Best Vegetarian Cookbooks

A very limited list of the best vegetarian cookbooks of now and in the past. In the future we will add more cookbooks here to cook without meat. Be inspired by these excellent cookbooks full of healthy and tasty recipes.

Do you only want vegan recipes? Take a look at our list of best vegan cookbooks.

Top Ten Vegetarian Cookbooks

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Yotam Ottolenghi
March 23, 2011
Plenty Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi

If you are a fan of Plenty More, Forks Over Knives, Smitten Kitchen Every Day, or On Vegetables, you’ll love this Ottolenghi cookbook

A vegetarian cookbook from the author of Jerusalem A Cookbook  and other Ottolenghi cookbooks: A must-have collection of 120 vegetarian recipes from Yotam Ottolenghi featuring exciting flavors and fresh combinations that will become mainstays for readers and eaters looking for a brilliant take on vegetables.

Mastering the art of French cooking the Yotam Ottolenghi way: One of the most exciting talents in the cooking world, Yotam Ottolenghi's food inspiration comes from his Cordon Bleu training, Mediterranean background, and his unapologetic love of ingredients. "My approach can be the opposite to traditional French cooking, where everything is a little bit uniform and you work hard to process a sauce into the most fine and homogenous thing. I go the other way and use spices, herbs and other ingredients to create a sense of surprise." Not a vegetarian himself, his approach to vegetable dishes is wholly original and innovative, based on freshness and seasonality, and drawn from the diverse food cultures represented in London.

The Plenty cookbook: Plenty is the cookbook that launched Yotam Ottolenghi from a fabulous chef, London restaurant owner, and British newspaper columnist to an international food celebrity. In Plenty , Yotam puts a spotlight on vegetarian restaurant-caliber recipes that every home cook can make. A vibrant photo accompanies every recipe in this visually stunning Ottolenghi cookbook. Essential for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike!

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Elizabeth Thomson
May 1, 2018
The Truly Healthy Vegetarian Cookbook: Hearty Plant-Based Recipes for Every Type of Eater

Hearty Plant-Based Recipes for Every Type of Eater

The Truly Healthy Vegetarian Cookbook delivers over 100 deliciously low-carb vegetarian recipes that are actually good for you.

Certified health coach Elizabeth Thomson didn’t always follow the healthy vegetarian lifestyle that she does today. Like many Americans, Elizabeth once believed that going “meatless” was healthy enough. Without much cooking experience, she relied on convenience meals like mac n’ cheese, French fries, and pizza―all of which were vegetarian, but not nutritious.

Today, the voice of the popular blog I Heart Vegetables has reformed her unhealthy eating habits, and with The Truly Healthy Vegetarian Cookbook, she’ll help you do the same. With wholesome vegetarian recipes that offer variety and simplicity, this vegetarian cookbook will prove that going beyond pasta, white rice, and meat substitutes is easier―and more delicious― than you thought.

In The Truly Healthy Vegetarian Cookbook you’ll find:

  • 100+ easy-to-make vegetarian recipes that are high-protein, low-carb, and unique to this vegetarian cookbook
  • Flexible recipe modifications for a variety of diets, such as dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free, vegan, and more
  • Super-easy, budget-friendly meals that the whole family will enjoy, regardless of dietary preferences

Not all vegetarian recipes are healthy. For easy, delicious vegetarian meals that are truly good for you, turn to the pages of The Truly Healthy Vegetarian Cookbook.

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Mark Bittman
November 7, 2017
Best Vegetarian Cookbooks: How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

The ultimate guide to meatless meals, completely updated and better than ever, now for the first time featuring color photos

Ten years ago, this breakthrough cookbook made vegetarian cooking accessible to everyone. Today, the issues surrounding a plant-based diet—health, sustainability, and ethics—continue to resonate with more and more Americans, whether or not they’re fully vegetarian. This new edition has been completely reviewed and revised to stay relevant to today’s cooks: New recipes include more vegan options and a brand-new chapter on smoothies, teas, and more. Charts, variations, and other key information have been updated. And, new for this edition, the recipes are showcased in bright full-color photos throughout. With these photos and a host of recipes destined to become new favorites, this already classic vegetarian cookbook will continue to be more indispensable than ever.

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America's Test Kitchen
March 1, 2015
The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook: A Fresh Guide to Eating Well With 700 Foolproof Recipes

A Fresh Guide to Eating Well With 700 Foolproof Recipes

Best-Selling vegetarian cookbook destined to become a classic.

