I have a terrifying amount of cookbooks. No joke. If you were to see my shelves you’d probably have a horrified look on your face with questions popping up like ‘why?’, ‘who needs this many?’, or perhaps ‘wow, they must make a great tripod’ – and yes, you would be correct about that.
So I thought I’d share my current favourite cookbooks and a couple of magazines I started reading last year, and now religiously pick them up every month. All of them are vegan / plant-based, but I’d still recommend them to everyone as you can adapt so many of the recipes to suit you.
The first plant-based cookbook I bought was by Deliciously Ella. I found her blog online whilst I was transitioning to be a pescetarian – I’m aware this sounds silly seen as her recipes are all plant-based / vegan, but I was searching for alternative meals, and to try things I had never tried before. Clearly something hooked me as I now own 3 of her books! Even though I like all of them, my favourite is Deliciously Ella Every Day. Although this isn’t going to be helpful, I’m struggling to pinpoint why I prefer it to the others… Perhaps it’s a simple as the fact that the variety of recipes appeals to me, or that they are easy to follow, or most importantly my mouth waters whenever I read a recipe – maybe that’s it.
Side note: I used Deliciously Ella With Friends constantly over the winter season – the curries were amazing! Plus, as the name would suggest, it is a very good cookbook for anyone wanting to through a dinner party for friends or family.
Who doesn’t have at least one cookbook by Jamie Oliver on their shelf? He has amazing energy as a chef, creates family friendly recipes, and is also an advocate for healthier eating (if you’ve not heard about his healthier school dinners…where have you been?!). Not only that, but when Everyday Super Food was released it was a big step up in promoting healthier alternatives and educating it’s readers in nutrition as well as balanced meals with ingredients you may not have even thought of. Between Jamie’s book and Deliciously Ella Every Day I never knew how much sweet potatoes would become a staple in my diet.
A more recent edition to my cookbook collection is Niomi Smart’s Eat Smart. You may know her from her YouTube channel, but the first thing I’d say is that this isn’t (what is commonly referred to as) a gimmicky ‘YouTuber book’. It is very well thought out book with loads of interesting recipes . I especially love the fact that some of the recipes in the book have been inspired by the food she’s had on her travels. Two of my favourite recipes are the ‘Friday night curry’ and the ‘Mauritian masala’ – yum!
Vegan Food and Living magazine is my favourite food magazine at the moment. It incorporates a wide range of components from recipes (obviously), interviews, key dietary information for vegans / people who are on a plant-based diet, handy lifestyle tips, in addition to a section that I absolutely love, which focuses on travelling. This section showcases great vegan restaurants, as well as including non-vegan restaurants to accommodate everyone you’re travelling with. Additionally, there are handy tips and phrases. Another one of my go-to magazines is Vegan Living, which also has an abundance of recipes, a great travel section, lifestyle info, and a featured ‘blog of the month’, which is great for discovering awesome bloggers.
Got any cookbook, blog or magazine recommendations? Then leave me a comment below and I’ll be sure to check them out. 🙂