Which Vegetarian Cookbook Is Right For You?

Finding the right cookbook can be tough with so many different sets of taste buds suggesting widely different recipes to you. Searching for the perfect vegetarian cookbook, however, can be even harder, with so many people giving up meat there has been an influx of people seeking healthy, tasty vegetarian meals. Here, we have our top picks of the best and most helpful vegetarian cookbooks to help you find out which one is right for you...

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1. On The Pulse

Georgina Fuggle

This cookbook teaches you how to incorporate pulses, such as chickpeas, broad beans and lentils, into your diet. Georgina Fuggle's cheap and gluten-free recipes, including Green Falafel with Harissa Yogurt and Black Bean Mississippi Mud Pie with Salted Caramel, will have you eating meals packed with flavour and a variety of healthy pulses, guaranteed to keep you full and satisfied till your next meal.

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2. The Busy Mum's Vegetarian Cookbook

Mary Gwynn

Mary Gwynn knows how hard balancing hectic family life with making nutritious meals and lunches everyday can be. In this handy cookbook she gives you a wide range of vegetarian recipes for family meals, packed lunches and special celebrations. Her shopping tips and short cuts ensure your kitchen is always fully stocked so you'll never struggle with meal planning again! And, even more importantly, these recipes are kid-approved.

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3. Australian Woman's Weekly: Vegan Kitchen

This vegan cookbook by Australian Women's Weekly uses 'new' alternative ingredients so you can have a variety of tasty meals completely free of animal products. It even includes for vegan cheese and ice cream! The book's aim is to show how easy a vegan lifestyle can be and with over 130 recipes, it's easier than ever with this scrumptious book.

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4. Terre a Terre

Amanda Powley

The Terre a Terre restaurant opened in Brighton in 1992 and has become a firm favourite in the vegetarian community ever since. Now you can try some of their most popular recipes for yourself, including Elephant and Rocket Oil Twice Baked Souffle and Boiled Eggs and Chubby Soldiers. Over 100 recipes are paired with stunning photography from Lisa Barber and you won't be able to resist trying each recipe for yourself once you take a look inside this brilliant cookbook.

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5. Vegetarian Kids' Cookbook

Roz Denny

Bring your kids into the kitchen with this clear and helpful vegetarian cookbook. There are over 50 recipes to try and 350 step-by-step photographs to aide you as you and your children navigate your way through sweet treats such as Carrot Cake and Blueberry Muffins, and healthy meals, including Chili Cheese Nachos and Chunky Cheese Salad.

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6. Leon: Fast Vegetarian

Henry Dimbleby

Utilising the range of fresh vegetables you can find in shops and markets near you, this book of over 150 fast recipes aims to give you quick and easy meal ideas that are healthy, hearty and full of flavour. Divided into parts with Star Turns, a selection of main meal recipes, and Supporting Cast, a range of sides and smaller dishes, you'll surprised by all the tasty meals you can make with a variety of everyday vegetables.

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7. Making Vegan Frozen Treats

Nicole Weston

Whether you are looking for some delicious desserts or tasty treats, check out this unusual book all about how to make vegan ice cream and ice pops. With a range of options, including old classics like Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry, and new fun flavours, such as Mocha Almond Fudge, Chai Tea and Coconut-Raspberry-Lime, grab a copy to give these dairy-free delights a try for yourself.

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8. The Gluten-Free Italian Vegetarian Kitchen

Donna Klein

Being gluten and meat free can sometimes be tricky, especially if you love Italian cuisine. But with this amazing cookbook, of over 225 vegetarian and gluten-free recipes, you'll find a variety of classic Italian dishes, including salads, soups, pizzas, risottos and desserts. Each recipe features helpful nutritional information so you always know just how healthy your meals are.

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9. 200 Fast Vegetarian Recipes

Every one of the 200 recipes in this collection takes less than 30 minutes to make so whether you're in a hurry or an amateur at cooking, you'll find plenty of easy vegetarian recipes in this tasty cookbook. The recipes include Pasta with Goats' Cheese & Walnut Sauce and Pineapple Fritters.

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10. The Abundance Diet

Somer McCowan

Focused on helping you lose weight through a plant-based diet, Somer McCowan has compiled a 28-Day Diet Plan which includes over 100 delicious gluten-free recipes to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure through healthy vegetarian eating. The book also features a bonus juice feast to help your weight loss journey and with tons of healthy recipes, the book is definitely one for your shelf.

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Whether you are searching for quick and easy treats or healthy and hearty meals, we have a pick for you. But, if you still haven't found the right one yet, check out our full range of vegetarian cookbooks.

