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Must Read Vegan and Plant-Based Books for 2019

Even more than food, or at least as much … I love books. It’s the one thing I’m genuinely acquisitive about. If acquisitor means hoarder. I have hundreds of books and am a genre floozy. I’ll read anything. When I was a kid I wanted to grow up and live in a library. Presents? Give me a book (and a few art supplies … and food. Get food, too). One of the coolest things about being a cookbook author is seeing my first book in libraries and bookstores.

Best Vegan and Plant-Based Books Lisa Viger

I have bookcases all over my house full of all kinds of books but the “special books” bookcase, the one that holds the very best ones that are dearest to my heart and would be what I grabbed in case of a house fire right after the family photos box, is heavily tilted in favor of vegan themed and plant-based books.

Life is short and there are so many books and while I have a big, huge, long, and varied list of them to read this year on all sorts of subjects, I’m going to limit this post to vegan and plant-based reads.


This list encompasses the new, newish, and downright classics. It’s not in any way exhaustive and I can happily report there are scads of vegan books out there now and I didn’t even come close to listing my own favorites much less everything.

Classics, Basics, and Essentials

Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskovitz and Terry Hope Romero
Betty Goes Vegan by Annie and Dan Shannon
Vegan 100 by Gaz Oakley
Hot For Food Vegan Comfort Classics by Lauren Toyota
Mississippi Vegan by Timothy Pakron
Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen by Richa Hingle
Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Kitchen by Dana Shulz
The Vegan 8 by Brandi Doming
Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon
Thug Kitchen by Thug Kitchen
Forks Over Knives The Cookbook by Del Sroufe
The Happy Herbivore by Lindsay Nixon
The Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay Nixon
How Not To Die Cookbook by Michael Greger, MD
Vegan 101 by Jenny Engel and Heather Bell
The Simply Vegan Cookbook by Dustin Harder
Love Real Food by Kathryne Taylor
The Easy Vegan Cookbook by Kathy Hester
Planet Vegan by Robin Robertson
Vegan Yack Attack on the Go! by Jackie Sobon
Power Plates by Gena Hamshaw
The First Mess Cookbook by Laura Wright
My New Roots by Sarah Britton
The Love and Lemons Cookbook by Jeanine Donofrio
Low Fodmap Vegan by Jo Stepaniak
Fuss Free Vegan by Sam Turnbull

Instant Pot, Air Fryers, and Slow Cookers

The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot by Kathy Hester
Vegan Under Pressure by Jill Nussinow
Vegan Pressure Cooking by JL Fields
The Vegan Air Fryer by JL Fields
Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook by Toni Okamoto
Fresh from the Vegan Slowcooker by Robin Robertson

Raw Food

Easy Affordable Raw: How to Go Raw on $10 a Day by me!
Raw and Simple by Judita Wignall
Going Raw by Judita Wignall
Sweetly Raw Desserts by Heather Pace
Raw Food Real World by Matthew Kenney and Sarma Melngailis
Live Raw by Mimi Kirk
Live Raw Around the World by Mimi Kirk
Rawsome Vegan Baking by Emily Von Euw
The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook by Emily Von Euw
Love Fed by Christina Ross
N’Ice Cream by Virpi Mikkonen and Tuulia Talvio
Practically Raw by Amber Shae Crawley
Raw Food Made Easy for 1 to 2 People by Jennifer Cornbleet
The Fully Raw Diet by Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram
Everyday Raw by Matthew Kenney
Raw Chocolate by Matthew Kenney
RAW by Juliano Brotman and Erika Lenkert
Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen by Ani Phyo


Modern Vegan Baking by Gretchen Price
The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
The Homemade Vegan Pantry by Miyoko Schinner

Cheese and Cheeze

Artisan Vegan Cheese by Miyoko Schinner
This Cheese is Nuts by Julie Platt
Vegan Cheese by Jules Aron
Super Easy Vegan Cheese Cookbook by Janice Buckingham


The World Peace Diet by Will Tuttle
Diet for a New America by John Robbins

What are your must-reads?

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8 months ago

Why are some of the books lined/marked out. Did you decide those were not as good as you hoped?

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