I never thought I’d see the day where I’d be writing on my blog about cookbooks – let alone vegan ones! Although veganism is becoming wildly more accepted and popular, there’s still a lack of vegan cookbooks out there. However, the ones that are available are pretty damn great.

Here are some of my favourites.

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This is one of my favourite books because not only is it quirky, it’s also derived from a blog! It’s perfect for a vegan beginner because a lot of the recipes are very simple. It’s also great for students or those on a budget too. Each recipe has it’s own little illustrations and there’s recipes for all sorts of occasions. Plus, shocker, you don’t have to be a stoner to enjoy this book…! For someone who is bad at cooking – like me – it’s perfect.

Anyone who’s anyone (and vegan) has heard about this book. I have to admit, I’ve yet to try it myself, but I’m putting an order in on Amazon as we speak. This book is another one filled with simple and easy to follow recipes such as a bhaji burger, a thai red curry (yummy) and, can you believe it, watermelon j├Ągerbomb punch. If only I’d thought to order this book in time for my flat warming this weekend..!

One of my biggest struggles from being vegan has trying to brainstorm lunch ideas. When you’re trying to save money or don’t know what to buy from the high street for lunch, bringing a packed lunch is the only alternative. I get especially stuck on sandwich ideas, so this book which focuses on vegan lunch ideas is perfect. It also focuses on cheap and easy lunch ideas too which is even better. I am loving the sound of the squash soup (ideal for winter) and the chia and almond pizza (great for dinner with lunch leftovers).

Thug Kitchen is another popular vegan cookbook and is hailed as being ‘real af’. Just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean you have to live off of kale and vegetables y’know! Even Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan. The recipes are actually super filling and tempting – in fact there’s such a variety of recipes that I doubt you’ll even realize half of them are vegan. There’s a lot of naughty language throughout – which is kinda cool if you ask me – and the book has been hailed in particular for its chickpea burritos! If you like this one, the author has also released a few others, such as party grub. Yum yum.

With all that delicious party food it would be wise to have at least one healthy vegan cookbook, no? Practice being super green with this cookbook which also includes tips on how to cook vegan long term and and staying green. Even if you’ve been a vegan for years, the book is still helpful. The author finds a way to make eating green actually fun and tasty too, which is a bonus and something I struggle with personally.

Whether you’re curious about exploring veganism or you’ve been a vegan for years and need some ideas to shake up your recipe list; these books are just the trick.