The idea of a raw vegan cookbook sounds ludicrous. After all, raw vegans don’t cook anything, right? But, while you can eat plain raw fruits, vegetables, and nuts, there is no reason why you cannot combine your favorite raw vegan ingredients to make amazing tasting meals that are also good for you.
The internet is an excellent source of recipes, but a lot of them are either written by amateur chefs. Some recipes aren’t very good or are on sites that are determined to sell you something. Because of this, every raw vegan should own at least one good cookbook.
Having a cookbook is one of life’s pleasures. You can sit and peruse it at your leisure, enjoy looking at the mouthwatering pictures, and then highlight or bookmark the recipes you are going to try. Some people even make notes in the margins of any changes they made to the recipe. You can’t do this online.
With so many raw vegan cookbooks available, it can be hard to know which one to buy. To help make that decision a little easier, here are our top five raw vegan cookbooks, all of which are available from Amazon.com.
1. Easy, Affordable Raw: How to Go Raw on $10 a Day
Written by popular vegan author and raw food expert Lisa Viger, Easy, Affordable Raw: How to Go Raw on $10 a Day might not be the snappiest title for a cookbook, but it does tell you what to expect from this 176-page book.
Available in Kindle and paperback format, Easy, Affordable Raw: How to Go Raw on $10 a Day contains recipes for smoothies, salads, dressings, soups, main dishes, crackers, chips, and breads, condiments, salsas, and chutneys, and cheeses and desserts. There is also a chapter dedicated entirely to chocolate! If you are new to the raw vegan lifestyle, Viger has also dedicated four chapters of her book to getting started on this type of diet.
Each recipe is clearly laid out and accompanied by an attractive picture. If you are on a right budget or are new to the raw vegan lifestyle, this book would make a useful addition to your kitchen.
2. Raw. Vegan. Not Gross.
Laura Miller is a well-known raw vegan personality and a host on YouTube’s Tastemade channel. Raw. Vegan. Not Gross. is her first cookbook, but it probably won’t be her last. This recipe book is available in Kindle and hardback formats and contains a vast array of exciting recipes. A lot of people think that eating raw is boring, expensive, or both. It seems like Miller didn’t get the memo.
Her 240-page book, which is written with humor and honesty, is loaded with wonderful recipes that are both varied and easy to make. Stand out recipes include sweet potato curry, ginger maple granola, avocado grapefruit bowls, mango and jicama tacos, and lavender cheesecake. Many chefs have applauded this book. TV personality and restaurant owner Jamie Oliver said, “Colorful, inspiring and definitely not gross – Laura knows good food!”
If you are looking for ways to spice up your raw vegan meals, Raw. Vegan. Not Gross. would make a great addition to your recipe book library.
3. Eat Raw, Eat Well: 400 Raw, Vegan and Gluten-Free Recipes
A lot of cookbooks contain 100, 150, or even 200 recipes. But, in this budget-friendly book, Eat Raw, Eat Well, author Douglas McNish has brought together 400 to produce one of the most comprehensive cookbooks around.
Aimed at all levels of raw vegan dieters, from novices to the more experienced, this book contains a different recipe for every day of the year – and then some – including energizing breakfasts, satisfying lunches, substantial dinners, and decadent desserts.
Noteworthy recipes include pear and walnut pancakes, banana cream pie smoothie, cauliflower risotto, black lentil sloppy Joes, quinoa pilaf, moussaka, and buckwheat pretzels.
Despite containing more than 400 recipes, author McNish has also found space to include chapters on meal preparation and a comprehensive section on how to create the ideal raw pantry.
This book contains so many recipes that even the most discerning reader should find dozens of new meals to try. With so many to choose from, this is the perfect book for any raw vegan who has ever struggled to find delicious food to eat.
4. The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook
Emily von Euw is the author of four bestselling raw vegan books, including books Rawsome Vegan Baking, and 100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks. She is also the creator of the blog This Rawsome Vegan Life, winner of The Vegan Woman’s Vegan Food Blog Award. She was also named one of the Top 50 Raw Food Bloggers by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.
In The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook, her third book, Emily has gathered together 80 new recipes that are as easy to make as they are tasty. She kicks off her book with some handy tips, tools, and techniques before diving into a host of breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snack recipes. Each recipe is easy to follow and accompanied by a beautiful image. Notable recipes include Rawsome pizza, epic portobello yam burgers, zucchini noodle lasagna, freedom falafel, and pumpkin soup.
This book is all vegan, but it’s not all raw, and von Euw has also included some lightly cooked recipes. This means some of the recipes are not suitable for strict raw vegans.
Available in kindle, paperback, and hardback additions, this book contains all the recipes you need to liven up your vegan diet, many of which are raw. However, because some of the meals involve cooking, if you are a strict raw eater, you may prefer a book dedicated exclusively to raw food.
5. The Fully Raw Diet: 21 Days to Better Health
Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram is a long-time advocate of raw veganism. She graduated from Rice University in the top 5% of her 2009 class with a triple major in Kinesiology specializing in Health Science, Raw Foods, and Fasting. She also interned with world-renowned 80 10 10 diet author Dr. Douglas Graham. In the world of raw veganism, Kristina is virtually royalty!
In the Fully Raw Diet: 21 Days to Better Health, author Kristina has written not just a cookbook but a comprehensive guide to diet and exercise for raw vegans. This book is part nutrition manual, part recipe book, and part workout guide. It’s designed to be a fully immersive 21-day diet and exercise program, but its usefulness will extend far beyond the length of a 3-week plan. Recipes include things like smoothies, salads, main dishes, and desserts, such as lemon-ginger blast, spicy mango basil salad, yellow squash fettuccine alfredo, melon pops, and caramel-apple cups.
Available in both Kindle and paperback formats, this book is ideal for anyone looking for a one-stop lifestyle guide that includes exercise and raw veganism. However, if you are just looking for a recipe book full of lots of new meals to make and try, this one may leave you wanting. A dedicated cookbook may be a better choice.
To quote author Laura Miller, raw veganism shouldn’t be gross. In fact, raw vegan meals should be as tasty as they are nutritious. Raw foods taste every bit as good as their cooked counterparts, and raw food is often much better for you.
Don’t fall into the trap of eating the same foods over and over again. That’s a great way to a) get bored, and b) miss out on valuable nutrients. Expand your menu, make your meals even more enjoyable, and boost your health with any one of these raw vegan cookbooks.