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Top 10 Best vegetarian recipe books in UK 2021

More and more of us are cutting down on meat and getting creative with vegetarian meals.

Whether you’re a veggie beginner, flexitarian, an athlete looking for plant-power to fuel your workouts or simply want healthy, everyday meals for your family, there’s something for everyone. This is food to get excited about.

Top 10 Best vegetarian recipe books in UK 2021

1. The Curry Guy Veggie by Dan Toombs

The third book from food writer Dan Toombs is a truly expert guide to navigating meat-free Indian dishes, packed with recipes showcasing just how colourful, creative and delicious vegetarian Indian food can be. Plus, every recipe comes with instructions on how to make them vegan too.

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2. The Wicked Healthy Cookbook

If you think eating plant-based sounds less-than, think again. It’s clear from this cover—which features a beet juice-splattered apron and a meat cleaver—that the brothers who penned this cookbook are out to prove otherwise. They scored Woody Harrelson to introduce the book, which has veggie-forward twists on comfort food, like cauliflower ribs and mushroom steaks.

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3. The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook

America’s Test Kitchen does it again—providing a comprehensive (700 recipes), trusted resource for those seeking vegetarian recipes. And, to sweeten the deal and appeal to a very wide audience, 300 of those recipes require 45 minutes or less, 500 are gluten-free, and 250 are vegan-friendly, all clearly labeled within the book. Packed full of photos, these recipes not only look delicious but also come with key photos to walk you through tricky techniques.

The introduction details pantry and equipment essentials, offers knife lessons, and includes a lengthy produce guide. Whether you’re following a strict vegetarian diet or not, recipes like Summer Vegetable Gratin, Twice-Baked Potatoes with Broccoli, Cheddar, and Scallions, and Frittata with Asparagus and Goat Cheese will have you returning to this book time and time again.

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4. Vegetable Kingdom

Popular vegetables, grains, and legumes take center stage in this brand new cookbook from food justice activist Bryant Terry. The book is organized according to ingredient, so you can focus on the central veggies you have on-hand and whatever is in season. Make hearty vegan dishes like barbecued carrots with slow-cooked white beans or millet roux mushroom gumbo-no meat substitutes required.

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5. Afro Vegan by Bryant Terry

Bryant Terry’s mission—not just in this book but in his career as a whole-is to honor and shine light on the culinary history of the African diaspora, and to show that African and Afro-diasporic ingredients and techniques are inherently healthy-no adaptation necessary. The recipes in this book brilliantly fuse flavors and ingredients from Africa, the Caribbean, and the American South: Think tofu curry with mustard greens, muscovado-roasted plantains, chermoula tempeh bites, and curried scalloped potatoes with coconut milk. And since each recipe comes with a song, you don’t even have to think about your cooking playlist.

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6. Moosewood Cookbook

“Sure, it’s out of date (although they have issued a new edition). It’s from 1974 and was originally self-published. But no chef cooking vegetables can afford not to read the Moosewood Cookbook. Will you ever cook from it? Well, I did when I was in university, and the approachable recipes were a great way to ease me into the kitchen. But these days, it’s much more valuable as a historical document, a marker that shows where vegetable-cooking was, how far it’s come, and how in some ways, for some chefs, it hasn’t really changed at all. And for me, it’s almost like a scrapbook, reminding me of when I tried to make gypsy soup, of hours spent poring over the recipes for vegetable and walnut pâte, stuffed eggplant, and lentil burgers, trying to figure out how to tweak these dishes to make them better, learning from what they were doing, and slowly, page by page, without even knowing it, becoming a chef.” – Amanda Cohen, chef and owner, Dirt Candy, New York.

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7. Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is the most comprehensive vegetarian cookbook ever published. The recipes, which range from appetizers to desserts, are colorful and imaginative as well as familiar and comforting.

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8. The Cookbook by Jean-Christian Jury

This extensive tome from long-time vegan and restaurant owner Jean-Christian Jury could otherwise be known as the Bible of vegan cooking. We love how comprehensive this book is, boasting more than 450 recipes from more than 150 countries. From crispy orange-ginger tofu and strawberry mochi to grilled portobello mushroom tostadas, this book really has everything you need to suit every mood, taste and occasion. The book is divided into starters, salads, soups, main courses, grains and beans, pasta and noodles and desserts, with each section featuring recipes categorised by country. You’ll see cuisines from Moldova, Papua New Guinea and Suriname sitting alongside the more familiar flavours of France and China. There is also a guest chef section, which features recipes from internationally renowned chefs such as Dan Barber and Alexis Gauthier.

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9. The Vegetarian Flavor Bible by Karen Page

This is not a cookbook. It’s a thesaurus of flavors that play nicely with one another. Any time I’m wondering what to make with, say, mango or eggplant, I flip open this book. Skimming through the list of complementary flavors always gets my wheels turning!

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10. Love & Lemons Every Day Cookbook

If you’re looking for an all-in-one resource for vegetarian cooking, this book is the one for you. You’ll learn how to master the basics, like salad dressing and vegetable stock, in addition to making bold entrees and delicious desserts.

Loaded Butternut Squash Queso, Tomatillo Zucchini White Bean Chili, Cauliflower Steaks with Lemon Salsa Verde, Creamy Sweet Corn Pappardelle, and Flourless Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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How to choose a vegetarian recipe book

There are so many vegetarian cookbooks out there, it was rather dizzying sorting through them all. We needed experience on our side. That’s why we reached out to Jacqueline, who has been vegetarian since 1995.

Make Sure to Pick a Book That Fits Your Lifestyle

Different people cook in different ways. Maybe you need to cook for the whole family, or maybe you just need something quick and easy. In either case, make sure to take your own needs into consideration when choosing a cookbook.

Get a Versatile Cookbook That Covers All Meals

Surely you’ve seen cookbooks filled with nothing but cakes and desserts or cookbooks devoted to noodles. But if you’re looking for something family-friendly that you can reach for any time of the day, it’s best to have a cookbook that covers more than just one type of food.

Instead, look for a book that has everything from breakfast to snacks to dessert. This holds especially true for new vegetarians, since you’re just learning to plan out your meals and balance your diet.

Find Something With Quick and Simple Recipes

As much as we all love the flavor of a slow roasted meal, sometimes we just don’t have the luxury of time! If you find yourself rushing around with barely enough time to breathe, you’re going to need recipes that you can make fast.
In that case, look for cookbooks featuring recipes you can make in under X number of minutes or with only X ingredients. It’ll save you the frustration of flipping through a normal cookbook looking for something you can work with.

Search for a Book that Provides You With Essential Nutrients

One of the biggest concerns people have when going vegetarian is whether or not they’ll be able to get all the nutrients (particularly protein) their bodies need. For peace of mind, you can look for a cookbook that includes nutritional information either about a vegetarian diet in general or for each specific recipe.

Make Sure the Book Allows You to Learn Techniques and Flavor Theory

f you’re new to cooking, it might be a little difficult to just jump into a recipe from a seasoned professional. To help you along, you want to look for a cookbook that includes a section on technique that will teach you how to make your ingredients taste as good as possible.


With the rising popularity of plant-based eating, there are more and more vegetarian cookbooks coming out everyday that are meant to suit all kinds of palates and people from all walks of life.

Hopefully, this guide has given you a starting point that will making choosing the right book for you a little easier. We wish you the best of luck whipping up meals that will leave your friends and loved ones with a new appreciation for vegetables as a star ingredient.

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