5 of the best cook books for vegetarians and vegans

It can still be difficult to eat out when you’re a herbivore, so stay at home instead and create something spectacular from our round-up of the best new cookbooks for vegetarians, vegans and Meat Free Monday-ers, says Gaby Soutar

Published 27th Oct 2015
Updated 11 th Jan 2016

Superfoods: The Flexible Approach to Eating More Superfoods

by Julie Montagu, Quadrille, £18.99


In a nutshell: Vegetarian doesn’t always mean healthy (chips and cheese anyone?), but this book, which features 90 meat, dairy and sugar-free recipes from a nutritionist and yoga instructor, is full of ideas on how to add trendy and unusual superfood ingredients, like adzuki beans, lucuma (a subtropical fruit) and chia seeds, to your diet.

Our favourite recipe: Baked tofu and apple on mixed greens and wakame.

At My Table

by Mary McCartney: Vegetarian Feasts for Family and Friends, Chatto & Windus, £20


In a nutshell: The McCartneys are veggie icons, and this is the latest cookbook from photographer, Mary. The pictures are lush, with loads of recipes that are mainly designed to fit occasions (chapters include Afternoon Tea Party and Celebration Brunch), though there are loads of everyday staples too.

Our favourite recipe: Dad’s Margarita (for Paul fans), or the baked plums with fresh basil and amaretti crisp.

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Thrive on Five

by Nina and Jo Littler and Randi Glenn, Quadrille, £16.99


In a nutshell: We nearly choked on our quinoa when University College London said last year that five a day wasn’t enough and upped the recommendation to 10. Get all your portions of fruit and veg in one meal with this clever book, which features dishes that incorporate some or all of your suggested daily intake of roughage. There’s even a chocolate mousse that contains two.

Our favourite recipe: Goan aubergine and sweet potato curry.

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V is for Vegan

by Kerstin Rodgers (aka Ms Marmite Lover), Quadrille, £20


In a nutshell: Pioneering supper club queen Rodgers is on a one-woman mission to change the image of vegan cuisine as being boring and worthy. Her book features 120 imaginative recipes, none of which feel like punishments, with options including the controversial sounding watermelon stir-fry with rice or a pimped-up nut roast with coconut and Malaysian spices.

Our favourite recipe: Vegan mayonnaise.

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The Vegetarian Year

by Jane Hughes, Modern Books, £20


In a nutshell: Run out of ideas? Then you need this workaday cooking bible, which features a sweet or savoury seasonal recipe for every single day of the year. So, in spring, you could whip up a vegetable and almond paella or walnut and avocado risotto. Useful.

Our favourite recipe: Tofu pad Thai.


Gaby Soutar is a lifestyle editor at The Scotsman. She has been reviewing restaurants for The Scotsman Magazine since 2007 and edits the weekly food pages.
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