Everyone knows they should eat more vegetables and grains, but that prospect can be intimidating with recipes that are often too complicated for everyday meals or lacking in fresh appeal or flavor. For the first time ever, the test kitchen has devoted its considerable resources to creating a vegetarian cookbook for the way we want to eat today. The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook is a wide-ranging collection of boldly flavorful vegetarian recipes covering hearty vegetable mains, rice and grains, beans and soy as well as soups, appetizers, snacks, and salads. 

More than 300 recipes are fast (start to finish in 45 minutes or less), 500 are gluten-free, and 250 are vegan and are all highlighted with icons on the pages. The book contains stunning color photography throughout that shows the appeal of these veggie-packed dishes. In addition, almost 500 color photos illustrate vegetable prep and tricky techniques as well as key steps within recipes.

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Kathryne Taylo
May 16, 2017
Best Vegetarian Cookbooks: Love Real Food: More Than 100 Feel-Good Vegetarian Favorites to Delight the Senses and Nourish the Body

More Than 100 Feel-Good Vegetarian Favorites to Delight the Senses and Nourish the Body

The path to a healthy body and happy belly is paved with real food—fresh, wholesome, sustainable food—and it doesn’t need to be so difficult. No one knows this more than Kathryne Taylor of America’s most popular vegetarian food blog, Cookie + Kate. With Love Real Food, she offers more than 100 approachable and outrageously delicious meatless recipes complete with substitutions to make meals special diet–friendly (gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free) whenever possible. Her book is designed to show everyone—vegetarians, vegans, and meat-eaters alike—how to eat well and feel well. 

With brand-new, creative recipes, Taylor inspires you to step into the kitchen and cook wholesome plant-based meals, again and again. She’ll change your mind about kale and quinoa, and show you how to make the best granola you’ve ever tasted. You’ll find make-your-own instant oatmeal mix and fluffy, naturally sweetened, whole-grain blueberry muffins; hearty green salads and warming soups; pineapple pico de gallo; healthier homemade pizzas; and even a few favorites from the blog. Of course, Love Real Food wouldn’t be complete without plenty of stories starring Taylor’s veggie-obsessed, rescue dog sous-chef, Cookie! Taylor celebrates whole foods by encouraging you not just to “eat this,” but to eat like this. Take it from her readers: you’ll love how you feel.

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Susan Pridmore
July 31, 2018
The Simply Vegetarian Cookbook: Fuss-Free Recipes Everyone Will Love

Fuss-Free Recipes Everyone Will Love

Discover the stress-free way to stay vegetarian with easy, everyday comfort recipes from The Simply Vegetarian Cookbook.

Simplicity―it’s the only ingredient that should be in every vegetarian recipe. When you’re short on time, low on ingredients, or cooking for omnivores and carnivores alike, The Simply Vegetarian Cookbookstocks your kitchen with the easiest, everyday recipes that anyone can pull off, any day of the week.

This vegetarian cookbook features recipes grouped by type of cooking ease. From 5-Ingredient to 30-Minutes or Less to One Pot recipes, The Simply Vegetarian Cookbook allows you to decide what to cook not only by what looks good―but also by what’s the easiest for you.

Simplicity is the main ingredient of every recipe in this vegetarian cookbook, with:

  • Easy-to-find ingredients that you can buy year-round in your local market
  • Easy-to-make comfort meals for lunch or dinner, with a handful of side dishes, breakfasts, and snacks
  • Easy-to-adapt recipes for vegans and meat eaters, with substitution tips for recipes, plus an entire category devoted to making one dish in two different ways

From Portabella Eggs Florentine to Baked Eggplant Parmesan, The Simply Vegetarian Cookbook serves up fuss-free, everyday recipes to make your life easy.

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Rockridge Press
October 25, 2013
Vegetarian Cookbook for Beginners: The Essential Vegetarian Cookbook to Get Started

The Essential Vegetarian Cookbook to Get Started

As awareness of the health and environmental benefits of vegetarianism grows, millions of people are now switching to a vegetarian diet. Vegetarian Cookbook for Beginners will show you how to start a vegetarian diet so you can live with a clearer conscience, lose weight naturally, lower your cholesterol, and decrease your risk of chronic disease. Vegetarian Cookbook for Beginners will teach you how to cut out meat, without cutting out flavor and satisfaction. With more than 150 hearty, comforting meals to please the whole family, Vegetarian Cookbook for Beginners makes it easy to start a vegetarian diet. 

