The best vegetarian cookbooks you need on your shelf for 2020

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best vegetarian cookbooks

by Louella Berryman |
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Whether it's for ethical, health or environmental reasons, more and more people are becoming vegetarian.

Luckily, it's never been a better time to ditch the steak - there are so many diverse and delicious recipes out there to set your tastebuds on fire, without the need for meat.

Banished are boring mushroom risottos and bland bean stews, as we usher in a new age of griddled halloumi, spice laden lentils and zingy salads.

We've rounded up the very best vegetarian cookbooks for 2020, from new releases like Rukmini Iyer's The Green Roasting Tin, to classics like Crank's The Vegetarian Classics.

The best vegetarian cookbooks 2020

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The best vegetarian cookbooks

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A Modern Way to Eat

The fresh, modern recipes from cook and food writer Anna Jones are hard to resist. Her recipes are led by the joy of eating, from the waft of garlic from a frying pan to the crisp sound of diving into a puff pastry pie. Are you hungry yet?

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Cranks Recipe Book: The Vegetarian Classics

If there's any vegetarian book you need as a beginner veggie, it's this one. Containing recipes inspired by the famous mid-century restaurant of the same name, Cranks recipes are achievable, interesting and delicious. This book contains all the basics you'll ever need to know about vegetarian cooking.

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Veg: Easy & Delicious Meals for Everyone as seen on Channel 4's Meat-Free Meals

Although it was only released this year, Jamie Oliver's new book, Veg, is sure to become a classic. Whether it's the Bombay-style chip butty or the silky smooth tomato curry, this one's got our mouths watering.

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Greenfeast: Spring, Summer

Nigel Slater's recipes are beautifully simple, perfect for a quick and tasty solo dinner or a bountiful feast with friends. His latest vegetarian book Greenfeast comes in a summer and winter version, and is inspired by seasonal produce.

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MOB Veggie: Feed 4 or more for under £10

One of the newer entrants on this list, MOB Veggie combines affordable ingredients with funky flavours to create this new-found classic of a cookbook. Try the baked feta with buttery garlic ciabattas, you won't look back.

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East: 120 Vegetarian and Vegan recipes from Bangalore to Beijing

Another veggie classic, Meera Sodha's East brings the flavours of the world to British kitchens. The pumpkin Malai curry will change your life, honestly.

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River Cottage Veg Every Day!

River Cottage's cookbooks stand the test of time in a glorious way, which is why we've included them in this list. There are plenty of warming one-pot dishes, summer salads and easy bakes to be found in this book, all inspired by the changing seasons and what can be found in your garden.

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The Green Roasting Tin: Vegan and Vegetarian One Dish Dinners

The Green Roasting Tin is the second in the line of three successful books from the food stylist and writer Rukmini Iyer. The dishes in this book all use just one roasting tin, with the occasional addition of rice or cous cous. Less washing up, gorgeous and inventive recipes, what more could you want?

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Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi

Plenty was the cookbook that launched Israeli chef Yottam Ottolenghi into the spotlight, and his recipes have really stood the test of time. Fill your cupboard with tahini and vibrant vegetables to create dishes like his courgette and hazelnut salad.

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Whether you're a flexitarian, full-blown veggie or just starting out, there are plenty of ways to incorporate more vegetables into your diet.

Investing in a good vegetarian cookbook could be a great way to get more inventive in the kitchen and experiment with new ingredients.

Tofu, lentils and beans are great replacements for meat and are a mainstay of most vegetarian cookbooks.

If you want to eat less meat, you could try replacing half the beef in a bolognese with lentils, or swap out a chicken katsu curry for a tasty tofu version.

The trick is to make sure everything is seasoned properly for max veggie flavour.

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