As a diet, raw vegan has been around since the 1800s. In recent years though, it has become popular enough as an eating lifestyle because when it’s used as a short-term diet, it contributes to good cardiovascular health and reduced risk of obesity. Currently, it’s ranked number 32 on the U.S. News and World Report Best Diets for 2021.
Raw veganism is basically a diet that’s rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains, and legumes. To be considered raw, the food shouldn’t be heated over 104–118°F (40–48°C). It shouldn’t also undergo any processing like pasteurization, refinement, or treatment with pesticides.
It’s possible to subsist entirely on nuts and fruits but in order to maximize the diet’s full benefits, anyone serious enough to transition to raw veganism should consider investing in essential kitchen equipment. That’s because this diet can be prep intensive, and will require techniques like blending, dehydrating, juicing, soaking, and sprouting – all of which can be easy if one has the right kitchen tools.
That’s why raw vegan cookbooks tend to feature the constant use of a dehydrator. It’s the closest thing to having your food cooked because it dehydrates them by circulating warm air on the ingredients. Most recipes actually use one to make raw vegan crackers or bread.
A great cookbook is also a practical one. It teaches you essential prepping techniques like soaking and sprouting, as well as showing you how to set up your raw pantry and kitchen set-up.
But if you’re just looking to try out some raw vegan recipes, without necessarily committing to the lifestyle, there are cookbooks that make it easy for you to prepare food without any kitchen appliances.
These raw vegan cookbooks focus more on salad-based recipes that highlight unique combinations of spices and ingredients to provide bursts of flavor. The best ones offer a lot of creativity in their recipes and highlight fresh ingredients that are easily available in local markets. They're also a step above regular vegan cookbooks, as those won't focus heavily on the raw side of things.
In this list, I’ve picked the best cookbooks that offer the most useful information for anyone interested in raw veganism. Whether you’re looking for meal plans or just looking for the occasional raw vegan dish to pair with your favorite meat-based meal, these cookbooks will have all the information you need.
Here are my top ten raw vegan cookbooks on Amazon.
Table of Contents
- Best Raw Vegan Cookbooks
- 1. 21-Day Vegan Raw Food Diet Plan: 75 Satisfying Recipes to Revitalize Your Body Paperback
- 2. Raw Vegan Recipes: For Everyone (not just for raw vegans) Paperback
- 3. The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook: A Balance of Raw and Lightly-Cooked, Gluten-Free Plant-Based Meals for Healthy Living Paperback
- 4. Sayuri's Raw Food Café Paperback
- 5. Raw-Vitalize: The Easy, 21-Day Raw Food Recharge Paperback – Illustrated
- 6. Gourmet Raw Cookbook : A Complete Guide to Raw Vegan Cakes Paperback
- 7. Eat Raw, Eat Well: 400 Raw, Vegan and Gluten-Free Recipes Paperback
- 8. Modern Raw: Healthy Raw Vegan Meals for a Balanced Life Paperback – Illustrated
- 9. Raw and Radiant: 130 Quick Recipes and Holistic Tips for a Healthy Life Hardcover
- 10. Raw: The Uncook Book: New Vegetarian Food for Life Hardcover
- Top Pick
Best Raw Vegan Cookbooks
- 21-Day Vegan Raw Food Diet Plan: 75 Satisfying Recipes to Revitalize Your Body Paperback
- Raw Vegan Recipes: For Everyone (not just for raw vegans) Paperback
- The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook: A Balance of Raw and Lightly-Cooked, Gluten-Free Plant-Based Meals for Healthy Living Paperback
- Sayuri's Raw Food Café Paperback
- Raw-Vitalize: The Easy, 21-Day Raw Food Recharge Paperback – Illustrated
- Gourmet Raw Cookbook: A Complete Guide to Raw Vegan Cakes Paperback
- Eat Raw, Eat Well: 400 Raw, Vegan and Gluten-Free Recipes Paperback
- Modern Raw: Healthy Raw Vegan Meals for a Balanced Life Paperback – Illustrated
- Raw and Radiant: 130 Quick Recipes and Holistic Tips for a Healthy Life Hardcover
- Raw: The Uncook Book: New Vegetarian Food for Life Hardcover
1. 21-Day Vegan Raw Food Diet Plan: 75 Satisfying Recipes to Revitalize Your Body Paperback
This cookbook features a three-week diet plan with 75 vegan recipes that are good for at least two people. The opening chapters competently explain what a vegan raw food diet is, and provide supplementary suggestions for how to set up a raw vegan pantry and kitchen. The cookbook also provides instructions for dehydrating, soaking, and sprouting ingredients in order to make some of the recipes.
