Eat - January 4, 2019

5 Vegan Cookbooks You Need Right Now!

There’s no denying that every January of a new year millions of people across the world are vowing to eat healthier. Sometimes the goal is merely to cut back, sometimes it’s about trying a new fad diet, and sometimes it’s is about implementing a new way of eating, which we at MAED believe is the best way to eat healthier. When it comes to eating habits, one of the most significant changes seen has been the growing popularity of Veganism. Plant-based eating has gone from being trendy to being mainstream. With help from major celebrities like Beyonce and Jay Z, who just once again, urged fans to switch to plant-based eating, veganism has seen an increase of 600% over the last three years.

If you want to explore plant-based eating but are nervous that it might be too challenging (It’s not!), adding a few staple vegan cookbooks to your kitchen might be the motivational help you need. Below is a short list of cookbooks that every vegan or inspiring vegan should own. 

"Sweet Potato Soul," $13

If you doubt that veganism can’t satisfy your love and need for comfort food, then you haven’t heard of Jenné Claiborne. Jenné uses fresh and local ingredients to add a vegan twist to familiar southern dishes. With 100 recipes, like Peach Date BBQ Jackfruit Sliders and Coconut Collard Salad, this soul food cookbook will not disappoint.

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"Thug Kitchen," $15

Despite some controversy surrounding the profanity used, this O.G. vegan cookbook has a massive cult following. It’s meant to read funny and approachable, but at times it can come off juvenile. The recipes, however, are some of the best, easy to make and definitely worthy.

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"Veggie Mama," $14

A go-to guide for any mama who wants to either add more whole foods to their little one’s diet or is looking to go full blown plant-based. Easy enough for the kids to get involved, these recipes are tasty, flavorful and nutritious. There’s also a ton of handy information in regards to what children need on a daily basis, nutrition wise.

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"Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking," $14

From the immensely popular blog of the same name, this cookbook keeps things seriously simple. 101 recipes that take no more than 30 minutes, use 10 ingredients or less and can be made in a single pot or bowl. Quick, concise and mostly gluten-free.

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"The Greenprint: Plant-Based Diet, Best Body, Better World," $19

Written by New York Times best-selling author Marco Borges, who is also an exercise physiologist and the founder of 22 Days Nutrition, a plant-based meal delivery service. Not only a cookbook “The Greenprint” is also a comprehensive how-to. Borges gets into everything from the significance of fiber to the importance of listening to your body. Dishes like the Blueberry Bliss Bowl and Black Bean And Squash Quinoa Bowl are crowd pleasers. It also doesn’t hurt that both Beyonce and Jay Z personally endorsed this book. In fact, they wrote the book’s introduction.

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