These celebrity chefs (and food magazines) know a thing or two about food. But do their plant-based recipes also pass the taste test? (Spoiler alert: They do!)
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Today, I'm pulling back the curtain on the kitchens of culinary icons. Think Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver, Martha Stewart, Yotam Ottolenghi, Nadiya Hussain, and Rachel Khoo! The delicious cream of the crop, that is.
As a foodie, you know them, right? I can't imagine a world where someone hasn't heard of food icons like Jamie Oliver or Nigella Lawson.
But wait, wait ... We're here for vegan food. So are these culinary wizards renowned for their plant-based recipes?! Aaah, weeeeeellll, NOPE! None of them are vegetarian, let alone vegan. But: The times are a-changin' (yeah! yeeeaaah! yeeeaaaah!).
For years, these celeb chefs didn't share many vegan recipes, or if they did, they didn't label them as vegan. Recently, there's been a delightful shift, and I can't help but do a happy little dance seeing these chefs embracing vegan cuisine. 💃🏼
So, do these chefs pour the same love and attention into their vegan recipes as they do into their other culinary creations, you ask?
I put them to the test, and let me tell you – they absolutely do! From savory to sweet, every dish I tried was - kaboom - a flavor explosion!
Here are some of the top vegan recipes I fell head over heels for from these celebrity chefs, followed by more plant-based goodness from iconic magazines (because I know you can't get enough).
Let's dig in and savor every bite! And please: Do share your vegan food love if you've discovered other recipe favs by non-vegan chefs - the comments section below is eagerly awaiting your yummy recs!
Vegan Recipes From Celebrity Chefs
When I stumbled upon Nigella Lawson's Dark and Sumptuous Chocolate Cake featured on several internet sites, all accompanied by rave reviews, I couldn't resist giving it a try.
What intrigued me the most was the revelation that it was – vegan!
While I enjoy watching Nigella Lawson's cooking shows, some of which are also aired on German TV, she's known for her liberal use of butter, eggs, and other animal products. Therefore, it came as a pleasant surprise to discover that she had crafted an entirely plant-based cake that garnered widespread acclaim. (Wow, plant-based baking (and cooking) has indeed transcended niche status and entered the mainstream!)
My verdict: Nigella Lawson's vegan choc cake is as decadent, rich, and delightful as both she and those who have tasted it proclaim. It received unanimous praise from my entire family, both vegan and non-vegan alike.
On nigella.com, you can find a treasure trove of over 80 vegan recipes.
If you want to delve even deeper into Nigella Lawson's cooking and her engaging, lavish writing style about food, I recommend getting one of her many cookbooks. While she doesn't have a dedicated vegan cookbook or even a vegetarian one, her latest published book, Cook, Eat, Repeat, includes a good list of vegan (and vegetarian or gluten-free) recipes that are clearly labeled as such in the recipe index.
The British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is cited on the internet as saying that the future is about a plant-based diet. I can see that he is shaping this future – his website features a whooping 150 purely vegan recipes.
The famous American chef and businesswoman's "How to …" descriptions and basic cooking lessons will teach you how to make quick sauerkraut, cook perfect brown rice, turn lemon zest into candied treats, or make a vegan pie crust, to name a few. It's worth checking the "vegan recipes" category on her website.
The British cook with Chinese roots, a patisserie degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and a Swedish husband is a polyglot gourmet who likes to explore different culinary traditions. I enjoyed watching her TV shows "The little Paris kitchen" and "My Swedish Kitchen" and was particularly delighted to notice that she started featuring vegan recipes in her latest shows. You should give her Swedish style falafels with red cabbage and dill a try.
Nadiya Hussain, the second-generation British Bangladeshi, comes across as approachable, friendly, and fun-loving. Her TV cooking shows always make me happy. It's humbling to think of all that this incredible woman has achieved despite the panic attacks she's been suffering all her life (she writes about her experience on her website). Nadiya Hussain was named as one of the 500 most influential people in the UK and was on BBC News' 100 Women list.
On The Happy Foodie, you can find plenty of Nadiya Hussain's recipes. Since not all her vegan recipes are tagged as such (for example, these Turmeric and Ginger Diamonds or the Ginger Rice with Spiced Chickpeas), it's advisable to take a closer look at all her gorgeous recipes. Besides, many of her non-vegan recipes are easily "veganizable". I made the Piccalilli Macaroni Cheese swapping the regular cheese for vegan cheese (also vegan cream cheese and vegan butter) and skipping the egg – the outcome was to die for; it's quickly become a family favorite.
The Israeli-born British chef is famous for his Middle-Eastern recipes. His many vegetarian and vegan dishes tell his obsession with vegetables. I can’t wait to try his Ultimate Traybake Ragù and Bkeila, Potato, and Butter Bean Stew.
You can find more of Yotam Ottolenghi’s vegan recipes on The Happy Foodie. I can also recommend his TV show Jerusalem on Plate; it will make you hunger for all those Arabic-inspired and Jewish delicacies.
Vegan Recipes by Iconic Food Magazines
I also like using vegan recipes published by iconic food magazines. Some of my favorite magazines are the following, they all published gorgeous vegan recipes (I've linked directly to them).
What are your favorite vegan recipes by celebrity chefs?
Wishing you planty of delicious delights,