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10 best vegetarian cookbooks

From veggie classics to fresh new ideas for meat-free meals, we cook up a storm to find the most inspiring recipe books for herbivores – and carnivores too

Vegetarianism may once have been the chosen lifestyle of hippies and teenagers trying to find themselves, but as we become more health-conscious and adventurous with our cooking, it's becoming a more mainstream choice. And while vegetarians make up only two per cent of the UK population, the stoic meat and two veg model is fast becoming outdated as more people experiment with meat-free Mondays and kale chips.

Luckily, there’s a vast range of talented chefs at hand with a great collection of cookbooks to guide you through, whether you’re a new convert still pining for a good hotdog or meat has never passed your lips in your life.

From old favourites like Leiths Vegetable Bible, to the stylish food-porn of A Modern Way to Eat, here’s top ten cookbooks that prove that vegetarian food can be so much more than meat and two veg, without the meat. Thank goodness.

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If you’re just starting out as a vegetarian, you can’t go wrong with the simple variety and abundance of mouth-watering recipes in Ottolenghi’s Plenty, but for the seasoned vegetarian looking for new and fresh inspiration, The Green Kitchen is the place to start.

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1. ‘River Cottage Veg Every Day’, by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, £20

2. ‘The Modern Vegetarian’, by Maria Elia, £25

3. ‘Veggiestan’, by Sally Butcher, £18.75

4. ‘Plenty’, by Yotam Ottolengh, £20.80

5. ‘The Green Kitchen’, by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl, £17

6. ‘Leiths Vegetable Bible’, by Polly Tyrer, £22.50

7. ‘Leon: Fast Vegetarian’, by Jane Baxter and Henry Dimbleby, £17

8. ‘The Meat Free Monday Cookbook’, with foreword by Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney, £14.99

9. ‘A Modern Way to Eat’, by Anna Jones, £17

10. ‘Vegetarian’, by Alice Hart, £11.99


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