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Before I became a vegetarian, I had nooooo idea how to cook! I mostly ate Top Ramen, fast food, and lots of canned or frozen meals. The thing that really changed that for me was checking out cookbooks from the library and exploring different tastes and textures of food in a way I never had. I went from being a picky eater who had never had different international cuisines to LOVING Ethiopian and Vietnamese food!

Here are some of my most-loved cookbooks that I’d recommend to folks who are learning how to cook or want to change things up in the kitchen with fresh recipes! These three ladies helped me learn to cook vegan, and I hope they help you too!

The Joy of Vegan Baking is hands down my favorite cookbook ever! Everything that Colleen does is golden, but she really hit it out of the park with this one! I’ve made about 50% of the recipes and loved every one of them.

I grew up eating Mexican food at home, so making the switch was tough for me because I wanted the food that I was familiar eating. Viva Vegan helped with that! Every year, I make the tamales from this book for Christmas and my meat-eating family LOVES them!

In my first few years of veganism, I bought all of Isa’s books! They’re so straightforward and tasty! Perfect for both novice cooks and those who are experienced in the kitchen. Vegan with a Vengeance will always be my favorite, though!

And, it’s not a book that taught me how to cook, but instead is a book of my compiled favorite crockpot recipes. 🙂 #shamelessplug

Hope you found this helpful! I’d love to hear some of your favorite books!



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Toni Okamoto

“They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy.
My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
‘Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways…
we got to start taking better care of ourselves ” – Dead Prez

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