If you are like me and struggle with even the most basic recipes, a vegan cookbook can be pretty overwhelming. Ingredients you’ve never heard of, long lists of instructions, and cooking techniques you’ve never used before. Keeping in mind that every vegan should be empowered to create their own plant-based meals, there are plenty of ways to ease yourself into the world of vegan cooking. Here are a few titles to get you started:

The Friendly Vegan Cookbook: 100 Essential Recipes to Share with Vegans and Omnivores Alike

by Michelle Cehn and Toni Okamoto

This is by far the simplest vegan cookbook on my shelf. Very much a book for beginners, whether vegan or not, this book has plenty of nonthreatening recipes (try “Chloe’s Spinach-Artichoke Dip”).

Vegan for Everybody: Foolproof Plant-Based Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and In-Between

by America’s Test Kitchen

The recipes in this book are hard to mess up. Even when a recipe doesn’t turn out exactly as expected, it’s always good (and, more importantly, edible). There’s a reason it’s called the Test Kitchen.

Vegan Food for the Rest of Us

by Ann Hodgeman

Once you’ve worked up a little confidence in the kitchen, Vegan Food for the Rest of Us is a great step to take. Though more advanced than the other books on this list, there are plenty of fairly easy recipes in here worth a shot.

Vegan Yack Attack on the Go!: Plant-Based Recipes for Your Fast-Paced Vegan Lifestyle

by Jackie Sobon

Admittedly my favorite of the books on this list, Vegan Yack Attack is truly inspired. Not only are the recipes doable, but they’re so much fun! If you’re not quite ready to invest in the book, try some of Sobon’s recipes here.