18 Cookbooks for Healthy, Plant-Based and Sustainable Meals

September 25, 2023

If you have been looking for healthy plant-based food recipes to try, we got you. Here are 18 cookbooks that can get you started. These cookbooks are healthy meals specific, good for you, and good for the environment.

1. Whole Bowls - Allison Day

Are you a vegetarian or a vegan? Have you been looking for exciting, quick, and, easy to follow plant-based recipes? If you said Yes to these questions, check out Whole Bowls by Allison Day. Allison Day is a writer, bestselling author, food stylist, recipe developer, and content creator. This is her second cookbook and has over 50 easy-to-follow recipes for your lunch or dinner. Learn More

Price | $23.90 (Hardcover)

2. The Vegetarian Silver Spoon by Phaidon

This book offers more than 200 classic and contemporary Italian vegetarian recipes from the acclaimed Silver Spoon Kitchen. The recipes emphasis on healthy meat-free options for appetizers, main dishes, salads, sides, and desserts. Easy to navigate book with gorgeous photos that are pleasing to the eyes, that will make you want to cook delicious dishes to life. Learn More

Price | $24.00 (Hardcover)

3. The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook by Salma Hage

This book includes all vegetarian recipes influenced by Middle Eastern flavors from Salma Hage, author of the bestselling classic, The Lebanese Kitchen. Learn More

Price | $24.00 (Hardcover)

4. Whole Food Cooking Every Day  - Amy Chaplin

Amy Chaplin has worked as a vegetarian chef for over 20 years. Her recipes are inspired by nature and healing benefits of natural food ingredients. Author Amy Chaplin shares her key, base vegetarian recipes in each chapter that can change with variations of add-ins, toppings, substitutes, etc.

Price | $22.12 (Hardcover)

5. Ottolenghi Flavor - Yotam Ottolenghi, Ixta Belfrage and Tara Wigley

As New York Times Bestseller, Ottolenghi Flavor introduces over 100 delicious plant-based recipes. From processing your ingredients to pairing and identifying your produce, this cookbook will wow you and any of your dinner party guests. Learn More

Price | $20.75 (Hardcover)

Photo by Joseph De Leo

6. The Indian Vegetarian Cookbook

This book is an essential guide to easy Indian vegetarian dishes from the author of Phaidon's global bestseller, India: The Cookbook. This collection of 150 healthy and approachable vegetarian recipes showcases an array of delicious breakfasts and drinks, salads, vegetables and legumes, grains, and desserts. Learn More

Price | $39.99 (Hardcover)

7. Sustainable Kitchen - Jaynie McCloskey & Heather Wolfe

Dietitian Heather Wolfe and designer Jaynie McCloskey put their knowledge and experience into this cookbook for you to pursue a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle, starting in your kitchen. This is for those who seeks to prepare plant-based and environment-conscious meals.

Price | $36.22 (Hardcover)

8. Oh She Glows Every Day - Angela Liddon

Oh She Glows Every Day contains over 100 plant-based and allergy-friendly recipes. You will find gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and kid-friendly recipe options for “every day” of the week or for more special occasions. Learn More

Price | $34.06 (Spiral-bound)

9. Alternative Baker - Alanna Taylor-Tobin

If you have been looking for a new hobby or new weekend activities, try out baking recipes by Alanna Taylor-Tobin. All recipes are gluten-free and introduces nut- and grain-based alternative flours that are healthier option for you. Learn More

Price | $29.95 (Spiral-bound)

Photo by Xu Liu

10. Food 52 A New Way to Dinner - Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs

Say goodbye to the stressful, weekly meal-prep process. Food52’s A New Way to Dinner is packed with delicious recipes that will last for days. With detailed instructions for each step, you won’t miss a thing. Learn More

Price | $35 (Hardcover)

Photo by Food52

11. Love is Served: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes from Southern California

This book was written by the executive chef, Seizan Dreux Ellis, at Café Gratitude. Café Gratitude was founded in the Bay Area with dishes named affirmations of self, "I Am Fearless", "I Am Humble". Since then the café expanded, and they continuously serve organic and healthy meals for all. The book introduces Café Gratitude's recipe to your home. Learn More

Price | $18.99 (Hardcover)

Photo by Café Gratitude

12. Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes

Vegan chef, food justice activist, and author Bryant Terry breaks down the fundamentals of plant-based cooking in this book, showing you how to make delicious meals from popular vegetables, grains, and legumes. The author also covers the basics of vegan cooking, explaining the fundamentals of assembling flavorful dishes that are packed with fresh vegetables. Learn More

Price | $17.39 (Hardcover)

13. The Gluten-Free Cookbook

This book offers 350 delicious everyday recipes for naturally gluten-free food from more than 80 countries. The diversity of recipes includes Summer Rolls (Vietnam), Shrimp & Grits (USA), Steak with Chimichurri Sauce (Argentina), Stewed Fava Beans (Egypt), Pavlova (Australia), Vegetable Pakoras (India), and Vanilla Flan (Mexico), all of which are naturally without gluten. Discover easy-to-use recipes to widen your options for a gluten-free diet. Learn More

Price | $29.60 (Hardcover)

14. The Mexican Vegetarian Cookbook

This book is an essential guide to vegetarian Mexican home cooking, including naturally vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free dishes – with more than 400 authentic everyday recipes for the home cook. The recipe collection is from the bestselling author of Mexico: The Cookbook, home cooks will discover delicious traditional and modern dishes made with corn, beans, spices, and the incredible bounty of fruit, vegetables, legumes, seeds, and edible flowers grown across Mexico. Learn More

Price | $29.99 (Hardcover)

15. La Vida Verde: Plant-Based Mexican Cooking with Authentic Flavor

Follow along with Jocelyn Ramirez as she transforms the traditional dishes she grew up making alongside her Abuela into wonderfully flavorful plant-based meals everyone will love. Make a foray into plant-based Mexican cooking and enjoy a new side of Latin cuisine. Learn More

Price | $29.93 (Spiral-bound)

16. The Korean Vegan Cookbook: Reflections and Recipes from Omma's Kitchen

In her debut cookbook, Joanne Lee Molinaro shares a collection of her favorite Korean dishes, some traditional and some reimagined, as well as poignant narrative snapshots that have shaped her family history. Dive into Korean cuisine through illustrative stories of the role of food in the immigrant experience. Learn More

Price | $17.71 (Hardcover)

17. One: Pot, Pan, Planet: A Greener Way to Cook for You and Your Family and the Planet

Often times, the hardest part about eating healthy and cooking at home is the effort that goes into each meal. Award-winning cook Anna Jones curates a collection of one-pot/pan recipes with simple ingredient lists that keep things fast and easy. These highly varied every night recipes celebrate vegetables and deliver knock-out flavor without taking time and energy. The book also gives advice on planning, shopping, and reducing waste will make a difference. Learn More

Price | $23.99 (Hardcover)

18. The Scraps Book

In 2021, IKEA published The ScrapsBook, a cookbook made in collaboration with ten chefs in the US to share recipes about what you can do with food left, which you may usually throw away. This book helps readers discover what delicious food can be created with banana peel, radish top, chicken bones, and other ingredients you would never have thought you would use for cooking. This book helps readers to see the unlimited recipe possibilities that can be created while being more sustainable in your kitchen.

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