There are so many ways to support Black Lives Matter. If the ongoing pandemic limits you from supporting Black-owned restaurants, purchasing vegan cookbooks penned by Black authors is an alternative way to both promote these talented individuals and enjoy their fantastic dishes. Here are 11 incredible cookbooks by Black vegan authors to purchase right now. 

 
 
 
 
 
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1. By Any Greens Necessary by Tracye McQuirter
Tracye Lynn McQuirter’s first full-length work is more than just a cookbook—it’s a resource for inspiration and a direct letter to Black women. The book’s subtitle, A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat, makes it a first of its kind. The book details Mcquirter’s personal plant-based journey and provides over 40 excellent recipes that nourish the body and satisfy the soul. While addressed to Black women, everyone can benefit from her story and recipes. 

 
 
 
 
 
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2. Ageless Vegan by Tracye McQuirter
Tracye Lynn McQuirter’s latest cookbook came to fruition as a mother/daughter project. Co-authored by McQuirter’s mom, Mary, Ageless Vegan focuses on foods for longevity and overall wellness. The book includes 100 plant-based recipes from divine Maple French Toast with Strawberries to spicy Cajun Quinoa with Okra and Tomato. 

 
 
 
 
 
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3. Vegetable Kingdom by Bryant Terry
When an author has been named one of San Francisco Magazine’s “11 Smartest People in the Bay Area Food Scene” and Fast Company’s “9 People Who Are Changing the Food World,” we buy the cookbook. Vegetable Kingdom is James Beard-award winning chef Bryant Terry’s fifth book, and it doubles as a reliable cooking resource and a gorgeous coffee table book. Recipes include standout dishes such as Barbecue Carrots with Slow-Cooked White Beans and Millet Roux Mushroom Gumbo. 

 
 
 
 
 
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4. Afro Vegan by Bryant Terry
Terry’s fourth book focuses on foods of the African Diaspora. As the current Chef-in-Residence of the Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco, Terry is an expert in the cuisine. The 100-plus recipes present vegan twists on traditional dishes such as Muscavado-Roasted Plantains and Peanut Stew with Winter Vegetables and Corn Dumplings. 

 
 
 
 
 
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5. Sweet Potato Soul by Jenné Claiborne
This beautifully photographed, comprehensive work of Claiborne’s cuisine deserves to be a part of your everyday repertoire. Claiborne insists and proves that soul food doesn’t have to be celebration food—it’s everyday food, and it’s not just mac and cheese and fried foods. Yes, there are Fluffy Biscuits and Sweet Potato Pie, but Claiborne also includes nourishing recipes such as Georgia Watermelon and Peach Salad and Caribbean Steamed Cabbage. 

 
 
 
 
 
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6. Vegan Soul Food Cookbook by Nadira Jenkins-El
Available for pre-order now, chef Nadira Jenkin’s cookbook debut is set to release on June 16. Expect to drool over Cajun Fried “Chicken” and Bacon-Lover Salad, but not before reading the introductory pages that offer a history on soul food cuisine and its staple ingredients. 

 
 
 
 
 
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7. Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats by Rachel Ama
Loyal fans of Ama’s popular plant-based recipe blog and YouTube channel practically did cartwheels when this vegan maven debuted her first cookbook in 2019. In cadence with Ama’s homemade-made-simple-style, the book highlights dozens of one-pot-wonders, foolproof British classics, quick homey meals, and comforting classics from her Caribbean and West African roots. Cook your way through Caribbean dumplings to Sticky Toffee Pudding!

 
 
 
 
 
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8. Vegan Hippie Sol by Dominique Williamson
Just published in April of this year, Chef Dominique Williamson’s debut cookbook offers the beginner cook an entry into the wonder of vegan soul food. Each recipe offers tips and capitalizes specific directions to ensure the dish is always a success. The fifty-page primer includes all the Southern essentials—from Smoked Sausage Gravy to Southern Loaded Cheddar Grits.  

 
 
 
 
 
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9. Caribbean Vegan by Taymer Mason
Most of us who didn’t grow up with the Caribbean culture have a vague (and misguided) idea of the island cuisine—plantains and perhaps piña coladas come to mind. Mason’s book provides a much-needed education on the abundance and variety of true Caribbean food. Learn about this island culture by cooking its traditional dishes, expertly veganized by the author. After trying them once, you’ll want to add Cassava Pancakes and Trinidadian Pelau into your weekly rotation of go-to meals. 

 
 
 
 
 
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10. A Southern Girl’s Guide to Plant-Based Eating by Cametria Hill
Aimed at the beginner vegan, this personable plant-based resource guide offers more than recipes; Hill provides her best tips on eating out, grocery lists, plant-based alternatives, and cooking basics. Her recipes are both creative, accessible, and affordable, making the transition to vegan eating possible for everyone. Look forward to frying up Banana Nut Hush Puppies, Fiya Fiya CamBalaya, Carrie B’s Cornbread Dressing, and even Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Pie. We’re already salivating. 

 
 
 
 
 
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11. The Vegan Soulfood Guide to the Galaxy Afya Ibomu
Before you raise an eyebrow, the space-themed title does not entail freeze-dried hush puppies or “just add water” mac and cheese. Think of it as your comprehensive guide to vegan soul cuisine. From incredible recipes to grocery lists and eating out tips, you’ll gain more than just a stellar collard green recipe from this book. 

Tanya Flink is a Digital Editor at VegNews as well as a writer and runner living in Orange County, CA.

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