10 best vegan cookbooks

No meat, fish or dairy? No problem. IndyBest picks the cookbooks that use the healthiest ingredients – and prove there is life after cheese

Despite what most of the world thinks, vegan cooking doesn't have to be bland, same-y 'rabbit food'. In fact, animal-free dishes can be packed with flavour and all sorts of interesting ingredients. We've gathered ten top notch books with the recipes to prove it.

{1} Keep It Vegan by Aine Carlin: £11.99, kylebooks.com

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Unlike some, this book feature easy-to-find ingredients and totally achievable dishes. I loved the smoky Moroccan chickpea stew and the pan-fried paprika-spiced sprouts – and I don’t even like sprouts.

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 {2} Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz: £16, waterstones.com

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Covering everything from simple and delicious to downright genius, this is the first of two books on the list by Isa. Some of the longer prep times mean that this isn’t a ‘whip-up-and-go’ cookbook, but with recipes like Thai-style red sweet potato curry, it’s worth the wait.

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{3} Eat Like You Give A F*** by Thug Kitchen: £14.99, littlebrown.co.uk

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From 5-spice fried rice to black bean tortas with coconut chipotle mayo, Thug Kitchen serve up punchy flavours with a sense of humour.

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{4} Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon: £21, waterstones.com

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From the woman behind one of the most popular vegan blogs comes this beautifully-photographed book. From cherry-basil bruschetta to life-affirming nacho dip, you will want to make everything.

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 {5} Ms Cupcake by Mellissa Morgan: £16.99, vintage-books.co.uk

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A keen baker, I wasn’t sure how egg-and butter-free cake was going to work. Well, it does. This book, from the creator of London’s first vegan-only bakery, packs in a rundown of basic replacements and a whole load of delicious recipes.

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{6} The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions by Celine Steen & Joni Marie Newman: £10.99, vegansociety.com

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Here, you’ll find a unbeatable guide to replacing your most-missed ingredients with animal-free products, and a whole load of great recipes to put theory into practice.

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{7} Thrive Energy Cookbook by Brendan Brazier: £8.20, amazon.co.uk

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If you’re worried that a vegan diet will leave you sluggish and hungry, take it from Brendan Brazier, former Ironman triathlete and ultra-marathon champion – it won’t. The inventive, plant-based recipes are all allergen-free or adaptable to be.

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{8} Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero: £12.59, amazon.co.uk

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If there’s such thing as a vegan Bible, this is it. With 250 recipes, the choice can be a little overwhelming, so we recommend you start simple with the potato and broccoli soup.

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{9} Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward: £20, hodder.co.uk (out Thurs 29 Jan)

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Organised in six chapters, each covering a key ingredient group, healthy-eating blogger Ella Woodward’s book, is packed with simple, healthy recipes, complete with section introductions, suggested menus and FAQs. Please note, Ella doesn't herself follow a vegan diet so there are a handful of recipes in this book which contain honey; we recommend you swerve those ones and head straight for the good stuff.

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{10} Easy Vegan by Ryland Peters & Small: £7.99, amazon.co.uk

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This is the ideal first vegan cookbook, or a great one to buy if you only occasionally cook vegan. The artichoke tarator dip is a real standout.

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Verdict: If you need a recipe book to dip in and out of occasionally to cater for a vegan friend or relative, pick up a copy of Easy Vegan or, for a recipe-packed first foray into full-on vegan cooking, start with Isa Does It. But for those seasoned vegans who want to cast the net a little wider, you can't get more drool-worthy or beautifully-presented than Angela Liddon's Oh She Glows.

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