Vegetarian Cookbook for Beginners will get you started on the path toward a healthy, meat-free lifestyle with: 

  • More than 150 simple and hearty Vegetarian Cookbook recipes 
  • 14-day Vegetarian Cookbook meal plan to get you started 
  • Overview of the lasting health benefits of going vegetarian 
  • Tips from Vegetarian Cookbook on transforming your kitchen to be vegetarian-friendly
  • Detailed nutritional advice to make sure you get all your nutrients 
  • Practical tips for a successful transition to a vegetarian diet 

Vegetarian Cookbook for Beginners is your guide to experiencing the delicious, lifelong benefits of going vegetarian.

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Martha Stewart Living
January 8, 2013
Meatless: More Than 200 of the Very Best Vegetarian Recipes

More Than 200 of the Very Best Vegetarian Recipes

For anyone new to a vegetarian diet--flexitarians who adopt plans like Meatless Mondays--as well as committed vegetarians and fans of Power Foods, here is a comprehensive collection of easy, meat-free mains for everyday.

As inspiring as it is practical, Meatless features 200 recipes—each accompanied by a gorgeous photograph—for full-fledged vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. You’ll find recipes for classics and new favorites, plus plenty of low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free options, too. 

More than just a cookbook, Meatless is also a roadmap to embracing a vegetable-based lifestyle. Here are dozens of versatile recipes that can be easily adapted, such as pizza with a variety of toppings, salads made from different whole grains, and pestos with unexpected flavors and ingredients. You’ll also find advice on stocking your pantry with vegetarian essentials (dried beans, pasta, herbs and spices), a collection of basic recipes and techniques (vegetable stock, tomato sauce, polenta), and make-ahead flavor-boosters (caramelized onions, roasted peppers, and quick pickles). 

Comprehensive and indispensable, Meatless makes it easy to prepare flavor-packed dinners for any day, any occasion. And no one will miss the meat. Selections include: 

• Small Plates to Mix and Match: Smashed Chickpea, Basil, and Radish Dip with Pita Chips; Roasted Baby Potatoes with Romesco Sauce; Stuffed Marinated Hot Red Chili Peppers; Grilled Polenta with Balsamic Mushrooms
• Stovetop Suppers: Frittata with Asparagus, Goat Cheese, and Herbs; Spring Vegetable Ragout; Farro Risotto with Wild Mushrooms; Southwestern Hash
• Soups, Stews, and Chili: Tomato Soup with Poached Eggs; Bean Chili; White Cheddar Corn Chowder; Chickpea Curry with Roasted Cauliflower and Tomatoes
• Casseroles and other Baked Dishes: Ricotta and Spinach Stuffed Shells; Italian Baked Eggplant with Seitan; Black-Bean Tortilla Casserole; Apple, Leek, and Squash Gratin
• Substantial Salads: Raw Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Toasted Walnuts; Avocado, Beet, and Orange Salad; Arugula, Potato, and Green Bean Salad with Creamy Walnut Dressing; Roasted-Tomato Tabbouleh
• Sandwiches, Burgers, and Pizzas: Quinoa Veggie Burgers; Grilled Asparagus and Ricotta Pizza; Chipotle Avocado Sandwich; Portobello and Zucchini Tacos
• Pasta and Other Noodles: Fettuccine with Parsley-Walnut Pesto; Roasted Cauliflower with Pasta and Lemon Zest; Soba and Tofu in Ginger Broth; No-Bake Lasagna with Ricotta and Tomatoes
• Simple Side Dishes: Mexican Creamed Corn; Cabbage and Green Apple Slaw; Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Mustard Seeds; Baked Polenta “Fries”

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Deborah Madison
March 11, 2014
The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

A fully revised and expanded edition of the most comprehensive vegetarian cookbook ever published, from America’s leading authority on vegetarian cooking.

What Julia Child is to French cooking, Deborah Madison is to vegetarian cooking—a demystifier and definitive guide to the subject. After her many years as a teacher and writer, she realized that there was no comprehensive primer for vegetarian cooking, no single book that taught vegetarians basic cooking techniques, how to combine ingredients, and how to present vegetarian dishes with style.

Originally published in 1997, Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone was both ahead of its time and an instant classic. It has endured as one of the world’s most popular vegetarian cookbooks, winning both a James Beard Foundation award and the IACP Julia Child Cookbook of the Year Award. 

Now, The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone picks up where that culinary legacy left off, with more than 1,600 classic and exquisitely simple recipes for home cooks, including a new introduction, more than 200 new recipes, and comprehensive, updated information on vegetarian and vegan ingredients.

