Enjoying a plant-based diet means being able to experiment and try all sorts of new recipes and foods. In fact, it’s one of my favorite things about being veg!

Thankfully, there are so many great plant-based cookbooks available that help guide you on the fun path of discovery – especially those of us who don’t naturally feel at home in the kitchen. And with the holidays coming up, each of these would make a fantastic gift!

We’ve put together a list of our five favorites:

The Edgy Veg: 138 Carnivore-Approved Vegan Recipes by Candice Hutchings

This book proves that you really can have it all on a plant-based diet!

A post shared by The Edgy Veg (@edgyveg) on

The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Isa Moskowitz has already made her claim to fame in the vegan cooking world (see: Isa Does It and Veganomicon) and now the queen of vegan cuisine is back with this highly anticipated holiday cookbook.

A post shared by Eesie (@isachandra) on

Thug Kitchen 101: Fast as F*ck by Thug Kitchen

When it comes to tantalizing vegan cuisine, Thug Kitchen lives up to its hype. From sweet potato al pastor tacos and pineapple salsa to spaghetti pie (which yes, is exactly what it sounds like) this cookbook is filled with easy-to-master creative takes on all your favorite comfort foods.

A post shared by Thug Kitchen (@thugkitchen) on

Plant-Based on a Budget by Toni Okamoto

Toni Okamoto, of Plant-Based on a Budget fame and the author of The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook, brings you a new meal-planning book that’s full of simple, scrumptious plant-based recipes. This $5 guide will show you how to go to the grocery store with $25 in your pocket and get ingredients to create 21 meals. That’s only $1.20 per meal!

The No Meat Athlete Cookbook: Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes to Fuel Your Workouts—and the Rest of Your Life by Matt Frazier and Stephanie Romine

No Meat Athlete (NMA) is a popular website with resources for every vegan athlete, and no, you don’t have to be a pro to benefit! For this cookbook, NMA founder Matt Frazier and health coach and nutrition writer Stepfanie Romine bring 150 recipes to the table that are affordable and easy to prepare, even on busy weeknights.