Hello all, today I am sharing my Plant-based cookbook collection. These are now the only cookbooks I own. Some of these were purchased new, some purchased second-hand via Ebay and some I was gifted by friends and family. Both of my children love to look through these books and choose which recipes they would like to try.
Miss 6’s favourite cookbooks in this collection are the Oh She Glows books and Dreena Burton’s Plant-powered families which she finds visually appealing. We use many of Dreena’s recipes in Plant-powered Families for snack and lunch box inspiration for home and school, mostly the muesli bars, muffins and cupcakes. We have also made many of her child-friendly salad dressings and dips.
The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth is a new book for us and we plan to use it in the upcoming school holidays. This book uses the odd ingredient that we don’t keep at home (mochi and spirulina for example), so I plan to substitute them for something else if possible. My personal favourites are the Deliciously Ella books, especially her salad, soup and dessert recipes. Most of her recipes are gourmet style but from what I have made so far, they look and taste amazing. The recipe books that appeal to me the most are the ones that use whole food ingredients and less of the store bought ‘dairy/meat alternatives’.
Ingredient wise, most of the specific ingredients in these books come from fruit, vegetables, leafy greens, legumes, grains (mostly gluten-free), nuts and seeds, herbs and spices and some use fermented soy products (like tofu or tempeh), plant-based mylks and some sauces, sweeteners and condiments such as tamari, apple cider vinegar, tahini (sesame paste), maple syrup or agave nectar.
- Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon-covers breakfast, smoothies, juice and tea, appetizers, salads, soup, entrees and mains, sides, power snacks, desserts and homemade staples.
- Oh She Glows Every Day by Angela Liddon– covers smoothies and smoothie bowls, breakfast, snacks, salads, sides and soups, entrees, cookies and bars, desserts and home-made staples.
- Plant-powered Families by Dreena Burton– covers healthy mornings (homemade cereals, pancakes, french toast and omelets), smoothies and plant-based milks, muffins, quick breads and snack bars, salads, sandwiches and savory bites, dips and spreads, salad dressings, sauces and toppers, soups and stews, pizza and pasta, burgers and fries, casseroles, stir-frys, sweet treats, cookies and bars, frozen treats, cakes and frostings.
- Let them eat Vegan by Dreena Burton– covers breakfast bites and smoothies, salads, sauces and dips, soups, sides, mains, burgers, pasta, cookies, cakes, pies and puddings and lots of tips and tricks. Most of the recipes in this book do not have photos. I looked some of her recipes on her online recipe website to get a better idea what the food is meant to look like as I like a more visual guide.
- Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward– covers information (how to cook and store) on starting out on a plant-based diet including recipes on each of the main food groups such as grains, nuts and seeds, legumes and pulses, vegetables and fruit. She also covers smoothies and juices and tips and tricks to living this way.
- Deliciously Ella Every Day by Ella Woodward– covers breakfast, healthy on the go, salads, dinners, batch cooking and sweets.
- Deliciously Ella with Friends by Ella Woodward– covers mornings, light n easy, feasts, sides, parties and sweets. This book show you how you can use her recipes to share with family and friends with her menu guides.
- Deliciously Ella The Plant-based Cookbook by Ella Woodward– her latest book covers breakfast salads, falafel, burgers and dips, soups, stews, curries and more, sweet treats, gatherings and Supper club recipes/menus.
- The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth– covers drinks, condiments, sauces and dips, smaller meals, bigger meals, salads and dressings and desserts.
- The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone– covered over 3-parts; Part 1 health information on the dairy industry, meat industry and sugar and processed food, Part two the different kinds of Vegan diets and about transitioning over to a plant-based diet/lifestyle and then Part 3 is some recipes. Again there are some ingredients that are not readily available to me or there are brands that are not available in Australia, so I haven’t cooked all of the recipes in this book. I initially purchased it for information when I was learning about a Vegan Lifestyle. It’s probable the book I use the least these days.
Over the past two years I have slowly built up to a more whole-food plant-based fridge, freezer and pantry. Not everything we have at home is considered a whole-food as we do keep some processed foods for convenience mostly. I also do not keep every type of grain or legume for example at home. I keep the ones that our family likes the most. When a recipe calls for a specific food that we don’t keep at home, again, I will substitute it for something else.
I also do make many things myself such as almond milk, almond meal (from whole almonds), oat flour (from whole oats), buckwheat flour (from buckwheat groats), dressings and sauces for example. I am always looking at more ways to make more from scratch, as long as it is easy enough to do, uses minimal ingredients and is cost effective.
Many of the recipes in theses cookbooks are available on the following recipe blogs;
- Oh She Glows recipes- HERE
- Dreena Burton recipes- HERE
- Deliciously Ella recipes- HERE
- I also love to use the Minimalist Baker’s recipe blog which you can read HERE
If you have a specific question about one of these books, ask away.