By Request: Easy Cookbook Recommendations

Last Updated: June 22, 2009

A reader writes:

It would be great if you would do a blog post on vegan cookbooks that are easy to follow with common ingredients that can be found at any grocery store. I have so much trouble with the current vegan cookbooks [since] I don’t have any idea what some ingredients are.

It always saddens me that there aren’t a few ultra-simple vegan cookbooks that dramatically outsell every other vegan title. It’s great to own a fancy cookbook for special occasions, but the fact is that most vegan cookbooks are unsuitable for daily cooking.

Here are three drop-dead simple 100 percent vegan cookbooks I highly recommend.

Robin Robertson’s Quick-Fix Vegetarian. Marvelous yet simple meals you can have ready in under 30 minutes.

Lorna Sass’ Short-Cut Vegan. This book has just been reissued. The paper could be nicer and it sucks that Sass has gone back to writing meat cookbooks, but I’ve never had a vegan recipe from her that wasn’t outstanding. The fact that this collection brings together her easiest recipes makes this a tough cookbook to pass up.

Jennifer Raymond’s The Peaceful Palate. Quite possibly the first super easy yet top notch vegan cookbook ever released. Like Robertson and Sass, Raymond is an amazing cook, and this classic title is a great first cookbook to own.

Finally, if you’re just starting out with vegan eating, I think my own Ultimate Vegan Guide would make the transition ten times easier.