We’re not going to beat around the bush. Starting your plant-based journey can be a struggle. Sure, if you’re used to cooking standard ‘meat and two veg’ meals, the idea of creating plant-based whole food meals may be a little daunting. Thankfully, you don’t have to start from scratch.
Investing in the best plant-based diet cookbooks will mean that you have all the information you need. Each meal time, all you need to do is whip out a new cookbook, pick a page and start cooking something completely new and original. It’s a culinary adventure if you will. So, without further ado, here are our top picks that you should add to your collection.
Matt Holloway & Michelle Davis – BUY IT NOW!
Ready to revamp your diet? We’ve got you covered. The guys behind the successful Thug Kitchen blog have released not one, but four different plant-based diet cookbooks to date. While any book in this exciting collection will give you an overview of how to improve your nutrition and diet, we suggest starting with the classic – ’Eat Like You Give a F*ck’.
Uniquely, these books combine hard-hitting language and a whole load of great advice for starting your plant-based journey. Plus, with more than 100 recipes – including snacks, meals, and more – this cookbook should be everybody’s ‘go to’ guide. Favourites include the undeniably tempting Pumpkin Chilli and interesting Cauliflower Tacos. Nice.
The No Meat Athlete Cookbook
Matt Frazier – BUY IT NOW!
If you’re a complete gym bunny and want to boost your fitness, this next one is one of the best plant-based diet cookbooks for you. Yes, the No Meat Athlete Cookbook looks at the relationship between what you eat and how you perform. With more and more athletes understanding the power of the plant-based diet, this cookbook should come as no real surprise.
Of course, eating well and following a plant-based diet is far from boring. With that in mind, the NMA book includes some delectable recipes, such as the Almond Butter-Banana Pancakes and warming Beet Bourguignon. Whatever your fitness goals happen to be, supercharging your wellness by eating a better diet and getting the vitamins and minerals you need is a smart place to start.
Sapana Chandra – BUY IT NOW!
Need to give yourself that extra edge? Don’t we all! Luckily enough, the recipes inside Plant-Power Bowls promise to both boost your energy and promote your overall wellness. So, what’s not to love here? Releasing in April this year, this next one is certain to be one of the best plant-based diet cookbooks of 2019.
The author, Sapana Chandra, is a certified health coach and brings that wealth of knowledge to this guide. The cookbook will take readers from season to season, looking at a variety of healthful plant-based options for each time of the year. Highlights include the delightful-sounding Strawberry Spinach Bowl with Toasted Pecans and the White Bean & Crispy Rosemary Potato Bowl. Watch this space!
Straight Up Food
Cathy Fisher – BUY IT NOW!
As far as plant-based diet cookbooks go, you can’t go wrong with Straight Up Food. In fact, this book is exactly what it says on the tin. A guide to eating 100% plant-based whole foods. Fisher creates uncomplicated recipes that anybody can whip up in the kitchen. That means that it doesn’t matter whether you’re a gourmet chef or a complete novice, you should have no problem. Getting to grips with the meals between the pages of this cookbook is as easy as pie.
Plus, as an added bonus, you’re certain to recognise a whole range of these recipes. There are versions of classic dishes – such as Pesto Pasta and Minestrone Soup – each of which has been given a plant-based makeover. Interestingly enough, all of the recipes within this cookbook are also ‘SOS-free’. So, they never include added salts, oils or sugars.
Forks Over Knives: The Cookbook
Del Sroufe – BUY IT NOW!
Why not use food to improve your health? It’s a basic idea, but it works. This New York Times Bestseller is one of the top-rated plant-based cookbooks right now and it’s plain to see why. The book actually started life as a documentary, which looked at how moving away from animal-based meals could help to prevent diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and more. The notion was simple – good, whole food is the best medicine.
If you’d like to follow that underlying philosophy in your life, the Forks Over Knives book could be an excellent place to start. The cookbook is full of nutrition-rich recipes that focus on giving your body what it needs the most. From enticing pasta and noodle dishes to alternative meal options, such as Polenta Pizza, there’s a whole lot to love about this one.
Plant-Based Goodness with Shed
SHED – BUY IT NOW! (Free)
Packing more than 20 completely original recipes, Plant-Based Goodness with Shed is a celebration of nutrition. If you’re starting your journey towards better health and adding to your selection of plant-based diet cookbooks, this ebook is certainly worth putting on your list.
The collection takes you from day to night, including delicious, healthful breakfast recipes, smoothies, salad bowls, and even curries. Highlights include the Ceezer Geezer Salad Dressing, Cashew Dukkah and Coconut Chana Saag. Each unique recipe boasts enticing and exotic flavour-combinations. Try it for yourself and level up your home cookery game. Oh and since we want to help people lead a better life and improve their everyday nutrition, this ebook is 100% free.
Interested in learning more? Check out our article on the plant-based diet and how to start your journey.