World Vegan Month celebrates how accessible and beneficial a vegan diet can be. It is a chance to showcase your favourite vegan recipes, cooking tips and more!
What is vegan?
Being vegan means that you do not eat food products from animal origin, which includes dairy products and eggs. People choose to become vegan for many reasons and some of these can include personal reasons and ethics, health and environmental impact of animal agriculture.
It’s not just vegetables! Becoming vegan doesn’t mean you have to stick to your fruit and veg, there is a wealth of food you can explore. Some great options are nuts, grains, seeds, beans and pulses which can be created into fantastic meals. Here is a link to The Vegan Society with some great recipe ideas: https://www.vegansociety.com/resources/recipes/main-meals
During this month some also have a go at the 30 day vegan challenge and try eating a vegan diet for the duration of November. Why not give it a try?
There are so many vegan cookery books on our library catalogue that you can choose from to make a start. Here are just a handful of what there is on offer!
Hampshire Library Booklist
Katy Beskow presents 100 recipes for home cooks who want to create effortless, fast and delicious vegan food, without the price tag often associated with vegan cooking. All of the ingredients can be purchased in supermarkets and every recipe is ready in 15 minutes or less. Beskow challenges the perception that vegan cooking is expensive, and shows that veganism is for all by using ingredients that are readily available and need no specialist equipment. This is a book for both non-vegans and vegans who want to try reduce food costs without sacrificing flavour.
Dirty vegan: proper banging vegan food
by Matt Pritchard.
From the ex presenter of the cult TV show Dirty Sanchez, Matt Pritchard, comes the BBC’s first ever vegan cookery programme. In this book, Matt shows you just how easy and cheap it can be to go vegan and how the right nutrition can help you perform better in all aspects of life. Discover more than 80 cracking recipes for proper healthy vegan food, such as the full vegan pile up, squash & shroom momos with yuzu dip, crispy bang-bang tofu, peanut & chilli stir-fry, creamy peppercorn & mushroom pie and maple, orange & chocolate baklava.
Many people are intrigued by the current trend for veganism. This book is for all those who want to ‘have a go’ – whether it’s simply to improve their diet or lighten the load on the planet – but who don’t have the time or the inclination to follow a vegan diet full time. There are numerous glossy vegan cookbooks (and authors) extolling the benefits of everything from making nut milks to replicating the taste of cheese. This book is different. The recipes are straightforward, feature readily available ingredients and are, of course, delicious, because they are based on the best simple, natural flavours that nature has to offer.
Vegan cakes and other bakes: 80 easy vegan recipes : cookies, cakes, pizzas, breads, and more
by Jérôme Eckmeier and Daniela Lais
Want tasty vegan, vegetarian, eggless or dairy-free bakes? This book is packed with vegan baking recipes that are quick, simple and delicious. From vegan desserts, breads and even mains such as dairy-free pizza and eggless quiche, every recipe uses straightforward techniques and easy-to-source ingredients, and has a beautiful photograph to tempt your taste-buds.
Do you want to give veganism a go but don’t know how to begin? Maybe you’ve bought a cookbook to inspire you, but there are just so many recipes to choose from that you don’t know how to start? Maybe you DO start but only manage it for a dinner here, a breakfast there (on the days you remember to check the ingredients list before you head to the supermarket) – before you ultimately give up? If that sounds familiar, then this book is for you! This book is designed to make going vegan as easy as possible, providing 100 plant-based recipes for quick breakfasts, satisfying lunches, and hearty dinners, plus snack choices for one month.
Vegans and vegetarians everywhere will have the best holiday period ever with Gaz Oakley’s fantastic alternatives to the trad turkey and trimmings. Gaz is an expert in bold flavours and textures, so everyone can enjoy a spectacular centrepiece and amazing food throughout the festive season. Gaz talks you through the menus and the planning, from Christmas morning breakfast like sweet potato waffles and tofu benedict, through to a show-stopping lunch with the likes of ultimate Christmas wellington, ‘turkey’ roast and festive nut roast wreath served with all the trimmings: ‘no pigs’ in blankets, Hasselback potatoes and fluffy Yorkshire puddings – all rounded off with spectacular dairy-free puds including boozy tiramisu and creme brulee tarts.