The Best Vegetarian and Vegan Cookbooks- Meat free recipes

The Best Vegetarian and Vegan Cookbooks- Meat free recipes

If you are looking for cookbooks for meat free recipes look no further! We love having plenty of vegetarian or vegan days in our house so here are some of our favourite books for cooking up a meatless storm:

The Happy Pear by David and Stephen Flynn:

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This book is AWESOME! A HUGE collection of vegetarian and vegan recipes for all occasions. Packed full of filling, delicious recipes that will convince even meat lovers to try something new. Also featuring amazing cakes and cookies!

Recommended Recipes– Indonesian satay, one pot creamy mushroom pasta, massaman curry, chestnut and cashew wellington, chocolate cookies.

Fresh India Meera Sodha

vegetarian and vegan Indian food

Delicious weekend cooking for lovers of Indian food in Fresh India. Authentic recipes which make the vegetables the stars of the show. This is a well used books in our house. Using rapeseed oil, these recipes are lower in saturated fat and are packed with the good stuff.

Recommended Recipes– Fresh India- chestnut, mushroom and walnut samosa, cauliflower korma with blackened raisins, fresh coconut rice with cashews and shallots.

East by Meera Sodha

Another Sodha classic, East has loads of quick and tasty noodle dishes and salads in this book which again showcase delicious vegetables. Great for midweek, tasty dishes and weekend treats.

Recommended Recipes– Peanut butter and broccoli pad Thai; Pistachio, Pea and mint noodles, quick coconut dal.

Veg by Jamie Oliver

I love how easy following a Jamie Oilver recipe is and that they always give great results. This book is true to form and packed with simple, tasty food. A huge variety of food in here from all over the world including, stews, bakes, burgers and more.

Recommended Recipes- Greens Mac and Cheese, Veggie Moussaka, and the Burns Night Stew.

The Green Roasting Tin by Rukmini Iyer

vegetarian and vegan traybakes

Full of fresh traybakes, this is a great book for midweek dinners as the recipes are very easy to prepare with minimal washing up.

Recommended Recipes– Spicy harissa sprouts and broccoli with halloumi and spinach & roasted , and cauliflower with chickpeas, spring greens, lemon and tahini,

Mob Veggie by Ben Lebus

Easy to follow and make, tasty veggie recipes, using fewer ingredients than some recipes. The recipes are also price conscious.

Recommended recipes- squash , spinach and red pepper pie, chickpea, aubergine and date tagine, and veggie satay noodles. The quesadilla recipes are great too!

Bosh! by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby

veggie cook books

Really satisfying vegan recipes, all full of flavour. These do require some prep time but really are worth it. Great for a weekend feast- these recipes really feel like an event so get your ingredients in and enjoy.

Recommended recipes-rich & creamy lasagne, Pettigrew’s paella, and the delicious sweet pepper fajitas recipe.

Speedy Bosh by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby

Vegan cookbook

As the title suggests, these vegan recipes can be made simply and quickly. This really is THE midweek recipe book to buy. I have made so many recipes from this book and have loved all of them . The perfect book for anyone trying plant based eating for the first time.

Recommended Recipes– Frying pan Samosa Pie; Aubergine and Lentil Meatball Pasta; Lemon, Courgette and Crispy Caper Pasta; and Mushroom Keema Rice.

Veg by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall:


A golden oldie with more than 200 recipes to suit all occasions. A great range of different types of food. Clear, easy to follow and make recipes.

Recommended Recipes– kale and mushroom lasagne, macaroni peas; chestnut and sage soup; kale and mushroom lasagne; macaroni peas, chestnut and sage soup.

Special mention to these books which are not exclusively vegetarian, Meat does feature, BUT there are a number of great vegetarian recipes within the books.

Jerusalem by Ottolenghi & Tamimi:

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For the more experienced cook, this book has a large section of meat free recipes and vegetable based dishes influenced by the city of Jerusalem.

Recommended RecipesChocolate Krantz cake; Roasted butternut squash and red onion with tahini and za’atar ; spiced chickpeas and fresh vegetable salad, basmati and wild rice with chickpea, currants and herbs.

Lose Weight For Good & Fresh Start by Tom Kerridge:

healthy cooking

A small veggie section in these books but family friendly, healthy options so great for weeknights. Tom Kerridge manages to create healthy and filling recipes without compromising on taste.

Recommended Recipes– Lose Weight- sweet potato and blackbean burritos, japanese miso aubergine, Fresh Start- beetroot risotto with goats cheese, romanesco, corn and coconut curry.

Tagines and Couscous by G. Basan:

tagine recipes

Meat recipes do feature in this book but there is a good selection of great vegetarian (and vegan) tagines and salads within. Our ‘go to’ tagine books.

Recommended recipes– Tagine of butternut squash, shallots, sultanas and almonds, tagine of baby aubergines with coriander and mint.

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We hoped that you enjoyed these book recommendations for meat-free recipes. Lots more great vegan recipes and product recommendations here. Also , inspiration for bean and lentil recipes here.

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