I don’t have time to cook this week (or to write a long post) so I don’t have an “If I weren’t vegan…” post for you, so I thought I would do a quick roundup of vegan cookbooks. Over the coming weeks I’ll do these small roundups when I don’t have the time to do a long article for you.


Vegan for Everybody By the folks at America’s Test Kitchen, Vegan for Everybody is one of those books I keep giving to people who say they want to go vegan, but aren’t sure how to do it. The tortilla soup recipe hits my craving for tortilla soup from Blue Corn Cafe in Santa Fe. Another favourite is Red Lentil Soup with North African Spices, by which they mean paprika, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, and ginger.

Simple Recipes for Joy If you can get past the name, this is a really amazing cookbook. Written by Sharon Gannon, these recipes are largely drawn from the Jivamuktea Café she has co-owned in NYC since 1984. Recipes are plant based, and delicious. I haven’t made one dish from this cookbook that disappointed me. The maharani dal recipe is so good, and has the same comforting effect on me as sambar.

Vegans Know How to Party I have no idea how this book came into my life; it just appeared on my bookshelf one day, but it’s amazing, and the title cracks me up. This is the perfect book for the vegan who likes to host dinner parties, which isn’t me…I don’t like having people in my house, but it might be you.

On my cookbook wishlist:

Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a Fuck Anyone who knows me personally knows that I love swearing and gangsta rap. Combined with vegan food, this cookbook looks perfect for me. Everyone I know who has this cookbook says it’s incredible and there isn’t one bad recipe.

Vegan Comfort Classics Comfort food gone vegan. If there’s one thing I don’t do very well in the kitchen, it’s traditional American comfort food. It’s probably because most of my comfort foods are Indian, Thai, Japanese, or Middle Eastern, but sometimes I really want traditional comfort food like I grew up with. This cookbook has some promising reviews.

That’s it from me this week. See you all in the comments!