The 15 Best Black Vegan Cookbooks – Veggies for Heart and Soul πŸ”₯

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Vegan Food from the South!

Planning to completely abstain from eating meat and animal products to adopt a plant-based dietβ€”veganismβ€”is definitely a huge leap for anyone. These Black vegan cookbooks will teach you various recipes on how to make your typical veggie shine on its own, or turn your favorite comfort food into a healthier alternative.

Here are 15 cookbooks with recipes from the Caribbean to classic Southern American (check out our guide on the Best Southern Vegan Cookbooks) soul foods authored by Black people that will help you jump-start your journey to a healthier plant-based lifestyle – whether you want to go completely adopt the vegan lifestyle or just want to try out plant-based recipes.

From green beans to peach salad, these vegan cookbooks (check out our guide on the Best Vegan Vietnamese Cookbooks) are stuffed with flavor and great recipes! The variety of vegan recipes is endless!

Find more delicious vegan recipes from Black authors on this list! πŸ‘‡


1.  Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes

Why We Love It β€οΈ

The book’s design is gorgeous: it’s full of colorful illustrations and photographs of vegetables arranged in creative ways, which will make anyone interested in cooking vegetarian meals (check out our guide on the Best Vegetarian Cookbooks for Beginners) want to try them immediately! The Millet Roux Mushroom gumbo is a good place to start!

What the Readers Are Saying πŸ‘‚

“This is an extraordinary cookbook that can change the way you think about food and local flavors. I cannot recommend it highly enough.” -MLP

Review πŸ“–

Vegetable Kingdom is a gorgeous cookbook that showcases Bryant Terry’s ability to create dishes that are both savory and beautiful. This Black vegetarian cookbook is organized by season, with each chapter devoted to a particular vegetable. There are also chapters dedicated to herbs and roots, as well as chapters on beans and grains.

With recipes like Barbecued Carrots and Millet Roux Mushroom Gumbo, Bryant Terry shares his unique approach to cooking and reinventing dishes to create flavorful experiences and massive appeal.

About the Author ✍️

Bryant Terry is a James Beard award-winning vegan chef, educator, and food justice activist, who is also the author of other vegan cookbooks, including Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African Caribbean and Southern Flavors Remixed, Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy and Creative African-American Cuisine. Keep reading about American cookbook writers (check out our guide on the Best Brenda Gantt Cookbooks).


2.  Sweet Potato Soul: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes for the Southern Flavors

Why We Love It β€οΈ

If you’re looking for an easy way to make vegan food look like authentic Southern food, this book is for you. You can make easy and delicious flavorful meals like red bean stew with kale and a vegan version of fried chicken.

If you want to start cooking Southern-style meals at home, this book will help you get there! Why not try the Coconut Collard Salad or the Spicy Fried Cauliflower Chicken?

What the Readers Are Saying πŸ‘‚

“Finally, a vegan cookbook that brings American Soul Food from the heart to our dining room table for all to enjoy without feeling deprived of meat because it’s amazingly flavorful, satiating, nutritious, cultural (food you can relate to), and wonderfully delicious!” -CROWE

Review πŸ“–

Sweet Potato Soul is a cookbook that gives you the secrets of Southern cooking, and the people who made it are living proof Black women can do anything.

This book is a compilation of vegan recipes from the founders of Sweet Potato Soul, JennΓ© Claiborne, and her daughter, JennΓ© Claiborne-Miles. It’s full of authentic Southern cooking styles and ingredientsβ€”and it’s also full of inspiration for your own kitchen! In addition, the dishes are amplified with colorful photographs.

About the Author ✍️

JennΓ© Claiborne is a New York City-based vegan personal chef and cooking instructor. She is also the creator of a popular food blog, Sweet Potato Soul, which has gained over 200,000 followers on social media.


3. The Lusty Vegan: A Cookbook and Relationship Manifesto for Vegans and Those Who Love Them

Why We Love It ❀️

This cookbook doubles as a humorous relationship manual, not only sharing delicious vegan recipes with authentic flavors but also advice on dating and relationships.

