After years of accumulating things, I am really trying to rid my life of stuff**

*except that I hoard books like there is no tomorrow. Because books are forever. You can create a library to hand down or donate and they never go out of style. Ask me how many times I’ve reread Love in the Time of Cholera…or looked at my Ottolenghi books?

So, while mostly, I advocate for giving experiences, not stuff, I do make a big exception for books. And food. And especially books about food.

Looking for a gift? These are my top picks for new, and not so new, vegetarian and vegan cookbooks that are worthy of accumulating. Because, you can’t buy my new book, Eat More Plants, until 2019. You’re gonna need a few titles to tide you over. And if stuff really isn’t your thing, get them from the library. Because libraries rock.


Plant lab by Matthew Kenney

I am SO. FREAKING. EXCITED. for this one! Matthew Kenney is a legend and pioneer in raw and vegan cooking. And this book is like the ultimate creative love letter to plant food. I cannot wait to get my hands on it. If you want to take your kitchen game up 1000 notches, get it.

The First Mess by Laura Wright

I don’t actually visit a lot of food blogs. But I go to Laura’s. All the time. Her recipes are flavourful, thoughtful and work, every single time.

The Juice Truck by Zach Berman and Ryan Slater

Ryan and Zach are phenomenal humans…and they know how to make insanely flavourful vegan health food. The recipes in this book save me mad cash, and if you look hard enough you might even find a little microbiome love note from me hidden in the pages!

If you need to shake up your juice and smoothie routine, this is the one.

Oh She Glows Everyday by Angela Liddon

Angela is a plant-based juggernaut. If you don’t already have this book, where have you been hiding the last year? Well, now’s the time to make it right.

In her follow up to Oh She Glows, the award winning blogger and author shares vegan food meant for everyday living.

Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz

Minimalist Baker is another blog I actually visit with regularity. Totally vegan, often quick and easy, it’s where I learned my yogurt technique and my fave way to bake tofu. I

The Modern Cook’s Year by Anna Jones

Anna Jones totally inspires me…A Modern Way to Cook is a perennial fave. This is her newest, and I am drooling. The visuals are stunning and it even has playlists, because she totally gets me. Vegetarian, not strictly vegan.

Plant-Powered Families by Dreena Burton

I’ve known Dreena professionally for years now; she is a total delight. And how she manages to write so many cookbooks with three girls at home is beyond me! If you want to know how to make vegan food your kids will love, Dreena is the expert. Hands down.

At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen by Amy Chaplin

This is one of my must-haves for the serious home cook. Amy Chaplin knows her stuff. It is an exhaustive tome to plant-centred cooking. If you have a plant skeptic in the family who loves to cook, give them this. Vegetarian, not strictly vegan.

The Art of Plant-Based Cheesemaking By Karen McAthy

Karen’s plant-based cheeses, available by subscription in Vancouver, are legendary. Wanna project? Make these incredible nut cheeses at home.

And in case you are buying for yourself…some preorders you’ve got to check out.

Sweet Potato Soul by Jenne Claiborne

I met Jenne last year on a retreat and was in awe of her positivity and generosity. Her first cookbook, based on her Sweet Potato Soul blog and YouTube channel, is coming soon. Lots of Southern USA influences. And sweet potatoes, of course!

Wanna learn more about Jenne? You can check out my interview with Jenne here.

Vegan Comfort Classics by Lauren Toyota

Coming early next year, the first cookbook from Lauren of Hot for Food Youtube fame (and MuchMusic, of course…if you’re a certain generation) is gonna be epic. Get on board.

PS…hey guys, this isn’t a sponsored post. I’m just obsessed with cookbooks, OBV.