BY :Toni OkamotoPUBLISHED : December 8th, 2020UPDATED: October 8th, 2021
A huge perk of my job is that I am sent A LOT of the newest vegan cookbooks! I love it. As a cookbook author myself, I enjoy seeing all the love and care people put into creating their masterpieces. It's also really fun to see which recipes, photos, and details other authors chose to represent their work.
When you're writing a cookbook, every word and photo and ingredient become so personal, and years of their lives are consumed by these projects. When you think about it that way, it makes you appreciate them much more. 🙂
The Friendly Vegan Cookbook
I'll start with sharing my book that came out on October 27th. It's called The Friendly Vegan Cookbook, and I co-authored it with one of my dearest friends, Michelle Cehn, founder of World of Vegan. Our goal was to create a resource that included tried and true, rigorously tested recipes that you could share with your non-veg loved ones and have them ask for two or three servings.
Dr. Michael Greger, author of the NYT's bestseller How Not To Die, is at it again. In The How Not To Diet Cookbook, he teamed up with the beloved vegan cookbook veteran Robin Robertson. From the authors: "The The How Not To Diet Cookbook is primed to be a revolutionary new addition to the cookbook industry: incredibly effective and designed for everyone looking to make changes to their dietary habits to improve their quality of life, weight loss notwithstanding."
My pal Bryant Terry is a well-respected chef, and fantastic public speaker. I remember seeing him speak at Sacramento State University way back when and was very inspired by his work.
His book Vegetable Kingdom is no different! About the book: "Bryant Terry breaks down the fundamentals of plant-based cooking in Vegetable Kingdom, showing you how to make delicious meals from popular vegetables, grains, and legumes. Recipes like Dirty Cauliflower, Barbecued Carrots with Slow-Cooked White Beans, Millet Roux Mushroom Gumbo, and Citrus & Garlic-Herb-Braised Fennel are enticing enough without meat substitutes, instead relying on fresh ingredients, vibrant spices, and clever techniques to build flavor and texture."
Although I personally don't have the Evolving Vegan cookbook yet, I did want to bring it to your attention because if you've seen the new Disney movie Aladdin, you'll recognize the author. That's right! The author who plays Aladdin is Mena Massoud — a proud vegan.
About the book: "The Evolving Vegancookbook celebrates both flavors and stories from a wide array of plant-based eateries all across North America, proving that a plant-friendly diet is truly accessible to all!"
The Vegucated Family Table
The creator of the wildly popular documentary Vegucated has written a companion cookbook for those with children. The Vegucated Family Table is filled with lots of bright photos, fun kid-friendly recipes, and tips for parents who are raising veg children.
About the book: "For both vegans and the veg-curious, The Vegucated Family Table answers the question every caregiver ponders on a daily basis: “What should I feed my child?” But this book goes a step further, showing parents how to navigate the early years of childhood as a vegan, giving not only recipes and nutritional advice but also tips for holidays, packed lunches, play dates, and more."
What a year! 2020 has been a wild ride, and these are some of the books I enjoyed to provide me with knowledge and growth during a turbulent time.
How To Survive A Pandemic
"In How to Survive a Pandemic, Dr. Michael Greger, physician and internationally-recognized expert on public health issues, delves into the origins of some of the deadliest pathogens the world has ever seen. Tracing their evolution from the past until today, Dr. Greger spotlights emerging flu and coronaviruses as he examines where these pathogens originated, as well as the underlying conditions and significant human role that have exacerbated their lethal influence to large, and even global, levels." Pick up your copy.
"Nourishoffers the solution parents have been waiting for when it comes to deciding what and how to feed their families. Authors Reshma Shah, MD, a plant-based pediatrician and affiliate clinical instructor at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Brenda Davis, RD, a world-renowned expert and pioneer in plant-based nutrition, will empower parents to become the experts of nourishing their families." Pick up your copy.
Healthy At Last
"In [Healthy At Last], [Eric Adams] shows readers how to avoid processed foods, cut down on salt, get more fiber, and substitute beef, chicken, pork, and dairy with delicious plant-based alternatives. In the process he explores the origins of soul food-a cuisine deeply important to the Black community, but also one rooted in the horrors of slavery-and how it can be reimagined with healthy alternatives." Pick up your copy.
"With more than 30 delicious, filling, and nutrient-dense recipes and backed by cutting-edge nutritional science, Mastering Diabetes will help you maximize your insulin sensitivity, attain your ideal body weight, improve your digestive health, gain energy, live an active life, and feel the best you've felt in years." Pick up your copy.
About 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