Part 2. How to Add Plant-Based Delights in Your Diet with These Books

Part 2. How to Add Plant-Based Delights in Your Diet with These Books


Were you hungry for more when you read the first part of this article? I bet you were because, with such creative recipes and exciting new perspectives on plant-based food, I am too looking forward to trying more of them!

So, here is the second delivery. Another bunch of amazing and unique vegan cookbooks to boost plant-based delights in your diet.

Let’s Jump Right In! Here is Part 2 of Our Top Vegan Cookbook Picks


#4. “Taste of Europe: The 30-Minute Vegan” – A Whirlwind Culinary Tour Across Europe”

Are your taste buds itching for a whirlwind tour of Europe’s most mouthwatering cuisines? Does the idea of savouring the flavours of Italy, France, Spain, and Greece, all while maintaining a plant-based lifestyle, set your culinary senses tingling with excitement?

Hold onto your chef’s hats because “The 30-Minute Vegan’s Taste of Europe” is here to transport you from Joie de vivre to la dolce vita, all within the comfort of your own kitchen!

Plant-Based European Cuisine: Award-winning chef Mark Reinfeld takes you on an epic gastronomic journey through the heart of European cuisine, offering inspired plant-based twists on beloved classics. From hearty manicotti to comforting French onion soup, from tasty moussaka to the tantalizing “notwurst,” this cookbook is a treasure trove of flavours waiting to be explored.

Seven Culinary Chapters: The book is divided into seven enchanting sections, each representing a different European culinary paradise:

  1. Italy: Explore the robust flavours of Italy with dishes like Fire Roasted Minestrone, Fettucini Alfredo, Tofu Scallopini, Gnocci, Manicotti, and Vegan Gelato.
  2. France: Indulge in the elegance of French cuisine with French Onion Soup, Quiche Monet, Seitan Bourguignon, and Chocolate Hazelnut Crepes.
  3. Spain and Portugal: Come and savour the vibrant dishes of Spain and Portugal with recipes like Gazpacho, Empanadas, Artichoke Heart and Saffron Paella, Tempeh Romesco, Almond Brittle, and Horchatta.
  4. United Kingdom and Ireland: Relish the comforting dishes of the United Kingdom and Ireland, including Irish Stew, Scottish Crumpets, Yorkshire Pudding, Vegetable Pot Pie, and Currant Scones.
  5. Greece: Immerse yourself in the Mediterranean delights of Greece with Stuffed Grape Leaves, Tzatziki, Moussaka, Spanikopita, and Baklava.
  6. Germany: Satisfy your cravings with German classics like Beer Soup, Vegan Schnitzel, Tempeh Sauerbraten, Apple Strudel, and Black Forest Parfait.
  7. Europe Fusion: Embark on an eclectic culinary adventure with an assortment of recipes from Poland, Iceland, Hungary, Romania, Finland, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, and more! 

What We Like the Most:

  • Culinary Diversity: Europe is known for its cultural richness and this cookbook offers a diverse range of European cuisines, ensuring a rich and mixed dining experience. The inclusion of dessert recipes and fusion dishes adds to its appeal.
  •  Elevate Your Cooking Game: Inside, you’ll discover key pantry ingredients (and a special herb section) that will elevate your culinary creations to new heights. Whether you’re a raw food enthusiast or need gluten-free options, this cookbook has you covered, with nearly all recipes being gluten-free.
  •  Wine and Beer Pairings: Take your European dining experience up a notch with suggested wine and beer pairings. Delight in the perfect beverage to complement your plant-based feast.
  • Quick and Easy: Every dish can be prepared in 30 minutes or less, making it perfect for busy lifestyles. Yeah!
  • Creative Flair: The fusion of traditional recipes with plant-based ingredients brings a new level of creativity to European cuisine.

What to consider:

  • Use of Processed Substitutes: Some recipes include processed substitutes such as cheese, which may not appeal to those who prefer homemade non-dairy cheeses.
  • The book lacks nutritional information, which may be concerning for readers interested in the health aspects of the recipes.
  • Photography and visuals: While there is a photo insert in the centre of the book, some of us wished for more visuals to accompany the recipes. After all, food first comes through the eyes.
  • More author connection: The cookbook effectively introduces readers to the concept of plant-based European cuisine with engaging storytelling about the author’s journey. However, it could benefit from more personal anecdotes or narratives to create a stronger connection.

In summary:

Get ready to unleash your inner chef and embark on a culinary tour de force. “The 30-Minute Vegan’s Taste of Europe” is your passport to European culinary excellence—all in the convenience of your own kitchen. With its innovative approach to traditional European dishes, this cookbook invites you to savour the flavours of Italy, France, Spain, Greece, and beyond, all while maintaining a plant-based lifestyle. The dishes are creative and flavorful, offering a delightful twist on classic favourites.

