More and more of us are reducing our consumption of meat and experimenting with vegetarian dishes.
There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a veggie newbie, a flexitarian, an athlete looking for plant-power to fuel your workouts, or simply want healthy, everyday meals for your family. This is something to get excited about.
Top 10 Best vegetarian recipe books in UK 2022
1. The Curry Guy Veggie by Dan Toombs
Dan Toombs’ third book is a truly expert guide to navigating meat-free Indian dishes, packed with recipes that demonstrate how colourful, creative, and delicious vegetarian Indian food can be. In addition, each recipe includes instructions on how to make it vegan.
2. The Wicked Healthy Cookbook
Think again if you think eating plant-based is inferior. The cover, which features a beetroot juice-splattered apron and a meat cleaver, makes it clear that the brothers who wrote this cookbook are out to prove otherwise. They landed Woody Harrelson to introduce the book, which features veggie-forward takes on comfort foods like cauliflower ribs and mushroom steaks.
3. The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook
America’s Test Kitchen does it again, providing a comprehensive (700 recipe) and trusted resource for vegetarians. To sweeten the deal and appeal to a wide audience, 300 of the recipes take 45 minutes or less to prepare, 500 are gluten-free, and 250 are vegan-friendly, all of which are clearly labelled within the book. These recipes not only look delicious, but they also come with key photos to walk you through tricky techniques.
The introduction covers pantry and equipment basics, as well as knife lessons and a lengthy produce guide. Whether you’re a vegetarian 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 coming back for more.
4. Vegetable Kingdom
In this brand new cookbook from food justice activist Bryant Terry, popular vegetables, grains, and legumes take centre stage. The book is organised by ingredient, so you can concentrate on the main vegetables you have on hand and whatever is in season. No meat substitutes required for hearty vegan dishes like barbecued carrots with slow-cooked white beans or millet roux mushroom gumbo.
5. Afro Vegan by Bryant Terry
Bryant Terry’s mission, not only in this book but throughout his career, is to honour and shed light on the culinary history of the African diaspora, as well as to demonstrate that African and Afro-diasporic ingredients and techniques are inherently healthy—no adaptation required. This book’s recipes brilliantly combine flavours and ingredients from Africa, the Caribbean, and the American South: Tofu curry with mustard greens, muscovado-roasted plantains, chermoula tempeh bites, and curried scalloped potatoes with coconut milk are just a few of the dishes on the menu. You don’t even have to think about your cooking playlist because each recipe comes with a song.
6. Moosewood Cookbook
“Of course, it’s out of date” (although they have issued a new edition). It was originally self-published in 1974. However, no chef who prepares vegetables can afford not to read the Moosewood Cookbook. Will you ever use it to cook? Well, I did when I was in college, and the simple recipes were a great way to ease me into the kitchen. But it’s much more valuable these days 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 changed at all. And it’s almost like a scrapbook for me, reminding me of when I tried to make gypsy soup, of hours spent poring over 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 gradually, page by page, without even realising it, becoming a chef.” – Amanda Cohen, Dirt Candy, New York, chef and owner.
7. Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison
The most comprehensive vegetarian cookbook ever published is Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. The recipes, which range from appetisers to desserts, are colourful and inventive while also being familiar and comforting.
8. The Cookbook by Jean-Christian Jury
This extensive tome by Jean-Christian Jury, a long-time vegan and restaurant owner, could be referred to as the Bible of vegan cooking. We love how comprehensive this book is, with over 450 recipes from over 150 countries. From crispy orange-ginger tofu and strawberry mochi to grilled portobello mushroom tostadas, this book truly has something for everyone’s mood, taste, and occasion. The book is divided into sections: appetisers, salads, soups, main courses, grains and beans, pasta and noodles, and desserts, with recipes organised by country. Cuisines from Moldova, Papua New Guinea, and Suriname coexist with more familiar flavours from France and China. There’s also a guest chef section with recipes from internationally renowned chefs like Dan Barber and Alexis Gauthier.
9. The Vegetarian Flavor Bible by Karen Page
This is not a recipe book. It’s a thesaurus of flavours that complement one another. I open this book whenever I’m unsure what to make with, say, mango or eggplant. Skimming through the list of complementary flavours always gets my creative juices flowing!
10. Love & Lemons Every Day Cookbook
If you’re looking for an all-in-one vegetarian cooking resource, this is the book for you. You’ll learn the fundamentals, such as salad dressing and vegetable stock, as well as how to create bold entrees and delectable desserts.
Cauliflower Steaks with Lemon Salsa Verde, Creamy Sweet Corn Pappardelle, and Flourless Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies with Loaded Butternut Squash Queso
How to choose a vegetarian recipe book
There are so many vegetarian cookbooks available that it was difficult to sort through them all. We needed someone with experience on our side. That is why we contacted Jacqueline, a vegetarian since 1995.
Make certain to select a book that is appropriate for your lifestyle.
Different people cook in various ways. Perhaps you need to cook for the entire family, or perhaps you simply need something quick and easy. In either case, when selecting a cookbook, keep your own requirements in mind.
Purchase a Multi-Use Cookbook that Covers All Meals.
You’ve probably seen cookbooks devoted entirely to cakes and desserts, or cookbooks devoted entirely to noodles. However, if you want something family-friendly that you can use at any time of day, it’s best to have a cookbook that covers more than one type of food.
Instead, look for a book that includes recipes for everything from breakfast to snacks to dessert. This is especially true for new vegetarians, who are still learning to plan their meals and balance their diet.
Look for something with quick and easy recipes.
Look for a book that contains essential nutrients.
One of the most common concerns people have when going vegetarian is whether or not they will be able to get all of the nutrients (especially protein) their bodies require. For peace of mind, look for a cookbook that includes nutritional information about a vegetarian diet in general, as well as nutritional information for each specific recipe.
Make certain that the book enables you to learn techniques and flavour theory.
If you’re new to cooking, it may be difficult to jump right into a recipe from a seasoned pro. To assist you, look for a cookbook that includes a technique section that will teach you how to make your ingredients taste as good as possible.
With the growing popularity of plant-based eating, more vegetarian cookbooks are being published on a daily basis, catering to a wide range of palates and people from all walks of life.