My Favorite Vegan Food Blogs and Cookbooks
I have been on a food journey for 10+ years. In my 30s, I became more conscious about what I was eating, including the impact food had on my body and the environment.
Since then, I have read all the popular studies, watched the must-see movies, and listened to viral podcast episodes. If you are reading this, you likely know all of them, so I am not going through them in this post.
Along the way, I learned how to cook and eat differently. I have gone through phases of loving cooking and trying many new recipes. (There have also been times when I have gotten tired of all the food prep and tracking down hard-to-find ingredients.) Many lovely chefs, authors, and bloggers have assisted me on my journey, and in this article, I wanted to share their great work with you. I hope you enjoy it!
My Favorite Vegan Food Blogs
- Oh She Glows
Before the cookbooks, there was the blog. Angela Liddon is one of my very favorite vegan chefs. She started the Oh She Glows blog in 2008, and I think I found her around 2010. Her recipes are almost always very healthy and do not include “junky” vegan foods. While she has some mind-blowing treats, she also includes great reminders for vegan staples — like this Basic Chia Seed Pudding recipe. She also includes great ideas for weekly food prep for bowl recipes that can be made throughout the week.
I include more about Angela in the cookbook section, including my favorite recipe of all time!
- This Rawsome Vegan Life
I went raw for a couple of years a while back. While I am no longer raw, I LOVE eating raw foods. Chef Emily Voneuw creates the most amazing sans fish raw sushi recipes, like this Teriyaki Tofu Roll with Avocado, Potato, Cucumber & Black Rice.
- Minimalist Baker
This beautifully designed website is great for sorting recipes based on your food preferences. You can search vegan recipes, gluten-free recipes, and even sort by type of cuisine. I like this site for comfort food recipes. I just checked it and saw this recipe for Easy Vegan French Toast, which I have not made yet but would love to try. The recipe does not call for gluten-free bread, but I think some GF brands could work. Many of the recipes on this site are also kid-friendly, like this healthy Vegan, Gluten-Free, Easy Homemade Twix Bar.
- The Happy Pear
I LOVE the Happy Pear. David and Stephen Flynn are the most energetic twins you could ever meet. Irish to the core, these brothers started a “veg shop” in the small Ireland town of Greystones after taking a year off after college. They have since created a vegan empire and motivated so many people to lead healthier and happier lives. In addition to the recipes on their site, they have developed courses based on specific interests. (I took their Happy Skin course a while back.) In addition to their blog, they are also very active vloggers and have a successful Happy Pear YouTube channel focused on short videos that teach new recipes. One of my favorite ways to engage with them is following them on Instagram. They post daily breakfast pictures (or “brekkie” as they say). The oatmeal (porridge) photos belong in a museum. I would love to go to Ireland just to eat breakfast at their cafe. (Which, incidentally, many people do…)
These are my original favorites, but of course, there are now so many great creators with vegan food blogs. I found this post with 60+ vegan sites in case you would like to check out others!
My Favorite Vegan Cookbooks
As you can see from the article photo, I love vegan cookbooks. Searching for recipes online is easy these days, but there is something to be said for having an old-fashioned print copy of your favorites!
- The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon.
I am listing this book first because it has my all-time favorite recipe, the Eat Your Greens Detox Soup, listed on page 139. Although the name sounds super healthy (which it is), this is the tastiest soup I make. It is so nourishing, warm, easy to digest, and just overall delicious. And my second favorite recipe of all time is on the next page! It is Liddon’s Cream of Tomato Soup with Roasted Italian Chickpea Croutons. The creaminess (thanks to cashews) is amazing, but this soup also feels hearty and Earthy. This book is worth the price!
- The Plantpower Way by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt.
I could probably write 10 articles about how much I love the Rich Roll Podcast (RRP). I have listened to the RRP almost since its inception in 2012. Rich changed his whole life and went plant-based. He also changed his profession and became a huge advocate for healthy living. His wife, Julie, is a veteran yogi and great chef in her own right. Together they published The Plantpower Way in 2015, and I was so excited to get my copy. I have made many recipes from their book, such as the Vegan Lasagna — made with zucchini instead of pasta — and the Torre De Nachos. Julie also included a section of tea and latte recipes that I adore. But my favorite thing from this book is their Cashew Cheese recipe. It is not so different from others you can find online, but the proportions in this recipe are just right. I like to bake a sweet potato and top it with black beans and their Cashew Cheese recipe — it is amazing!
I also want to give a quick nod to a book I do not currently own. In 2017, Julie wrote a book called This Cheese is Nuts. (Incidentally, she also has a cheese subscription service which I have not tried but would love to.) I am certain that it is amazing and when I get motivated to make some vegan cheese, I am going to buy it.
- Superfood Kitchen by Julie Morris.
This book has so many great recipes and, like the others on this list, has great pictures too. One of my all-time favorite recipes is for Morris’ BBQ Sweet Potato Fries. You may have made homemade sweet potato fries in the oven before by chopping them into long strips, coating them with coconut oil, and baking them. However, you have likely not tasted the totally delicious herb and spice coating that totally makes this recipe. It is a must-try. And right along with that must-try status is her Arugula & Tempeh Sushi recipe. It has tempeh, miso, tahini, red pickled onions, arugula, and a few other ingredients that come together for the most delicious vegan sushi I have ever had.
- Live Raw by Mimi Kirk.
It has been a while since I was raw, but I had to include this book on the list because of a few recipes. First is Mimi’s Banana Blueberry Pancake. The batter is not what you think it is, and the dish is dehydrated rather than cooked. There was a time that I made this almost every day! Ditto with her recipe for Red Pepper Pate. I am looking at the recipe right now, and it makes me want to rush to the store to buy the ingredients — it is that good. I used to eat this for lunch and dinner. Sometimes I would eat it with gluten-free crackers “cooked” in the dehydrator, and other times I would make lettuce wraps. I spread the pate onto the lettuce and then added cooked white rice (when I wasn’t raw). Once I folded the wrap, I dipped it into a little bowl of coconut aminos. Seriously amazing.
I also want to give a nod to Mimi’s Cheese Sauce; it is different from the others out there, though, in my opinion, it’s better a little warmer than strict raw cooking temperatures allow.
So, these are my favorites. There are so many other great blogs, cookbooks, and recipes, but hopefully, this gives you a few new things to try.
If you would like to check out a few of my own super easy recipes, check out this article: 6 Delicious Plant-Based Ezekiel Bread Sandwich Recipes.
Thanks for reading!
Note: I have not received compensation to promote any of the mentioned blogs, cookbooks, or recipes. However, I have included affiliate links for the cookbooks and I do receive a small commission if you order them using the link. Thanks!