So we have a decently sized cookbook collection, yah? Most are Alex’s– and it’s mostly a ton of bread books. I buy cookbooks here and there– but I’ll be honest, a lot of time it’s based on how they look! I’ll also be honest and tell you a lot of them (even the ones I purchased) are not vegan! I feel like people use cookbooks one of two ways— either as a line by line recipe resource or as a general idea book. For me, cookbooks are a good source of inspiration, not necessarily an exact guide 🙂 So for me, it doesn’t matter so much if the book or recipe is vegan– I can gather an idea and create my own recipe based on what vegan ingredients I have and what I want :)But anyway, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite cookbooks lately. Some are vegan, some are vegetarian, some are not. I’ll tell you what’s what though– just in case. Maybe you already have a lot of these cookbooks— maybe you don’t have any– but hopefully you find some cooking or gift buying inspiration here 🙂

How To Cook Everything Vegetarian-
the name gives it away, it’s a vegetarian book– obviously. I actually haven’t opened this book in quite some time, but it’s always one of the number one books I recommend for new cooks. Everything from detailed recipes to how to simply roast/steam/boil your favorite veggies. I’d totally suggest it for people who feel overly intimidated by cooking or newlywed couples too 🙂

this book isn’t vegan or vegetarian but we like it because most of the flavor profiles in the book are found right here in south florida. Mangoes, coconuts, bananas, all the good stuff. Recipes and spices we love and use often. It’s authored by the owners of Hartwood, the restaurant in Tulum. But most of the ingredients can be found in most supermarkets– so don’t be too worried about the tropical-ness of it. Its a good book, and super beautiful. And for the most part the recipes are pretty straight forward and simple too. I’d say a good amount of the dishes are vegetable or fish based– not much dairy at all— and pretty easy to make vegan as needed.

An Israeli cookbook. Alex has been referencing this book a lot lately– and I’m not mad about it at all! IT’s been pretty delicious! There’s a good mix of meat and non-meat dishes. We tried the hummus recipe lately which calls for cooking the chickpeas–something we’ve never done for hummus and it was mighty good– I also fermented the chickpeas a bit with gave it this interesting kick I really enjoyed. There’s also stuff like tabouli, flatbread, tons of salads. It’s good!

Mexico: The Cookbook
I’ve mentioned this book before– I wanted to buy it for Alex (because it’s freaking hot pink!)– but then I put it on hold for later. And wouldn’t you know it, a week later Alex went to a book store and came home with it! We obviously know each other pretty well, haha. It’s beautiful and pretty good for authentic Mexican cooking without being overly intimidating. I’d totally buy it for anyone who likes mexican food.

In Her Kitchen-
I actually found this book in my friend Hailey’s amazing ethical fair-trade /handcrafted/ all the good stuff shop. And I was like, “omg what is this, I need this!” It’s not vegan AT ALL. It’s actually probably one of the least vegan book’s we own, but it is so freaking cool. It’s a collection of grandmas from around the world– in their kitchens, sharing their favorite recipes. Not only are the recipes super interesting, but it’s so neat to see all the different home kitchens of these women. Yeah, a lot of the recipes aren’t exactly practical— like the iguana dish, but still, I’d totally buy it for any food and travel loving friends. Don’t worry though, the iguana lady says the hardest part of the iguana recipe is actually catching the iguana. I believe it. We have them all over our neighborhood and they are large, scary, and FAST.

Everyday Superfood-
Jamie Oliver is the best, man. We have all his books and this one might be one of my favorites. He keeps it low-ish on the sugar (still a lot of natural sugar through, IMO), with loads of veggies and a good amount of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options. Marlowe and I enjoy going through his book to find things to make together for sure.

Peace and Parsnips-
I actually JUST got this one. It’s completely vegan, yay! I haven’t made anything from it yet– but there are a lot of things I would def. eat in it. It’s super similar to our way of cooking at home/my cookbook– but maybe less geared to whole family cooking? Honestly, I feel like the author might be more or less a male version of me, haha. Loads of curries and hearty vegan dishes– not just rabbit food. And I don’t think I noticed any store bought mock meat in the book at all either– hooray! Just some homemade mock sausages and things– which I personally wouldn’t really make— but never say never, maybe I’ll end up trying them one day on a rainy day!

Raw Vegan Not Gross
I already mentioned this cookbook this month– but it’s officially released now— and still super good. Maybe Marlowe’s favorite cookbook lately. She likes to go through and see what sort of healthy desserts she might want 🙂 She keeps referencing the iced brownies. Vegan, GF, and mostly raw. But even though most recipes are mostly draw she offers cooking directions for a dehydrator and if you don’t have a dehydrator too. Which is good because even though I want a dehydrator I still haven’t bought one—cause I have no where to put it 😉

The Plantiful Table-
DUH. The best cookbook ever, right? 🙂 Easy, family friendly recipes for vegans and non vegans 😉 Go get it.

Hooray! You can also check out my favorite natural living books as well as Marlowe’s favorite books-– and even coloring books too. 🙂

Also, I’ve babbled way too much on snapchat today– but I’ve been chatting with my friend Hailey while writing this post (I’m going to get to hang out with her in 5 days in LA–yay!) but we just mentioned doing a little joint giveaway tomorrow. Win my cookbook and one from her shop on instagram! Hooray! You guys know my instagram, @ohdeardrea, but follow along with her beautiful shop’s instagram too, @habitation_co.

Alright friends, I hope your week is going well. it’s currently a bit rainy over here today– but we had a great weekend, so I can’t complain 🙂 Happy tuesday, friends!


  1. Mexico The Cookbook is so beautiful! I wish the glory of its design showed up better in photographs. 😀

  2. Fantastic collection! Have you ever seen any of Yotam Ottolenghi's books? "Plenty" and "Plenty More" are vegetarian, and I think you'd love them. He's very big over here, not sure about in the US. But lots of his recipes for The Guardian are online I think. CJ xx

  3. Very inspiring! Keeping some of these for my next gift to myself 😉
    And, like you, my favourite part of a recipe is being able to change it according to my tastes, need or even the ingredients I have at home.