The Best Vegan Cookbooks for the Holidays

Food & Drink

Cooking is such an integral part of holiday celebrations of hearth and home. Beyond that, food can take on symbolism during family gatherings. It can represent love and tradition as dishes are shared among generations. Food can even be a source of entertainment in and of itself. When you choose to live a plant-based lifestyle, you may start to worry about whether these precious connections with family members will shift as the dishes you eat during the holidays change.

There’s no need to worry. Thanks to these creative cookbooks, you can enjoy more decadent and scrumptious holiday dishes than ever before, and you’ll be proud to serve these aesthetically pleasing dishes to friends and family members.

Fun, Festive & Fabulous: Vegan Holidays for Everyone by Marla Rose

If you are looking for a comprehensive book that is full of delicious recipes along with fascinating stories, get a copy of Fun, Festive & Fabulous: Vegan Holidays for Everyone by Marla Rose. This book was written by the husband-and-wife team behind the helpful website Vegan Street. The pair created recipes to help vegans continue to enjoy the foods they love and associate with the holidays. Recipes in the book include a savory holiday pie for Thanksgiving and cashew queso for Cinco de Mayo.

As Rose writes, “My matzo ball soup may be very different from how my grandmother made hers, but it’s still delicious and every time I eat it, I am able to completely reconnect with her memory.”

The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Delectable vegan food doesn’t have to be complicated or hard to make. Also, vegan holiday dishes can look even more beautiful than the meat-containing counterparts. Colleen Patrick-Goudreau reveals all these truths in The Vegan Table, a book that includes gorgeous full-color photographs to go along with the detailed recipes and helpful tips. Recipes that are just right for any holiday feast include the tempeh and eggplant pot pies, the creamy macaroni and vegan cheese, and the red velvet cake with buttercream frosting.

The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Isa Chandra Moskowitz puts the fun in functional vegan cookbooks for those who adore comfort foods. Her cookbooks on cupcakes and cookies proved that you don’t need dairy or eggs to have the best sweet treats. With The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook, Moskowitz has created a one-stop book for recipes that will please everyone in your family. (They won’t miss the chicken broth, dairy cheese or turkey if you don’t tell them it’s missing from these classic holiday recipes.) This book has more than 250 recipes for occasions such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving and Easter.

Vegan Holiday Cooking from Candle Cafe by Joy Pierson, Angel Ramos and Jorge Pineda

Candle Café is a beloved vegan eatery in New York City. Many diners found themselves wanting to try their hand at making some of the delectable dishes on its eclectic menu. With Vegan Holiday Cooking from Candle Cafe, authors Joy Pierson, Angel Ramos and Jorge Pineda capture some of that magic so you can recreate those tastes at home. Few omnivores would guess that the truly decadent, creative recipes in this book have no animal by-products unless you clue them in. The porcini-crusted seitan with a glazed cipollini onions and mushroom gravy is a good option for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Party Vegan by Robin Robertson

When it was first published nearly a decade ago, Robin Robertson created the first well-known vegan holiday cookbook with Party Vegan. Robertson covers most of the major U.S. holidays in the book, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and even the Super Bowl. Recipes will easily replace ones with meat, dairy, eggs and other animal byproducts. Some of the tasty recipes include chestnut bisque, pecan-pumpkin pie and personal pizzas. Beyond the recipes, the author also includes shopping lists and full menus to help you easily plan a meal for a dinner party or family gathering.

Vegan for the Holidays by Zel Allen

Vegan for the Holidays is a great choice if you are seeking a book that offers all the essential recipes for feasting vegan-style during the winter holidays. Allen covers everything from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, including Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. Healthy decadence is the cooking style. The author takes great care to offer instructions for planning a full party menu if you plan to entertain during the holidays. Whether you’re cooking for yourself or a party of over 20 (or any size gathering in between), be sure to try the autumn vegetable roast and the mashed potatoes with an onion-Chardonnay gravy.

Vegan Christmas by Gaz Oakley

If you are a Christmas enthusiast who wants fun, detailed recipes for a feast on December 25, Vegan Christmas by Gaz Oakley is just the book you want to get—or give. From sweet potato waffles for breakfast to a festive nut roast wreath for the holiday lunch, the detailed, fun book covers all aspects of entertaining on Christmas Day. And you don’t have to settle for done-to-death vegan desserts like sorbet here. Dessert recipes include a boozy tiramisu and a vegan “cheese” board.

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