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Veganism has proven itself to be more than a passing fad. More and more people are embracing this new lifestyle in the name of health and ethics, while others are choosing reducetarian, flexitarian, or plant-based diets instead. This movement has gained momentum with popular documentaries like Cowspiracy, EarthlingsWhat the Health, Forks Over Knives, and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, just to name a few.

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The thought of going vegan or experimenting with vegan foods can seem intimidating, but as you’ll soon find out, vegan food is delicious, healthy, and surprisingly easy to adapt from a meal full of animal products.

Summer Heat

When the summer heat is on, most of us crave something cold and sweet, but traditional ice cream is full of cream, milk, sugar, and flavourings and preservatives, none of which promote optimum health. It’s no wonder why  John Robbins walked away from a million dollar empire after realizing how unhealthy his ice cream was making people. Now John and his son, Ocean, are helping to change the way people view health through FoodRevolution.org.

N’ice Cream

N’Ice Cream was created by award-winning Finnish author Virpi and coauthor Tuulia and offers 80 decadent and healthy ice cream recipes made from all-natural, wholesome vegan ingredients like fruits, berries, and plant-based milks and nuts. All can be made in the comfort of your own home, making it easy to avoid “weird stuff,” as the authors say.

They show you that making your own ice cream can be easy and good for you at the same time.

 

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Vegan Cheese Recipe Cookbooks

One food people have a particularly difficult time letting go of is cheese, and it’s no wonder, considering it actually carries addictive properties (and we get it, it tastes good, too). The dairy industry has cleverly made dairy a staple in homes across the world, but its manufacturing process is one of the most cruel and abusive experiences any cow or calf will ever have to face. Despite what we’ve been programmed to believe, dairy is scary, and leads to many health issues including osteoporosis, cancer risk, type 1 diabetes, and multiple sclerosis, and exposes us to heavy amounts of antibiotics, pesticides, and hormones.

These alternatives are mighty tasty and offer you even more ways to tantalize your tastebuds while still feeling like you’re getting your dairy fix.

Vegan Cheese

Green lifestyle expert Jules Aron created 60 dairy-free and delicious cheeses to make at home and shows you how simple and straightforward vegan cheese is to make.

Jules shares with readers in Vegan Cheese: Simple, Delicious Plant-Based Recipes “the tricks of the trade for making sauces, cheese you can grate or slice, and soft spreadable options, using homemade nut milks, vegetables, and natural helpers like lemon juice, probiotics, agar-agar, and nutritional yeast.” She mimics familiar cheeses like french-style brie, herbed feta, cauliflower jack, and aged gruyere, showing just how versatile vegan cheeses can be.

This Cheese is Nuts!

Julie Piatt is back again since her debut cookbook, The Plantpower Way, with 75 dairy-free cheese recipes using almonds, cashews, and other nuts in This Cheese is Nuts!When it comes to making a delicious vegan nut cheese, vegan chefs all over the world are up for the challenge, and Julie proves how easy they are to make with just a few simple ingredients — and in under twenty minutes. While she does suggest purchasing a dehydrator in order to mimic the taste of aged cheeses, it’s not necessary to enjoy the rest of the book.

Julie and her husband Rich Roll are veterans in the plant-based world and have helped inspire thousands by appearing in podcasts, lectures, and documentaries like Food Choice. They are true advocates for helping to bring this world into a healthier and more sustainable place.

Vegan Food That Mimics Traditional Food

One of the best ways to make the transition toward plant-based eating is to create vegan versions of your favourite animal-based foods. Many claim this is impossible, but you’d be surprised by how crafty vegans are, and even by how much more flavourful the food can become when animal products are removed from the equation. These next few cookbooks assure all us foodies that we can definitely have our favourite foods without hurting living beings in the process.

Veganize it!

This is considered the ultimate DIY cookbook for vegans, with more than 150 recipes giving you great alternatives to foods like milks, cheeses, bacon, burgers, sausages, butter, Worcestershire sauce, and more.

Veganize It! was created by restaurant chef, cooking teacher, and vegan cookbook expert Robin Robertson, and it will encourage you to stock up your pantry with healthy and homemade staples that every vegan needs in order to prepare their next best meal! We know that most products on the shelf are full of additives and preservatives, so why not avoid all that by creating your own go-tos right at home?

VeganEgg Cookbook

The VeganEgg Cookbook is a compilation cookbook provided by Follow Your Heart, the brilliant creators of Veganaise, and has about 12 contributors, including the hilarious Thug Kitchen. Follow Your Heart has been in business since 1970 and believes in making food that is not only great tasting, but also respects all living beings on Earth.

Since creating Vegan Egg, an egg substitute that can replace eggs in baking and emulsifying, and even acts like real eggs when scrambled, they received so many fan recipes that they were inspired to create this book.

NYC Vegan

NYC Vegan was created by New York natives Michael Suchman and Ethan Ciment. They have successfully made New York’s iconic foods plant-based and made this book out of a love for their city and a desire for people who do not eat meat to love it, too.

They show you how simple and straightforward these cultural dishes can be, like Manhattan clam chowder, Polish pierogis, Italian lasagna, and New York-style cheesecake. They even point you in the right direction when visiting New York with a list of vegan restaurants to try.

 

These recipes promote better health not only by eliminating animal products, but also by encouraging you to cook at home. Preparing meals in your own kitchen allows you to take charge of your health and ensure that the food you nourish your body with is full of love and hard-earned energy. Your body not only recognizes this food as physically sustaining, but also processes it with ease, all of which it will thank you for in so many ways!

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