Recommended recipe books and websites

Books

These are either books I've used myself or that I've heard lots of people on the internet rave about. Not all are 100% vegan, but they all contain enough vegan recipes to be worth a look. Some of these books (and a range of other recipe books) can be bought from Hillside Animal Sanctuary, Animal Aid, Viva! and the Vegan Society's online shops, as well as the more traditional online bookshops.

I also recommend a trip to your local library (or a browse of their online catalogue) to see what books you can try for free. Don't just stick to 100% vegan books - world recipe books such as Chinese, Indian, African, Thai or Middle Eastern often contain vegan recipes as they have a fair amount of meat-free dishes which also don't include dairy or eggs.

The Detox Cook
by Louisa J. Walters, Aliza Baron Cohen and Adrian Mercuri

Not strictly a vegan recipe book, but the majority of recipes are vegan and most of the remainder can be made vegan. Imaginitive recipes with an emphasis on colourful vegetables and fruit.

Green Harvest
by Jill Russell

Full of tasty-looking, easy -to-follow recipes using everyday ingredients. All profits from this book go to animal sanctuaries and groups.

La Dolce Vegan
by Sarah Kramer

Contains every type of recipe you could ever want, both simple and more involved to prepare, including lots of baking recipes. Sarah has also co-written two other books, How it all Vegan and The Garden of Vegan, which I haven't seen but are probably good too if this one is anything to go by.

Pizza!
by Pippa Cuthbert and Lindsay Cameron Wilson

Definitely not a vegan book, but contains lots of creative ideas for vegetable-based pizza toppings which either are vegan or can easily be made vegan. My favourite is the roasted red onion, artichoke and sage topping.

The 30 Minute Vegan
by Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray

This is a good book for anyone wishing to focus on the healthy side of vegan cooking. The recipes in this collection are largely based on wholefoods and unprocessed ingredients, with plenty of herbs and spices for flavour, and includes a number of raw food recipes. Some of the ingredients lists are a little longer and more exotic than you might expect from a book of this title, although nothing a well-stocked vegan store cupboard can't cope with, but maybe not the best starting point for a new vegan or novice cook.

The ultimate uncheese cookbook
by Joanne Stepaniak

Apparently the book for vegan cheese-fans, this book contains various cheesy-tasting recipes with no cheese in sight. Yes, it is possible...

Vegan Brunch
by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

If you want to impress your weekend guests with a special Sunday brunch, or just fancy something a bit different on your day off, look no further than Isa's latest recipe book. A combination of vegan 'classics' such as waffles, omlettes, pancakes, muffins and tofu scrambles along with a whole load of creative dishes you would never have even thought of but must be tried, especially after you've spent half an hour looking at the photos (or was that just me??). This should also be compulsory reading for B&Bs that cater for vegans (and for those that don't - yet!).

Vegan cupcakes take over the world
by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

This book is worth buying for the photos and the title alone, and that's before you get started on the recipes. My trials of the basic chocolate cupcakes have proved extremely successful so far (definitely results in 'I can't believe it's vegan' cakes), now to try some of the exotic recipes!

Vegan Lunch Box Around the World
by Jennifer McCann

Does what it says on the tin, in a rather creative way. The result of a blog recording the (very inventive) packed lunches the author made for her young son to take to school, this book includes recipes inspired by many types of world cuisine but without being overly complicated and needing lots of exotic ingredients. Many can be eaten warm or cold, so despite the 'lunchbox' part of the title there's also plenty of ideas for meals at home too.

Veganomicon
by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

The encyclopedia of vegan cooking, both due to its content and its almost Yellow Pages-sized proportions. What I like about all the Isa/Terry books is that there are always fresh ideas - recipes and combinations of ingredients that aren't just replicas of all the other vegan recipe books you've already got, there's always something original to try.

A Vegan Taste of Italy and A Vegan Taste of the Middle East
by Linda Majzlik

Two books in a whole series including Vegan Tastes of Mexico, India, the Caribbean, France, Thailand, Greece, North Africa, Central America... I'd seen these books around for a while but only recently acquired these two. They contain lots of interesting recipe ideas and ingredient combinations, definitely something different to the standard recipes which can get repeated a lot in vegetarian cookery books.

Vegan with a Vengeance
by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

One of the set texts of vegan cooking. No pictures, but this is made up for by the descriptions of the food. I particularly like this one for the baking recipes - any book which can do such great things with chocolate cake and raspberries is going to get my vote!

Veggie Chic (now renamed 'Sumptuous Suppers') and Vegetarian Supercook
by Rose Elliot

Lots of ideas for special occasions, complete with full-page colour photos. Vegetarian and vegan recipes, with the vegan ones labelled as such. According to reviews on Amazon, Veggie Chic has been renamed 'Rose Elliot's Sumptuous Suppers' and given a different front cover, which makes it look misleadingly like a new book...

World Food Cafe and World Food Cafe 2
by Chris Caldicott and Carolyn Caldicott

Vegetarian recipe books with a high proportion of vegan recipes from around the world, mainly Africa and Asia. One of the authors is a professional photographer and the books are full of beautiful, colourful photos from the places they visited collecting the recipes. You can view most of the books' contents on Google Books: World Food Cafe, World Food Cafe 2

Websites

All websites are UK-based (i.e. you don't have to translate the recipes into British) unless otherwise stated.

Animal Aid's recipe collection
A great recipe collection, featuring mostly main meals, puddings and Christmas/special occasion recipes.

Dame Fandango
Vegan domestic goddess

Parsley Soup
All sorts of lovely recipes, complete with photos!

Recipes for Sustainability: 21 days of easy, vegan food
21 days' worth of vegan meals, produced by Animal Aid.

Vegweb.com
American recipe forum with hundreds of recipes in various categories

Viva!'s Christmas recipes
Not just for Christmas! Lots of lovely recipes for special occasions.