What the Readers Are Saying πŸ‘‚

“This is by far the most innovative and creative cookbook I have seen… the recipes are clear and well-tested as written and work perfectly as written, which is more than I can say for many cookbooks I have.” -Rob

Review πŸ“–

This is a fun read for anyone who needs a little help navigating a relationship in which one partner is a vegan and the other is not. The authors share personal experiences and advice that is both romantic and culinary.

With recipes like Tuscan 12-Vegetable Soup with Savory Biscuits and Habanero Portobello Fajitas, beautiful photos, and lots of funny stories, this black vegan cookbook will keep readers laughing, loving, and enjoying succulent dishes along the way.

About the Author ✍️

Ayinde Howell is an executive chef who lives and works in Los Angeles. He is the founder and publisher of the award-winning iEatGrass website. Zoe Eisenberg is a writer and editor who focuses on food, health, and relationships.


4. Vegan Soul Food Cookbook: Plant-Based, No-Fuss Southern Favorites 

Why We Love It β€οΈ

This Black vegan cookbook is packed with recipes for things like fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, barbecue ribs, and more! The author also discusses how you can use her recipes to help you integrate more plant-based recipes into your diet without feeling deprived or restricted while on your journey of healthy eating.

What the Readers Are Saying πŸ‘‚

β€œCannot stop making the delicious food from this book! I was so excited to receive it as I have the privilege of eating at the author’s amazing restaurant, but this book is so much better than I could have imagined.” – Dani R.

Review πŸ“–

Vegan Soul Food Cookbook: Plant-Based, No-Fuss Southern Favorites is a must-have for any inspired vegan looking to expand their horizons. The vegan recipes are easy to follow and the ingredients are all readily available. The author has provided plenty of information on the nutritional value of the meals, as well as tips on how to make them healthier (sometimes by substituting tofu for animal products).

I would definitely recommend this cookbook to anyone who is interested in trying out new vegan recipes that they can eat every day while still being healthy! It’s a great way to get some familiar Southern flavors into your life while also learning more about plant-based cooking techniques.

About the Author ✍️

Nadira Jenkins-El is a Holistic Nutritionist with more than 20 years of experience with Food Service business ventures. Her recipes focus on the importance of the whole and organic vegan/plant-based foods and how eating habits are major contributors to health conditions.


5. Caribbean Vegan: Plant-Based, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion

Why We Love It β€οΈ

I recommend this vegan cookbook to anyone looking for authentic Caribbean cuisine (check out our guide on the Best Puerto Rican Cookbooks), like Cassava Pancakes, without having to rely on meat substitutes or fake meats that often have questionable ingredients like soy protein isolate or preservatives. The islands await you!

What the Readers Are Saying πŸ‘‚

β€œThis book is excellent. Recently becoming vegan, I thought I would greatly miss the Caribbean meat dishes I used to cook. Luckily I discovered this book though. All the recipes will have you excited to be eaten vegan, trust me.” – Lisa

Review πŸ“–

Caribbean Vegan: Plant-Based, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Authentic Island Cuisine is an excellent cookbook for the inspired vegan. It contains everything you need to know about how to prepare delicious vegan food inspired by the local flavors of the islands of the Caribbean.

The author has provided information on a variety of cooking styles and ingredients. The recipes are easy to follow, with clear instructions and photos to help guide the reader through each step. Many of the recipes include tips and advice on how to make them even better by adding your own personal flair or tweaking certain steps in order to help fit your particular tastes.

About the Author ✍️

Taymer Mason is a food scientist and organic cosmetic developer. She has authored several Caribbean cookbooks.


6. Black Girl Baking: Wholesome Recipes Inspired by a Soulful Upbringing

Why We Love It ❀️

This baking book comes with 75 delicious recipes, all with full-color photos and vegan alternatives. Plant-based baked goods are just as important as plant-based main dishes, and Author Jerrelle Guy delivers on those goodies in a big way.

What the Readers Are Saying πŸ‘‚

“Recipes are easy enough not to fear, with clear instructions that you can almost taste by looking at the pictures of the finished dishes. Whether sweet or savory, you will not be disappointed. Black Girl Baking has it all.” -DJ Tait

Review πŸ“–

When following a vegan lifestyle, you don’t just avoid meat; you also avoid products that come from animal products, such as milk, butter, eggs, and even honey. Finding swaps for those staple ingredients can be tricky, but thankfully this cookbook has done the work for you.

