One of the best parts about being vegan is the chance to explore countless creative recipes for plant-based dishes. It's impossible to get bored with your meals when there are so many preparations to choose from. You might already have a shelf full of recipe books at home, but you still won't want to miss these new releases from 2019's best vegan authors. Here are our favorites, in no particular order:

1. Vegan Mac and Cheese: More than 50 Delicious Plant-Based Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food

One of the things many people miss most after going vegan is the taste of cheese. With over 50 recipes for mac and cheese alternatives, you won't have time to long for dairy. You'll be too busy cooking!

2. The Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook: Wholesome, Indulgent Plant-Based Recipes

If you haven't yet joined the instant pot trend, here's your invitation. Pressure cookers are great for making quick meals of beans or tough vegetables without much fuss. There are even recipes for dessert! Readers say they enjoy the stories that go along with the recipes, and the book has helpful tips for first-time instant pot chefs.

3. The College Vegan Cookbook: 145 Affordable, Healthy & Delicious Plant-Based Recipes

This book makes the perfect gift for your favorite vegan who is away at college. Simple and budget-friendly recipes will be a welcome alternative to cafeteria food. There are even dorm-friendly recipes for students that don't have access to a full kitchen.

4. Vegan Comfort Cooking: 75 Plant-Based Recipes to Satisfy Cravings and Warm Your Soul

As the weather grows colder, it's hard to resist cooking up a hot batch of comfort food to fill your belly and nourish your spirit. These homey recipes will provide great inspiration for your family dinner or holiday potluck.

5. Gluten-Free Vegan Baking for Every Occasion: 75 Classics and New Creations to Celebrate

You don't need butter, eggs, or wheat to make delicious cakes and pastries. This book is sure to give you inspiration for the perfect dessert to take to your holiday party this year.

6. The Buddhist Chef: 100 Simple, Feel-Good Vegan Recipes

Jean-Philippe Cyr brings his Buddhist philosophy into everything that he does, including cooking. Try some of these global recipes that might make you feel more at one with the natural world.

7. Fast & Easy Vegan Cookbook: 100 Mouth-Watering Recipes for Time-Crunched Vegans

If you feel like you don't have a spare moment to make a healthy meal, this book can make you think twice. The food cooks up fast, and the recipes use as few pots as possible for easy clean-up. You can have lunch and get back on the path to changing the world in no time at all.

8. Sweet + Salty: The Art of Vegan Chocolates, Truffles, Caramels, and More from Lagusta's Luscious

If you have a sweet tooth, you won't be able to resist these recipes for indulgent treats. Make batches of candy to share with friends, give as gifts, or even just spoil yourself. Salty and savory flavors blend with the sweet for the ideal contrast of flavors.

9. Plant-Based on a Budget: Delicious Vegan Recipes for Under $30 a Week, in Less Than 30 Minutes a Meal

If you want to save money in addition to eating healthful food, this is the book for you. Everyone could use a little extra savings, and these recipes will help you reach your goals without feeling like you're sacrificing flavor. You'll be getting ahead on your New Year's resolutions!

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