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8 Best Plant-Based Cookbooks for Beginners

Some people believe that eating plant-based is bland, boring, expensive, or the food is too complex to cook at home. But, those beliefs are untrue and limiting.



The authors of these cookbooks show you that you can still eat amazing food that tastes good while improving your health, helping protect the environment from destructive practices, and saving thousands of animals from exploitation.



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Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking | Dana Shultz

Most people don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen cooking and the thought of creating complicated recipes is overwhelming but Dana and John Shultz of the hugely popular website Minimalist Baker have simplified plant-based cooking without sacrificing flavor. The statement on the homepage sums up their approach to food perfectly “We share plant-based recipes requiring 10 ingredients or less, 1 bowl, or 30 minutes or less to prepare.”

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Sweet Potato Soul | Jenne Claiborne

No matter where you live, southern comfort food has a way of making you feel at home.  If you think you can’t have your grandma’s favorite recipes, once you go plant-based think again. The creator of the Sweet Potato Soul website Jenne Claiborne shows us all how to cook with soul without any animal products. Yes, you can still have beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes, fried goodies, and pecan pie!

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Vegan 100 | Gaz Oakley

If you haven’t watched an Avante Garde Vegan recipe on YouTube yet, do it today. Gaz Oakley teaches you how to turn your plate into the rainbow without any sophisticated kitchen skills. The recipes are far from bland (because he teaches you to season at every step) and you can’t help but learn when you take advice from this charismatic chef – turned salesman – turned plant-based food social media superstar and cookbook author.

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The Oh She Glows Cookbook | Angela Lidden

It’s no secret that Angela Lidden is serious about her ‘glow’. While she is not interested in giving her food style any specific title, her recipes are fully plant-based and delicious. As stated on her website’s homepage, the majority of her recipes are gluten-free, soy-free, and don’t include processed foods. The plant-based goodness on her site is great for anyone but especially great for beginners looking for wholesome recipes.

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Elsa’s Wholes Life | Ellie Bullen

Ellie Bullen or Elsa as she is affectionately called has a motto when it comes to food that is simple, Eat More Plants. Elsa uses her bachelor degree in nutrition and dietetics to educate about the benefits of following a plant-based whole food diet. Take a quick peek at her Instagram feed and you’ll be immediately inspired to learn how you can get the meals she shares on your own plate.

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Thug Kitchen | Michelle Davis and Matt Holloway

Sometimes you need an extra kick to “eat like you give a f*uck”. While some people are put off by the language these authors use on their website and in the cookbook, others find it entertaining. If you can look beyond the language you will find new recipes to explore that aren’t disrespectful at all.

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Vegan 101 | Heather Bell & Jenny Engel

If you want healthy plant-based meals and don’t know where to begin, welcome to your introductory crash course. Vegan 101 was created to help you create easy and flavorful meals that satisfy. These sisters have been inspiring vegan creations for more than ten years and are passionate about helping people through their products and their business Spork Foods.

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Frugal Vegan | Katie Koteen and Kate Kasbee

One of the main concerns about eating plant-based is cost. We’ve all heard that it’s more expensive to eat whole plant food and honestly, it can be pricey depending on where you shop and what you buy. But it doesn’t need to be. Katie Koteen and Kate Kasbee of Well Vegan show you how to change your diet – using ingredients and practices that are budget-friendly without sacrificing flavor – because no one wants to eat bland and unappetizing food.

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Food is personal to most of us and changing how we eat is a process. The goal of this article isn’t to get you to run out and buy every cookbook on the list.


Instead, the goal is to show you that you have still options. The authors of the above cookbooks offer unique twists on preparing plant-based food.


  • Check out their websites.
  • Look at their social media accounts.
  • If they create videos, watch a few.


Determine if the author or authors have a style of cooking and teaching that resonates with you. If so, continue learning by purchasing a cookbook.


You have all you need to make the plant-based lifestyle work for you at your fingertips. Don’t be afraid to get started today.


If there is a cookbook you love that isn’t on the list, share it in the comments below.



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