I’ve been cooking a lot of vegan food recently, and have been excited about three cookbooks:

You Won’t Believe It’s Vegan!.
This is from the “Won’t Believe It’s …” series, which also includes “You Won’t Believe It’s Gluten Free.” It has incredibly easy and accessible recipes. Nothing takes very long, and it’s good for basics. Some of my go-to favorites: vegan pancakes, vegan tofu cheese (for putting on pizzas or in lasagne), and a dish called the “love bowl”: marinated tempeh layered with brown rice, black beans, kale, and peanut sauce.

These recipes from Isa Chandra Moskowitz are a little more complex—good for making on Sundays when you have more time. The recipes in here are really, really good, and will impress non-vegan dinner guests. Recently I’ve enjoyed the vegan moussaka (the best I’ve ever tasted, vegan or non), and a kind of Brazilian-esque stew with tomatoes, plantains, pinto beans, and cilantro. The desserts are all awesome too, particularly the jelly doughnut muffins.

Vegan Fusion. This book is from The Blossoming Lotus, a now-closed vegan restaurant on the island of Kauai. It’s really good for flavorful, Asian-style sauces to put over steamed vegetables and grains. The coconut sauce, with raw almond butter, is sublime.

Chowhounds are discussing their favorites as well.

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