Food Coma, Life

My Favorite Vegan Cookbooks

Let me start by saying: I have a problem. Hello, my name is The Veg Abides, and I have a serious problem. I am addicted to vegan cookbooks. There, it’s out now. I feel SO much better. Whew! In the past 6-7 months, I have bought approximately 20-30 vegan books. I read cookbooks much like I read all other books: bringing them to work to read on my lunch breaks; reading them at night with the light on in my bed, all covered up and cozy, and dreaming of one day making these amazing recipes. You see, I am not a chef. In fact, I’ve only recently been cooking like a maniac, furiously whipping up cheese sauces and peanut butter cupcakes. I am not, as of now, creatively prepared to think of my own recipes. It’s on the cusp, this creativity, somewhere in the back of my brain. One day I will come home with a recipe that will wow the vegan community. Parades will be held in my honor, articles written about this one recipe that EVERYONE must try, and Oprah will scream out “You simply must try ITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT” as she throws new cars at unsuspecting people. Until then, I will replicate what others have already made. I mean, these amazing people have already paved the way for little ol’ me, so I owe it to them to rock the shit out of their recipes. I present to you the ever growing list of cookbooks that I treasure.

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(yes, my cat's tail made it into this picture)
(yes, my cat’s tail made it into this picture)

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Just seeing them makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, like seeing 40 of my long lost friends. Let’s get to it!

Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking by Cara Reed. Cara is sarcastic, dry witted, and an evil genius with many talents. Check out her blog for Halloween inspired goodies for Vegan MoFo!

Crazy Sexy Kitchen by Kris Carr. Kris Carr is a cancer survivor and an inspiration to us all. She also doesn’t mind talking about poo, which I can certainly appreciate.

Vegan Cooking for Carnivores by Quentin Bacon. This book had me drooling!

Mayim’s Vegan Table by Mayim Bialik. Mayim is warm and wonderful. There are tons of recipes for kids, too.

Vegan Vittles by Joanne Stepaniak. Inspired by the animals at Farm Sanctuary!

Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. And she keeps doing it. She rocks. Buy all of her books immediately.

Forks Over Knives, The Cookbook by Del Sroufe, et al. The perfect accompaniment to the original book.

The China Study Cookbook by LeAnne Campbell, et al. Great healthy recipes that really rock your socks off.

Happy Herbivore, Light and Lean by Lindsay S. Nixon. Lindsay is awesome, and this book proves it. Delicious and oil-free light and healthy meals. Check her blog out, too!

The Happy Herbivore Cookbook by Lindsay S. Nixon. Clearly, you have to buy all of her books.

Eat and Run by Scott Jurek (not pictured). Such an inspiration for a vegan athlete.

Meatless Meals for Working People by Debra Wasserman and Charles Stahler. An old standby.

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman. Seriously, the oldest cookbook I own. I will never part with this.

Skinny Bitch in the Kitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. Great recipes from the crazy ladies that brought the original Bitch out.

The World Peace Diet by Will Tuttle. Such an amazing book, for many reasons.

Farm Sanctuary by Gene Baur. I cried several times while reading this book.

Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr. This book includes a 21-day reset diet which is truly amazing!

The Lean by Kathy Freston. This taught me to start out by leaning into veganism until I was ready for the full leap.

Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats by Allyson Kramer. If you’re trying to eat less gluten, give this book a peek!

Thrive by Brendan Brazier. Vegan athlete inspiration at its finest.

Forks Over Knives by Gene Stone, et al. Read the book, see the film, do it all.

Main Street Vegan by Victoria Moran. This book was extremely influential in my becoming vegan. I will never part from it.

Raw Energy by Stephanie L. Tourles. Delicious raw yummies.

The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone. One of the first vegan books I read, Alicia really imparts great knowledge to us all.

The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, et al. Do I even need to mention this? Read it. Now. It will change your life forever.

Whole Grain Vegan Baking by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes. I’m excited to bake from this book for Vegan MoFo!

Pandora’s Lunchbox by Melanie Warner. Tremendously great book on processed foods.

The SimplyRaw Living Foods Detox Manual by Natasha Kyssa. Comprehensive book on the benefits of eating raw and living foods.

Sugar Salt Fat by Michael Moss. Such a game changer…you will never walk into a grocery store the same way again.

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows by Melanie Joy. Very powerful book on specieism.

In Search of the Lost TasteΒ by Joshua Ploeg. This book takes you on a journey with recipes and amazing drawings…so creative!

The Conscious Cleanse by Jo Schaalman and Julie Pelaez. Truly a great cleanse and book.

Becoming Vegan by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina. This book helped me tremendously when becoming vegan.

Becoming RawΒ by Brenda Davis, Vesanto Melina, Rynn Berry. Details in great depth the amazing advantages of living raw.

The Vegan Cookbook by Parragon Books. Bought this on a whim for $5…I win!

Great Chefs Cook Vegan by Linda Long. The first vegan book I ever owned, which includes very advanced recipes.

The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook by Murdoch Books. An oldie, but a goodie.

Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S. Nixon (not pictured). International vegan meals!

Everyday Happy Herbivore by Lindsay S. Nixon (not pictured). Just buy her books already.

Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. This book RULED my brain for about a month when I first got it, for good reason.

The Veggie Burger Cookbook by MorningStar Farms. Inventive ways to use their veggie burgers.

Skinny Bitch byΒ Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin (not pictured). The OG of vegan “smack you in the face” books.

Veganist by Kathy Freston (not pictured). A great vegan book, designed to ease you in to the world.


At last count, I still have 89 books on my “vegan/cookbook” wishlist on Amazon. Clearly, I need to have a part-time job just to support my vegan cookbook habit. It’s not a problem, though…I mean, I can quit anytime. Seriously.


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