Belfrage, Yotam Ottolenghi

No one shines the spotlight on vegetables quite like Ottolenghi and this book, co-written with Ixta Belfrage, is all about unlocking and enhancing the complex flavours hidden in everyday produce. Part recipe collection, part deep-dive into the science of flavour, Ottolenghi FLAVOUR is a must-have for anyone who wants to give plants the starring role they deserve.


Fans of vegan recipes may well already be acquainted with Meera Sodha thanks to her hugely popular plant-based Guardian Feast column. In EAST, she shares many favourites from it, alongside new recipes, many of which are vegan or easily flexed and all collected from different countries across the East. The resulting collection of recipes is a vibrant, flavour-packed celebration of plant-based cooking at its most exciting.

Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats

YouTube sensation, Rachel Ama, has built up a dedicated following of vegans on the hunt for plant-based recipes with personality. Featuring clever twists on much-loved classics as well as plenty of recipes inspired by Rachel’s West African and Caribbean roots, Rachel’s first cookbook is an essential resource on flavour-packed meat and dairy-free cooking.

Vegan Comfort Classics

Vegan Comfort Classics is the cookbook to turn to when only a plant-based version of your ultimate comfort food will do (think Southern-fried cauliflower, bacon mac & cheese and apple fritters). With every element made vegan, including dips and dressings, it’s a one-stop shop for decadent vegan cooking inspiration.

The Green Roasting Tin

If you’re seeking inspiration for meat- and dairy-free midweek meals, The Green Roasting Tin is just the ticket. Seasonal vegetables, hearty grains and flavourful dressings are the focus of this cookbook with dinners that you can throw together in one tray and chuck in the oven for minimal fuss and maximum flavour.  

Peace and Parsnips

by Lee Watson

With a focus on fresh and nourishing seasonal ingredients, Peace and Parnsips is all about inspiring anyone and everyone to try out plant-based cooking, from vegan entrepreneur, Lee Watson.

Vegan on the Go

by DK Publishing

Getting hold of quality vegan food when you’re on the move can be a hassle, if not downright impossible. Vegan on the Go shows you how to avoid this predicament with a collection of fast, affordable and portable vegan lunch ideas, dessert recipes, and more. From vegan pizza to sweet potato burgers, courgetti salad to tofu sushi, and lots more.

Vegan Cakes and Other Bakes

by Jérôme Eckmeier, Daniela Lais

Seeking tips on everything from natural egg substitutes to cream cheese icing alternatives? Vegan Cakes and Other Bakes has the answers. With 80 recipes, from oozy brownies to insta-worthy banana bread, it has all of the practical baking advice and must-have equipment lists to help you crack vegan baking once and for all.

Fresh India

Meera Sodha’s Fresh India is a celebration of meat-free Indian cooking. Vibrant, colourful and veg-centric recipes, many of which also happen to be vegan, burst from every page, offering inspiration for weeknights and weekends alike.

Ms Cupcake: The Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town

by Mellissa Morgan

Ms Cupcake: The Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town pretty much does what it says on the tin. Learn how to bake vegan cakes the easy way with simple, dairy-free recipes that taste just like the real thing.


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