My family follows a Flexitarian diet, meaning mostly plant-based foods while allowing meat and other animal products in moderation. It’s more flexible than straight vegan which is our usual preference. We supplement meat during the times when we’re eating fewer carbohydrates. I am a self-taught cook and I do the majority of the cooking in my home. So I’ve tried a vast array of recipes over the years!

There are a million cookbooks in the world, but these are a few of my absolute favorites and are the ones I plan to keep on my shelf even as I strive for a minimalist home. I’ll add more as I discover additional praiseworthy cookbooks.

Cover of Joy of Vegan Baking cookbookThe Joy of Vegan Baking, Revised and Updated Edition: More than 150 Traditional Treats and Sinful Sweets

by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

By far, these are the best vegan baking recipes I’ve ever made. This book is my go-to for all baking now. The author has several books, online classes, and a podcast.


My Pantry book cover My Pantry

by Alice Waters with Fanny Singer





Cover of Whole Bowls cookbookWhole Bowls: Complete Gluten-Free and Vegetarian Meals to Power Your Day

by Allison Day




Cover of Modern Lunch cookbookModern Lunch: +100 Recipes for Assembling the New Midday Meal

by Allison Day




Cover of Thug Kitchen CookbookThug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck

by Thug Kitchen

Thug Kitchen meals are all vegan (meat and animal product free). The meals are delicious, healthy, and the instructions are easy to follow. Plus, unless you’re offended by bad language, you’ll get a good chuckle every time you cook – at least I do!

Book coverThug Kitchen 101: Fast as F*ck: A Cookbook

by Thug Kitchen

“The first step to finding time to cook for yourself is to stop thinking of cooking as an expendable part of your day. It’s not.

Cover of Thug Kitchen Party Grub cookbookThug Kitchen Party Grub: For Social Motherf*ckers: A Cookbook

by Thug Kitchen




Cover of Afro-Vegan cookbookAfro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed

by Bryant Terry




Cover of Whole30 Fast & Easy cookbookThe Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook: 150 Simply Delicious Everyday Recipes for Your Whole30

by Melissa Hartwig Urban




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