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Months and months in quarantine has undoubtedly led to a lot more time in the kitchen. Whether that means more cooking or snacking, we won’t judge. One thing’s for sure, though, this is the best time to experiment with recipes out of your norm. If you’ve been hesitant to try vegan recipes or want to be able to dictate your budget (AKA avoiding overpriced avocado toast), now is the best time to finally try your hand at cooking some.

If you’ve been looking for continuous ways to support the Black Lives Matter movement, too, then here is your chance. Supporting Black artists, creators, chefs and authors is one of the best ways to uplift the voices and talents of the Black community.

Continue supporting the Black community, and try some new recipes, right from home with these five vegan cookbooks written by Black authors.

Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes by Bryant Terry

A James Beard Award-Winning chef, Terry’s most recently-published vegan cookbook is full of delicious recipes to try in quarantine. The cookbook includes over 100 delicious recipes, with options like Dirty Cauliflower, Millet Roux Mushroom Gumbo, Barbecue Carrots, and many more. Terry provides easy-to-follow recipes, general advice and recommendations, and stunning visuals, making this cookbook both a functional and aesthetically-pleasing addition to your kitchen counter.

Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed by Bryant Terry

Another popular cookbook by Terry, this is an excellent choice for anyone wanting to expand their palate during quarantine. Terry remixes classic staples, ingredients, and classic dishes of the African Diaspora to craft over 100 mouth-watering vegan recipes. In this cookbook, you’ll find unique recipes such as Smashed Potatoes, Peas, and Corn with Chile-Garlic Oil; Cinnamon-Soaked Wheat Berry Salad; Creamy Coconut-Cashew Soup with Okra, Corn, and Tomatoes; and Caribbean-inspired Cocoa Spice Cake with Crystallized Ginger and Coconut-Chocolate Ganache. No matter your taste, you’re sure to find a new favorite in this book.

Ageless Vegan: The Secret to Living a Long and Healthy Plant-Based Life by Tracye McQuirter

Written by vegan lifestyle expert, Tracye McQuirter, this is the perfect cookbook to share with mom. Written with her own mom, McQuirter shares over 100 recipes emphasizing the importance of greens if you want to look and feel ageless. The cookbook provides nutritional breakdowns, vegan pantry essentials, and further information on how to let your diet guide you to your healthiest lifestyle yet. Enjoy delicious recipes such as Maple French Toast with Strawberries, Thai Coconut Curry Soup, Cajun Quinoa with Okra and Tomato, Vegetable Pot Pie, Citrusy Dandelion Greens Salad, and many more.

Caribbean Vegan: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion by Taymer Mason

Bring the Caribbean right to your own home during quarantine with the help of this vegan cookbook! Combining local flavors of Barbados, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and more, you won’t be disappointed with the flavorful recipes you’ll find. A perfect balance of savory and sweet (for all those quarantine cravings), this cookbook includes recipes such as Cassava Pancakes, Herbed Sada Roti, Papaya Chia Smoothie Bowl, Caribbean Macro Bowl,  Plantain Wellington, Caribbean Sushi, and many more.

A Southern Girl’s Guide to Plant-Based Eating: Recipes from the Vegan Soul That Won’t Make You Broke by Cametria Hill

A cookbook perfect for anyone new to vegan food, this book is full of affordable, accessible, plant-based recipes. Following a vegan diet in the South can be extremely tricky, but Hill provides amazing recipes to satisfy any and all cravings. You won’t even miss the non-vegan versions of your favorite foods when you have the plant-based versions for Buttermylk Biscuits and Black Pepper Mushroom Gravy, Mickey D’s Style Tempeh Sausage Biscuit Sandwich with Plum Jam, Breakfast Tostada with Smoky Mango Salsa, Louisiana-Style Cornmeal-Encrusted Tofu Fish Fry, and many more right at your fingertips.

Supporting these Black chefs and authors during quarantine is a great way to fuel your body in quarantine and make a change, all from home.

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