With recipes like Butter Pecan Bundt Cake and Tofu Chocolate Chip Cookies, this cookbook has no shortage of tasty treats that will satisfy your sweet tooth and help you get baking.

About the Author ✍️

Jerrelle Guy is an award-winning food photographer, recipe contributor, and Tastemaker. She is also the blogger behind the super popular cooking site, Chocolate for Basil.


7. Unbelievably Vegan: 100+ Life-Changing, Plant-Based Recipes

Why We Love It ❀️ 

This bestselling cookbook has over 100 delicious plant-based recipes that will allow you to enjoy a meat-free life without giving up your favorite comfort foods.

What the Readers Are Saying πŸ‘‚

“Charity tells you how to create wonderful dishes everyone will enjoy. I’ve learned so much from her and her passion for creating delicious food. She is truly a great teaching chef.” -Blue Ocean 2000

Review πŸ“– ✍️

Charity Morgan’s Unbelievably Vegan: 100+ Life-Changing, Plant-Based Recipes: A Cookbook is a book that is sure to give you a new perspective on the foods you eat.

The recipes in this book are all plant-based, but they aren’t limited to just fruits and vegetablesβ€”they include non-dairy milks and yogurt, grains, legumes and lentils (like black beans and chickpeas), nuts, and seeds, and even some animal meats.

This cookbook includes over 100 different recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and dessertsβ€”so there’s something here for everyone!

About the Author ✍️

Charity Morgan is a private plant-based chef to celebrities and athletes. She has appeared in the documentary The Game Changers.


8. Chef Nicole Asali’s: Easy Vegan Soul Cookbook

Review πŸ“–

Easy Vegan Soul Cookbook is a great Southern American cookbook for anyone who wants to cook vegan but doesn’t have time to learn how. It’s got everything you need to know in just 80 pages of thorough, easy-to-follow vegan soul food recipes. The author gives tips and tricks on how to make the most of your ingredients and what tools you’ll need to get started, but she also focuses on flavor profiles and how to make your food taste great.

The recipes are all delicious and simple, you can never go wrong with peach cobbler, so even if you’re not a vegan or vegetarian, you’ll still find yourself coming back for more after reading through this book.

About the Author ✍️

Nicole Asali is a chef and owner of a holistic plant-based company. She has over twelve years of culinary experience, six of which where she specialized in plant-based and vegan cooking.


9. By Any Greens Necessary: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat

Why We Love It ❀️

She includes more than 40 delicious recipes with color photographs, menus, and advice on transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle.

What the Readers Are Saying πŸ‘‚

Amazing! Not only is this book well written, but it is convincing (and that’s an understatement). I feel empowered to transition from vegetarian and start my vegan journey. -Kenya

Review πŸ“–

This was the first vegan guide geared toward African American women. Due to the rising health problems, specifically in the Black woman community, Author Tracye McQuirter set out to revolutionize eating in a way that emphasized fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.

With Recipes such as Mango Coriander Chutney and Coconut Date Nut Cake, the dishes in this book put the spotlight on the importance of fruits and vegetables and how they can be prepared in easy and delicious ways.

About the Author ✍️

Tracye Lynn McQuirter, MPH, is a nutritionist who leads worldwide seminars on vegan nutrition. She is a 20-year vegan and has been featured in dozens of media outlets, sharing her health and nutrition message.


10. A Southern Girl’s Guide to Plant-Based Eating: Recipes from the Vegan Soul That Won’t Make You Broke

Why We Love It β€οΈ

The vegan cookbook industry has become a booming business, and that’s not just because of the rising popularity of plant-based alternatives. It’s also because there’s a huge demand for recipes that are easy to follow, healthy, and affordable.

With this book at your side all week long, you’ll be able to whip up any recipe with ease (and even make them look good). And even better?  You’ll save money while still serving spectacular dishes!

