Vegan Cookbooks for Beginners

Today I’m going to talk about the best cookbooks for new Vegans and Vegetarians. I bought some horrible Vegetarian and Vegan cookbooks in the beginning because I didn’t know what I should buy. I ended up with recipes that had forty eight ingredients, thirty five of which I had never heard and took two days to make! So, to keep that from happening to you, you have me!

The Vegetarian Resource Group is awesome, you can sign up to be part of the group and get some cool books and then buy a couple. I don’t honestly remember which ones I bought and which ones were free. Anyway, these books have great information for beginning vegans and vegetarians on staying healthy, answers to common questions, and awesome recipes.

Simply Vegan, Quick Vegetarian Meals” by Debra Wasserman

Vegan Handbook” From the VRG Edited by Debra Wasserman & Reed Mangels, Ph.D., R.D.  Over 200 recipes, meal plans, awesome book!

Meatless Meals For Working People” Debra Wasserman & Charles Stahler

Those three books have helped me more than anything else and they are all from the Vegetarian Resource Group.


Forks Over Knives is actually an organization and they have many other cookbooks as well. This one is good for beginners. You may know them for their documentary, if you haven’t seen it you should.  The ugly truth of the mass production of animals is exactly that, ugly.

The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet

“But I Could Never Go Vegan!” Is another great cookbook for new vegans, as well as “My Family Would Never Go Vegan!” These books are filled with recipes for people transitioning to a new lifestyle as well as addressing the issue most of us face at one time or another, our family!

But I Could Never Go Vegan!: 125 Recipes That Prove You Can Live Without Cheese, It’s Not All Rabbit Food, and Your Friends Will Still Come Over for Dinner


Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck!  Don’t be put off by the name, it’s actually a really good cookbook and they make several more. They have a 101, they make one for parties and the recipes are easy and fast. They explain everything in plain English for new vegetarians and vegans so you are not scratching your head just reading the ingredients. I mean you obviously don’t want to give this to your young child, but they are great cookbooks to learn from! These are vegetarian and are great for beginners, a more experienced vegan should give it a look and decide if you think the recipes are worth transforming.

Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck

“100 Healthy Raw Snacks and Treats,” for those of you on a raw diet or if you just want to try a few recipes out. There are other books like this as well. The only one I can think of off hand is “50 Raw Desserts.” If you are new to the raw diet thing, you should check this one out as well as the dessert cookbook. I can’t say too much because I’m not on a raw diet, but I can read a recipe and tell you if it’s easy or hard. So, for beginners on a raw food diet, or people who just want to try a few recipes, I recommend these cookbooks.

100 Healthy Raw Snacks And Treats


“A New Way to Bake,” Okay, to be honest, I have not tried this book. I saw it on several other people’s lists. But then I looked more closely at it and yes, I got hung up on the whole Martha Stewart thing. I really don’t know why people don’t like her, it’s not like she says ugly things about people who don’t do things her way, she’s just showing people that are into frilly stuff how to get it done. Anyway, I read some of the recipes and I think this cookbook would be a good staple on anyone’s bookshelf. Ancient grains are used a good bit and I really like that aspect, however this is not completely vegan from what I read. Of course if you know how to bake vegan you can adapt. So, it’s a great beginning baking cookbook for vegetarians and a good cookbook for new vegans, a great cookbook for vegans with a little more experience in the kitchen who can change up the recipes and make them suitable.

A New Way to Bake: Classic Recipes Updated with Better-for-You Ingredients from the Modern Pantry


Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes,” Mollie Katzen is wonderful! She is one of my favorites. I’m assuming some of the people reading this have kids and maybe they are as picky as mine? If so, I’m sorry. No, I’m kidding, but seriously, I have a picky eater and when you’re trying to get creative and you’re new to this, I don’t think I would have stuck it out, had I not been vegetarian for so long before my daughter was born. “The Enchanted Broccoli Forest” is another of Katzen’s greats and you can get it at Amazon as well. She has marvelous ideas for vegetarian children. Now these are vegetarian, not Vegan although we all know recipes can be modified.

Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes: A Cookbook for Preschoolers and Up


“OK, So Now You’re a Vegetarian: Advice & 100 Recipes from One Teen to Another,Time magazine said  “The first Vegetarian cookbook by a teen for teens.”  Like I said people of all ages transition to vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. So, if you are or have a teenager that is newly vegetarian, here’s a good starter cookbook. It’s easy to relate to, plus there are 100 recipes included. Someone else can cook dinner now!

OK, So Now You’re a Vegetarian: Advice & 100 Recipes from One Teen to Another

The Vegan Teen Cookbook: Easy vegan meals from what’s already in your kitchen,” If you are newly vegan and you are a teenager, this is the perfect cookbook for you! You don’t even have to go to the store with Mom or Dad to get special food! It’s wonderful how far people have come and how many resources there are today compared to 20 years ago. An easy vegan cookbook for teenagers! Mom or Dad, have a new vegan in the house and don’t know what to cook, buy an easy cookbook like this for your teen. They won’t mind if you borrow and I won’t tell.

The Vegan Teen Cookbook: Easy vegan meals from what’s already in your kitchen


The Complete Guide to Even More Vegan Food Substitutions: The Latest and Greatest Methods for Veganizing Anything Using More Natural, Plant-Based Ingredients * Includes More Than 100 Recipes.” Not even joking, that is the entire title to this heavenly book and I learned a new word!  Everyone can use help with vegan food substitutes, especially if you are a new vegan or vegetarian. Save yourself the trauma of horrible attempts at veganizing on your own and buy this cookbook. Perfect for beginners and seasoned vegans as well!  Plus your getting 100 new recipes and everyone loves recipes! Right? Vegan baking is something I am great at, thankfully! With Ener-G Egg Replacer, raw cane sugar, agave, stevia, cocoa powder, carob, etc. Vegan baking has come a long way! I avoid carob, not my thing, unless I’m cooking for my Princess. She can’t have chocolate! Poor fur baby, don’t know how she does it. Anyway, Grab this amazing cookbook and get cooking!

The Complete Guide to Even More Vegan Food Substitutions: The Latest and Greatest Methods for Veganizing Anything Using More Natural, Plant-Based Ingredients * Includes More Than 100 Recipes!

The Teen’s Vegetarian Cookbook,”  This is the cookbook I got my daughter when she was almost a teen. The recipes are awesome, great cookbook for new vegetarians or vegetarians just learning to cook. They have an amazing recipe for cornbread which goes so well with vegan chili. If only I used recipes, my vegan chili is amazing! She loves making the corn bread and it always comes out perfect 🙂 Highly recommend this cookbook to anyone who is learning to cook vegetarian.

The Teen’s Vegetarian Cookbook
Well, that’s all for now. I’m sure I’ll come across something new soon and I’ll add it to the list. Comment or add your favorites please. Your input is always welcome.

Be kind to one another.


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4 thoughts on “Vegan Cookbooks for Beginners”

  1. This was so helpful! For may people, going Vegan is tough. I think these cookbooks will be helpful for those struggling to stay on a Vegan diet. Thanks Keli!

  2. Great post. I’m not vegan but if I was, I would be looking at these great books. I love how it is targeted at teens, it provides a great resource for healthy eating. Especially when teens are more into junk food. I have some vegan friends that can appreciate this site I’m sure!

    1. Hey Dawna,
      Thank you so much for your comment 🙂 I’m glad you liked the cookbooks, feel free to share the site with anyone who you think would be interested! You never know, there may be some recipes here you just might love!

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