Our Favorite Cookbooks

Jason and I have accumulated a lot of vegan/vegetarian cookbooks as well as some others. Some are great and some have been total bummers. We’ll help save you some time by recommending those that we’ve found most useful. Some of the criteria that we look for are: books that are reliable, their recipes need to always work; simple, easy to find ingredients, we live in a very small town and trying to find those fancy ingredients can be really frustrating; books that include some of the standards, while it’s fun to try something wildly new now and then, sometimes you like a dish that is just familiar and comforting.

1. Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Sara Quin

2. Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar: 100 Dairy-Free Recipes for Everyone’s Favorite Treats by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

OK so these first two might not be traditional cookbooks exactly since they’re only deserts, but they’re still fantastic. They cover some basic go-to favorites and have lots of interesting, unusual, and most importantly delicious varieties. I love that they provide some recipes that are lower fat and/or lower sugar so that I can still make decadent deserts even when I’m on a diet.

3. Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

You might be noticing some familiar names in the authors here. These ladies are really fantastic and we cannot recommend their books highly enough, even if we seem a little repetitive. The Veganomicon covers everything from appetizers to entrees to deserts. It’s fantastic and we use it all the time. The recipes always work and some of them have become favorites that we make again and again.

4. Quick & Easy Vegan Celebrations by Alicia C. Simpson

This book has tons of unusual recipes for holidays all year long. Some of them have become favorites in our regular rotation. We especially like the ethnic recipes including Jambalaya with vegan sausage and chicken.

5. The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Nearly everything I’ve made from this book so far has been fantastic. It has recipies for all the classic baked goods made vegan. We’ve loved the Cinnamon Rolls, Soft Pretzels, and the Apple Pie in particular. Primarily uses simple ingredients that are easy to find. Most of the recipes are a little time consuming and aren’t exactly beginner level, but the results are excellent.

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