What the Readers Are Saying πŸ‘‚

“Great for people making the transition or to rejuvenate a veteran vegans pallet. No matter if you are an inspired vegan, this is a great addition to your kitchen!” -Marina Benedetto

Review πŸ“–

If you’re looking for a cookbook that can help you achieve all three goals in one go, then look no further than Cametria Hill’s A Southern Girl’s Guide to Plant-Based Eating: Recipes from the Vegan Soul That Won’t Make You Broke.

Written by Hill herselfβ€”a Southern girl born and raised in Charleston, South Carolinaβ€”this book is packed with more than 80 recipes for everything from classic dishes like fried chicken and grits to new twists on old favorites like macaroni and cheese to banana nut hush puppies.

And while these recipes may be simple in execution, they’re anything but simple in taste. Hill has pulled together an impressive collection of ingredients and authentic Southern flavors that will have you wondering why your grandmother didn’t tell you about adding black-eyed peas to your collard greens!

About the Author ✍️

Cametria Hill is a chef, food photographer, cookbook author, and content creator from Houston, Texas. She prides herself on innovating dishes with a plant-based twist by transforming vegetables in previously unheard-of ways.


11. Ageless Vegan: The Secret to Living a Long and Healthy Plant-Based Life

Why We Love It β€οΈ

The author includes tips throughout the book on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle while eating vegan foods; these tips include exercises that will help you stay active while eating vegetarian meals (check out our guide on the Best Vegetarian and Vegan Italian Cookbooks). And it could even help you lose weight!

What the Readers Are Saying πŸ‘‚

“This is a fabulous book! I’ve already made two dishes. Not only does it offer nutritious, easy to follow, whole food recipes, but it also offers good advice on the kinds and combinations of foods we should eat as we begin or continue our plant-based journeys.” – Annette Powell

Review πŸ“–

The plant-based cookbook is written by Trayce McQuirter, in partnership with her mother, Mary, who has been vegan for decades and wants to help others do the same.

This cookbook focuses on plant-based cooking and recipes that are easy to make and don’t require much time or effort for healthy eating. The meals are also simple and delicious, meaning you won’t feel like you’re sacrificing quality by following this diet. Give the Maple French Toast with Strawberries, the Cajun Quinoa stuffed with Okra and Tomato, or the Vegetable Pot Pie a try!

About the Author✍️

Mother and daughter Mary and Tracye McQuirter have been vegan for decades. Tracye was named a food hero and directed the nation’s first federally funded vegan nutrition program and was a nutrition advisor for the Black Women’s Health Imperative.


12. Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats: Tasty Plant-Based Recipes for Every Day

Why We Love It ❀️

She also includes a song with each recipe to keep you dancing along in the kitchen. Forget about bland, boring classic dishes or overly complex instructions.

What the Readers Are Saying πŸ‘‚

“I enjoy the Caribbean-based vegan recipes in this book! The recipes were not difficult and I was able to obtain the ingredients needed. I’m a new vegan and her recipes have made my transition easier.” -Monishops

Review πŸ“–

This cookbook offers recipes that will reframe your view of vegan eating. Author, Rachel Ama, takes inspiration from naturally vegan dishes, the Caribbean and West African roots, to deliver flavorful dishes to help you make vegan food a part of your daily life.

With quick and often one-pot recipes such as Chickpea Sweet Potato Falafel and a Plantain Burger, this book is full of mouthwatering eats for any food lover, whether you’re entirely vegan or just looking to eat a little less meat.

About the Author ✍️

Rachel Ama is the founder of a popular YouTube Channel where she shares simple, affordable, and delicious vegan recipes and recommendations. When she converted to veganism, Ama became passionate about cooking delicious meals, which led to her success.


13. Vegan Hippie Sol: Delicious Recipes for the Plant-Based Soul!

Why We Love It β€οΈ

The book includes more than 150 recipes that are perfect for any occasion. It also includes advice on how to cook vegan food at home, including tips on shopping for vegan ingredients and how to prepare them properly. If you are looking for an easy way to get started on your vegan journey, this is the perfect cookbook for you!

