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Veganuary 2022: five of the best veg-centric cookbooks

With record numbers set to take part in Veganuary, there’s never been a better time to go plant-powered

A record half a million people took part in Veganuary in January 2021 – double the number in 2019 – with even more expected to pledge to go vegan in January 2022. 

The month-long, plant-based challenge was started by a British couple in 2014 and initially attracted 3,300 people around the world. The couple had been inspired by Movember – where men grow moustaches in November to raise awareness of men’s health issues.

According to the annual Veganuary survey, almost two-thirds of people who participated in Veganuary 2021 maintained a fully-vegan diet for the whole month. And 40% of participants planned to stay vegan going forwards, with 85% saying they planned to permanently change their diet to protect both animals and the planet.

Over the past few years, as increasing numbers of people have taken on plant-based diets, vegan cooking has been utterly transformed. These days, you can find world-class, meat-free restaurants across the whole of the UK (things have come a long way from just a few years ago when the only vegan option on a menu would be a mushroom risotto).

At the same time, many established and emerging chefs have turned their focus to creating innovative recipes for plant-based home cooking. Once a niche subject, vegan cooking is now “a la mode”, making 2022 a more exciting time than ever before to go fully plant-powered. 

Whether you’re a long-term vegan or experimenting for Veganuary, here are five excellent veg-centric cookbooks to provide some plant-based recipe inspiration.

1

Katy Beskow

Vegan Roasting Pan

Vegan Roasting Pan book cover

Containing 70 simple one-pan recipes, Katy Beskow’s newly published, fuss-free Vegan Roasting Pan doesn’t require complex techniques and hours spent in the kitchen, making it ideal for busy home cooks. The book is organised into four chapters (light, suppers, extras and sweet) and contains tasty-sounding recipes like a sweet and zesty warm peach and basil salad, and juicy roasted mushroom burgers with herby basil mayonnaise. 

2

Joanna Lee Molinaro 

The Korean Vegan Cookbook

Korean Vegan Cookbook

In her stunning debut cookbook, vegan author, blogger and lawyer Joanne Lee Molinaro shares more than 80 plant-based recipes alongside moving narrative snapshots of the food that shaped her family history. Recipes range from Molinaro’s childhood staples such as Jjajangmyun (rich black bean noodles), to extremely personal meals, like the chocolate sweet potato cake that is an ode to the two foods that saved her mother’s life. 

3

David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl

Little Green Kitchen: Simple Vegetarian Family Recipes

Little Green Kitchen

In this book, partners David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl share their passion for cooking fun, modern, wholesome meals with kids’ palates in mind (but ones that are also interesting enough for adults to enjoy). The 60-plus recipes include dino burgers (made with spinach, quinoa, oats and peas) and stuffed rainbow tomatoes with black rice, feta, raisins and cinnamon. All of the dishes are veggie-packed, colourful, kid-friendly and simple – with most taking less than half an hour to prepare. 

4

Rohit Ghai

Tarkari

 Tarkari by Rohit Ghai

Chef Rohit Ghai, of the elegant Chelsea restaurant Kutir and the newly opened Manthan in Mayfair, launched his first cookbook in November. Meaning “vegetable” in Urdu, Tarkari pays homage to the food Ghai’s parents ate, showcasing both classic and lesser-known Indian flavours. From creative starters like malabar cauliflower to bold curries such as jackfruit masala, as well as breads, rice, dips and pickles, this book includes everything you need to cook truly spectacular Indian vegetarian and vegan meals at home.

5

Aimee Ryan 

Great British Vegan

 Great British Vegan

Great British Vegan is for people who love British comfort food classics but also want to embrace a plant-based lifestyle. This unique cookbook presents vegan versions of classic British dishes, from a full English breakfast to beer-battered fish and chips. Written by recipe developer Aimee Ryan, of the Wallflower Kitchen website, this eye-catching book has easy-to-follow instructions accompanied by beautiful, full-page photographs.

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