The Top 10 Best Rated Plant-Based Recipe Cookbooks

Cooking with plants is AH-mazing!

You feel so good, you look so good, you… smell so good?

Sure, why not!

While cooking with plants is definitely the way to go, it can still be tough trying to regularly come up with new ways to prepare your meals. No one wants to eat the same thing over and over again. You want to change it up, keep things interesting, embrace diversity— I mean, we do eat the rainbow after all!

While we like versatile dishes as much as the next person, figuring out how to change things up takes practice. It also takes imagination and research, and not everyone has time for that.

Well, never fret as we’ve gotten you halfway there!

If you’re new to the plant-based lifestyle or are just getting tired of the same old, this post is for you!

Here we’ve compiled the 10 top consumer-rated plant-based recipe cookbooks from Amazon as an excellent place to start for new ideas! Why try and reinvent the wheel when so many out there have already done the work for you?

To qualify for this list, the books had to have had the following:

  • More than 10 total ratings (to have a decent sample size)
  • Zero 1 star ratings
  • 80% or more 5 stars ratings

Take a look at what we found (in descending order):

10. The Power Greens Cookbook: 140 Delicious Superfood Recipes

Green is probably our favorite color to eat here at Plant Based. You think of plants, you naturally think green!

Covering recipes for soups, salads, mains, snacks and more, this book gives you all that you need to create meals for the entire day ahead. All recipes incorporate the nutrition-packed power of greens, and we’re not just talking kale!

Get it here.

9. The China Diet Study Cookbook: Plant-Based Whole Food Recipes for Every Taste!

What do the Chinese know that we do not?

Apparently a whole lot when it comes to healthy eating!

Enclosed in this book are some basic principles and secrets that, when incorporated into your lifestyle, are said to lead to a healthier and happier you. The recipes included will take you from breakfast right on through to dessert.

Get it here.

8. Good Clean Food: Super Simple Plant-Based Recipes for Every Day

This one is a very eclectic recipe book for clean eating food-lovers! The author also provides you with tips on meal prep and how best to keep your kitchen stocked.

Something laid out so simply and beautifully is exactly what I need in my life!

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7. The First Mess Cookbook: Vibrant Plant-Based Recipes to Eat Well Through the Seasons

This book is chalked full of wholefood goodness that, yet again, covers you for all courses. The author, who grew up working in her family’s vegetable business, gives you recipes that incorporate the vegetables of the season that is upon us.

That makes for some very straightforward shopping!

Get it here.

6. Love Fed: Purely Decadent, Simply Raw, Plant-Based Desserts

This is truly a raw food lover’s dream! This recipe book is full of no-bake, fully raw (i.e. no gluten, dairy or refined sweeteners), plant-based desserts!

You’re welcome.

Get it here.

5. The Greenhouse Cookbook: Plant-Based Eating and DIY Juicing

The authors of this book thought of one thing the others haven’t so far. While the book contains 100 different recipes, only 50 are food items, while the rest are drinks!

Can’t forget our hydration!

The drinks include juices, smoothies, nut milks, tonics and cleanses.

Get it here.

4. Vegan Goodness: Delicious Plant-Based Recipes That Can Be Enjoyed By Anyone

If nothing else, the cover really stands out!

But it wouldn’t have made the #4 spot if that was the best thing about it. No, the recipes in this book are just as colorful as the cover. The ingredients are chosen with the intention of enhancing the flavor and fun of plant-based eating!

Get it here.

3. Straight Up Food: Delicious and Easy Plant-based Cooking without Salt, Oil or Sugar

Straight up now tell me do you really wanna love me forever? (Oh, oh)

Anyone else have this thing where certain words automatically make them think of a particular song? No? Ok then…

So this book is STRAIGHT UP spectacular! No salt, no sugar, no oil, and no animal products or bi-products. It lays out recipes very simply, and straight- (ha!) forward.

This is the perfect guide if you’re just starting out or desire some added tips to enhance your plant-eating journey!

Get it here.

2. Real Food, Really Fast: Delicious Plant-Based Recipes Ready in 10 Minutes or Less

Did you ever think you could make wonton soup, risotto, and even crème brûlée in under 10 minutes?

I sure didn’t, but this book has proved me wrong!

I’m all about the fast and easy, and if your life is anything like the average person’s, you’re busy too! This could be just the solution you need to whip yourself into shape. No excuses that you don’t have time with these fast and easy recipes!

All 13 reviews on this book have given it a 5-star rating!

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1. Plant to Plate Cookbook With Catherine Niggemeier

Another exclusively 5-star rating.

Our #1 spot goes to this lovely cookbook by the very relatable Catherine Niggemeier. She walks you through her journey of transitioning to a plant-based diet that she only began in her mid-40s!

Take a read and follow along, get inspired and try her recipes out for yourself!

Get it here.

Wrapping Up

While these books do encourage an easy, no-fuss approach to plant-based cooking and eating, being successful on the plant-based journey starts long before you enter the kitchen.

In order to be successful, you need to ensure you’re doing it for the right reasons, set small goals, and take very actionable steps to achieve those goals and keep yourself accountable.

If you would like some additional help in getting started, or to keep going, check out our handy, downloadable transition guide, How To Successfully Transition to a Plant-Based Diet, for an easy breakdown of all the necessary steps to take:

Happy eating!