What the Readers Are Saying πŸ‘‚

“I am not vegan, but Ms. Williamson’s takes on southern soul food have convinced me to take the first steps toward this lifestyle. She uses ingredients and techniques that are close, if not better, than the non-vegan versions.” – Layla

Review πŸ“–

Chef Dominique Williamson’s Vegan Hippie Sol: Delicious Recipes for the Plant-Based Soul is a fantastic cookbook that will appeal to vegans and non-vegans alike. The author is a licensed nutritionist and chef who has been sharing her favorite recipes with her readers since 2011. She has a strong background in cooking and nutrition, which she uses to create delicious dishes like the Black Mushroom Risotto, which uses jackfruit as its main ingredient.

About the Author ✍️

Dominique Williamson is an experienced chef. Vegan Hippie Sol is her first cookbook. 


14. The Vegan Soul food Guide to the Galaxy

Why We Love It β€οΈ

In addition to providing useful information about how to prepare foods that are commonly found on a fully vegan diet (such as tofu), the author also provides tips on how to shop for groceries at local stores, as well as how to make some of her favorite dishes using ingredients you may not have thought about before trying to become vegan.

This book is definitely worth reading if you’re someone who is interested in learning more about cooking but is unsure where to start or what kind of foods are available when following a vegan diet.

What the Readers Are Saying πŸ‘‚

β€œThese recipes by far are some of the tastiest vegan foods I have tried in forever! It is a touch of down home southern cooking but with a healthier twist. I have not had the opportunity to try all of the recipes but if the ones I have tried taste just as good I CAN NOT WAIT! I have used this cookbook for my non-vegan family members and they all were impressed. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a delicious vegan alternative.”

Review πŸ“–

The Vegan Soulfood Guide to the Galaxy is an excellent resource for anyone looking to start a vegan diet. The author’s personal experience with veganism, combined with her passion for cooking and making delicious meals, makes this cookbook an invaluable tool for anyone interested in going vegan or simply exploring new options in their kitchen.

With over 150 recipes and 75 grocery shopping lists, this book is a must-have for anyone who is looking to transition away from animal products or simply wants to spice up their diet. It covers everything from breakfast recipes to dinner party appetizers and even dessert options.

About the Author ✍️

Afya Ibomu is a celebrity nutritionist and holistic health counselor. She has authored two award-winning vegan cookbooks.


15. Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed

Why We Love It ❀️

There are more than 100 modern and delicious dishes in this book, which was named by Bon Appetit as one of the best vegetarian cookbooks of all time.

What the Readers Are Saying πŸ‘‚

At one level, this is a cookbook for African Americans, showing the way back to a traditional, healthy, local, seasonal, and plant-centered diet that speaks of community, resilience, innovation, and love.”-Howard Jacobson, PhD

Review πŸ“–

Chef Bryant Terry has blended African, Caribbean, and southern cuisines to compile the recipes in this delicious black vegan cookbook. The dishes pull from Chef Terry’s memories and the history of food to take the reader on an international food journey.

With innovative recipes, such as Cinnamon-Soaked Wheat Berry Salad and Creamy Coconut-Cashew Soup, this cookbook will be a joy to anyone interested in vegan cooking.

About the Author ✍️

Bryant Terry is a chef, educator, and author who emphasizes his passion for healthy eating by pointing out the many diet-preventable diseases prevalent in the African American community. Terry also has a passion for food justice, emphasizing that good food should be an everyday right, not just a privilege.


Final Thoughts on Black Vegan Cookbooks ✨

We hope you enjoyed our roundup of the 15 best black vegan cookbooks to help you embrace a plant-based lifestyle while cooking delicious, uncomplicated recipes. These cookbooks prove that you don’t need meat to make hearty and flavorful dishes that your family and friends will love.

With amazing reimagined easy-to-follow recipes from traditional favorites to cultural soul food staples, these books are filled with special touches, from tips and tricks for transitioning to a vegan diet to the insightful stories behind the dishes that were compiled for the books.

The black vegan authors of these cookbooks have carefully tested and developed these recipes to serve the readers, whether the reader is a full-fledged vegan or something interested in learning more about the lifestyle.



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