I love cookbooks. There’s no other way to say it. I hoard them, I read them for leisure, I go through every single recipe they contain. I even write lists of all the recipes I want to try. I own lots of vegan cookbooks, but also quite a few non-vegan ones, from which I adapt recipes to suit our lifestyle. Using cookbooks has defined my style in the kitchen, it’s pushed me to be a more adventurous and confident cook and it’s taught me to truly love food, so much so that I focus all my academic research on it. It’s quite safe to say that vegan cookbooks have played a huge role in making me the person I am. That sounds insane, you say? You haven’t been using the right books. Luckily, I can fix that for you!
Today, I’m featuring my three most recently acquired vegan cookbooks (well – one isn’t completely vegan, but bear with me). I’ll tell you why I love them, what (and who) they’re good for, and at the end of the post, I’ll give you the chance to win one of the three – you get to choose – along with a little box of surprise goodies. Sounds good? Let’s go!
Feed Me Vegan – Lucy Watson
I hate to admit it, but Made in Chelsea is my absolute guilty pleasure. I’ll happily spend an entire evening binge-watching it. So when I heard that Lucy Watson was releasing a vegan cookbook, I was intrigued. I finally took the plunge and ordered Feed Me Vegan, and it surpassed every single one of my expectations.
What I love:
The recipes are super simple. They come together quickly, the ingredients are easy to find and the flavour balance is perfect. The pecan chocolate chip cookies are to die for, and the fajita recipe is set to become a staple in our house!
Comfort food cravings. It’s not a book that’s exclusively geared towards health, which is great, because sometimes you want an Oreo milkshake, and Lucy delivers. But on top of plenty of indulgent sweet treats, there are some real dinner-time classics in here. If you’re trying to impress a non-vegan, this is the place to start.
Deliciously Ella with Friends – Ella Mills
With her third full-length cookbook, Ella continues her quest to bring plant-based health foods into the mainstream. I own all of her books, and this is definitely my favourite so far. There are plenty of recipes for all occasions, along with menu suggestions, just in case you’re hosting (in which case, where’s my invite?).
What I love:
The versatility. There are quick breakfasts to grab and shoot out of the door with, there are slow breakfasts for lazy Sunday mornings. There are lots of mains and sides that lend themselves perfectly to both family dinners and get-togethers with friends, and there’s cake. Quite a lot of cake, actually.
Seasoned plant-based cooks and health enthusiasts. While Ella’s recipes are simple, I have found that they can be a bit hit-and-miss sometimes, so it does help if you know what you’re doing in the kitchen!
Weekday Weekend – Elsie LArson & Emma Chapman
My final new cookbook isn’t technically vegan, but the bloggers behind A Beautiful Mess have created a cookbook that features mostly plant-based recipes, so I couldn’t resist! I’ve been reading ABM since the very beginning of my blogging days, and I’ve always been really impressed with their outputs. And so, I decided to give Weekday Weekend a try! The concept is simple – eat clean during the week, and enjoy a few indulgences at the weekend. It’s the perfect beginner’s guide to a balanced lifestyle!
What I love:
The fact that a non-vegan cookbook can contain so many vegan recipes. I think it really showcases the time we’re living in – more and more people are realising that the don’t NEED meat or dairy in their diets and are willing to give it up, or at least reduce it. I made the black bean burgers for dinner today and they’re gorgeous, and don’t take long to prepare at all. The Pumpkin chilli is next on my list. While some weekday recipes do contain egg and some weekend recipes contain egg and dairy, these shouldn’t be hard to substitute, and I’m excited to experiment a bit more!
Seasoned vegan cooks who are comfortable with substitutes and have an interest in both clean eating and enjoying the odd treat!
Vegan Cookbooks – Giveaway
I’m giving one reader the chance to win any one of the cookbooks above – your choice! I’ll also include a few surprise items! To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is follow the steps below:
- Follow Moving Scouse on Instagram
- Leave a comment below stating your instagram handle, which cookbook you’d like to win and why.
Your shipping address must be in the UK/EU to enter. Giveaway closes on the 30th of November at midnight (UK time). Winner will be announced on Moving Scouse and Instagram on the 1st of December.
That’s it! I’m looking forward to hearing from you!