Recipes are easy to follow and include prep times, variation tips, yield, and caloric information. Not all of them have colored photos of the dishes. Samples of the selection include Lentil Walnut Tacos, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Smoothie, Blueberry Avocado Dream Smoothie, Instant Hemp Milk, Carrot Cake Overnight Oaks, Banana Oatmeal Pancakes, and Watermelon Gazpacho.
Readers found this a good entry guide back for raw vegan eating; those who’ve tried the recipes said they were tasty. Another found its shopping lists, freezing guidelines, and metric conversions very useful. One said he lost 6 lbs in the first week without feeling hungry.
Best for weight watchers and casual cooks looking to sample a raw vegan recipe.
2. Raw Vegan Recipes: For Everyone (not just for raw vegans) Paperback
This cookbook presents accessible raw vegan recipes for anyone curious about the vegetable-based diet. There are 113 recipes here that can be made as main dishes or as an accompaniment to meat-based dishes.
Recipes are simple and easy to follow. They range from healthy drinks to exotic salads. There are beautiful color photos of the dishes all throughout.
Readers found the recipes accessible and delicious. Another found this a good resource for entertaining friends with vegan food.
Recommended for raw vegan beginners and anyone looking for the occasional tasty healthy dish.
3. The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook: A Balance of Raw and Lightly-Cooked, Gluten-Free Plant-Based Meals for Healthy Living Paperback
From the author of the popular This Rawsome Vegan Life blog, this cookbook contains mostly raw vegan recipes but there’s a small selection of cooked wholesome vegan food recipes, as well. Samples of the selection include Veggie Wraps with Miso Mustard Gravy, Raw Pizza with Spinach Pesto, and Yam Burgers with Daikon Fries and Ketchup.
Recipes are very easy and quick to make. Most of them have short ingredient lists comprising common items that can be obtained in supermarkets. Measurements are in grams and ml as well as cups and ounces. Most recipes have color photos.
Those who’ve tried the recipes found them to be delicious. One particularly liked the recipes for the sauce and dressings.
Great for those still transitioning to a raw vegan diet, and fans of Emily von Euw’s Rawsome Vegan Blog.
4. Sayuri's Raw Food Café Paperback
This cookbook features raw vegan versions of familiar international dishes that range from breakfasts to smoothies, soup to salads, and dips to dressings. There are over 120 recipes here arranged by region, including Balinese, Korean, Indian, Italian, Greek, Japanese, Mexican, and Thai dishes. The cookbook also includes instructions for soaking and sprouting, dehydration and tempering, and fermentation, as well as suggestions for essential kitchen equipment.
Recipe instructions are clearly written and most of them have color photos of the dishes. Those who’ve tried the recipes found them to be doable and delicious. Some readers found the quality of its book paper-thin but those who are in it for its creative recipes will not be disappointed.
Recommended for anyone looking for international raw vegan recipes.
5. Raw-Vitalize: The Easy, 21-Day Raw Food Recharge Paperback – Illustrated
This cookbook presents a raw vegan food plan that’s ideal for people with busy schedules. Recipes are in single-serving portions to make it easy for anyone to combine recipes for a complete meal. The cookbook also includes shopping lists, suggestions for prepping in advance, and tips for eating on the go.
Recipes are simple and no-fuss, with ingredients that can easily be switched out if need be. Most can be done in under 10-15 minutes, although one reader said that beginner cooks will find them doable under 30 minutes. There are 60 color photos all throughout the book.
Readers liked that the recipes don’t require a dehydrator although one noted that having a food processor will definitely make prep work easier. Another liked that the book gives one the flexibility to follow the meal plan or mix things up in random order.
Good for flexitarian eaters and anyone looking for quick and easy raw vegan meal plans.
6. Gourmet Raw Cookbook : A Complete Guide to Raw Vegan Cakes Paperback
For pastry lovers, this cookbook offers a selection of more than 60 raw dessert recipes that are free from gluten, dairy, nuts, eggs, and refined sugar. It teaches anyone how to make their own ingredients like salts, essential oils, and healthy binding agents so that anyone can make their own unique raw desserts from scratch.
