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30 April 2020

Which cookbook should you buy?

If you love food and need some inspiration, look no further as we have compiled a list of cookbooks perfect for the foodie OMSer.

Many cookbooks listed below also have websites with recipes where you can ‘try before you buy’ or apps which you can download. You can always look in your local library to see if they have cookbooks too or borrow from a friend.

We asked the OMS community what cookbooks they enjoy and find useful, to save you buying a book that isn’t useful. Some are vegan, and some include fish.

Some of the recipes will need adapting, for example substituting ingredients or sauteing in water instead of using oil.

OMS Compliant

OMS Cookbook

Some of the community have created a Facebook page with some images of the recipes they’ve made to inspire others!

Forks over Knives

‘Lots of beans recipes if you love them , I don’t’ 

Pam S & others 

My Fresh Attitude online cookbook

Susan F D – a subscription to [above] would also make a lovely gift. What’s better than their Moroccan Chick Pea Stew recipe? NOTHING!

Eat well, live well with the sensitive foodie by OMSer Karen Lee

Need some adapting

Some might use oils, coconut products or dairy products which will need substituting.

For a reminder of what you can and can’t eat on the OMS diet.

Appetite for Reduction by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

‘Delicious food, all low fat vegan so hardly any tweaking needed’

Catriona T

Deliciously Ella

Celebrating plant-based living.

Lucy M & others

Vegan for Life by Jack Norris and Virginia Messina

Vegan for Life is a comprehensive, go-to guide for optimal plant-based nutrition. Registered dietitians and long-time vegans Jack Norris and Virginia Messina debunk some of the most persistent myths about vegan nutrition and provide essential information about getting enough calcium and protein, finding the best supplements, and understanding the “real deal” about soy.

Jack M

Lorna Sass’  Complete Vegetarian Kitchen

A wealth of ideas and techniques.

Rachel C

How Not to Die Cookbook, Dr Greger

Whole-food plant-based cookbook.

Anniemieke B

Thug Kitchen

From Instagram 

Hell Veel Veg, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

‘Skip or replace the oil. Originally in English’

Anniemieke B

Much More Veg, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Rachael R 

Anything by Ottolenghi

‘Great recipes that are already close and easily adapted’

Simon D

Power Plates, Gena Hamshaw

‘Great question! I have 39 mostly vegan cookbooks on my shelf and the one I like the most because the food is delish and EASY (important with MS)’ 

Shauna Z 

Vegan in 7 by Rita Derano

‘This recipe book is good but you just need to adapt a few recipes that have coconut oil’

Mary S

The Happy Pear, Recipes For Happiness, David and Stephen Flynn

They have some great videos on their site and oil free recipes.

Santa, please: one of the Happy Pear books ‘ 


The Plant Pure Nation Cookbook

‘I have been OMSing for nearly 20 years, only in the last few have there been good cookbooks. I love K Campbell Plant Pure Nation’ 

Pam S

The Engine 2 Diet, R Esselstyn cookbook

Live plant strong

‘Lots of snack ideas, less main meals’

Pam S / Instagram 

Oh She Glows Everyday by Angela Liddon

‘Terrible name, great book’

Matt L 

Oh She Glows, Angel Liddon

Suggestion from Instagram 

Rich Roll & Julie Piatt – The Plantpower Way

Whole food plant-based recipes and guidance for the whole family, created by renowned plant-based ultra-distance athlete and high-profile wellness advocate Rich Roll and his chef wife Julie Piatt.

Alex T / Instagram user

The Pescatarian Cookbook

Rachel K

Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen

Susan FD 

Sweet Potato Soul, Jenne Claiborne

Virginia D

The Happy Herbivore

‘Low fat, plant-based recipes. They all need a bit of customising’

Pam S

Hippie Lane cookbook, Taline Gabrielian

Raeanne F

Originally posted December 2018 

Updated – April 2020

The Chickpea Cookbook by Heather Thomas

The Green Roasting Tin: Vegan and Vegetarian One Dish Dinners by Rukmini Iyer

Little Green Kitchen / Green Kitchen Stories

Nest and Glow