As far as I’m concerned, most people need only two vegan cookbooks. The first should be a stupid-simple book of super quick recipes for everyday cooking. Some top books in this category include: Lorna Sass’ Short-Cut Vegan, Jennifer Raymond’s The Peaceful Palate, Robin Robertson’s Quick-Fix Vegetarian, and Reinfeld and Murray’s The 30-Minute Vegan.
Next, you want a book that, if dropped, could break a toe. You know—something ridiculously comprehensive that offers more vegan recipes than you could possibly ever try. Well, there’s a brand new king of the hill for this type of vegan cookbook: Robin Robertson’s 1,000 Vegan Recipes. Robin’s one of my very favorite cookbook authors; I’ve never made anything from her that wasn’t supremely yummy. This is a book you’ll keep for a lifetime, and since it has a hardcover binding it’ll stand up to decades of kitchen abuse. Clocking in at more than 600 pages of pure vegan awesomeness, I can’t think of a better gift for the holidays.