A treasure from a truly exceptional culinary voice, The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is not just for vegetarians and vegans—it’s for everyone interested in learning how to cook vegetables creatively, healthfully, and passionately.  

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Katie Parker
January 5, 2015
The High-Protein Vegetarian Cookbook: Hearty Dishes that Even Carnivores Will Love

Hearty Dishes that Even Carnivores Will Love

Satisfying vegetarian recipes from Veggie and the Beast

Where do vegetarians get their protein? From delicious plant-based foods, including beans, nuts, quinoa, raw cocoa, and even dairy. These ingredients are used to their best advantage in this new cookbook. As a vegetarian living with a meat-eating guy, the author has developed recipes for every time of day (or night) that are deliciously satisfying and high in protein. With recipes like Fresh Veggie Quinoa Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing, Mushroom and Wild Rice Burgers, Quick and Hearty Vegetarian Chili, and Dark Chocolate Black Bean Brownies, the results are outrageously tasty―and completely vegetarian! 75 color photographs

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Yotam Ottolenghi
October 14, 2014
Plenty More Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London's Ottolenghi

Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London's Ottolenghi

The hotly anticipated follow-up to London chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s bestselling and award-winning cookbook Plenty, featuring more than 150 vegetarian dishes organized by cooking method.

Yotam Ottolenghi is one of the world’s most beloved culinary talents. In this follow-up to his bestselling Plenty, he continues to explore the diverse realm of vegetarian food with a wholly original approach. Organized by cooking method, more than 150 dazzling recipes emphasize spices, seasonality, and bold flavors. From inspired salads to hearty main dishes and luscious desserts, Plenty More is a must-have for vegetarians and omnivores alike. This visually stunning collection will change the way you cook and eat vegetables

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Linda Larsen
September 13, 2016
The Ultimate Vegetarian Slow Cooker Cookbook: 200 Flavorful and Filling Meatless Recipes That Prep Fast and Cook Slow

200 Flavorful and Filling Meatless Recipes That Prep Fast and Cook Slow

Working more vegetables into your diet and schedule is easier than ever by using your slow cooker to create wholesome plant-based meals. Full of diverse ingredients and exciting flavors, The Ultimate Vegetarian Slow Cooker is a vegetarian cookbook that offers 200 recipes to meet your nutritional needs and busy lifestyle.

Linda Larsen, About.com's Busy Cooks Expert and author of the bestselling The Complete Slow Cooking for Two, has created over 200 recipes that deliver delicious, filling, healthy vegetarian meals, most with 15 minutes prep time or less. In this vegetarian cookbook, Linda’s recipes deliver the “prep fast, cook slow” ease to your kitchen. The Ultimate Vegetarian Slow Cooker offers tasty variations that ensure that you'll be able to use each recipe again and again.

Finally, a vegetarian cookbook with simple, scrumptious recipes such as: Pumpkin Apple Breakfast Bars * Barley-Vegetable Risotto * Fajita Chowder * Black Bean-Quinoa Chili * Wild Mushroom Stroganoff * Roasted Garlic Mashed Root Veggies * Salted Caramel Cheesecake * and much more.

The only vegetarian cookbook for slow cookers that you’ll ever need, The Ultimate Vegetarian Slow Cooker also includes smart grocery shopping tips that enable you stay within budget, as well as suggestions for slow cooker care that make clean up a breeze.

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Clotilde Dusoulier
July 2, 2013
The French Market Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes from My Parisian Kitchen

Vegetarian Recipes from My Parisian Kitchen

Cook from the farmer’s market with inspired vegetarian recipes—many of which are gluten-free and dairy-free—with a French twist, all highlighting seasonal produce.
 
Beloved ChocolateAndZucchini.com food blogger Clotilde Dusoulier is not a vegetarian. But she has, like many of us, chosen to eat less meat and fish, and is always looking for new ways to cook what looks best at the market. In The French Market Cookbook, she takes us through the seasons in 82 recipes—and explores the love story between French cuisine and vegetables.
 
Choosing what’s ripe and in season means Clotilde does not rely heavily on the cheese, cream, and pastas that often overpopulate vegetarian recipes. Instead she lets the bright flavors of the vegetables shine through: carrots are lightly spiced with star anise and vanilla in a soup made with almond milk; tomatoes are jazzed up by mustard in a gorgeous tart; winter squash stars in golden Corsican turnovers; and luscious peaches bake in a cardamom-scented custard. With 75 color photographs of the tempting dishes and the abundant markets of Paris, and with Clotilde’s charming stories of shopping and cooking in France, The French Market Cookbook is a transportive and beautiful cookbook for food lovers everywhere.

