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Does anyone know of a good vegan cookbook?

My husband has been having some health problems and is trying a vegan diet to see if it alleviates anything. I'm trying to be supportive and make things we will all eat. Our family of 4 has always eaten a majority of our meals together and him preparing his own meals has really affected that. I need to get the band back together!!! I'll take any recipe suggestions, too. Thanks very much.

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Gabriella Paiella added about 2 years ago
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I was a vegan for two years and my mom and sister are both vegans, so when I go visit my family we all eat that way and there are never any complaints from anyone! It definitely took some adjusting on my dad's part at first, but once he saw how many delicious options there are he got on board with eating that way as well. If you had to invest in just one cookbook, Veganomicon is the ultimate vegan cookbook, as is everything by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Vegan Yum Yum is very creative and fun, especially for desserts. Happy Herbivore is another one that springs to mind. In the meantime, some great websites to reference are http://www.101cookbooks... and http://blog.fatfreevegan.... Hope this works out for your family! You can always send me a message if you have any other questions.

lumberqueen added about 2 years ago

Oh, thank you!! I saw Veganomicon, but wanted some opinions before I bought it. I think it will be an early Valentine gift for the whole family. Thanks for all the information!

Midge added about 2 years ago

I'm not a vegan, but one of my all-time favorite cookbooks, Rebar Modern Food Cookbook (Amazon link below), from a great (mostly) vegetarian restaurant in Victoria, B.C., has a ton of terrific vegan recipes Look forward to seeing other suggestions.


Matilda Luk added about 2 years ago

Veganomicon is the cookbook recomendation I received too from a vegan friend. Over at Serious Eats, J. Kenji Lopez has been vegan for a month and posting recipes: http://www.seriouseats...

SKK added about 2 years ago

Great recommendations all! Some people go vegan and than get suckered into buying vegan processed ready made products that are not at all good for you.

You may also consider checking out some raw food books for ideas. The Raw Gourmet by Nomi Shannon is excellent. I use it all the time for every eating type. A good blog is

I would also consider not using the word vegan - but just saying we are focusing on healthy, fresh, great tasting foods.

Thank you for putting great food on the table for your family!

miss jane added about 2 years ago

I have Sarah Matheny's "Peas and Thank You" cookbook. It's especially good for kids & her lentil meatballs are really good.

linzarella added about 2 years ago

I'm not vegan, but I've heard vegans rave about Bryant Terry's cookbooks. Check out Vegan Soul Food and The Inspired vegan.



rachel83 added about 2 years ago

I highly recommend "The Healthy Voyager's Global Kitchen". It's a great cookbook with each chapter showcasing a different country so you have a great variety of recipes to jazz things up, international style. It has popular favorites like the Italian and Latin American section plus some neat stuff from Russia, Africa, China, etc. It's a beautiful book and I'm a big fan of the author and her site at www.healthyvoyager.com. I gave it to everyone as Christmas presents as it's the perfect transitional cookbook. All my non-veggie friends love it.

Here is the link to the amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Healthy...

Good luck!

susan g added about 2 years ago

Another author who has been writing cookbooks since the 80's is Nava Atlas. Her early books were vegetarian, and she has 'veganized' some for reprint and come out with new ones as well, most recently. She also has a very extensive blog, www.vegkitchen.com.

lloreen added about 2 years ago

Super Natural Everyday and 101 cookbooks, the website....but honestly, I have never heard of anyone improving their health by cutting fish from their diet. Red meat, lactose...sure. But fish really seems to be a super food for health....just saying

Mr_Vittles added about 2 years ago

My sister, who has been a vegan for the last five years, swears by VEGAN FIRE & SPICE. Furthermore, it has a perfect five-star review on Amazon.com.


Third Floor Kitchen added about 2 years ago

In addition to Veganomicon, which I love and so many others have mentioned, try Vegan with a Vengeance, also by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. I also like Vegan Italiano by Donna Klein and Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison, which has many vegan recipes in it. I have also found more great vegan recipes in Vegetarian Times magazine than I have in VegTimes, a magazine devoted solely to vegan recipes. While I am no longer 100% vegan, I'll admit I never felt better than when I eliminated all animal products from my diet. My decision to occasionally eat animal products stemmed mostly from having family and friends who, while willing to eat and often enjoyed whatever I prepared for them, never seemed quite as happy as when there was an occasional cheese or seafood dish.

Third Floor Kitchen added about 2 years ago

Oops. Another great vegan cookbook is The Vegan Scoop by Wheeler del Torro. It's the vegan answer to David Lebovitz's ice cream book The Perfect Scoop. The Vegan Scoop contains my non-vegan son's favorite Earl Grey ice cream. Easy and delicious ice cream recipes!

SKK added about 2 years ago

Thought you might be interested in this paper

Cookie16 added about 2 years ago

If you're just getting started with Vegan options, be prepared because a lot of books might feel a little extreme and will call for ingredients you may not necessarily have on hand. For example, I was really irritated when I bought a cookbook and went out to buy the ingredients, only to find that one ingredient, for which the recipe called for 1 or 2 tbsp, cost $11 for a jar. UGH.

Anyhow, I'm not vegan, but I cook from my vegan cookbooks all the time just to eat healthier. A lot of the times, it's much easier to make the vegan side dishes than the larger meals, which can require a lot of steps, ingredients and time. Tasty and vegan isn't always quick!

Alicia Silverstone's book is a good starter (though a little preachy) book on veganism and vegan living, and is sort of half cookbook, half vegan-education. The recipes are divided into a couple sections for people who want to be extreme and a little less extreme with their vegan eating (not vegan vs non vegan, but healthy vs healthiest). There's a good section in the book that talks about adding vegan ingredients to you pantry as well, which may be good for you.

If you're interested, Alicia has a website, www.thekindlife.com and there are some great recipes listed there by Alicia and other users, like her Cuban Sweet Potatoes and balsamic collards.

I also own the Candle Cafe cookbook, which has some great recipe's too, one in particular for a coconut sauce to drizzle over steamed bok choy (the coconut butter I complained about was for a chickpea stew recipe I found in here. It was delicious though!).

One blog I love for healthy eating is called Happy Healthy Mama. She isn't vegan either, but ends up having a lot of vegan recipes anyway (or recipes that can be easily made vegan) and otherwise, really healthy ones, too.

I really love her recipe for Chipotle Quinoa with Corn with Black Beans http://happyhealthymama... . The lime makes this just SO good. I recommend using no more than 1 small chipotle pepper for heat (or maybe just a couple spoons full of the sauce from the can) to control the heat.

This is a great recipe, too, but I don't put it over rice and just eat it like a soup. You could use a vegan cheese if you wanted to substitute that for normal cheddar. http://happyhealthymama...

Best wishes to your husband, and good luck to you!

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