The best books about vegetarianism 📚

Browse the best books on vegetarianism as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Positively Vegetarian

Positively Vegetarian

By Rachel Demuth

Why this book?

I bought this treasure of a recipe book after dining at Demuths. The food was exquisite. A recipe book that’s based on meals which have been tried and tested over and over by a judicious public is different to other recipe books. In its time, more than sixty thousand people a year have eaten in Demuths. Surprisingly, many of those diners weren’t vegetarian but omnivores.  This book is a magnificent collection of the most frequently asked for recipes. Some of the best recipe books are those which don’t feature colour photographs: the focus is entirely on the written recipe and…

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The best books about conscious plant-based cookery

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Book cover of Fiber Fueled: The Plant-Based Gut Health Program for Losing Weight, Restoring Your Health, and Optimizing Your Microbiome

Fiber Fueled: The Plant-Based Gut Health Program for Losing Weight, Restoring Your Health, and Optimizing Your Microbiome

By Will Bulsiewicz

Why this book?

Dr. Will Bulsiewicz is a board-certified gastroenterologist and gut health expert. In his book, he will teach you how to optimize your gut microbiome by choosing foods that encourage the gut-bug species you want to thrive. If you’ve struggled with gut health, this book can help you heal. If you’ve spent time removing food after food from your diet, thinking avoidance is the key to better gut health, he can teach you how to safely reintroduce foods rather than eliminate more and more “problematic” foods.

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Book cover of Love Real Food: More Than 100 Feel-Good Vegetarian Favorites to Delight the Senses and Nourish the Body

Love Real Food: More Than 100 Feel-Good Vegetarian Favorites to Delight the Senses and Nourish the Body

By Kathryne Taylor

Why this book?

Kathryne is behind the vegetarian food blog, Cookie + Kate, and this cookbook includes favorite recipes such as Southwestern Roasted Veggie Salad, Lentil Soup, Butternut Squash Chipotle Chili, and homemade granola. I love that she incorporates roasted vegetables into so many salads and other dishes. It's my favorite way to prepare vegetables. Lots of photos throughout, which is a feature I appreciate in any cookbook.

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The best vegetarian cookbooks for easy and delicious meals

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Book cover of Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi

Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi

By Yotam Ottolenghi

Why this book?

If you are an experienced cook and looking for new and interesting ways to expand your vegetable horizons and use of ethnic ingredients, try this cookbook by London chef Ottolenghi (he’s not a vegetarian, but a master of preparing vegetables). Recipes have a Mediterranean influence and include dishes like Spicy Moroccan Salad, Sweet Potato Cakes, and Black Pepper Tofu. This book might be for you if you shop at farmers markets (think chard, leeks, pulses, greens) and are comfortable with Mediterranean spices.

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The best vegetarian cookbooks for easy and delicious meals

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Eating Animals

By Jonathan Safran Foer

Why this book?

What is the meaning of life? We could take the question further by disposing of our blinkers and asking, what is the meaning of the other lives that may not look like ours? These lives consist of the millions of animals who die in the factory farms built to conceal their suffering and turn them into fungible objects, not lives. Safran’s book is an eye-opening exposition of how we have enslaved animals for food that we don’t even need in the 21st century—damaging ourselves and the environment in the process. One meaning of life: the value of letting other lives…

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Veggie Hotels

By Teneues

Why this book?

If you’re dreaming of travel but unable to hit the road at the moment, this is the perfect coffee table book for the vegan armchair traveler. Written by the creators of the Veggie Hotels web-based directory of vegan and vegetarian hotels, this book is full of gorgeous photos of some of the best cruelty-free digs around the world.

You’ll also find plenty of useful information about all the services and activities these veg and vegan accommodations offer, such as yoga and cooking classes. And chefs from the on-site restaurants even share some of their most popular recipes in the book.

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