There are fabulous resources, delicious vegan recipes and many other things you can apply immediately to your life. This book is colourful and easy to read. I recommend this book if you’re looking to remove a great deal of animal products from your diet and learn the ins and outs of what a plant-based diet looks like. No judgement or preachiness, just a very approachable, colourful book.
3. The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet, by Alicia Silverstone
Ah, Cher Horowitz. Alicia Silverstone is a vegan actress who has written a fantastic book for those looking to transition to a more plant-based vegetarian or vegan diet. The Kind Diet is not a “diet” book, but a true lifestyle book. Like Crazy Sexy Diet, you’ll need to be able to stomach the truth about animal products and how animals raised for food are treated.
Silverstone goes over “Kind” foods and “Nasty” foods. Her approach to veganism is based on being kind to yourself, the planet and future generations. There are also fun stories about some of her celebrity vegan friends throughout the book. There’s a small chapter on nutrition as well, which is just enough.
The back of the book has delicious and inventive vegan recipes, with a large focus on whole grains. I really enjoyed reading this book and believe it’s a must-have for anyone looking to transition to a plant-based diet. The Kind Life website is a great resource and community for those partaking in a plant-based diet. Alicia Silverstone’s new book, The Kind Mama, is coming out soon and touches on natural approaches to become pregnant, experience a healthy pregnancy and raise a healthy child. The Kind Mama, like The Kind Diet, is a plant-based, kind-to-the-planet-and-your-body book.
I’m also a big fan of the Clueless movie, which is a cult classic that you need to watch on Netflix right after you finish reading this post.
4. Super Natural Cooking: Five Delicious Ways to Incorporate Whole and Natural Foods into Your Cooking, by Heidi Swanson
Heidi Swanson is my blogging hero. She developed one of the most popular food blogs on the web, 101 Cookbooks. It also happens to be a vegetarian blog. I got this book a few years ago when I was first getting my toes wet in more natural cooking. Super Natural Cooking was a great guide for me to help build a natural foods pantry. The book led me to discover ingredients I was previously unaware of, had never tried or didn’t know how to use.
This is a cookbook, so information on vegetarianism and veganism is limited. However, if you’re looking for what to eat as a vegetarian or vegan (or just want to eat more plants!), without any processed food whatsoever, this is the book for you. I stay away from cookbooks that use processed ingredients, because that’s just not healthy, regardless of weather it has an animal product in it or not.
5. The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods, by Sara Forte
A healthy food blogging couple (from The Sprouted Kitchen) that have made whole foods approachable, through their first cookbook. This cookbook is a must-have for anyone looking to use whole, unprocessed ingredients in exciting new ways. The flavour combinations and ingredient combinations are truly unique. The recipes aren’t over-complicated and the book has recipes for every meal of the day, along with snacks and DIY healthy food staples. The whole grain cooking chart at the back of the book is something I reference a lot more than you’d think!
The Sprouted Kitchen focuses on whole-foods, which is what I love to focus on too! Many of the recipes are also free of common allergens, such as gluten. The collard wrap is particularly good and looks ultra impressive. A nice book to have in your kitchen for all diets and tastebuds.
6. The Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health: More Than 200 New Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes for Delicious and Nutrient-Rich Dishes, by Moosewood Collective (Mollie Katzen)
Mollie Katzen was a forerunner in the vegetarian movement, writing The Moosewood Cookbook in 1977. The Moosewood Cookbook is one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time. I have this book in my kitchen and use it often. However, I prefer Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health, as it’s a modern approach to healthy dishes.
The chapters are full of healthy recipes and unique ways to use whole, vegetarian ingredients. The book is nicely divided into many chapters, including, breakfast, sauces, salads, stews, raw food, desserts and much more. The flavours stand-out and everything is very easy to make, even for beginners. I recommend this book if you’re looking to “eat the rainbow” and avoid dietary boredom. Every recipe I’ve tried has turned out.
7. The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out, by Angela Liddon
This is the newest addition to my cookbook collection and I’ve bookmarked at least ¾ of the pages because I want to make everything. This is a 100% vegan book that makes eating a whole foods, plant-based diet, delicious and approachable.
Angela Liddon is best known for her incredibly successful blog, Oh She Glows. Her story of how she transitioned to a vegan diet is detailed in this book, along with her food philosophy and cheery, friendly and approachable writing style. She really put her stamp on this book, and I’ve enjoyed reading it as an actual book, rather than just as a cookbook.
If you’re looking for a little guidance or affirmation that you can, in fact, move towards a more plant-based, whole-foods diet, without going crazy or becoming a recluse, I recommend doing some reading of the books I’ve mentioned here.