I turned vegan at the beginning of this year which was a fairly easy transition for me as I had been a vegetarian for 4 years and didn't eat very much dairy (Minstrels, Mini Eggs and feta cheese were my main weaknesses). Being vegan doesn't automatically equal healthy and my emphasis when cooking has been to cook wholesome, healthy meals packed with lots of fresh veg, herbs and spices (then I don't feel quite so guilty for sneaking in some M&S veggie percy pigs..)
The books I've been turning to are Anna Jones' A Modern Way To Eat & A Modern Way To Cook, whilst both books are vegetarian most of her recipes are easily adapted for vegans. With recipes like 'Dhal with crispy sweet potato and quick coconut chutney' and 'Carrot and chickpea pancake with lemon-spiked dressing', leave these books on your coffee table and even the meat-loving carnivores will find something up their street.
The River Cafe Cook Book Green is an oldie but a goodie. Again, not strictly vegan but there are tons of recipes that are and any others are easily adapted. The book is a dedication to all that is great about the humble veg and it's organised by month and what is in season in each month. Some of my favourites recipes are the simple salads like the 'Mint and lentil salad'.
The Mildreds cookbook is the highly anticipated cookbook from the vegetarian restaurant Mildreds in London (well worth a visit if you're in London), all recipes are vegetarian but have clear labels if they are vegan or gluten-free, any others can again be easily adapted to a vegan diet. Some of my favourites from this book are the 'Sri Lankan sweet potato & cashew nut curry' and the 'saffron & pea risotto cakes'
Last but not least the two newest additions to my book shelf are Aine Carlin's Keep It Vegan & The New Vegan. I'm so happy my hubby discovered these for me, all my latest dishes have come from these books. The recipes are simple, fool-proof and delicious. Her 'Macaro-no cheese with crispy kale' blew my mind and I haven't yet made a dud dish from her books. I'm excited to try her 'Swedish-style vegballs with mash and creamy mustard sauce' this evening.