Recipes are complex with lots of technical information that might overwhelm beginner cooks. The book uses whole food ingredients with suggested substitutes for those that might not be available locally. The food photography is gorgeous.
Those who’ve tried the recipes found them delicious with unique flavors. One liked how the book uses unique ingredients like kohlrabi to make a raw Christmas Roll or avocado for its Avocado Chocolate Signature Cake. Another liked how it also teaches a variety of basic techniques like tempering chocolate.
Recommended for experienced home bakers and anyone looking for vegan-based gourmet pastry recipes.
7. Eat Raw, Eat Well: 400 Raw, Vegan and Gluten-Free Recipes Paperback
This is a comprehensive and diverse collection of raw vegan recipes that range from breakfast meals, soups, main courses, and desserts. It features a broad raw pantry selection, with lots of information on how to prepare ingredients to maximize their nutritional value. Samples of the dishes include Pear and Walnut Pancakes, Banana Cream Pie Smoothie, Jicama, Corn, Quinoa, and Lime Hot Pot, Perfect Guacamole, Cauliflower Risotto, Spicy Kimchi, and Black Lentil Sloppy Joes.
Recipes are practical and flexible. The instructions are easy to follow with sidebar notes on to customize the recipe. There are also color food photographs for easy reference.
Most of them, however, will require a specific kitchen tool to make prepping easier. A dehydrator, a blender, and a food processor are commonly mentioned in the reviews. Those who have tried the recipes found them accessible and full of flavor.
Recommended for home cooks looking for an extensive collection of easy raw vegan recipes.
8. Modern Raw: Healthy Raw Vegan Meals for a Balanced Life Paperback – Illustrated
While this is a predominantly raw vegan cookbook, it also features a selection of recipes that require light cooking to maximize their nutritional value. This should appeal to those who have not fully transitioned into a raw vegan diet.
Recipes have clear step-by-step instructions with beautiful photos of the food. Most of them require a tool like a dehydrator or a mandolin. When needed, some recipes will have recommendations for substitutions and helpful tips. Samples of the selection include Cucumber Spring Rolls, Raw Wok Vegetable “Stir-Fry” Noodles, Almond and Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus Wrap, Walnut-Chorizo Tacos with Kiwi Salsa and Guacamole, and Cauliflower Steak with Chimichurri.
Recommended for raw vegan beginners and anyone looking to add more recipes to their culinary repertoire.
9. Raw and Radiant: 130 Quick Recipes and Holistic Tips for a Healthy Life Hardcover
This is another entry-level raw vegan cookbook that includes a 5-day juice cleanse as a jump start before transitioning to a fully raw vegan diet. It also has a lifestyle guide with lots of tips and inspiring photos to keep anyone on track with the diet regimen.
Recipes are beginner-friendly. Samples from the selection include Classic Raw Lasagne, Fettucine Alfredo (raw), and Rainbow Rice Rolls.
Those who’ve tried them found them to be accessible and delicious. Another liked the cookbook's holistic approach to health and beauty beyond the recipes.
Ideal for beginners and anyone looking for quick juice cleansing recipes.
10. Raw: The Uncook Book: New Vegetarian Food for Life Hardcover
This cookbook features gourmet raw cuisine developed by the raw food guru of Los Angeles. The recipes blend traditional culinary techniques with a contemporary and practical lifestyle.
Recipes are detailed and have long ingredient lists but one can easily replace or ingredients without sacrificing flavor and texture. Most of the recipes require the use of a dehydrator. Color photos of the dishes are also included for easy reference. Samples include Butternut Squash Soup, New Moon Fruit Stew, Thai Green Papaya Salad, Living Buckwheat Pizza Crust, Mango Essene Bread, and Mock Salmon Sushi.
Recommended for professional chefs and experienced home cooks looking to sample restaurant-quality raw vegan gourmet dishes.
21-DAY VEGAN RAW FOOD DIET PLAN: 75 SATISFYING RECIPES TO REVITALIZE YOUR BODY by Heather Bowen
This is a great introduction to raw veganism. Even if you’re not looking for a meal plan to lose weight, the book's recipe selection alone features enough flavor and creativity to make your raw vegan exploration a delightful experience.
It’s user-friendly with shopping lists and lots of meal prepping tips for beginner cooks. It includes an index, frozen produce quick reference chart measurement conversions, references, and lots of other resources.
And if you ever decide to lose weight in the future, you can use the diet plan in this cookbook because, based on the reviews, it really works.