My Top 5 Favorite Vegan Cookbooks with Best Recipes for Easy, Cheap and Delicious Plant-Based Meals

Every now and then I get asked to recommend my favorite vegan cookbooks. For someone who just switched to the vegan or plant-based diet, owning a useful and dependable vegan cookbook (or five) can make or break the whole deal with this new dietary choice. Of course, I know that being vegan goes beyond just what we put on our plate (I hear ya, ethical vegans!), but since food still remains the most frequently used tool on the way to a cruelty-free world, today I’d like to focus on vegan food, and particularly cooking it with the help of useful vegan cookbooks. So for today’s post, I’ve put together a list of my top 5 favorite vegan cookbooks. In doing so, I went beyond selecting books with pretty pictures and nice fonts, but rather asked myself these questions: Do I use this cookbook a lot? Does this book call for everyday, easy-to-find ingredients? Is … Read the rest of the post

How to Cook with No Oil: 8 Useful Tips. Vegan Kitchen Simplified Series.

I know it’s been a while since the last episode of the Vegan Kitchen Simplified series, but better late than never, right? Today I’d like to talk about the single thing that can improve your vegan diet from the health standpoint – cooking with no oil. Why would we want to cook with no oil, you may ask? In case you haven’t noticed, the subject of cooking with or without oil is one of the most polarizing among vegan chefs and cookbook authors. One school of thought believes that as long as all of the ingredients are cruelty-free, they are worth using in our kitchens, so hail to the vegan butter, vegan margarine, vegan shortening, all types of oils, etc. Another school of thought is convinced that using all of the above in your cooking on a regular basis will have a detrimental effect on your health, starting from chronic … Read the rest of the post

How to Eat Plant-Based while Traveling: Think Outside the Box!

Most people following a plant-based diet will agree: it’s the easiest to follow when we can cook all of our meals at home, in our own well-stocked kitchens. However, life interferes, and we may find ourselves stressing over food while getting ready to travel to a new destination that may or may not accommodate our veggie-oriented eating. As you know by now, earlier this month Rob and I moved from our 3+ year home in Alabama to the wild and woolly frontier just outside Seattle, WA. During our transition, we spent a week in hotels equipped with only a microwave and a small fridge (okay, it’s better than nothing), first in New Orleans, Louisiana, then in a little town on Whidbey Island in Washington. Quite a bit of time was spent researching places where we could go eat next, all while trying to keep our meals healthy and affordable. Thankfully, we’re not … Read the rest of the post

How to Make Vegan Sausages at Home: a Recipe Review from Happy Herbivore Cookbook

Today I’m going to do something I haven’t done previously on my blog: I’m going to review someone else’s recipe, namely the recipe for Spicy Sausage from The Happy Herbivore Cookbook: Over 175 Delicious Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes by Lindsay S. Nixon. I’ve mentioned this cookbook a few times before for a good reason: I’m a big fan of Lindsay’s simple and tasty recipes that call for everyday ingredients, and the layout of her book is very user-friendly, from the detailed table of contents to a very convenient recipe index. This was one of the first cookbooks I bought when I switched to a vegan diet, and it saved my day many times on occasions when I didn’t have any ideas about what to make for dinner. The Happy Herbivore Cookbook is the first cookbook Lindsay published (in 2011). Since then, she released three more cookbooks that I would love to get at some … Read the rest of the post