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    Mary Gwynn applies her 'Busy Mum's' philosophy to this inspirational collection of failsafe vegetarian recipes, all of which are tried, tested and family-approved. She knows exactly what busy mums need to help them juggle their hectic lives with feeding their families well. At the heart of this is the cleverly stocked store cupboard and fridge, and Mary's shopping tips and short cuts are just what you need to take the stress out of family mealtimes. There are ideas for everyday eating and packed lunches as well as for celebrations and parties, Christmas, and summer barbecues. Creating tasty, healthy dishes that will satisfy veggies and non-veggies alike is easy when you know how...Let Mary be your guide to a new flexible approach to vegetarian eating.
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    Leon: Fast Vegetarian enables you to make the most of the fresh vegetables available in markets, allotments, veg boxes and supermarkets. The philosophy at the heart of this book is about cooking and eating delicious, healthy fast food made from sustainable ingredients. Eating less - or no - meat has become key to the way many of us cook and this collection of more than 150 really simple, really fast recipes, is a treat for vegivores everywhere. The first part of the book offers Star Turns, those vegetable-based dishes that can stand alone as a whole meal, with ideas for Breakfast & Brunch, Pasta, Grains & Pulses, Pies & Bakes, Rice & Curry and Kids while the second part, Supporting Cast, explores accompaniments and smaller plates with chapters on Grazing Dishes, Sides, and Pickles, Salsas, Chutneys & Dressings.
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    This is the book that vegetarians have been waiting and pleading for since Terre a Terre first opened its doors in Brighton way back in 1992. The leader of the pack amongst Britain's vegetarian restaurants for over 18 years, and lavishly garlanded with awards and praise, this is their first cookery book, and what a book it is! Over 100 recipes from the repertoire that has made Terra a Terre the most talked about vegetarian restaurant in Britain are accompanied by sumptuously taste-bud stimulating food photography by award-wining food photographer Lisa Barber. Every vegetarian with a serious love of food, and indeed many carnivores who can recognise a very good thing when they taste it, will find this an indispensable addition to their cookery book collection.
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    This Storey Basics[registered] book offers ice creams ranging from the classics (vanilla, chocolate, coffee, strawberry) to innovative flavours like chai tea, mocha almond fudge, peanut butter and banana, horchata, and coconut-raspberry-lime. The sorbets include peach melba, tangerine and olive oil, and spiced cranberry, and you'll love the fresh and interesting granitas, such as honeydew and mint, Meyer lemon, and pear and cinnamon. You'll also find 12 recipes for frozen pops (including blueberry-balsamic pops, mojito pops, and lots of pudding pops), cookies for making ice cream sandwiches, and sauces and toppings for sundaes - all completely vegan and completely delicious.
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    Children will love this collection of over 50 irresistible and healthy recipes, which range from soups, snacks and light lunches to main meals, side dishes and desserts. It features specialist advice on the best foods to feed your vegetarian children, and useful meal planners to help you balance their nutritional needs. It includes all the traditional favourites including Chili Cheese Nachos, Spicy Spuds, Fruity Coleslaw, and Blueberry Muffins. Simple step-by-step techniques show how to make cooking easy and fun, and there is a beautiful colour photograph of the finished dish to ensure perfect results are achieved every time. It features cook's tips and variations to inspire and encourage experimentation. Full of many wonderful dishes to please even the fussiest of appetites, this exciting collection will help you prepare vegetarian versions of all-time favourite dishes that will appeal to all the family. There are dishes to suit all seasons and occasions, from wholesome soups for the winter to a tasty Chunky Cheesy Salad for the summer. There are also more substantial meals, such as Bean Burgers and no children's recipe book is complete without desserts, which range from healthy fruit salads and Strawberry Smoothies to richer bakes such as Carrot Cake or Blueberry Muffins. Helpful expert advice will keep you well-informed about what you are feeding your children. Over 350 stunning colour photographs and step-by-step techniques help you prepare each dish, making this a truly useful guide to creating the most delectable dishes for all members of the family.
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    This ground-breaking cookbook and diet plan is for anyone who wants to take control of their weight and health through whole plant-based foods. Somer's 28-Day Diet Plan includes a foreword by Neal Barnard, M.D. and a (optional) bonus juice feast to kick start your weight loss and health journey. The plan includes over 100 delicious recipes (all gluten-free) and is customizable to suit individual tastes. With The Abundance Diet, readers can dramatically change their overall health, reduce their cholesterol, take control of their blood pressure, and shrink their waistline. In addition to the 28-Day Diet Plan and bonus juice feast, an entire chapter is devoted to fitness, helping the reader to incorporate exercise regardless of fitness ability.
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    From The Australian Women's Weekly, The Vegan Kitchen presents over 130 wholefood recipes that are perfect for a plant-based diet.

    Vegan food has never been more popular, especially now the health and environmental benefits are more widely known, and this book will help anyone who has changed their diet embrace all sorts of new flavours. It shows how accessible it is to eliminate meat, dairy and eggs.

    There are fresh recipe ideas that use 'new' alternative ingredients that are readily available and it even has recipes for making your own animal-free yoghurt, cheese, mayonnaise and ice cream.
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    From tantalizing appetizers to delicious desserts, The Gluten-Free Italian Vegetarian Kitchen is a collection of authentic Italian dishes with a vegetarian and gluten-free twist. More than 225 recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, breads, pizzas, panini, gnocchi, risotto, polenta, and other main dishes, brunch, and dessert. Dishes are specified as dairy-free, egg-free, lacto-ovo, dairy-and-egg-free, vegan, and/or low-carb and the book gives tips and information on eating gluten-free, as well as a nutritional analysis of calories, protein, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, and dietary fibre for every recipe. It also includes a glossary of gluten-free specialty ingredients.
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    On the Pulse offers a tempting selection of classic and contemporary dishes that make use of pulses including chickpeas, lentils and broad beans. More unusual pulses including adzuki and edamame beans are also featured.

    This book encourages you to embrace rich and nutrient-dense legumes and showcases their variety, health benefits and the best ways to cook with them. Gluten free, cheap and versatile, they can be the basis of some truly simple yet stunning recipes.

    We're sure you'll love trying the likes of green falafel with Harissa yogurt, Vietnamese meatballs with edamame beans and black bean Mississippi mud pie with salted caramel.
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    Make the most of your time with this new collection of fast recipes from the popular Hamlyn All Colour series. Whether you are a seasoned vegetarian or simply trying to cut down on your meat intake, Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook: 200 Fast Vegetarian Dishes offers a variety of vegetarian recipes that can be ready in no more than 30 minutes. Recipes include spicy Arrabiata Polenta Bake; Pasta with Goats' Cheese & Walnut Sauce; and Pineapple Fritters (for when your sweet tooth is calling).