If I’m ever asked to recommend a vegan cookbook, I always recommend Keep it Vegan by Áine Carlin. It’s one of my favourite vegan cookbooks and would be perfect for anyone who is just starting off being vegan (though would suit longterm vegans too). It has such a good variety of recipes, that even if it was the only cookbook you bought, you’d have perfect recipes for any occasion.
There’s over 100 recipes, including breakfast, brunch & more, midday meals & simple suppers, something special (fancier meals perfect for dinner parties and other special occasions), sides & sauces, and sweet treats. All the recipes I’ve tried taste amazing. They’re also all really straightforward recipes that you would actually make all the time, and use normal, easy to find ingredients. They’re mostly very healthy, but with a few cheat ingredients, and a few less healthy treats (like cocktails and cake!).
The recipes include so many different types of cooking from all around the world. I really think if you ate them all the time there is nothing you’d miss out on. It covers everything! And most of the recipes would also be great for kids (maybe not the cocktails), like the Stuffed Mushroom Burgers and Macaro-no Cheese, as well as the breakfasts and sweet treats.
The book itself is lovely, with beautiful photos (which I think is important in a cookbook). It has a bit about Áine’s story of how she went vegan, as well as some tips for people who are new to being vegan. I love Áine’s blog, Pea Soup, and the book is written in the same entertaining, friendly and conversational way.
The only way I would really fault the book is that it doesn’t have a photo of every recipe, and I like to see a photo of every recipe, but that’s not really a big problem. If it had more photos it would probably be more expensive, whereas it was a really reasonable price for such a great book.
I also love that the book is entirely vegan. I have a lot of vegetarian cookbooks, but it’s just so much nicer to have a completely vegan book and know that you can make all the recipes without trying to replace ingredients. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone, whether you’re a new vegan or not, but especially for people who are starting out and want a lot of recipes that you’ll use again and again. Or even for non-vegans who want to try out a few vegan recipes!