Italian food is loved by people and is deemed one of the best food cultures in the world.
However, Italian food can be mistaken by many as being just pizza or pasta.
But this isn’t the case!
There is so much more to Italian food, and so much that can be made without animal products!
With simple, filling and delicious recipes to make, it’s no wonder so many people are turning away from animal products for good.
And like many vegans, I want the same great taste with out feeling like I’m compromosing.
That’s why I put together this list featuring some of the best vegan Italian cookbooks.
After you try these recipes, you’ll wonder why you didn’t go vegan sooner!
Let’s get into it.
150 Pizzas, Pastas, Pestos, Risottos, & Lots of Creamy Italian Classics
by Chloe Coscarelli
The highest rated cookbook on our list, this is certainly one to shout about.
Featuring over 150 recipes, Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen proves that you don’t have to give up creamy sauces and cheesy pizza to be vegan.
This book has recipes such as:
- Butternut Ravioli with Brown Sugar
- ’Mozzarella’ Pizza
- Apple Pizza
- Potato Gnocchi
- Banana Coffee Cupcakes
There is a huge variety of recipes in this cookbook for any taste, and with easy methods and basic ingredients – it is a great book for a family kitchen.
This has a range of recipes- from those you would cook as a weeknight meal, to ones which you could serve at a dinner party.
She also has a section in the book which explains vegan substitutions – which is great for beginners.
Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Dishes from Sun-Drenched Italy
by Donna Klein
Vegan Italiano is full to the brim of recipes containing fruit, vegetables, grains, and nuts to make for hearty and filling meals.Because of this, there is no need for the use of tofu, soy milk or any meat- mimicking products.This is a huge plus for those who don’t want the fuss of buying special ‘meat’ for the dishes.These recipes are all very easy to make, with each recipe being less than a page long and simple instructions given.The author has previously written a book about Mediterranean Vegan cooking too.She is detailed and thoughtful with her writing, explaining each region of Italy at the beginning of the cookbook and stating which one each recipe comes from.Some of the recipes featured in this book are:
- Risotto with Zucchini and Sundried Tomatoes
- Frying Pan Pizza
- Sicilian Skillet Pasta Pie
- Lemon-Pine Nut Rice
These recipes are so delicious that you can even fool your non-vegan friends!
Delicious Home-Style Vegan Cuisine (Healthy World Cuisine)
by Bryanna Clark Grogan
This book was published in 1998, and was the first Vegan Italian cookbook on the market, paving the way for a whole host of books from then until now, but the first is a little special.
Nonna’s Italian Kitchen is ideal for those who are lactose intolerant and still want to enjoy Italian food.
Bryanna has also written seven other vegan cookbooks.
She provides simple recipes with alternatives to meat, egg and dairy- to give that feeling of eating a full Italian-style meal.
The fact that this was written before being vegan became popular is something to be admired.
The substance and flavors of these dishes are just incredible.
This book is full of soups, antipasti, pasta and lots of desserts to make the mouth water.
It would make a great gift for a vegan friend.
This is truly a great Italian Vegan cookbook, and I would even say it’s an essential for any kitchen!
Quick & Easy Vegan Recipes
by Jonathan Vine, Daniel Nadav
From the Best Selling author Jonathan Vine comes 101 Gluten Free Vegan Italian Recipes which is full to the brim with hundreds of recipes combining Italian flavors with nutritious ingredients to create beautiful meals that everyone will love.
It’s no longer a problem for your children to be eating pizzas and pasta, because, with the addition of vegetables and legumes, it makes for a healthy meal.
This book is full of beautiful photos which draw the eye and make it a pleasing book to read.
All of the recipes in this book are gluten free and uses simple ingredients that most of you will have in your kitchen cupboards already.
Even for those who aren’t vegan, this is a brilliant book of healthy Italian recipes which can be used by any conscious cook.
Featuring recipes such as:
- Creamy tomato and basil pasta
- Broccoli gluten-free pizza
- Zucchini Lasagna
- Vegan Tiramisu
This is perfect for all tastes and is very diverse.For such a small price, this is excellent value for money and would be a great addition to any Vegan household.
Italian Classics Made Easy
by High Cedar Press
This book is a kitchen essential; it’s all about great vegan Italian cooking.
Love Vegan contains tons of great food which is bursting with Italian flavors.
The perks of this cookbook are:
- Most recipes can be made under 30 minutes
- All recipes are vegan and full of flavor
- Simple is everything – this book focusses on basic ingredients
- No expensive vegan substitutes are used in these recipes
It can be easy to get stuck in a rut with vegan recipes, so this italian cookbook is a breath of fresh air.Featuring Classic dishes such as Gnocchi, Alfredo, and Tiramisu – this book is ideal for filling and hearty meals.Even if you aren’t vegan: this cookbook is packed with such easy recipes that you’ll want to make them all.And because these recipes are full of protein and substance, it won’t feel like you are on a diet, so it’s a win-win all around!
As you can see, there are so many books out there to cater for the unique combination of Italian and vegan food.
It’s a diverse culinary world out there.
And the combination of these two food styles is just a match made in heaven.
This is a great way to provide yourself and your children with delicious, nutritious meals.