Recommended Vegan/Vegetarian Cookbooks


The Complete Vegan Kitchen by Jannequin Bennett

  • Besides a quick and delicious cornbread and the perfect pancakes, this book’s Spicy Cauliflower is irresistible. VP

The Garden of Vegan by Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer

  • This book is full of favourites. Raspberry Fig Breakfast Bars are too good to reserve just for breakfast, the Rice Salad with Olives and Sun-dried Tomatoes travels to work for lunch better than anything ever, and the Fake Feta improves any dish it lands upon. VP

The Healthaliciously Good Cookbook by Aurélie Paré

  • The words vegetarian and vegan are not mentioned, but this is a vegan cookbook directed at those who wish to improve their health. Many excellent recipes and a special cover great for storing loose recipes. The oven roasted potatoes are our “fries” of choice, good even without ketchup. RR

How it All Vegan! by Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer

  • A good primer on some of the ingredients a vegan may run into, and the best hummus in the world comes from within (Holy Moly Hummus) as well as the best ginger cookies (made with real ginger), and Chocolate Upside Down Pudding Cake. But wait—there are recipes for cosmetics, cleaning products, and pet treats, too! VP
  • I’ve had many successes with this cookbook, with the Hawaiian Jerky being the biggest surprise. Authors are well informed vegans that include many household hints and other info. RR


125 Best Vegan Recipes by Maxine Effenson Chuck and Beth Gurney

  • Two of the very best chickpea recipes are found here: Curried Chickpeas and Tasty Chickpea Cakes, and the Mushroom and Barley soup is divine (the more varieties of mushrooms, the better!). VP

Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook by Kim Barnouin

  • The ultimate recipe for kale pairs it with peanut dressing and when the bowl is licked clean, the Blueberry Streusel Cake provides an unforgettable ending to the meal. An education on nutrition is also sprinkled throughout. VP

The 30-Minute Vegan Cookbook by Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray

  • The best thing about this book is that it lives up to the title—delicious meals in half an hour! For an unbelievably flavourful yet simple potato dish, Seasoned Spuds are fantastic, and we love the Red Onion Soup. VP

Vegan a Go-Go by Sarah Kramer

  • The perfect little book to keep with you so you can stop at the store on the way home for ingredients. Start with the amazing curry potatoes and whip up the apple pie pancakes for Sunday brunch. VP

Vegan Planet by Robin Robertson

  • This could possibly be the only cookbook a vegan really needs! The African Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew, the Jerk-Spiced Portobello Steaks (the greatest burgers), and the Artichoke and Root Vegetable Gratin are regular repeats in our household. VP

The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

  • Organized for entertaining and containing entire meal menus, this book also indicates the best choices for each season. But recipes like Aloo Gobi (Curried Cauliflower and Potatoes) and Eggplant Caponata are, indeed, “unforgettable” and must be served often, guests or not. VP

Vegetarian Tastes of Toronto from Toronto Vegetarian Association

  • This is a small book with many ethnic recipes that are easy to make, fast, healthy and dairy-free. The Indian Kheema is a one of my top recipes, perfectly balanced with TVP and quick to make in one pan. RR

The World Vegetarian Cookbook, Edited by Jillian Stewart

  • Many classic foods from different cultures are included here, like pita bread, naan bread, and wheat-flour tortillas. My favourite meal is the perfect Mixed Vegetable Curry accompanied by naan bread. VP



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