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Becoming Vegetarian | A Guide to Being Vegan


// my favorite cookbooks

A Modern Way to Cook

I absolutely love this cookbook. Anna Jones is a vegetarian culinary rockstar, and her cookbook is simultaneously approachable yet elegant. My favorite part about this cookbook are the charts interspersed throughout about how to assemble a mix-and-match bowl, salad, or stir-fry. Not only does this cookbook have amazing recipes, but it’ll arm you with inspiration and ideas for the kitchen.

Blissful Basil Cookbook

I posted about Ashley’s delicious cauliflower tacos here, and I’ve loved her cookbook ever since. What I love about this cookbook is the candid intro in which Ashley talks about how eating a whole foods, plant-based diet helped her with her anxiety. It’s a really inspirational read, and I highly recommend it.

Deliciously Ella Every Day

I think this cookbook is seriously underrated. What I love about Deliciously Ella Every Day is the mix-and-match approach to cooking – the book contains lots of separate elements that you can combine any way you like. I’m personally quite partial to her lemon quinoa!

Food52 Vegan

This cookbook is a perfect primer for anyone looking to go vegan or vegetarian. Gena’s recipes are beautiful in their simplicity, with flavor to match. Her cookbook is focused on recipes that you’d make in your average day, and I really appreciate that accessibility. This is a cookbook you’ll reach for again and again.

Half Baked Harvest Cookbook

Tieghan’s cookbook is really a stunner. I think she’s one of the best food photographers out there, and it really shows in this book. The recipes are definitely ones that you’ll make if you want to wow a crowd or impress a date. While they’re a little more intensive than your average cookbook, you won’t regret that when you’re eating the final result!

Juice and Nourish

I absolutely love this cookbook – it’s chock full of smoothie and juice ideas that really can’t be beat. The book focuses on areas of wellbeing, and I love that food-as-medicine approach. Plus, the photos are stunning!

Love & Lemons Cookbook

This cookbook is a must-have. It’s organized by ingredient, so you can make a recipe based on what you already have on hand. I love that this book focuses on that – it really gives you options on different things you can make based on what’s in your fridge.

Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking

What can I say about this cookbook that hasn’t already been said by thousands of loyal readers? Dana’s recipes are delicious, plant-based, and tried and true. You can always cook with confidence knowing that what you’re making will turn out sublime. Her blog, Minimalist Baker, is arguably the most popular and successful food blog out there – and with very good reason. Plus, Dana is a sweetheart and I absolutely love her!

My New Roots

I just love this cookbook. Sarah’s recipes are elegant, delicious, and have a little bit of that hippie vibe. The My New Roots cookbook stands out because of Sarah’s nutritional background, and every recipe is one that will really nourish you.

Plenty More

I have both Plenty and Plenty More, but the latter is my favorite. Ottolenghi is an internationally known chef, and his recipes explore flavors and combinations that will excite and delight your palate.


While this cookbook is not centered around raw food, the recipes are perfect for anyone living a healthy, holistic lifestyle. The photography is gorgeous, and interspersed throughout are stunning shots of Iceland. Sometimes I’ll just sit down and read this cookbook for fun – that’s how much I love it!

The First Mess Cookbook

Laura is one of my most favorite food bloggers, and I absolutely love cooking from her cookbook. Her recipes are high-vibe, delicious, and elegant while still being approachable. This is one of the cookbooks on my shelf that I cook from again and again, and I can’t recommend it enough!

The Yoga Kitchen

This cookbook is perfect for yogis. I love how the recipes are made for each chakra, a perfect approach for those looking to focus on holistic alignment. Also, a fun bit about this cookbook is the gorgeous photos of tiles, and overall beautiful aesthetic. This cookbook is a joy to read!

This Rawsome Vegan Cookbook

This is a fantastic cookbook in so many ways – Emily’s photography is gorgeous, the recipes are easy and delicious, and everything is healthy. Plus, Emily talks about the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle that really resonated with me.

Whole Bowls

I love this cookbook because I love bowls of food. Allison’s approach to cooking is sublime, and these recipes are ones that you’ll love to make on a daily basis. She also presents a “bowl formula”, for when you want to make a delicious, vegetarian bowl without a recipe.

// foodie must-haves

The Flavor Bible

This book is indispensable for any cook. It shows you what flavors go with what, and classic pairings that are tried and true. I have learned so much from this cookbook, and I think everyone should have a copy!

The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

You want to cook something vegetarian? This cookbook has a recipe for it. I actually read this cookbook and take notes on it, because it is so rich with culinary information that anyone can learn from.

Herbs & Spices: The Cook’s Reference

Knowing how to use herbs and spices is crucial for vegetarian cooks, and this book really shows you how to make the most of them.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking

This cookbook is not vegetarian by any means, but Julia Child is a culinary icon, and was a huge pioneer for women chefs. Reading her autobiography, My Life in France, was what really inspired me to become a cook. No list of cookbooks would be complete without Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

// props & ceramics

AnthropologieCrate and Barrel | Food52 | JD Wolfe Pottery | Vilks Ceramics

// plant-based bloggers 

Dreamy Leaf | Earthsprout | The First Mess | The Full Helping | Good Eatings | Oh, Ladycakes | This Rawsome Vegan Life | Vidya Living

// blogs that inspire me

101 Cookbooks | The Awesome Green | Brewing Happiness |  Cashew Kitchen | Choosing Chia | The Frosted Vegan | Dolly and Oatmeal | Good Eatings | Green Kitchen Stories | The Green Life | Happy Hearted Kitchen | Minimalist Baker | My Darling Lemon Thyme | My New Roots | Rooting the Sun | Spice + Sprout | Vegetarian Ventures | Will Frolic for Food | With Food + Love



  • Reply
    Ashley Cote
    September 9, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Hey Sarah, found you! Love that you linked Mastering the Art of French Cooking as a must-have, Julia Child is my spirit animal haha. Wish I could have had more time to nerd out about food with you at Wiyaka! Anyway, glad I found you!

    • Reply
      Ashley Cote
      September 9, 2017 at 7:26 am

      Ashley McGrath* my computer out-filled my maiden name

      • Reply
        September 10, 2017 at 7:16 pm

        Hey Ashley!! Thanks so much for stopping by :) Hopefully we’ll have more time to talk about food at Wiyaka next year! :D

  • Reply
    Allison Smith
    January 22, 2018 at 2:07 am

    Thank you for your list of your most loved cookbooks and Blogs, although you have made me purchase more cookbooks, and that can’t be a “bad thing” LOL. I just love “Love and Lemons” and have just purchased their cookery book. Can I recommend two books for you? One is ‘Community’ and the other is ‘Neighbourhood’ by Hetty McKinnon, these books have amazing recipes for all sorts of salads and are vegetarian and vegan. Please let me know if you do acquire these books and what you think of them

    • Reply
      January 22, 2018 at 8:16 am

      Hi Allison! Thank you so much for the recommendations, I love finding new cookbooks! I looked at the Neighbourhood cookbook and already added it to my Amazon shopping cart ;) But I couldn’t find the Community cookbook… I’m off to email you right now so I can make sure I find the right one!

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