Taking your yoga to the kitchen usually means experimenting with vegan cookbooks full of plant-based meals using locally sourced, seasonal produce that may or may not be (but probably is) organic.
While you can totally be an amazing yogi and eat meat, getting more veggies on the plate is always a good thing, so if you’d like to pepper your meal-plan with some vegan recipes, fully dive in and give a vegan diet a try, or find some new recipes to spice up your vegan lifestyle, here are some truly incredible vegan cookbooks organized by your cooking personality type in the kitchen.
You Love Evidence-Based Cooking
You’re more than willing to try new vegan cookbooks – but you don’t want to waste your time on recipes that suck. I get it. It can take a long time to make the grocery list, gather the ingredients, chop a bunch of vegetables, and then put everything together. For all that after, the end result had better be amazing!
America’s Test Kitchen has got you covered with Vegan for Everybody: Foolproof Plant-Based Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and In-Between. You will find 200+ recipes here to cover all your vegan bases and, bonus, there is a spiralbound edition available. Whenever possible, always go spiral bound in the kitchen. (Not that that matters if the recipes are a waste of time, but these recipes are solid, tested, and easy to make work PLUS you don’t have to use the flour and sugar containers to pin down the corners of the book.
You Want Good Recipes that Non-Vegans Will Eat Too
There are eight people in my family, and every single one of them has a list of foodie peccadillos that make it difficult to please everyone at the table with a single meal that isn’t pizza (non-vegan style).
Enter Kristy Turner, who specializes in coming up with vegan recipes that make great replacements for non-vegan family faves like hamburgers and mac and cheese. In But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan!: 125 Recipes to Win Everyone Over, she delivers a ton of recipes for your next cookout, Super Bowl party, and family meal – and many are kid-approved and cranky-about-vegan-adult-approved as well.
If you like her style, you can also check out But I Could Never Go Vegan!: 125 Recipes That Prove You Can Live Without Cheese, It’s Not All Rabbit Food, and Your Friends Will Still Come Over for Dinner.
You’re Hardcore as F*ck in the Kitchen
If you know how to cook and you don’t need to buy a recipe on how to make a salad and you also don’t mind a fair number of F-bombs, then Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck by Thug Kitchen is the right choice for you.
Here you’ll get 100+ recipes written in a laidback style, but make no mistake, you’d better be ready to finesse in the kitchen. This isn’t basic stuff. They get the great results through technique as well as flavor combos, so it’s more than just having access to the weird mushrooms and exotic spices. You have to have your sh*t together in the kitchen to get the most out of this one.
If you like their style, you can also check out Thug Kitchen 101: Fast as F*ck: A Cookbook and get another 100 recipes designed to not only keep you eating healthy as f*ck but get food in your face faster than delivery.
You Want Simple, Good Recipes that You Can Make Even if You’re a Beginner in the Kitchen
If you’re more of a Top Chef fan than a Top Chef contender like me, then you’ll want something that gives you badass results without the insane techniques that will mess with your sense of self and make you feel like a failure at life, then the Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out by Angela Liddon is for you.
You’ll get creative guidance on simple meals like salads, smoothies, and overnight oats, as well as the big win: “cheese” sauce made from cashews. I mean, this is huge. Once you get in the habit of soaking your cashews overnight so that they are at the ready when it’s time to whip up a batch of “cheese” sauce, it becomes THE go-to dinner fix.
If you need more than the 100 or so recipes she offers in Oh She Glows, check out Oh She Glows Every Day: Quick and Simply Satisfying Plant-based Recipes: A Cookbook.
You Don’t Want to Go Broke Trying to Get Healthy
Well, that’s probably all of us, but if you’re interested in keeping your food budget under control while you experiment with new recipes and don’t want to get surprised by that random $20 spice that only gets used in one batch of soup, check out Liv B’s Vegan on a Budget: 112 Inspired and Effortless Plant-Based Recipes by Olivia Biermann. With more than 100 recipes across all meals of the day, this 5-star rated book gives you a ton to choose from so that you can get healthy and wealthy at the same time – or just not go broke trying to eat well.
Need more low cost tasty vegan meals to try? Check out Frugal Vegan: Affordable, Easy & Delicious Vegan Cooking by Katie Koteen and Kate Kasbee.
You Want to Read More Yoga Books and Up-Level Your Yoga Life in and out of the Kitchen
Awesome! I’ve got you covered there too. Your Do a Shot of Yoga book club subscription is ready and waiting to hook you up with a new yoga book club recommendation every month. PLUS, your membership includes:
- Monthly Master Class on a topic related to the book of the month.
- Monthly 10-Day Yoga Challenge designed to walk with you through the book and get you on your mat, doing your personalized yoga practice every day of the challenge.
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- Monthly bonuses, including entries in a monthly drawing for a Do a Shot of Yoga Surprise Pack, meditation tools, and more.
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