• Natasha Hart

7 Amazing Vegan Cookbooks You Have to Try This January

January has all but been rebranded as Veganuary, and we’re 110% happy about that.


After the over-indulgence of Christmas, all the sweet treats and late-night snacks, Veganuary is a chance to reset your body, to give your tastebuds a rest from the sugar, to get experimental in the kitchen again.


Say goodbye to your chicken wings and your roast beef. So long to the camembert and the custard tarts. Instead, say hello to the tasty greens, the delicious protein-packed tofu, and your favourite: mushrooms.


Okay, so it’s quite hard to explain the depth of flavour, the variety of ingredients and the simple but delicious recipes you can create, with just a few words. You need to taste the meals, smell their delectable spices. Words on paper (ehem, screen) mean nothing when talking about food, but vegan food especially.


That’s why we’ve left it up to the professionals to write the words (usually called recipes) for these tantalising masterpieces: aka the 7 amazing vegan cookbooks you have to try this January, and beyond.


You can check out all our vegan cookbooks over on our bookshop.org page.


It’s time to don that apron and get cracking.


But no eggs. Remember, vegan.


1. Restore by Gizzie Erskine


If you’re going vegan this January, but know you won’t stick with it, this is the book for you.


It’s all about eating seasonally, so even though this cookbook does contain some recipes based around meat, all recipes follow the same ethos: eating sustainably. This a cookbook that’ll carry you way past Veganuary, and into your normal eating routine. It’ll change the way you think about your food and your choices, for a better, more sustainable, diet.




2. The Green Barbeque by Rukmini Iyer


From the author of the ever popular One Tin cookbooks comes The Green Barbeque this April: the super new lifesaver of a book for the perfect vegan/vegetarian BBQ. If you’re loving Veganuary and want to continue it into the summer, pre-order this book now.


Do you remember summer? Those long, hot, days. Where the sun would warm you up and you were able to read outside. Oh, and don’t forget the BBQs. The ultimate pinnacle of summer feasts. Is it really summer unless you have a BBQ?


This book will help you bring those summer evenings to life with its awesome vegan and vegetarian dishes. A BBQ in 2021 doesn’t just mean burgers and chicken anymore. No, this book will show you how to become THE BBQ master of the decade.




3. Vegan Slow Cooker by Saskia Sidey


You’ll never get stressed about dinner time again.


Everyone loves a slow cooker meal. What’s easier than chucking everything into one pot, letting it do its magical thing whilst you’re busy working, knowing that you’ll have a delicious meal at the end of the day?


If you like the sound of that, and want to cook vegan, then this cookbook will open-up a new world of culinary magic for you. Packed with delicious, filling recipes that you can fit around your busy life, relax in the knowledge that you’ll be eating healthy, easily.




4. Veg by Jamie Oliver


Jamie Oliver is the king of stress-free, easy cooking. And his new book Veg, is one of his best, yet.


If you’re looking to add a few more veggie meals to your weekly plan, or you want to completely overhaul the way you eat, you’ll know you’ll be in safe hands with Veg.


With so many creative culinary delights to choose from, your tastebuds will be thanking you for bringing Jamie Oliver and his fantastic veggie recipes into your life. You’ll never look at veg the same way again.




5. Vegan Japan Easy by Tim Anderson


I know we can’t travel at the moment, so the next best thing we can do is cook amazing food at home to make it feel like we're somewhere exotic.


And some exciting news! Our bellies will be able to travel to Japan from March 2021when Vegan Japan Easy will be released. Pre-order now.


If you’ve always wanted to try Japanese cuisine at home, but thought it was too hard, or couldn’t be vegan, then this book will turn those misconceptions on their heads. You’ll be swimming in ramen before you even get home from the supermarket.


This book will bring the delicious bursts of flavour of miso soup, of mushrooms, of fried tofu, of ramen into your home and into your life. There are so many wonderful Japanese dishes out there that with a few substitutes, a few tweaks, can be deliciously vegan. So, get your boarding pass and buckle up, it’s time to travel to Japan this March.




6. Broke Vegan by Saskia Sidey


There’s always this idea that being vegan is expensive. Broke Vegan proves that it’s not.


Sidey has written this book specifically for Veganuary 2021, so you know you’re in good hands.


With over 100 recipes based around all the easy-to-find veg in your supermarket, and tips on how to make these meals last, Broke is the goldilocks of vegan cookbooks.


With this book you’ll save time, save the planet, and save your purse.



7. The Happy Pear: Vegan Cooking for Everyone by David & Stephen Flynn


If you’re interested in going Vegan, you’ve almost definitely heard of The Happy Pear, by Irish twins Dave and Steve.


In 2004, Dave and Steve launched a little grocery shop in Greystones to encourage people to eat more fruit and veg. Since then, The Happy Pear has become one of the most popular vegan blogs, YouTube channels, and podcasts.


The Happy Pear strive to not just offer vegan recipes, but also provide people with the skills and knowledge to become more independent and intuitive with their cooking. They even offer specific online courses based on what area of health you’d like to work on, from heart health to improving your complexion.




What did you think of our list? Veganuary is all about stepping outside your comfort zone, of trying new things, of experimenting a little. Think Frankenstein, but with less monster (we hope). I’m definitely looking forward to pre-ordering The Green Barbeque; I can’t wait for summer! Which cookbook will you be trying out this Veganuary? Let us know over on our Facebook page!

Remember, you can order the books above from The Book Nook, or by clicking on any of the images above. These will take you to our bookshop.org page. You can also email us, too, at info@booknookshop.co.uk or call us on 01920 467 597 to place an order. And you can still order in lockdown! We offer collection or delivery services.

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