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Our Favorite Vegan Cookbooks
For Weight Loss Recipes

There are a lot of vegan cookbooks out there, but there are only a few that we recommend for our weight loss program.

The best of the best

McDougall Max Weight Loss

The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss
by John McDougall, MD and Mary McDougall. This is the only book that matches our vegan weight loss plan perfectly.

It is not just a cookbook. It actually contains more weight loss information than recipes. But there are 106 simple recipes in the book, and every one (except for one cold cereal breakfast) has a low calorie density.

If you cook only from this book, you can't go wrong. The recipes are perfect for weight loss. However, adventurous cooks may get bored with the MWL book before long.

Fortunately, at the back of the book, there is a list of the low-calorie-density recipes found in other McDougall books. Look for inexpensive used copies of the older McDougall books on amazon.com. We also see them in thrift stores. Our favorites are:
  • The McDougall Health-Supporting Cookbook Volume II

  • The New McDougall Cookbook

  • The McDougall Quick & Easy Cookbook
All McDougall books are vegan, except for the occasional use of honey. You can use agave nectar instead of honey.

For many more recipes that follow our plan, look through the recipes on the Fat Free Vegan website.

More oil-free vegan cookbooks

The following cookbooks are good too, but they contain some recipes for high calorie foods. Study this information on the calorie content of foods carefully. You will see that for weight loss, you can eat many vegan foods in unlimited quantities. You must omit or carefully limit other foods. Be sure you know the difference.

See our review of the RAVE Diet book and Eating DVD. They are two of our favorites for recipes and motivation.
Fat Free and Easy

Fat Free and Easy
by Jennifer Raymond. This is an excellent cookbook for people who are just getting started with a vegan diet. You can find most of the ingredients in the grocery store.

We have turned a lot of people on to this book, and everyone loves it. The recipes are delicious and easy to make. You will love her soups and bean salads. More of her wonderful recipes are found in Dr. Neal Barnard's books.

Almost No Fat Cookbook

The (Almost) No Fat Cookbook
by Joanne Stepaniak. There are many creative ideas for meals in this book. You will find substitutions for dairy and meat items. There are also recipes for oil-free salad dressings and sauces. 

If you like this book, the author also has an (Almost) No Fat Holiday Cookbook.

Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook
The Uncheese Cookbook
or The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook by Bryanna Clark Grogan.  If you miss eating cheese, these are the books for you. The Ultimate book is newer but both books contain similar recipes.

Many of the recipes contain nuts and seeds. A few recipes contain oil but most are oil-free. The recipes are fun to use in small quantities or for special occasions.

Health Promoting Cookbook
The Health Promoting Cookbook by Alan Goldhamer, DC. is the healthiest vegan cookbook we have ever seen. Even the first few books we talked about sometimes use ingredients like salt, sugar, or isolated soy protein.

The recipes in this book contain no oil, no salt, and no concentrated sweeteners. They are also wheat-free for people who are wheat-sensitive.
If you have serious health problems, you may need to go to this extreme to become well.

When you begin to prepare low calorie density foods without oil, the food may taste bland to you. Don't be discouraged. Your tastes will change. Eventually you will learn to love the natural flavors of whole plant foods.

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