Top 5 Must-Have Recipe Books for New Vegans | Viva! - The Vegan Charity
Top 5 Must-Have Recipe Books for New Vegans

There has never been a better, more exciting time to go vegan! If that’s something you’ve decided to do, arming yourself with one or more of these excellent vegan recipe books is a great way to start.

Viva! Cookbook - £8.99

Our best-selling cookbook to date, the Viva! Cookbook is packed full of information, inspiration and lots of simple, delicious recipes that are great for getting started with veganism. Find out how to eat healthily, where to shop, what alternatives are available and how we use them. Get step-by-step guidance in making the basics, from cream cheese to pancakes, to tofu egg mayo and tempeh rashers. The most popular recipes include Moroccan Chickpea Stew, Seitan Sausage, Thai Vegetable Curry, Martin Shaw’s Classic Chilli and the Banana Loaf.

BOSH! Cookbook - £20

This best-selling book has made plant-based food mainstream, with easy-to-follow recipes that you can trust. Delve into vegan versions of your favourites - BOSH will help you make them taste better than you’d ever imagine. From the simple Hummus and Falafel, to incredible Cauliflower Buffalo Wings, recipes are organised helpfully by theme. Creamy cashew sauces, melty ‘cheese’ and tofu ‘fish’, you can try out all the latest foody trends. Other highlights include all the Chinese dishes (such as Crispy Chilli Tofu), a restaurant-style mezze spread and the most incredible plant-based burger.

Vegan in 7 by Rita Senaro - £16.99

Author Rita Serano wrote this book to prove that cooking and eating wholesome vegan food is easier than you think. She offers clean and healthy recipes using just seven ingredients. Low in fat and free from refined sugars, dishes include Breakfast Style Tacos, Courgette Noodle Salad, Suriname-style Curry and Banana and Walnut Ice cream. Impress your egg-loving friends with her Roasted Cherry Tomato Quiche or Courgette Frittata, or by creating homemade Almond Milk Feta, Yoghurt or Oil-Free Dressings.

But I Could Never Go Vegan! by Kirsty Turner - £12.99

Are you the veggie who says ‘I can’t imagine living without cheese’? Then this is the book for you. Every excuse you’ve ever heard is ‘deliciously refuted’ with 125 vegan recipes. If you’re transitioning to a plant-based diet it will hold your hand, introducing you the joys of Tempeh Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Chickpea Breakfast Scramble and BBQ Jackfruit Fajitas. If dishes imitating meat and dairy don’t tickle your taste-buds, try the Potato & Pea Samosa Cakes or the Lentil, Chard & Sweet Potato Curry. And don’t be concerned about missing out on chocolate either, there is no shortage of ideas here on how to get your fix – Chocolate Chip Brownies, Double Chocolate Muffins and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups to name a few...

Easy Vegan by Sue Quinn - £14.99

This beautiful book will teach you how to ‘veganise’ a traditional recipe. The detailed instructions and preparation tips are great if you are looking to build your confidence in the kitchen and add more vegan food to your diet. Easy Vegan embraces loads of fresh vegetables and wholefoods, rather than junk food alternatives. Freshen up your pallet with a flavoursome Corn Chowder or Mediterranean Terrine or start your day with a homemade Smoothie or a nutritious Quinoa Bircher Breakfast Bowl. And if you thought salads were boring – have your faith restored with a tasty Peach, Bean & Almond Salad or Warm Beetroot & ‘Goats’ Cheese Salad.

All these recipe books are available from the Viva! shop, so you can have them delivered straight to your door while supporting the charity.

About the Author

Helen Wilson is a vegan cook and consultant and former editor of Viva!Life magazine. She lives in South Wales with her family and cat, Yoda, where she also teaches yoga. 

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