The Best Vegetarian Cookbooks for Beginners

Vegetarian cookbooks are not JUST for vegetarians. And cooking with vegetables isn’t hard. Here are the best vegetarian cookbooks for beginners.

Vegetarian cookbooks inspire us to cook with more vegetables, which is something we should all be focused on every single day as part of a heart-healthy diet. But I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, plant-based does not mean plant ONLY. I turn to all sorts of vegetarian and vegan cookbooks to help me think creatively about how to ramp up my veggie intake. And while some of my meals are in fact meatless, a heart-healthy diet can include high-quality animal proteins (fish, eggs, poultry, lean beef, dairy, etc.), so let’s not be exclusive.

Vegetarian cookbooks are not JUST for vegetarians. And cooking with vegetables isn’t hard. Here are the best vegetarian cookbooks for beginners.

The following best vegetarian cookbooks include simple and quick, plant-based dishes with step-by-step instructions that are perfect for any novice cook or budding beginner.


Best Vegetarian Cookbooks for Beginners

  • How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman – Referred to as “a more hip Joy of Cooking” , this award-winning book is the bible for vegetarian cooking. With more than 2,000 recipes and easy how-to steps, this book covers every single vegetarian recipe you’ll ever need.


  • The New Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen – Since the publication of the original Moosewood Cookbook in 1977, her books have been some of the best-selling vegetarian cookbooks of all time. With her charming hand-written recipes and clearly-illustrated steps, this book will have you on your way to cooking vegetarian meals with ease in no time!


  • Love Real Food by Kathryne Taylor – Authored by one of America’s most popular vegetarian bloggers of Cookie and Kate, this cookbook includes over 100 approachable and tasty meatless meals complete with easy substitutions for any dietary needs.


  • The First Mess by Laura Wright – From the blogger behind the Saveur award-winning blog (one of my personal all-time favorites), this veggie-forward cookbook features simple-to-prepare seasonal, whole-food recipes accompanied by stunning food photography.


  • Naturally Nourished by Sarah Britton – Sarah’s first cookbook was featured on our Best Plant-Based Cookbook list and she’s done it again! These simple whole-foods recipes use easy-to-find supermarket ingredients and are perfect for any budget and any day of the week.


  • Bowls of Goodness by Nina Olsson – These beautiful vegetarian recipes are inspired by flavors from around the world! Author of the popular blog, Nina’s recipes showcase plant-based bowl meals at their best.


  • The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison – Deborah Madison is the Julie Child of vegetarian cooking. Her Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone book was one of the most popular vegetarian cookbooks of all time, and this version picks up right where she left off. Filled with tips, techniques and over 200 recipes, this book is a comprehensive go-to guide for mastering vegetarian dishes.


  • Supernatural Every Day by Heidi Swanson – What started as a simple recipe journal, 101 Cookbooks has grown into an award-winning blog. Heidi’s recipes have taken on new heights in this James Beard Award-nominated cookbook which demonstrates everyday ways to integrate nutrient-dense superfoods into delicious meals.


  • Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero – With all recipes kitchen-tested to ensure user-friendliness and foolproof results, this vegan bible offers over 250 soy-free, gluten-free and low-fat recipes and has been the go-to kitchen resource of vegans and vegetarians for more than a decade!


Best Vegetarian Cookbooks for Beginners


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  1. I love the Moosewood cookbook – so many recipes I’ve used from back in the day….my fave vegetarian cookbook is Deborah Madison’s.

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