It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
The moment you’ve all been waiting for.
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It’s time to celebrate the Best Healthy Cookbooks of 2014!
All year long I collect and cook from countless healthy cookbooks both old and new. Year after year I am blown away by the innovation and creativity that emerges from competitive healthy chefs and bloggers from around the world. And I research and review them all – just for you! You’re welcome.
So without further ado, my favorite healthy cookbooks of 2014:
- The Vegetarian Flavor Bible by Karen Page – Rarely will you find me in my kitchen without The Flavor Bible. But I’ve been caught red-handed in a cookbook affair – with this award-winning cookbook’s sequel, The Vegetarian Flavor Bible. Too often, flavors are masked by meat-based stocks, butter or cream. This guide to culinary creativity features insights from dozens of the leading American vegetarian and vegan chefs and aims to maximize flavor with plant-based foods.
- Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London’s Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi – Another cookbook by Ottolenghi? Yes please! Yotam Ottolenghi, one of the world’ most beloved culinary talents follows up his bestselling cookbook Plenty with the culinary continuation Plenty More. This cookbook explores the diverse realm of vegetarian food including seasonal dishes and bold flavors accompanied by stunning photography that will make you drool. Like all of Ottolenghi’s cookbooks, this one is a must have!
- Clean Eating Made Simple: A Healthy Cookbook with Delicious Whole-Food Recipes for Eating Clean by Rockridge Press – Simple and sweet. This is how I would describe this cookbook. With recipes focused on unrefined, unprocessed foods, Clean Eating Made Simple walks readers through the basics of developing clean eating habits using commonsense guidelines. With easy-to-follow whole food recipes, tips on adapting any recipe to fit your personal dietary needs, food lists and weekly meal plans, this cookbook is perfect for both beginner and experienced supporters of the clean eating food movement.
- Salad Samurai by Terry Hope Romero – Award-winning chef and Veganomicon coauthor Terry Hope Romero is back! And she’s brought all her veggies with her. This cookbook aims to rescue salads from their bland, boring reputation and “side” status with more than 100 cutting-edge, ultra-healthy and easy-to-make salads that you don’t have to be vegan to love!
- Rawsome Vegan Baking by Emily von Euw – Emily van Euw is the popular blogger of award-winning blog, This Rawesome Vegan Life. This cookbook is a masterpiece of mouthwatering and easy-to-make raw, vegan and gluten-free desserts complimented by stunning photography that will make your stomach growl. Whether you’re ready to tackle a Peppermint Chocolate Molten Lava Cake or a batch of S’Mores Cupcakes, surprise your friends and family this holiday season with a guilt-free dessert that will wow their taste buds!
- Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck by Thug Kitchen – If you’re not laughing at the title of this cookbook, lighten up. The wildly popular website Thug Kitchen has been inspiring people to eat their damn vegetables and adopt a healthier lifestyle in classic “tough love” fashion. Thug Kitchen encourages readers to take charge of their plates and cook some real f*cking food. Never a dull moment here.
- The Zenbelly Cookbook: An Epicurean’s Guide to Paleo Cuisine by Simone Miller – Author Simone Miller is owner of Zenbelly, a gluten-free, Paleo catering business in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her cookbook brings the elegance of fine dining straight to your own kitchen table with easy-to-follow recipes that are created with the novice home cook in mind. This cookbook strikes the perfect balance between flavor and finesse and includes creative Paleo-friendly dishes suited to please every palate.
- The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon – The voice behind the ever-popular vegan blog Oh She Glows has traded her fat-free butter spray and low-calorie dinners for a life of whole foods that make her glow from the inside out. Over the past 5 years, Angela Liddon has shared her vegan cooking successes and hilarious failures on her blog and recently she has pulled together her best recipes into this amazing cookbook. From go-to breakfasts and protein-packed snacks to hearty meatless entrees and decadent desserts, many of these recipes are also gluten-free and soy-free!
For other gift ideas, check out my Best Healthy Cookbooks of 2013 or my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide.