19 Healthy Vegan Cookbooks You Won’t Want to Go Without




Vegan cookbooks make preparing meals easier, and they help ensure you always have healthy vegan recipes on hand.

They’re definitely a helpful way to get started with the lifestyle, as well as to share flavourful plant-based diet recipes with others.

Many recipes can be made oil-free with a few simple adjustments in the cooking process, however it sure is nice when the recipe already is oil-free.

But, why avoid eating and cooking with oil?

Oils, like refined sugar, are not a whole food. Their nutrients have been removed and all that remains is pure fat.

Following a whole food, plant-based diet you want to eat the most nutrient-dense foods you can. They’re both healthier and more satisfying.

Check out books by these plant-based health professionals to gain further insight into the benefits of a whole food, plant-based diet, and how oils don’t fit the bill.

Here is a list of vegan cookbooks that are filled with oil-free healthy vegan recipes that make following a whole food, plant-based diet even easier.

Healthy oil-free vegan cookbooks:

1. Forks Over Knives The Cookbook

Forks Over Knives The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year follows the guidelines of the Forks Over Knives documentary for a healthy whole food, plant-based diet and lifestyle. These recipes are mainly from Chef Del Sroufe, but there are also a number of contributed plant-based diet recipes from other well-known vegan chefs.

2. The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook

The recipes in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook: Over 125 Delicious, Life-Changing, Plant-Based Recipes are created to follow the recommendations of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure. The low fat, oil-free, and salt-free recipes prepared in this cookbook by Ann Crile Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn are all part of a healthy whole food, plant-based diet.

3. The McDougall Quick and Easy Cookbook

Dr. John McDougall and his wife Mary McDougall have written numerous vegan cookbooks over the years. The McDougall Quick and Easy Cookbook: Over 300 Delicious Low-Fat Recipes You Can Prepare in Fifteen Minutes or Less is a great cookbook to start with. Plant-based diet recipes that emphasise starches will help you to feel completely satisfied on a whole food diet.

4. The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss

If you’re looking to make healthy diet and lifestyle changes that you can maintain long-term, The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss will help you do just that. Eating a simple whole food, plant-based diet you won’t feel the least bit deprived as people often do on conventional “diets.” Sticking with low-fat, whole plant foods, your meals will naturally be lower in caloric density than compared to processed foods. And are healthier for you too.



5. The China Study Cookbook



Accompanying The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, the healthy vegan recipes in The China Study Cookbook: Over 120 Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes are created by Leanne Campbell, PhD following the principles of The China Study. To learn more about Dr. Campbell’s whole food, plant-based diet recommendations read Whole and The Low-Carb Fraud. You can also follow his son Dr. Thomas Campbell and The Campbell Plan. All of their books provide the knowledge you need to make healthy food choices.

6. The China Study Quick & Easy Cookbook

For busy people who want easy vegan recipes that don’t take long to prepare, The China Study Quick & Easy Cookbook: Cook Once, Eat All Week with Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes is your answer. Another vegan cookbook with recipes by Chef Del Sroufe, so you know they’ll be good!

7. The PlantPure Nation Cookbook

The PlantPure Nation Cookbook: The Official Companion Cookbook to the Breakthrough Film…with over 150 Plant-Based Recipes accompanies the health-focused PlantPure Nation documentary that came out last summer. The recipes that can be made with plants sure are endless!

8. Better Than Vegan

Chef Del Sroufe is the primary creator of the plant-based diet recipes on Forks Over Knives as well as other websites and cookbooks. Since switching to a whole food, plant-based diet, Del Sroufe has also been on a healthy journey of his own, so he comes from a place of experience with regards to the benefits of a low-fat, plant-based diet. In his vegan cookbook, Better Than Vegan: 101 Favorite Low-Fat, Plant-Based Recipes That Helped Me Lose Over 200 Pounds, the Chef shares more about his personal experiences and favourite recipes that you won’t often find elsewhere. Del Sroufe certainly knows how to come up with delicious vegan recipes!

9. Plant-Strong

Rip Esselstyn’s The Engine 2 Diet appeals to a large demographic of people hoping to get a jumpstart on their health by making better food choices and building healthy habits earlier on. A former triathlete and fire-fighter, Rip’s experience speaks to the power of a whole food, plant-based diet. You certainly don’t need animal products to be strong, fit, and healthy. In fact, you’ll be much better off without them! Plant-Strong: Discover the World’s Healthiest Diet–with 150 Engine 2 Recipes will show you how much variety there is to create healthy vegan recipes.



10. Bravo!

Chef Ramses Bravo prepares the food at the TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California. The Bravo!: Health Promoting Meals from the TrueNorth Health Kitchen cookbook is filled with healthy vegan recipes that are oil-free, salt-free, and sugar-free. These are plant-based diet recipes that make you forget how healthy they are.

11. Guilt-Free Vegan Cookbook

guilt-free vegan cookbook

Nandini Gulati and Mala Barua share healthy vegan recipes that are free of oil, sugar, and gluten. Following the guidelines that helped Nandini along her health journey, the Guilt-Free Vegan Cookbook is filled with delicious vegan recipes that are full of flavour. And there’s lots of variety to choose from as well.

12. Unprocessed

More than just a cookbook, in Unprocessed: How to achieve vibrant health and your ideal weight Chef AJ includes plant-based diet recipes along with information and tips for creating a healthy plant-based lifestyle that you can sustain. The more unprocessed, whole plant foods you eat the better. Not only will your meals be healthier, it will also be easier to attain and maintain your ideal weight. Follow Chef AJ’s example and achieve optimal health with a whole food, plant-based diet while eating tasty, satisfying food at every meal.

13. Plant-Powered Families

Dreena Burton has authored various vegan cookbooks over the years. Her latest cookbook is Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes that contains whole food, plant-based diet recipes that are kid-friendly. Dreena is skilled at creating healthy vegan recipes that are delicious and something for your whole family can enjoy!

14. Everyday Happy Herbivore

Lindsay of Happy Herbivore has a number of vegan cookbooks filled with plant-based diet recipes. For healthy vegan recipes that can be made to fit your busy weekday schedule, a good place to start is with Everyday Happy Herbivore: Over 175 Quick-and-Easy Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes. Preparing meals for the whole family doesn’t have to be an overly time consuming exercise and these recipes will help show you just that.



15. The Vegiterranean Diet

Julieanna Hever, the Plant-Based Dietitian, has her own cookbook: The Vegiterranean Diet: The New and Improved Mediterranean Eating Plan–with Deliciously Satisfying Vegan Recipes for Optimal Health. These oil-free, Mediterranean inspired recipes will show you that following a whole food, plant-based diet not only are recipes healthier, but they taste great too.

16. Vegan Made Easy

Anja, of Cooking With Plants, has a vegan cookbook that brings together many of her easy vegan recipes. If you’re just starting a vegan diet or looking for some new recipes, a good place to begin is with Anja’s Vegan Made Easy: 130 Tasty Recipes Anyone Can Cook! Cooking With Plants simplifies vegan cooking and you’ll find plenty of kid-friendly recipes too.

17. The Potato Strong Recipe Guide

In The Potato Strong Recipe Guide: Easy, Low Fat, No Oil, Tasty, Filling, Plant-Based Recipes for Weight Loss and Health Will, of Potato Strong, provides quick and easy plant-based diet recipes. Potato Strong’s healthy vegan recipes follow Dr. McDougall’s low-fat, starch-based approach. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Will’s recipes are simple, yet taste great. You can read an interview with Potato Strong to learn more about his plant-based health journey.

18. Plantz St eCookbooks

plantz cookbook

Katie Mae of Plantz St has a number of vegan cookbooks containing themed healthy vegan recipes. There are: Mexican, Italian, Potato, and Dessert vegan e-cookbooks from Plantz St. All of the recipes are vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, and oil-free, so you’re all set to go. No substitutions needed. You can get the Plantz St eCookbooks here.

19. Eat to Live Cookbook

This vegan cookbook is filled with recipes that follow Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Eat to Live Program emphasising nutrient-rich foods such as colourful vegetables, fruits, and beans. Let these recipes show you how to eat more vegetables and whole plant foods, helping you to feel better than ever. The more nutrients the better!

Vegan cookbooks that make a healthy vegan lifestyle work.

There are more healthy, oil-free, whole food diet vegan cookbooks out there, but these are some of the ones you won’t want to miss.

Find some recipes you enjoy and include them in your weekly menu. Knowing what you’re having for dinner is half the battle and certainly takes out a lot of the stress of meal prep.

In addition, planning your meals out for the week can really help when it comes to knowing what you need when you’re shopping for groceries.

This list of vegan cookbooks can certainly make your life a lot easier and the time spent in the kitchen a lot more enjoyable.

Making healthy vegan meals doesn’t have to be difficult or lacking in flavour!

Keep your vegan menu growing with other websites dedicated to making and sharing oil-free, plant-based diet recipes.

And always be on the lookout for new healthy, plant-based cookbooks!

Do you have other favourite oil-free vegan cookbooks? Share them in the comments below.

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17 Replies to “19 Healthy Vegan Cookbooks You Won’t Want to Go Without

  1. Always looking for this EXACT information…several resources in this list that I was not familiar with. THANK YOU!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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