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Best new plant-based cookbooks

Everybody’s doing it. Big-name chefs like Mark Bittman, celebs like Ted Danson, even top athletes like NFL player Arian Foster:  all are turning to a plant-based diet, at least some of the time. Now physicians at the Kaiser Permanente medical center in California have been urged to recommend plant-based diets to their patients, too.

If you’ve never cooked a full meal with plant-based foods alone, making the switch from meat-based or omnivorous can be challenging. Here’s a list of plant-based cookbooks offering fabulous recipes that can help boost your health, nourish you—and really satisfy.

Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution by Kris Carr and Chad Sarno. Famous for her personal story overcoming the odds with a rare form of liver cancer, Kris Carr teams up with a celebrity vegan chef to offer scrumptious recipes and a plan to eat more healthfully. Sample recipes: Cinnamon-Cherry Granola; French Toast; Black Bean and Roasted Sweet Potato Burger; Mango-Raspberry Parfait with Vanilla Crème.

Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker: 200 Ultra-Convenient, Super-Tasty, Completely Animal-Free Recipes by Robin Robertson. Love your slow cooker but not sure how to use it for vegetarian fare? Let Robinson—a prolific vegan chef—show you how! Recipes span everything from Berry-Banana Breakfast Bread to Spicy Tomato Queso Dip to Oregon Trail Mix to Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake and everything in between, all in the slow cooker.

The Great Vegan Bean Book by Kathy Hester. Beans like you’ve never seen them before! Sure, there are recipes for soup and chili, but what about Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Pancakes, Orange Blossom Brunch Biscuits, Black Bean Breakfast Sausage Patties, Double-Chocolate Devil’s Food Cookies, Coconut Pecan Blondies, Black Bean Fudgesicles, and more—made with beans? All here!

Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make by Amber Shea. “Flexible” in the title refers to how the recipes can be prepared either raw OR cooked. Dishes like Continental Crunch Granola, Rosemary Garlic Bread, Spaghetti Marinara, 5-Minute Blondies and more—all can be made either way!

And bonus: Vegan For Her: The Women’s Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet by Virginia Messina, RD and JL Fields offer advice on how to live well plant-based, plus loads of great recipes like Creamy Squash and Apple Soup; Sloppy Joe Sandwich with Portobello Mushrooms and Quinoa; or Cinnamon and Walnut Banana Bread, too!

Ready to give plant-based a try? You can’t lose with these great resources.


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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing