With growing awareness of its beneficial impact to both people and planet, plant-based diets have become the subject of a mouth-watering new culinary canon. No longer are we forced to scour celebrity chef collections for token plant-based offerings, as the wave of vegan cookbooks now tick boxes across every possible dining context.
Here, we share our pick of recipe anthologies from some of the most sophisticated plant-based palates around, in order to take your vegan creations to whole new heights.
Vegan: The Cookbook
Vegan home cooking reaches new levels of deliciousness in what has been hailed as the most definitive and comprehensive guide to plant-based cooking.
Featuring nearly 500 recipes inspired by the cuisines of countries ranging from Albania to Zambia, Vegan: The Cookbook highlights regional fruits and veg, traditional cooking techniques, and universally delectable flavours.
For the uninitiated, Jean-Christian Jury is a visionary leader in the plant-based world, and this work of art brings to life his experience and creativity with straightforward instructions and beautiful photography.
Bish Bash Bosh! Your Favourites, All Plants
Henry Firth & Ian Theasby
Having become just a bit of an Instagram sensation for their snappy vegan video recipes, duo Henry Firth and Ian Theasby released the second of their vegan cookbooks in April this year.
The two former digital marketeers credit New Year’s resolutions and the Kip Andersen documentary Cowspiracy as their reasons for turning to plant-based nutrition, and Bish Bash Bosh! follows on from their debut best-seller with everything from quick, weeknight suppers to plant-based party showstoppers.
Highlights of its recipe collection include vegan iterations of the classing English Ploughman’s, a completely plant-based mezze platter, and some top-notch mashed potato variations.
Planted: A Chef’s Show-Stopping Vegan Recipes
A former protegé to Marcus Wareing and now chef patron at the West End’s Tredwells, Charlotte Nicholson gives vegan meals restaurant-quality finesse in her debut recipe book, Planted.
And though the high-end appearance of her dishes may at first seem intimidating and unobtainable, the recipes are surprisingly simple to make and all offer show-stopping results, regardless of whether you’re vegan or not.
Don’t be fooled by the fact that this reads less like an ode to plant-based benefits and more like a stunning gastronomic adventure; one of the book’s greatest accomplishments is its consideration of food waste. Who knew, for instance, that there were so many uses for leftover chickpea water?
On Vegetables: Modern Recipes for the Home Kitchen
Behind the rather beautifully illustrated cover of Jeremy Fox’s On Vegetables is a treasure trove of recipes where vegetables take centre plate.
Fox has a reputation for game-changing vegetarian cuisine, making a name for himself at Napa Valley’s Michelin-starred Ubuntu. Here, his food philosophy is translated for home cooks to bring out the best of seasonal produce, most mouth-wateringly done so with varying incarnations of artichoke.
Vegan 100: Over 100 Incredible Recipes by the Avant-Garde Vegan
The work of the Avant-Garde Vegan – who otherwise goes by Gaz Oakley – is just as worthwhile for those most dedicated to plant-based diets as it is for anyone simply seeking to be less reliant on animal protein.
Oakley is a truly inspiring young chef who worked his way up through professional kitchens before developing his successful YouTube and Instagram channel under the Avant-Garde Vegan alias. In both Vegan 100 and his guide to vegan Christmas, he reworks classic dishes to offer vegan alternatives that never compromise on big, bold flavours.
The incomparable Yotam Ottolenghi pieced together Plenty from recipes debuted in his “The New Vegetarian” column for the Guardian’s Weekend magazine and all-new concoctions.
His love for ingredients mixed with comprehensive Mediterranean cooking knowhow sees various pulses, roots, aubergines, mushrooms and tomatoes prepped to perfection.
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