Best Vegetarian Cookbooks: Gifts for Vegetarians in 2015

05 Nov 2015

The best vegetarian cookbooks don’t try to imitate meat – they celebrate the ingredients at hand and help you create something fantastic without using animal protein. If you have a new vegetarian (or a long-time plant eater who needs fresh meal inspiration) on your list this year, a cookbook makes a great gift!

We’ve pulled together the best vegetarian cookbooks to gift to the veggie-lover in your life.


Best Vegetarian Cookbooks: Gifts for Vegetarians in 2015

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V Is for Vegetables: Inspired Recipes & Techniques for Home Cooks — from Artichokes to Zucchini

Michael Anthony

V Is for Vegetables follows the alphabet to give you great recipe ideas for ingredients from A to Z. It’s written by Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, an acclaimed fine-dining restaurant in New York City.

Buy it for: the brand-new vegetarian who loves to cook, but needs a veggie starter kit (and Gramercy Tavern lovers!).

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Vegetarian India: A Journey Through the Best of Indian Home Cooking

Madhur Jaffrey

In India, vegetarian eating is nothing new (and certainly not rare). As a result, the cuisine is chock full of flavorful, nutrient-packed dishes that are purely vegetarian. Madhur Jaffrey, award-winning chef and author of several bestselling cookbooks, is back with this vegetarian edition of her Indian recipes.

Buy it for: the takeout addict who wishes he knew how to make channa masala.

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Thug Kitchen Party Grub: For Social Motherf*ckers

Thug Kitchen

So often party food means wings and pepperoni pizza (for casual gigs) or cured meats and cheeses (for a more classy affair). Neither are exactly vegetarian-friendly. Thug Kitchen has a solution – fantastic party food without a hint of meat.

Buy it for: the meat-free hostess.

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Decolonize Your Diet: Plant-Based Mexican-American Recipes for Health and Healing

Luz Calvo, Catriona Rueda Esquibel

Mesoamerican cuisine is tasty – and often packed with meat. Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquibel have brought Mexican flavors to vegetarianism. This is a great blend of spiritual growth through food and physical health.

Buy it for: the health food fiend.

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101 Easy Everyday Vegan Recipes

Dana Shultz

Veganism is another level of cooking challange, and leads to a simple approach. 101 Easy, Everyday Vegan Recipes gives vegans quick and easy meal ideas for people who want simple food without a ton of fuss.

Buy it for: the vegan who prefers a minimalist approach to cooking.

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Taylor loves books with a heavy dose of absurdity, hilarity, and beautiful prose. She is a marketer, adventurer, nature-lover, Hufflepuff, wannabe world traveler, and advocate of laughter.