Vegan and Raw Food Cookbooks – My Top 5
There are lots cookbooks about vegan and raw foods but which ones are worth your money? In this short review article, I will discuss the books that have had the greatest impact on me. This could be in terms of education about plant-based eating, how to prepare and cook vegan and raw foods or the best and/or easiest recipes.
The first recommendation goes to Deliciously Ella with Friends. This lady has made plant based eating hip and has followed through with opening great cafes in London. Not all the recipes are vegan as she does use honey from time to time (simply substitute for maple syrup or agave). The recipes are easy to follow and the the ingredients are accessible enough to buy. Ella writes in a relaxed style and you feel that, although she has had an obviously privileged upbringing, she has had to work hard to overcome her own demons. Something many of us has had to do at some stage in our healthy lifestyle journey.
Naturally Sassy is my second choice and one that was introduced to me by my boyfriend when he was looking for an introductory book to vegan and raw foods. I hadn’t heard of this book but the recipes and style of writing made everything seem warm and easy to do. Saskia writes as if she is talking to a good friend over a cup of green tea and I really felt her passion and drive to help others in their plant food lifestyle.
Hemsley and Hemsley, ‘The Art of eating Well‘ takes the 3rd spot in my line up. These two sisters follow in the main a plant-based diet. However, they do eat animal products so this book does contain quite a few recipes that are not relevant for vegans. I’d class this as more of a flexitarian book with an emphasis on raw and vegan cooking. It’s a chunkier book and has a great variety of dishes to make for all occasions.
‘The Uncook Book‘ by Tanya Maher is a superb guide to a raw food and vegan lifestyle. The recipes cover everything from vegetable crisps to soups, salads, main meals and drinks. Personally, I would prefer a few more pictures as not every recipe has a photo. This is a minor complaint as often the fun is not necessarily knowing how a dish should look.
Jason Vale has written many books about juicing and they are all superb but one of his lesser known books is ‘Freedom from the Diet Trap’. This little book helped me immensely when I first started on my better living through food lifestyle. Since that day I have done many juice fasts and seen amazing benefits and results. Whilst not strictly a vegan or raw food book the sheer fact that no cooking is involved and the emphasis on fruits, vegetables, and healthy living makes it my no.5 choice in books.
If you have any great books that you think I should check out please post a comment below and I will check them out.