Our Best-Selling Vegetarian Cookbooks

Best cookbooks

While I love all the recipes that I post here on the blog, some of my all-time favorites are actually in my cookbooks: The Love & Lemons Cookbook and Love & Lemons Every Day. Both best-selling books are packed with 100+ vegetarian recipes, gorgeous photography, and resources to help you become a home cooking pro!

So often, readers ask me which cookbook they should get. Below, you’ll find details about both recipe books to help you pick the one that’s best for you. If you’re still having trouble deciding, I can assure you that you really can’t go wrong! Bon Appétit hailed The Love & Lemons Cookbook as “the most beautiful cookbook we’ve ever seen,” and The New York Times Book Review wrote, “Happiness itself is tossed into every bowl.” In 2019, Love & Lemons Every Day was a Best Spring Cookbook pick by both The New York Times and MindBodyGreen, and food writer and TV host Gail Simmons said that it “makes cooking every day a true joy.”

Here’s a little about both books:

Love and Lemons Every Day Cookbook

Love & Lemons Every Day Cookbook

My most recent book, Love & Lemons Every Day is a big, beautiful, 300+ page book, a must-have for everyday plant-forward cooking! Organized by meal type, it has chapters for Breakfasts, Snacks & Starters, Soups, Salads, Dinners, Side Dishes, Desserts, and Drinks. Here’s more detail about what’s in it:

  • 100+ super flavorful vegetarian recipes. You’ll find recipes fit for any and every occasion – busy mornings, special occasion dinners, and everything in between.
  • Vegan and gluten-free variations. If a recipe isn’t already vegan or gluten-free, I nearly always include a suggestion for how to adapt it.
  • Handy cooking resources. Find a giant grid of 5-ingredient salad dressings, a chart on how to roast or grill nearly any vegetable, a guide to using common veggie scraps in the kitchen, and basic guidelines for cooking pantry staples like rice and lentils. Confession: I actually refer to my own book when I’m cooking grains and meal planning at home!
  • Fun & flexible recipe charts! Learn the Anatomy of a Snack Board or 6 simple ways to scramble eggs. Find 5 flavorful weeknight pastas, Fruit Crumbles, 4 ways, and more!

Who would love this book?
If you’re looking for an all-in-one resource for vegetarian cooking, this book is the one for you. You’ll learn how to master the basics, like salad dressing and vegetable stock, in addition to making bold entrees and delicious desserts.

Our Favorite Recipes:
Loaded Butternut Squash Queso, Tomatillo Zucchini White Bean Chili, Cauliflower Steaks with Lemon Salsa Verde, Creamy Sweet Corn Pappardelle, and Flourless Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Check out this post for even more about the cookbook!

Here’s where to buy Love & Lemons Every Day:
(You can also buy it at local bookstores throughout the U.S and Canada.)

Amazon  /  Barnes & Noble  /  Indiebound

Chapters Indigo  /  Amazon.ca

Book Depository

The Love and Lemons Cookbook

The Love & Lemons Cookbook

My first book! The biggest difference between it and Love & Lemons Every Day is that The Love & Lemons Cookbook is organized by vegetable (or fruit) from A-Z. Instead of finding a breakfast or dessert chapter, you’ll find one for Apples, Tomatoes, Winter Squash, and more! Here’s what else is in it:

  • 100+ plant-forward recipes. Because this book is organized by vegetable, it’s a great resource for showcasing your farmers market finds. Need ideas for how to use that gorgeous bunch of carrots or bushel of tomatoes? This book has them!
  • Mix & Match Recipe Charts! These colorful grids offer fun flavor variations for kitchen basics like pesto, hummus, and fruit smoothies.
  • Tips for cooking with what you have. The opening of the book is all about how to cook with the veggies you have on hand. Find my best advice on seasoning them, plus my go-to meal ideas when I need to whip something up on a weeknight.
  • Lots of vegan and gluten-free options. Like in Love & Lemons Every Day, if a recipe isn’t already vegan or gluten-free, I almost always tell you how to change it. (All the recipes are vegetarian.)

Who would love this book?
This book is for the vegetable lovers in your life, the people who love to head to the farmers market and cook with whatever catches their eye that day. It’s also wonderful for anyone who needs quick and simple recipes. They all have short ingredient lists, and making them is straightforward, but they still pack a huge punch of flavor!

Our Favorite Recipes:
Cauliflower Tacos with Chipotle Cream, Creamy Miso Brussels Sprout Fettuccine, Eggplant & Mushroom Meatballs, and Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins.

Here’s where to buy The Love & Lemons Cookbook:
(You can also buy it at local bookstores throughout the U.S and Canada.)

Amazon  /  Barnes & Noble  /  Indiebound

Chapters Indigo  /  Amazon.ca

Book Depository

A Favorite Cookbook Recipe: Vegan Chocolate Cake

rate this recipe:
5 from 7 votes
Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Serves 9
This cake is one of my favorite recipes from the Love & Lemons Every Day Cookbook


Sweet Potato Frosting

  • 1 large sweet potato, enough to yield 3/4 cups mash
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • pinch of sea salt

Chocolate Cake

  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3/4 cups maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Make the sweet potato frosting: Preheat the oven to 425°F. Use a fork to poke a few holes into the sweet potato. Place on a baking sheet or on a piece of foil and roast until very tender, about 60 minutes. Let the potatoes cool slightly, then measure 3/4 cups of the soft flesh. In a (small) food processor, puree the sweet potato, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, coconut oil, and salt. The heat of the sweet potato will melt the chocolate.
  • Make the cake. Reduce the oven heat to 350°F and grease an 8x8 baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the flours, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. To the same bowl, add the almond milk, maple syrup, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla. Stir until combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top of the cake springs back when pressed or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place the pan on cooling racks and cool for 10 minutes.
  • Gently loosen the sides of each cake with a knife. Remove the cakes from the pan and place back on the racks to cool completely. Frost the cake and serve!


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Hello, we're Jeanine and Jack.

We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.