Sometimes, I open my fridge and make whatever feels good from the ingredients inside. Today was all about leftover carrots whizzed up with vegetable stock and – voilà – Creamy Carrot Soup!
Other times, I want a little more inspiration to keep making food that makes my body feel so good. Because, gosh, I need energy to get through long days of cookbook editing or brick-and-mortar space hunting, you know. During those other times, I turn to these 10 Inspiring Cookbooks to Make Feel Good Food at Home.
Since making great plant-based food at home isn’t something that comes naturally to everyone, I want to share all the ways I get inspiration to keep my food fresh and fly. I already shared some recipes I make, kitchen pantries I love, and even some women who keep me inspired. Today, I want to share the core cookbooks that make eating feel good food so darn easy. These are the cookbooks that have been propped open in my kitchen repeatedly over the last two to three years.
So let’s quickly get to the heart of it:
10 Inspiring Cookbooks to Make Feel Good Food at Home
A MODERN WAY TO EAT: Over 200 Satisfying, Everyday Vegetarian Recipes (That Will Make You Feel Amazing) by Anna Jones
This cookbook helped me feel way okay with making a vegetable the star of my plate. Anna almost gave me permission to prioritize the veg above all else; this cookbook is very veg-life affirming. Get a copy here
MY KITCHEN IN ROME: Recipes and Notes on Italian Cooking by Rachel Roddy
Rachel’s recipes get to the core of Roman dishes; every recipe is made with just a few ingredients and easy-to-understand methods. I simplified my own techniques in the kitchen after reading this cookbook. I love all the ways she preserves tomatoes, too. Get a copy here
GREEN KITCHEN SMOOTHIES: Healthy and Colorful Smoothies for Every Day by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl
I get inspired by anything made in the Green Kitchen Stories kitchen. I have followed their blogs and cookbooks for years. While all their books are wonderful (and worth having), I make the smoothie recipes from their tiny Green Kitchen Smoothies tome most frequently. Every recipe tastes great and gets good produce into my belly. Get a copy here
MY NEW ROOTS: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season by Sarah Britton
I can’t say enough wonderful things about Sarah Britton. She makes plants the star in every sense of the word from grains and sauces to salads and breakfast. She makes eating mostly produce feel like the obvious way to feed yourself on the daily. Get a copy here
TARTINE ALL DAY: Modern Recipes for the Home Cook by Elisabeth Prueitt
This cookbook isn’t necessarily vegetarian or plant-based. However, it’s a book that features California cuisine (which is rich in produce) in a new way, with recipes that are tweaked, simplified, and amped up. I love how the everyday pantry ingredients (like sauces, condiments, and toppings) are easily separated from the core recipes. And the design inspires me to cook right away. Get a copy here
SUPER NATURAL EVERY DAY: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen by Heidi Swanson
While I don’t necessarily cook from this cookbook on the daily, I do gather so much inspiration from everything Heidi puts out into the world: her books, her website, and her videos. She’s basically the beacon for natural food cooking and often offers a vegan version that fits with my lifestyle. This book, however, is worth a prime spot in every whole foods kitchen. Get a copy here
CHICKPEA FLOUR DOES IT ALL: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegetarian Recipes for Every Taste and Season by Lindsey S. Love
I know you hear this title and think, “I don’t need this cookbook; it’s on such a specific subject that I know very little about.” Let me correct you right now by typing that this cookbook will change your life. Really. Imagine making some of your favorite vegetarian dishes with a nutrient dense flour made from chickpeas instead of some fluffy flour with empty calories. I make my bechamel sauce with chickpea flour now and use Lindsey’s queso on everything. Give it a try; you’ll love it. Get a copy here
SIX SEASONS: A New Way with Vegetables by Joshua McFadden with Martha Holmberg
I find myself drifting to this cookbook for vegetable inspiration quite frequently. I love that Joshua brings his dual perspectives from working on a farm to running the popular Ava Gene’s eatery in Portland, Oregon. He understands vegetables–when they’re best, how to prepare them, how they combine with other flavors–very well and I trust what he says. I’m making three of his recipes this week alone. Get a copy here
THE HOMEMADE VEGAN PANTRY: The Art of Making Your Own Staples by Miyoko Schinner
This cookbook validated my desire for homemade vegan pantry ingredients in the very best way. Miyoko is a star when it comes to making pantry staples that are vegan and delicious. In fact, she runs her own plant-based cheese and butter company (try the smoked mozzarella, seriously). I trust all her recipes; she’s making it so many of us can lead a flavorful dairy-free life. Get a copy here
THE EXTRA VIRGIN KITCHEN: Everyday Healthy Recipes Free from Wheat, Dairy, and Refined Sugar by Susan Jane White
This cookbook was first released in 2014 and that’s when I scooped it up. It just so gets me and all the ways I want to eat. Due to its popularity, an American version was printed in 2017 by my current publisher, Roost Books. It’s called, Tasty. Naughty. Healthy. Nice.: Whole Food Made Sinfully Delicious. That version will have American measurements so grab it. It’s worth it, promise. Get a copy here
VEGGIE BURGER ATELIER: Extraordinary Recipes for Nourishing Plant-Based Patties, Plus Buns, Condiments, and Sweets by Nina Olsson
As the cookbook says, Nina is indeed the “new rockstar of vegetarian recipe makers.” Her new cookbook just released in 2018 but I’m already drooling over all the plant-based burgers. Some are models for a new kind of classic burger and others are just beautifully-prepped vegetables in between two buns. Both get me excited and ready for summer. Get a copy here
MORE WITH LESS: Whole Food Cooking Made Irresistibly Simple by Jodi Moreno
I’m a big fan of this woman who happens to be one half of the duo behind Neighborhood Studio BK. The recipes are simplified and muted in a way that takes the chaos out of trendy plant-based cooking. This book was just released in 2018 but I turn through it each week for inspiration and I’m about to make some Strawberry Ice Cream from its pages. Get a copy here
What cookbooks help you stay sane, healthy, and feeling good? Tell me because I need to know! xox
Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is now focused on opening her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: Recipes That Revamped My Pantry & Made Me Love Me, At Last, will be published by Roost Books/Penguin Random House in 2019. Her first cookbook, Food Gift Love, features more than 100 food gift recipes to make, wrap, and share and is available wherever you find favorite cookbooks.