As someone who has been vegetarian for most of my life, I have cooked my way through my fair share of vegetarian cookbooks, some more successfully than others. And I’ve learned a little bit about what makes vegetarian recipes worthwhile. For people who are new to vegetarian cooking, there are a few things you should know. Vegetarian meals are exciting, flavorful, often beautifully colorful, and good for you too. On top of that, vegetarian recipes can be easy to make. The following books are some of the best vegetarian cookbooks because they understand all of this about vegetarian cooking and more.
by Anna Pinder
Eating lunch on the go at work or at school can lead to boring and unhealthy food choices. Another sad peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Really? But trained chefs and certified food lovers Naomi Twigden and Anna Pinder are here to put the health and happiness back in your lunchbox with their cookbook Lunchbox Salads. These lunchbox recipes will keep you healthy, happy, and full. And because they’re so customizable, they’re perfect for vegetarians, vegans, and meat-lovers alike.
The best meals do more than just sustain us. They nourish and heal. In The Superfood Alchemy Cookbook, chef Jennifer Iserloh offers up a step-by-step guide to cooking like an alchemist, with meals that combine superfoods, adaptogens, essential oils, and healing herbs and spices. These recipes will help boost your immunity, reduce inflammation, restore and maintain gut health, and much more. On top of that, each chapter also shares home remedies for natural wellness treatments.
by Chad Sarno
by Derek Sarno
With David Joachim
Foreword by Woody Harrelson
Who knew vegetarian cooking could be so badass? Chefs and brothers Chad and Derek Sarno did. And they’re ready to share their secrets to delicious and healthy vegetarian meals in The Wicked Healthy Cookbook. This cookbook features innovative new cooking techniques to take your vegetables to the next level. Along with awesome vegetarian recipes, the cookbook includes must-have tips about everything kitchen and cooking-related, from oil-free and gluten-free cooking to organizing and efficient kitchen. You’ll never look at vegetables the same.
Husband and wife duo Sonja and Alex Overhiser run a blog and a podcast all about getting in the kitchen as a couple and cooking up delicious meals with an emphasis on whole foods. And now they’ve put all of their knowledge and enthusiasm for vegetarian cooking into this delicious cookbook: A Couple Cooks – Pretty Simple Cooking. Epicurious named this cookbook one of the best vegetarian cookbooks, and once you dive into this one, you’ll see why. This book is a mixture of beautiful full-color food photography, delicious recipes, and enthusiasm for the art of cooking. The recipes are helpfully arranged from least to most time-consuming, so you can find that perfect delicious recipe to make alone or with your partner, no matter what day of the week.
by Karen Page
Photographs by Andrew Dornenburg
Food can be flavorful without incorporating meat or butter or cream! In fact, you food can taste even better if you stop trying to mask it with all of that stuff. If you don’t believe me, just try the recipes in Karen Page’s vegetarian cookbook The Vegetarian Flavor Bible. This book does so much more than hand you recipes with step-by-step guides. Karen Page gives you the tools and the information you need to make any meal delicious, with a strong emphasis on plant-based ingredients.
Got an Instant Pot or some other kind of multicooker? Looking for delicious vegetarian recipes you can make on even a busy weeknight? In Milk Street Fast and Slow, Christopher Kimball has put together flexible, flavorful Instant Pot recipes that really allow vegetables to shine. For instance, try the Potato and Green Pea Curry or the Eggplant, Tomato, and Chickpea Tagine. And for those who also like to eat meat, there are recipes for you as well.
Need quick, delicious, and nutritious plant-based meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Cooking instructor Pamela Salzman has you covered with her cookbook Quicker than Quick. This book includes 140 recipes that are customizable for vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, Paleo, and nut-free diets. No matter what your dietary restrictions, Quicker than Quick has easy, healthy, and most importantly quick recipes for your table. Did I mention they’re quick?
Photographs by Randi Baird
James Beard Award winner Ellie Krieger’s cookbook Whole in One simplifies cooking with easy-to-follow one-dish recipes. Whether you need a single pot, sheet pan, baking dish, or skillet, Whole in One one-dish recipes will simplify your cooking (and clean up). While Whole in One isn’t entirely vegetarian, the cookbook is divided into sections based on main ingredients. So vegetarians can easily find all of the one-dish recipes just for them and cook to their heart’s content.
Got an Instant Pot? Then you need The Instant Pot Bible. This authorized Instant Pot recipe book has 350 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and dessert. And yes, they are all to be made in your Instant Pot. And the best part? This cookbook includes so many vegan, vegetarian, keto-friendly, and gluten-free options.