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, 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

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 absolutley deliciuos and so easy to make!

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.

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