Best Vegetarian Cookbooks for College Students

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June 2021 by


When you arrive at university, it’s up to you to make your meals. Coming up with ideas isn’t easy, and it gets even more challenging as a vegetarian because your options are more limited (or at least that is what people think). Some people believe there’s barely anything you can eat as a veggie, but that isn’t true. In fact, some cookbooks have more than 100 recipes for vegetarians, so you’re actually spoilt for choice! Many of these recipes are also super quick and cheap to do, perfect for that student budget.

Despite what people also believe, vegetarian options for almost all meals you’d eat as a non-vegetarian can be with or without meat substitutes. If you want to know more about the perfect vegetarian cookbooks for your student’s life, this list will hopefully leave you satisfied!

The Hungry Student Vegetarian Cookbook by Charlotte Pike

This book by Charlotte Pike comes with other 160 recipes, including vegetable lasagna, fajitas, chili and even desserts like brownies and sticky toffee pudding. This book is excellent to pick up as a student because the author clearly knows how life at college can be. You’re getting the advice from someone who’s done it before and knows exactly what she’s talking about. She discusses how to stock your food in a small, shared kitchen and make quick recipes after a busy day of lectures. All scenes we know you can relate to! It’s super simple to follow and goes into great detail about the equipment you’ll use and more. This is the book you need if you want to be ready for all situations.

Vegetarian Nosh for Students by Joy May

This book is inspired by a similar one the author wrote for their son. Like many of you, he’d gone off to college and was clueless on what to cook. Not only does this book have recipes, it includes shopping lists for you to use as a guide and a food planner to keep your meals organised. It even measures ingredients by spoons and mugs, so you don’t have to worry about the extra cooking equipment you don’t have. The vegetarian society has approved this book too, and that’s when you know it’s good! There are recipes such as jacket potatoes, spaghetti and stuffed peppers. It’s just a great guide for when you don’t know where to start.

The Students Vegetarian Cookbook for Dummies by Connie Sarros

We all know the guides ‘For Dummies’, so it only makes sense that they have one for vegetarian students too. If their other books are to go by, this is one you can rely on to help you out! The author, Connie Sarros, is also the co-author of ‘Gluten-Free Cooking for Dummies’ so this isn’t the first one she’s done. This book is excellent if you’re really serious about being vegetarian. It tells you how to stick to that diet on campus and what you need on your shelves. There are 170 recipes described as quick and easy, so you’ll never run out of choice. It’s also said to be budget-conscious which is perfect for your student lifestyle. If you’re only starting out as a vegetarian, this could be your best option.

The 30-Minute Vegetarian Cookbook: 100 Healthy Delicious Meals for Busy People by Lisa Turner

If anyone is busy, it’s college students! That’s why this book is perfect for you. Imagine getting in from a late lecture at 6 pm; the last thing you want to do is cook anything that takes too long. May you be even tempted to order in a takeaway? Well, resist that urge because these recipes take a quick half an hour (yes, that includes food preparation), and it’ll stop you from spending too much money. There are 100 recipes, and they’re also pretty healthy, which can help you if you want to manage your diet. It includes all food from breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert. If you’re always on the go, this is the one you should pick up!

The Vegetarian Student Cookbook

3 words are on the cover of this book. Easy, speedy and cheap. What more could you want? If you’re on a tight budget, this is the best book to keep your spending down. Like many on this list, it comes with over 100 recipes to choose from, including all meals. Not only that, but it also has cocktail recipes! They’ll be a lot of fun to make and will also be pretty popular at your student parties. There is plenty of variety in this book, and if the pictures on the front are anything to go by, your meals will be pretty yummy too.

Hopefully, some of these books take your fancy and if not? There are plenty of others out there, so at least one will fit your needs. Thankfully, all of these books can be found on Amazon, and they’re all reasonably cheap too! If you have any other recommendations for your fellow students, comment below.



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