The Best Vegan Cookbooks From 2016

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This is #TheYearOfVegan, and the proof is in the vegan pudding. Vegan food blogs are everything, new restaurants are opening left and right, and chain restaurants are offering more vegan options, not to mention this incredibly lengthy list of vegan cookbooks. Equally important is the fact that more and more people are enthusiastically partaking of this vegan explosion.

The release of these cookbooks is super-exciting, because sometimes it’s nice to peruse an actual book (not the Internet) while looking for a recipe and be untethered from the computer while preparing a scrumptious meal.

Here are our favorite plant-based cookbooks from this year so far:

Vegan 101

The sisters who run Los Angeles–based cooking school Spork Foods have consistently shared terrific vegan recipes with us, such as this Crispy Shiitake “Bacon” Wedge Salad. Now, they’ve created a gorgeous new cookbook, chock-full of easy-to-prepare, compassionate fare.


Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking

This book by the Minimalist Baker blog stands out from the crowd by offering simple and mostly gluten-free vegan recipes. You’re in for a real treat.


Homestyle Vegan

The creator of the Fettle Vegan blog offers up creative vegan remakes of old culinary favorites, such as Chick’un and Dumplings, Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza with Ranch Sauce, and Baked Sea Salted Soft Pretzels with Spicy Mustard Dip. We’re in!


The 22-Day Revolution Cookbook

Don’t you want to try the cookbook that changed Beyoncé’s mind about plant-based eating? The “22-Day Revolution” program has motivated thousands of readers to take control of their health and make positive changes for animals.


PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook

This book is chock-full of simple vegan recipes for the student on a budget (or anyone else interested in affordable vegan meals!)

PETA's Vegan College Cookbook (2016 Edition)

Oh She Glows Every Day

This collection of quick and easy plant-based recipes is a follow-up to The Oh She Glows Cookbook, which was a New York Times bestseller.

Oh She Glows EveryDay

But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan!

The mind behind the popular Keepin’ It Kind blog released But I Could Never Go Vegan! a couple of years ago, and now, she’s back to win over the entire family.


Caribbean Vegan

Caribbean food combines African, Asian, French, and Spanish influences with those of Barbados, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Trinidad, and other islands. Learn to make delicious dishes such as Cassava Pancakes, a Papaya Chia Smoothie Bowl, Rasta Pasta, and many more.


The Vegan Way

The book’s subtitle is 21 Days to a Happier, Healthier Plant-Based Lifestyle That Will Transform Your Home, Your Diet, and You. In only 21 days—it’s a no-brainer.


Blissful Basil

With a blog by the same name, author Ashley Melillo takes to the page with this compilation of plant-based recipes, accompanied by her beautiful, bright, drool-worthy food photos.


Vegan Bowl Attack!

Vegan Yack Attack has unleashed a vegan bowl cookbook on us, featuring more than 100 recipes, and we couldn’t be happier.



We just love the subtitle of this recipe book, Sweet and Savory Vegan Recipes Made Egg-Free With the Magic of Bean Water. You have to try aquafaba to know how magical it is!


 The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur

The blogger behind Seitan Beats Your Meat presents a fabulous collection of 120 vegan cookie recipes, now available in paperback.


 Vegan Under Pressure

We’ve been waiting for a pressure-cooker cookbook. Yes!

Vegan Under Pressure

 The Friendly Vegan Cookbook

Vegan photographer extraordinaire Michelle Cehn teamed up with Plant Based on a Budget‘s Toni Okamoto to bring us their favorite vegan recipes. When you buy the cookbook through this link, 40 percent of the proceeds will be donated to PETA.

Friendly Vegan Cookbook

The Foodie Bar Way

This cookbook explores the idea of a homemade food bar, which can transform the average family dinner into a fun-filled plant-based event. The 30-plus buffet-style bars were created by a registered dietitian, so you don’t have to think twice while indulging in pizza and dessert nachos.

cover_ebook foodie bar way

Forks Over Knives Family

This follow-up to the bestselling Forks Over Knives Plan features 100 quick and easy kid-friendly recipes to keep the whole family healthy and excited about plant-based eating.

forks over knives family

Vegan Mexico

Vegan chef Jason Wyrick, author of 2014’s Vegan Tacos, offers up a more comprehensive collection of Mexican recipes in his new book.


The Little Vegan Cookbook

Don’t be fooled by the name—this pocket-sized cookbook is a compilation of more than 500 recipes from multiple vegan cookbooks and authors and covers everything from appetizers to desserts.


The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids

This irresistible cookbook presents 60 appealing recipes kids will beg to make themselves, in fun and charming illustrations they will love.

Cookbook for Kids Ruby Roth


Vegan chef Jason Wrobel explains the health and longevity benefits of the 150 recipes that he presents here.

 The Make Ahead Vegan Cookbook

Ginny Kay McMeans, the woman behind the Vegan in the Freezer blog, offers recipes that can be enjoyed on the spot or frozen for later. It’s the perfect book to help you meal-prep a busy week.



With Leinana’s basic plant-based bacon recipes, you can whip up Bacon Apple Fritters, Bacon-Stuffed French Toast, Risotto with Peas and Mushroom Bacon, and so much more.


Easy Vegan Breakfasts & Lunches

So many delicious vegan recipes, so little time. This book, courtesy of Maya Sozer of Dreamy Leaf, offers energizing, easily prepared meals to power you through your day.

Maya Sozer

 N’ice Cream

Vanelja gives us 80 homemade vegan ice-cream recipes, and we all scream with delight.


 The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook

Isa Chandra Moskowitz of the Post Punk Kitchen does it again with this festive follow-up to Isa Does It, offering everything from appetizers and casseroles to cakes and pies.

Post Punk Kitchen

 The Love & Lemons Cookbook

Turn your farmer’s market finds into lovely meals with this collection of simple and healthy recipes from Jeanine Donofrio.

love & lemons book

 Dining at The Ravens

You can’t go wrong with a cookbook by The Ravens Restaurant at The Stanford Inn by the Sea—one of the most delicious vegan restaurants in California.

Dining at the ravens

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