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Salma Hage
April 25, 2016
The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook

A collection of vegetarian dishes influenced by Middle Eastern flavors from Salma Hage, author of the bestselling classic, The Lebanese Kitchen, also published by Phaidon.

A definitive, fresh and approachable collection of 150 traditional recipes from an authoritative voice on Middle Eastern home cooking, Salma Hage’s new book is in line with the current Western trends of consciously reducing meat, and the ancient Middle Eastern culture of largely vegetarian, mezze style dining.

Traditionally, the Middle Eastern diet consisted largely of vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices, pulses, grains and legumes. Salma simplifies this fast becoming popular cuisine with easily achievable recipes, many with vegan and gluten-free options.

Drawing inspiration from ancient and prized Phoenician ingredients, from grassy olive oil to fresh figs and rich dates, this book offers an array of delicious breakfasts and drinks, mezze and salads, vegetables and pulses, grains and desserts. Salma shows how to easily make the most of familiar everyday fruits and legumes, as well as more exotic ingredients now widely available outside of the Middle East, with nourishing recipes so flavourful and satisfying they are suitable for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

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Tal Ronnen
October 6, 2009
The Conscious Cook: Delicious Meatless Recipes That Will Change the Way You Eat

Delicious Meatless Recipes That Will Change the Way You Eat

A former steak-lover himself, Chef Tal struggled for years on a vegan diet that left him filled with cravings for meat and dairy. Frustrated by the limited options available and unwilling to sacrifice the delicious flavors he associated with eating meat, he decided to create vegan meals that could hold their own at the center of the plate.

Chef Tal found that by applying traditional French culinary techniques to meatless cuisine, he was able to create delicious meals full of rich flavor and healthy fat—meals that any food-lover, even devoted meat-eaters, would find completely satisfying.

Seventy groundbreaking recipes later, Chef Tal is ready to share his magic. The Conscious Cook features vegan versions of tried-and-true dishes such as Oysters Rockefeller, Caesar Salad, Corn Chowder, and Paella, as well as adventurous new cuisine like Lemongrass Consommé with Pea Shoot and Mushroom Dumplings and Peppercorn-Encrusted Portobello Fillets. A full-color photo accompanies each of the recipes. Also included are engaging stories from influential people in the vegan world; a peek into Chef Tal's pantry and kitchen; a guide to eating seasonally; and a selection of dinner party menus.

Above all, The Conscious Cook shows readers that avoiding the health risks and ethical dilemmas of eating meat and dairy does not mean sacrificing taste or satisfaction. The starters, soups, sandwiches, entrées, and desserts here offer culinary adventure that will truly revolutionize the way the world experiences meatless food.

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Cal Peternell
September 25, 2018
Almonds, Anchovies, and Pancetta: A Vegetarian Cookbook, Kind Of

A Vegetarian Cookbook, Kind Of

From the author of the New York Times bestselling, IACP Award-winning Twelve Recipes comes a charming vegetable-focused cookbook with sixty recipes that add depths of flavor using three key ingredients: almonds, anchovies, and pancetta.

Celebrated chef and home cook Cal Peternell likes to eat today the way people have been eating forever: with vegetables at the center of the plate, seasoned with a little bit of meat or fish to make a meal savory and satisfying. A little of the right kind of meat goes a long way, and in this book, the right ones are anchovies and pancetta, along with almonds, because nuts are the meat of the plant world. Cal uses them first for flavor, but also because it makes sense: taking savory little bites is inarguably better than big meaty mouthfuls. The salt in anchovies and pancetta draws out and enhances flavors, enriching the rest of the dish, and almonds compare favorably fat-wise and can bring a major flavor boost, especially when they’re ground up. This kind of cooking is healthy, leans toward sustainability, and is economical in a way that pleases both palate and pocketbook.

The simple, flexible recipes in this book include Baked, Stuffed Vegetables with Almonds, Currents, Saffron, and Breadcrumbs; Steamed Clams with Almond and Parsley Butter; Roasted Sweet Pepper and Egg Salad with Anchovies, Olives, and Capers; Penne alla Tuna-nesca; Bacon-wrapped Potato Gratin; and Creamy Salsa Rustica with Egg and Pancetta. Cal’s old-new way with vegetables gives them small gifts of tasty goodness that will inspire readers to their own mealtime creativity.