Our Ratings:

  • Storytelling: ★★★★☆
  • Ease of Use: ★★★★☆
  • Recipe Variety: ★★★★★
  • Overall Appeal: ★★★★☆

#5. “Rawvolutionist: Raw Vegan Reinvented For People Who Love Their Food And Celebrate Eating”

AURORA RAY’s incredible journey from an unhealthy, unhappy, and overweight individual to a master of gourmet raw food cuisine is nothing short of inspirational. Her quest for better health and vitality led her on a globe-trotting adventure, immersing herself in nutrition and culinary arts. She even ascended to the position of a TV cooking show host. However, the hours spent cooking nutrient-depleted meals took a toll, and after a series of life-altering events, she transitioned to an exclusive raw vegan diet.

But for someone who cherishes the pleasures of food and dining, this new lifestyle felt lacklustre. So, she embarked on a gourmet raw food odyssey, dedicating a decade to mastering this culinary art.

Rawvolutionist is a delightful gateway to a world of healthy raw food that’s as easy to prepare as it is visually appealing and tantalizing to the taste buds.

What’s Inside:

  • Over 90 scrumptious recipes
  • 100% raw and vegan
  • Soy-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free options
  • Raw vegan twists on beloved classics

What We Like the Most:

  • Inspiring story: Aurora’s personal transformation story er dedication to gourmet raw food are truly inspiring. Her passion shines through, making the journey even more enticing.
  • Easy to use: The recipes are designed to be hassle-free, making them accessible to both seasoned chefs and beginners.. Also, the recipes use international measurements, both cm and inch, cups and spoons
  • Something for everyone: With over 90 delectable recipes, Rawvolutionist offers a diverse range of raw vegan dishes. From savoury classics to sweet delights, everyone can find their taste.

What to consider:

  • Lack of Nutritional Information: The book does not provide nutritional information, which is definitely a downside if you are interested in the health aspects of the recipes.

In summary:

The recipes are designed for everyone, even the most discerning palates. Aurora Ray’s culinary creations are not only delicious but also incredibly quick to whip up. Her journey from unhealthy living to becoming a master of gourmet raw food is an inspiration. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a kitchen novice, her recipes are a breeze to follow. Prepare to embark on a culinary adventure that’s as easy as it is delicious!

Our Ratings:

  • Storytelling: ★★★★★
  • Ease of Use: ★★★★☆
  • Recipe Variety: ★★★★★
  • Overall Appeal: ★★★★☆


#6. Make your Own Vegan Sweets. 150 delicious vegan sweet recipes.  

And last but not least, our menu of recommendations had to finish up, indulging ourselves with a sweet desert.


Step into the tempting world of vegan sweets with "Make Your Own Vegan Sweets" by Eva Liebert. This delightful recipe book promises a paradise for sweet tooths, offering 150 delicious and creative vegan confectionery recipes that celebrate the rich diversity of plant-based treats.

What We Like the Most:

  • Variety: "Make Your Own Vegan Sweets" truly shines in its variety and accessibility. The author's dedication is evident in crafting not just a recipe book but an invitation to explore the endless possibilities of vegan sweets.
  • Detailed instructions: The inclusion of detailed instructions and helpful tips ensures that both beginners and experienced cooks can enjoy a seamless experience in the kitchen.
  • Empowering: The book brilliantly promotes conscious eating and empowers readers to take control of their ingredients, making it an excellent resource for those embracing a plant-based lifestyle.

What to Consider:

  • The lack of an alphabetical table of contents and lack of images might pose a challenge for some users in quickly locating specific recipes.
  • No chocolate?!: While the majority of readers praise the book for its creativity and diversity, some might get a slight disappointment regarding the absence of homemade chocolate recipes. I can understand the frustration!

In Summary:

"Make Your Own Vegan Sweets" is a must-have for anyone craving healthier and animal-friendly options for sweet indulgence. Its impressive variety, user-friendly instructions, and the overall celebration of v

 Our Ratings:

  • Storytelling: ★★★★☆
  • Ease of Use: ★★★★☆
  • Recipe Variety: ★★★★★
  • Overall Appeal: ★★★★☆

Ready to try?

As we reach the end of our exploration into the world of vegan cooking, it’s worth reflecting on the broader implications of this culinary movement. Veganism is more than just a dietary choice. It’s a philosophy that challenges us to consider the environmental impact of our food, the welfare of animals, and our own well-being.

While the open public discussion about veganism continues to evolve, one thing is clear: incorporating more plant-based meals into our lives is a positive step towards a more sustainable and compassionate world. Whether you choose to go fully vegan or simply dabble in vegan cooking, the benefits of a plant-based diet are undeniable. Reducing our carbon footprint, promoting animal welfare, and nurturing our own health are among them.

So, let these cookbooks be your guide to a more vibrant, flavorful, and eco-conscious culinary journey. Embrace the delicious possibilities that veganism offers, and savour every bite on your path to a better future for all.

 If you missed the first 3 book recommendations, you can find them here.


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Lola is the founder of Green Cloud Nine. Nature lover and environmental activist since she was a teenager, Lola has always been a great fan of homesteading and she is continuously experimenting and finding her own way to be more self-sufficient and sustainable.

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