The upcoming crop of new fall cookbooks is ripe with choices for everyone, including those who want more healthy eating inspiration. Even if you don’t fully commit to being vegan, vegetarian, keto, Whole30, or anything else, it’s always a good idea to add more healthy recipes to your repertoire. And with the right cookbook (like any and all of the best new healthy cookbooks below), they’ll be delicious dishes too.
Maybe once, plant-based cookbooks and gluten-free cookbooks were niche, but now they’re mainstream in the best way possible—and they’re great additions to your shelves even if you’re a wheat-eating omnivore. These are some of the ones we’re most looking forward to this fall.
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“Umami Bomb: 75 Vegetarian Recipes That Explode with Flavor” by Raquel Pelzel, $19.95 on Amazon
Publish Date: September 3, 2019
Full disclosure: this is not a cookbook that promises nothing but low-fat or low-carb options, but it is a vegetarian cookbook with super satisfying recipes built around the most umami-rich ingredients—like mushrooms, miso, aged cheese, and caramelized onions. Quitting or even just cutting down on meat consumption is definitely beneficial to both your health and the environment, but it doesn’t have to mean eating salads and seitan for every meal. There are lots of nutritious (and delicious) options here, like a mushroom and eggplant stir-fry with hoisin, and falafel-spiced grilled mushrooms with miso-tahini dressing, but there are also more indulgent (and surprising) vegetarian options like a parmesan-enriched bone broth stand-in, mushroom bacon, and a chocolate cake enhanced with soy sauce, plus plenty of cheesy winners like gouda-apple-thyme galettes and a creamy tomato pasta bake with chard and ricotta. Check out the umami bomb caramelized onion grilled cheese sandwich recipe for a little taste of what’s in store.Buy Now
“Whole Food Cooking Every Day: Transform the Way You Eat” by Amy Chaplin, $28 on Amazon
Publish Date: September 17, 2019
Whole foods are simply ingredients in their natural form, or as minimally processed as possible, and this book builds them into recipes that are vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, and free of refined sugar, with an eye toward making it easy to eat that way every day (or as often as you want to). You’ll find master recipes like baked tempeh, gluten-free breads, and whole grain porridges that morph into various customized versions (plus suggestions on further tweaking them to be your own)—most of which can also be made several days in advance, so you can prep for the week and set yourself up for success. You’ll probably learn at least a few new tricks too, like how to make creamy dressings from raw veggies and deliciously different ways to flavor homemade coconut, seed, and nut butters. (And you’ll definitely want to check out Amy Chaplin’s previous book, “At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen,” for even more inspiration.)Buy Now
“The Forest Feast Mediterranean: Simple Vegetarian Recipes Inspired by My Travels” by Erin Gleeson, $24.50 on Amazon
Publish Date: September 17, 2019
We’ve been fans of Erin Gleeson’s Forest Feast blog since its inception (and a few years ago, were lucky enough to snag some recipes from 2016’s “Forest Feast Gatherings,” plus some tips for a stylish but low-effort Valentine’s Day party). We’re eagerly anticipating this latest offering of vegetarian recipes, all inspired by Gleeson’s Mediterranean travels—not least of all for the uniquely beautiful book styling that combines watercolor illustrations with lush photography. But of course, we’re also looking forward to the food with French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese flavors, including salads, pastas, drinks, sides, sweets, and lots of little nibbles equally perfect for parties or easy weeknight dinners.Buy Now
“Cannelle et Vanille: Nourishing, Gluten-Free Recipes for Every Meal and Mood” by Aran Goyoaga, $24.50 on Amazon
Publish Date: September 24, 2019
While this gluten-free cookbook does include brilliant GF baked goods from sourdough bread to apple tarte tatin and gluten-free pasta like ricotta gnudi, it’s also full of healthy, naturally gluten-free recipes that make this a must-add even for those who eat wheat on the regular. Who wouldn’t want Braised Chicken with Apples and Cider, or Roasted Carrot and Cashew Soup (all gorgeously photographed to boot)? A fair number of the recipes are also vegetarian, or are easily made meatless. Along with dishes for weeknights and special get-togethers, find fun projects like gluten-free puff pastry and even instructions for making your own cultured butter.Buy Now
“The Whole30 Friends & Family: 150 Recipes for Every Social Occasion” by Melissa Hartwig Urban, $21 on Amazon
Publish Date: October 15, 2019
The Whole30 challenge can be difficult at the outset (no alcohol, grains, dairy, legumes, added sugar, etc.), but with compliant cookbooks at the ready, it’s no sweat—and can last a longer than a single month. This Whole30 cookbook is designed for gatherings of all kinds, from birthday parties and brunches to tailgating parties and movie nights, so you can celebrate without sacrificing health goals or flavor. There are recipes not just for every occasion, but every course: drinks, dips, mains, sides, desserts, and more—and of course, holidays (including Friendsgiving) are covered too.Buy Now
“The Wholesome Yum Easy Keto Cookbook: 100 Simple Low Carb Recipes” by Maya Krampf, $18.89 on Amazon
Publish Date: October 22, 2019
The popular keto blog Wholesome Yum is a great source of easy, gluten-free, low-carb recipes (and keto meal plans), and the forthcoming cookbook will include 80 brand new recipes not available anywhere else (plus 20 old faves from the blog). Each one is illustrated with a photo and handy tips—and, in keeping with the Wholesome Yum brand, every recipe only calls for 10 ingredients (or fewer). If you’re new to keto, you’ll also find helpful info on diving in and keeping to the low-carb lifestyle—but even if you’re only keto-curious, you’ll still find lots of delicious things to make and eat.Buy Now
“I Can Cook Vegan” by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, $29.99 on Amazon
Publish Date: October 29, 2019
Isa Chandra Moskowitz is something of a vegan cookbook queen, and this new title emphasizes vegan recipes for home cooks, with easy-to-find ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions. Whether you’re a committed vegan determined to start cooking more, a flexitarian looking to eat fewer animal products, or just want to cook for vegan friends or family and need a little guidance, the 125 recipes in this book will walk you through everything you need to know. There’s vegan pasta, salads, sandwiches, sheet pan suppers, desserts, and more, and the lessons will not only result in tasty vegan meals, but will help make you a more well-rounded and competent cook in general.Buy Now
“The Fonio Cookbook: An Ancient Grain Rediscovered” by Pierre Thiam, $24.95 on Amazon
Publish Date: November 11, 2019
Chef, author, and activist Pierre Thiam has been spreading the word about fonio, an ancient African grain, for several years now, and if you haven’t tried it yet, there’s no better time than the present. The tiny, gluten-free grain is packed with nutritional benefits, and is also an environmentally beneficial crop that’s helping small farms in Africa turn a profit. This cookbook demonstrates how versatile the healthy grain is too—use it in traditional West African dishes like Fonio Fritters with Sweet Potato, modern creations like Fonio Seafood Paella, even in sweets like Fonio Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Coulis—and is a great addition to anyone’s kitchen, gluten-free or otherwise. Read more about Chef Thiam’s mission, philosophy, and Senegalese cooking to tide you over in the meanwhile.Buy Now
Check out our full list of the best cookbooks for fall 2019.
Which one are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!