Whether you have a dairy allergy, you are trying to incorporate more vegetables into every meal, you just love cookbooks or you are actually vegan or vegetarian, these three new vegan and vegetarian cookbooks are awesome. Even if you eat meat.
The Vegan Cookbook for Every Occassion – Vegan For Good: Deliciously Simple Plant-Based Recipes for Every Day by Rita Serano
If you’re struggling with the idea of eating vegan being doable with your diet, this cookbook will help make it possible. The chapters are divided up by complexity or how much time you have to spend in the kitchen. From Weekend recipes to Weekday meals or the No Time At All chapter, there is no longer an excuse to skip eating well because of time constraints.
Japanese-Style Grilled Eggplant with Sweet-and-Sour Cucumber
Apple Cinnamon Cake with Chai Drizzle
Full of flavor and color, the book covers impressive dinner party recipes, lazy brunch dishes, packed lunch ideas and finishes with sweet treat for celebrations.
Photos by Clare Winfield
- 4 eggplant, halved
- 1 tablespoon Umami Paste (see page 15)
- 1½ teaspoons maple syrup
- pinch of red pepper flakes or ground chile
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- 3 scallions, thinly slice
- 3 tablespoons sesame seeds or Almond and Sesame Topping (see page 24)
- 1 cucumber, sliced into ribbons
- 1 small shallot, finely sliced
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar or raw apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon shoyu
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- cooked grains or noodles
- Preheat your broiler to the highest setting.
- Bring a large pan of water to a boil and set a steamer on top.
- Cut a crosshatch pattern on the cut face of the eggplant halves, but not so deep that you pierce the skin. Put the eggplant halves in the steamer, cover, and cook for 6 to 8 minutes.
- Remove from the steamer and, if necessary, set aside on some paper towels to drain any excess moisture.
- Meanwhile, make the cucumber salad. Combine all the salad ingredients in a bowl. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Set aside.
- Mix the umami paste, 2½ tablespoons water, maple syrup, red pepper flakes, and ginger in a small bowl.
- Arrange the eggplant halves cut-side up on a baking sheet and brush the cut sides with the umami paste mixture. Broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until golden brown—keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn.
- Transfer the eggplant halves to a serving platter and sprinkle the scallions and sesame seeds or the topping over them. Serve with the cucumber salad and some cooked grains or noodles alongside
You Can Have Your Cake and be a Vegan Too – Vegan Treats: Easy Vegan Bites and Bakes by Emma Hollingsworth
Make beautiful dessert creations that are also vegan can seem daunting. Have no fear! This cookbook holds a collection of doable and stunning vegan sweets. From sweet breakfasts to snacks and the grand finale of dessert, the pages are loaded with just about every sweet you can imagine. Plus, there’s a whole chapter or purely chocolate recipes. YUM.
Triple Chocolate Doughnuts
Blueberry and Vanilla Cake
The book starts with the basics. The first pages map out what you need in your pantry for successful vegan desserts, it’s nothing complicated, but it goes over nut butters, plant milks and egg substitutes. In other words, Emma makes sure you’re setup for success. The pages are loaded with recipes to make for your vegan friends and family to truly make them feel celebrated and special, like a good dessert should, no matter that occasion.
Pharaoh Mint Chocolate Crunch Bars
Photos by Jen Rich
- ½ cup ground almonds
- ½ cup buckwheat flour
- ½ cup cacao powder
- ½ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce (or puree ½ apple)
- pinch of Himalayan pink salt
- ¾ cup almond milk (see page 18)
- ¼ cup small chunks raw chocolate (whatever variety you prefer; see page 31), (optional)
- 6 tablespoons cacao powder
- 6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Grease 8 wells of a doughnut pan (or use a silicone doughnut mold).
- To make the doughnuts, process all the doughnut ingredients except the chocolate in a food processor until you have a lovely sticky mixture. (If you don’t have a food processor, mix together the ground almonds, buckwheat flour, and cacao powder in a mixing bowl, then mix in the maple syrup, coconut oil, applesauce, salt, and almond milk.) Stir in the chocolate (if using), then divide the mixture among the prepared wells of the pan.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool while you make the glaze.
- To make the glaze, combine all the glaze ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until you have the most decadent and rich chocolate.
- Dunk the tops of the cooled doughnuts, one by one, into the glaze and get ready for a taste sensation! Store in an airtight container for up to a week in the fridge or freeze for 1 month.
Food for the Whole Fam – Family: New Vegetarian Comfort Food to Nourish Every Day
Written by Hetty McKinnon, Family celebrate uncomplicated, seriously delicious food that happens to also be vegetarian or vegan. The book is filled with humble, flavorful food that seriously speaks to our souls. The pages are proof that healthy food doesn’t have to be reserved for dreaded diets. Chapter are broken up by favorite subjects like salads, soups, pasta, eggs, baking and more. Our favorite parts or the book? The little chapters of family stories and recipes Hetty has tucked in between the major subjects. They act as a real-life glimpse into different family kitchens and what constitutes as vegetarian comfort food for their culture.
Miso Brown Butter and Crispy Sage Pasta
Grilled Corn Salad with Sesame-Crusted Avocado, Couscous, and Lime Crema
Love veggie-loaded cooking? Check out Bento Power, a book packed with vegetarian lunch ideas that will actually keep you full.