VEGAN RESOURCE GUIDE
BOOKS + COOKBOOKS
The following are are some of my favourite books and cookbooks that have helped to inform me on my vegan journey and have really inspired me along the way.
The Plantpower Way - This cookbook has the feel of a coffee table book. It has gorgeous photography and an abundance of practical information about the vegan lifestyle. The Plantpower Way was created by renowned vegan ultra-distance athlete and high-profile wellness advocate Rich Roll and his chef wife Julie Piatt, who share the joy and vibrant health they and their whole family have experienced living a plant-based lifestyle. This cookbook has over 120 delicious, easy-to-prepare whole food recipes, including hearty breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, plus healthful and delicious smoothies and juices, and decadent desserts. My favourite recipes are the Tahini Green Sauce (which I serve on salads and rice bowls) and a hearty Vegan Lasagna made with zucchini, Almond Pesto and a Blackened Tomato Cashew Sauce.
Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen - Without fail, every single recipe that I have made from this cookbook has turned out phenomenally. Chloe's recipes are so simple to make and you would never know that there is absolutely no dairy added. She has even included her award winning recipe for her Raspberry Tiramisu Cupcakes in this cookbook from Food Network's Cupcake Wars, as well as the recipe for Shiitake Bacon!
How Not To Die - From the physician behind the wildly popular website NutritionFacts.org, How Not to Die reveals the groundbreaking scientific evidence behind the only diet that can prevent and reverse many of the causes of disease-related death. All proceeds Dr. Greger receives from all book sales are donated to the 501c3 nonprofit charity NutritionFacts.org.
Super Fresh - Fresh is a long standing vegetarian restaurant in Toronto that I have been going to for many years. The food is always consistent and the recipes in this cookbook are equally as good! This cookbook includes over 200 juices, smoothies and meals - many of which are menu items at Fresh restaurants. One of my go-to recipe from this cookbook is the Golden Curried Dal, it is absolutely delicious and so easy to make!
This Cheese is Nuts! - Julie Piatt (co-author of The Plantpower Way) features a stunning collection of 75 flavourful nut-based cheeses in her new cookbook. Julie's recipes use almonds, cashews, and other nuts to create cheeses anyone can make right at home. This book includes cheese spreads & sauces (like this easy to make Classic Foundue I absolutely loved!), quick "form" cheeses, aged & multi-step cheeses and main dishes and desserts (like Deep Classic Cheesecake and Créme Brûlée). She has also included dairy-free staples (including yogurt, crackers and sour cream), as well as a section with nut-free options for cheeses & spreads. I highly reccomend this beautiful cookbook to anyone who is looking to up their vegan cheese game with healthy, whole-foods based recipes!
The Greenhouse Cookbook - from the co-founders of Greenhouse Juice Co., this book is a beautiful collection of 100 easy recipes (50 to eat with a fork, spoon or your fingers, and 50 to serve in a glass). It features gorgeous food photography, and kitchen inspiration for breakfasts, lunches and weekday-friendly dinners. In addition, this cookbook reveals Greenhouse Juice Co.'s "secret sauce", by sharing their private recipes for their juices, smoothies, nut milks, tonics and cleanses. Now you can enjoy the delicious beverages served at Canada's leading cold-pressed juice start-up anywhere in the world! My all-time favourite beverages from Greenhouse that are in this book include: The Good, a green juice containing no sweet fruit, Rococoa, a smoothie that tastes like chocolate-covered almonds, and Clean-Zing, a tonic made with lemon, maple syrup and cayenne, which can be served hot or cold. The plant-based, whole food recipes in this cookbook do not disappoint. I absolutely loved making the Soba Noodles in Miso Broth with Daikon, Mushrooms and Crispy Tofu - a delicious restorative soup, that is filling and flavourful!
The Oh She Glows Cookbook - This was one of my first vegan cookbooks and I consider it to be a classic. Everything I've ever made from this book has turned out exceptionally well! Author Angela Liddon runs the hugely popular Oh She Glows blog and creates beautiful food photographs. My favourite recipes in this cookbook include the Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Cumin-Coriander Tahini Sauce, 10-Spice Vegetable Soup with Cashew Cream, Marinated Italian Mushrooms and Sweet Potato & Black Bean Enchiladas.
YumUniverse - This book was an early edition to my vegan cookbook collection. YumUniverse is more than just a cookbook - the first half of the book contains a wealth of information including tips on creating a vegan pantry with all of the staples you need to set you off on the right foot. It has really become my go-to resource for soaking, sprouting and cooking beans, legumes and grains. Some of my favourite recipes include the Buckwheat Noodle Pad Thai, Comforting Veggie Noodle Soup and Homemade Spice Mixes including Jamaican Jerk Seasoning and Ethiopian Berbere Spice.
CRAZY SEXY DIET - "Crazy Sexy Diet comes on the heels of Kris Carr's best-selling cancer survival guidebooks and her acclaimed TLC documentary. Infused with a bit of sass and an advice-from-the-trenches style, Crazy Sexy Diet is a beautifully illustrated resource and plant-based, vegan diet plan to put you on the fast track to vibrant health, happiness and a great ass!"
Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking - The long-awaited debut cookbook by the creators of the Minimalist Baker blog has 101 vibrant, simple recipes that are entirely plant-based, mostly gluten-free, and 100% delicious. Each recipe requires 10 ingredients or fewer, can be made in one bowl, or requires 30 minutes or less to prepare. It's a totally no-fuss approach to cooking that is perfect for anyone who loves delicious food that happens to be healthy too.
Cook Lively! - Laura-Jane Koers' (AKA the @TheRawtarian) debut cookbook features 100 quick and easy plant-based recipes using 10 ingredients or less, that do not disappoint. This book, filled with gorgeous food photographs, is an amazing resource for anyone looking for incredibly healthy recipes made with everyday ingredients. Laura-Jane has included both raw and cooked recipes for everything from breakfast, to main dishes, snacks, desserts, as well as kitchen staples too. What I love about this cookbook is that many of the recipes include the option to use an oven or dehydrator. Lately, I've been loving Lara-Janes's delicious Plant-Protein Burgers with Hemp Seeds and Vegetables. These burgers are quick and simple to make, and turned out great for me when I made them in both the oven and dehydrator! Click here for the recipe which I've shared on my blog.
The Edgy Veg - is the debut cookbook by Candice Hutchings, the host of The Edgy Veg YouTube channel and blog, which she co-founded with her husband James Aita. This book contains 138 recipes that take vegan cooking to the next level, with drool-worthy food photos, and tips and tricks for eating like an Edgy Veg. It's filled with recipes that will fulfill childhood cravings, fast food faves and food-nerd obsessions! The Edgy Veg covers everything from basics, munchies, and mains to dessert, smoothies and cocktails. Cookbook highlights include: Buffalo Cauliflower Wings 7 Ways, Easy Cheesy Fondue and Chick Fillet Deluxe. One of my favourite recipes that I made from this book was the UnOrthodox Lox and Cream Cheese Bagels - it's Lox made from carrots! It was easy to make and is some of the best carrot lox I’ve had to date! It gets better as it marinades, so I recommend waiting 48 hours before serving - I promise, it’s totally worth the wait.
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