12 Vegan Cookbooks by Black Authors You Need On Your Bookshelf

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by Prime Roots
June 19, 2021 3 min read

This year marks the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth. This day is a celebration of Black Freedom, and an opportunity for us all to recognize and educate ourselves on the injustices our country is rooted in.

As allies, we can say "Happy Juneteenth" by donating directly to mutual aid funds or Black organizations, or, for those of us who love to cook, supporting Black authors by buying their cookbooks. Check out this list of some of our favorite vegan cookbooks by Black chefs, and if you can, order one from your local Black-owned bookstore!

1. Bryant Terry's Vegetable Kingdom

Bryant Terry's Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes is his 5th cookbook and was published during the onset of the pandemic. Despite the challenges, Vegetable Kingdom won an NAACP Image Award and was named one of the best cookbooks of last year byThe New Yorker, The Washington Post, Vogue, Epicurious, and others.

2. Bryant Terry's Afro Vegan

While we're talking about Bryant, we should also mention his book Afro Vegan. Bryant is a food justice activist, Chef-In-Residence of the Museum of African Diaspora, and editor-in-chief of 4 Color Books. In this cookbook, he puts his own vegan twist on over 100 classic dishes of the African Diaspora.

3. Black Girl Baking by Jerrelle Guy

In Black Girl Baking, every recipe is inspired by a fond memory from Jerrelle's childhood. Everything about her has been shaped by her experiences with food, which makes this book not only a recipe book full of delicious baked goods but an intimate look into her world.

4. Caribbean Vegan by Taymer Mason

Taymer Mason educates us on what authentic Caribbean cuisine is meant to taste like. Caribbean Vegan is full of 200+ vegan Caribbean recipes you can use to create a true island meal from drinks to dessert!

5. Haile Thomas' Living Lively

At 16, Haile was the youngest to ever graduate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. As an activist and advocate for conscious health, Haile wrote Living Lively when she was only 19 years old. She used her family's journey to better health to fuel her passion for making a positive impact in the world!

6. Vegan Soul Food Cookbook by Nadira Jenkins-El

Another Caribbean cuisine lover, Nadira is also a vegan chef and holistic nutritionist. In her book Vegan Soul Food Cookbook, she uses only affordable, good-for-you whole food ingredients in all of her recipes to create an authentic Caribbean food experience without dairy or meat products.

7. Tracye McQuirter's By Any Greens Necessary

Tracy's first book, By Any Greens Necessary is unique in that it is written as a letter addressed to Black women who want to get healthy and nourish themselves better. This book dives into Tracye's plant-based food journey and offers over 40 delicious and nutritious plant-based recipes.

8. Dominique Williamson's debut book, Vegan Hippie Sol

Dominique's first book, Vegan Hippie Sol, gives the beginner vegan cook an easy entry into the wonderful world of vegan soul food. After going plant-based, Dominique refused to give up all her favorite Southern dishes, which spawned this book!

9. The Vegan Soulfood Guide to the Galaxy by Afya Ibomu

This lady doesn't play around. In her book The Vegan Soulfood Guide to the Galaxy, Afya gives you fun tips, tricks, and facts about how to plan, shop, eat, and cook mouthwateringly delicious plant-based soul food.

10. A Southern Girl's Guide to Plant-Based Eating by Cametria Hill

Cametria gets that going plant-based can be intimidating. In A Southern Girl's Guide to Plant-Based Eating, she provides a framework for cooking plant-based without breaking the bank. She proves Southern soul and plant-based food can live in perfect harmony.

11. Jenne Claiborne's Sweet Potato Soul

Sweet Potato Soul is chock full of recipes that are infused with ingredients that are good for the planet, your health, and your soul. Jenne is from Atlanta, GA, so she wanted her cookbook to be full of all the tweaks needed to make a Southerner's favorite meal healthier, but still delicious!

Have a favorite cookbook that we missed? Let us and others know in the comments below!

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