Vegetarian BBQ Cookbooks and Vegetable grilling cookbooks have become more popular as chefs and writers offer new ways to elevate fruits and vegetables from side to the main event. In this post, we’ll recommend a list of cookbooks for barbecue vegetables, vegetarian recipes and open-fire cooking. We love meat too but this will help you rethink what you can do with a grill and vegetables.

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Green Fire: Extraordinary Ways to Grill Fruits and Vegetables, from the Master of Live-Fire Cooking

Francis Mallmann

Mallmann made his mark as a Man in Patagonia grilling giant hunks of meat in the wilderness but with his latest book, he turned to the art of grilling vegetables. This is one of the best grilling cookbooks we have read, let alone one of the best vegetarian grilling cookbooks.  Mallmann includes extraordinary ways to grill fruits and vegetables, often showing techniques over open fire.

Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables

Joshua McFadden with Martha Holmberg

Loaded with grilled vegetable recipes McFadden also takes on the (more challenging) seasons of sprucing up winter and fall vegetable dishes. Whether it’s agrodolce ramps on simply grilled bread or charring broccoli Josh does not shy away from using flame.  He also shows many uses of raw vegetables that are simple and innovative.

Charred: The Complete Guide to Vegetarian Grilling and Barbecue

Genevieve Taylor

Honey Grilled Eggplant, gorgonzola and spiced walnuts? Yakitori Tofu? Two bean homemade veggie burgers? These are the types of comforting, healthy and delicious vegetarian bbq recipes you’ll find in this book. Genevieve Taylor is a live fire cooking expert who has written a couple of other books on the subject and this one takes aim at grilling veg and non-meat grilling. It’s a complete guide to vegetarian grilling with sections like burgers and fritters, kebabs and stuffed and wrapped, all with vegetable barbecue and grilling-focused recipes. 

Other Fantastic Vegetable Cookbooks:

River Cottage Veg: 200 Inspired Vegetable Recipes

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

River Cottage does not miss with cookbooks, their meat book is fantastic so it’s no surprise their veg book is too.

Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi

Yotam Ottolenghi

Possibly the GOAT of the vegetable cooking cookbook category Ottolenghi has a distinctive style for how to grill vegetables but also transform them using steam, fire or various knife techniques for raw veg recipes. The photos are mouthwatering, the ingredients draw influence from around the world and the man understands vegetables.


Nothing will unlock your cooking like understanding how to treat vegetables properly. The vegetable bbq and grilling techniques in the cookbooks above will bring new skills to your repertoire of home cooking techniques.  Meat is often expensive and sourcing quality meat is getting harder but a trip to the Farmer’s market armed with some new vegetable grilling techniques will transform your next dinner into something surprising, and memorable all while being meatless. Give it a try, trust us, a piece of charred cabbage or wood-fired carrots with sumac yogurt will steal the show of any dinner party.


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