We're laying off the banana bread this lockdown and cooking up a storm of healthy and delicious plant-based meals instead. For anyone doing Veganuary or just trying to eat a bit healthier, here are our top picks of brilliant cookbooks, from old favourites to brand new releases.
David Flynn and Stephen Flynn£20.00 £18.60
This is an amazing introduction for anyone new to veganism. After twenty years of plant-based cooking, bestselling chefs Dave and Steve Flynn have developed an encyclopaedic knowledge of how it works and how to make vegan food simple, creative and totally irresistible.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall£26.00 £24.18
Champion of vegetables, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is back with another book full of nourishing, clear, and foolproof recipes. In Eat Better Forever, instead of promising a gimmicky single-fix solution to the challenge of healthy eating, Hugh extracts knowledge, advice and healthy habits from cutting edge research into the obesity crisis to produce 7 simple strategies that will transform your diet and your health.
A Modern Way to Eat: Over 200 Satisfying, Everyday Vegetarian Recipes (That Will Make You Feel Amazing)
Anna Jones£26.00 £24.18
We have been fans of Anna Jones for years. Not only are her recipes simple, healthy, and easy on the pockets, the books themselves are beautifully styled and full of gorgeous full-colour photography. A Modern Way to Eat covers everything from quick breakfasts to celebratory dinners, using different grains, nuts, seeds, and seasonal vegetables whilst avoiding the usual vegetarian reliance on dairy, carbs, and stodge.
Karoline Joensson£14.99 £13.94
This is another fantastic guide for new vegans. In Happy Vegan Comfort Food, Karoline Jönsson has gathered her most indispensable recipes: delicious dishes for everyday life that provide a good basis and can be used in various flavour combinations. The book is divided into four sections: from scratch, in the frying pan, in the pot, and in the oven, and includes dishes like Paella, Colcannon, and Frittatas.
Meera Sodha£20.00 £18.60
Ella always reads Meera Sodha's recipes in the Guardian and thinks her vegan scrambled tofu is the best one out there! Sodha's book East contains 120 easy and delicious Asian-inspired vegetarian and vegan recipes. East will show you how to whip up a chard potato and coconut curry, Kimchi pancakes, chilli tofu, sweet potato momos, salted miso brownies and a no-churn Vietnamese coffee ice-cream.
Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage£27.00 £25.11
We own a lot of well-worn Ottolenghi books, pages dog-eared with fantasy menus, splashed with oil, and stained with sumac. This new book with Ixta Belfrage celebrates the limitless potential of vegetables. Flavour is full of sure-fire hits for the whole family, including Aubergine Dumplings alla Parmigiana, Miso Butter Onions, Spicy Mushroom Lasagne and Romano Pepper Schnitzels.
Rukmini Iyer£17.98 £16.72
We are big fans of Rukmini Iyer’s Roasting Tin series and were very excited to tuck into this one containing seventy-five one-tin recipes: half vegan, half vegetarian, all delicious. The three bean chilli has become a weeknight staple in Hazel's house and Ella and Hannah once shared a glass of wine over the crispy gnocchi with roasted peppers, chilli, rosemary and ricotta. We love this book!
Sarah Britton£16.98 £15.79
Sarah Britton's healthy eating blog My New Roots draws over two million views a month with her vibrant vegetarian dishes. The My New Roots cookbook is packed with over 100 simple and mouth-watering vegetarian recipes, including fragrant courgette and coconut noodle soup, homemade ginger ale, comforting chocolate chilli and a decadent chai upside-down plum cake.