Now is a time for change. It is the start of a new year, 2019 is looking bright and shiny, and many of you will have made certain lifestyle choices in the name of New Year’s resolutions. Veganism is one such choice: a trend which, according to the Vegan Society, has quadrupled between 2012 – 2017. Vegans choose to exclude animal products from their diet, which can be a big lifestyle change. Although there are many different reasons for going vegan, including the health benefits or ethical inspiration, one thing is for sure – it can be overwhelming, especially for a newbie.
Luckily, Living North have found some of the best books on the shelf to help, so you can concentrate on enjoying the benefits. Shuck the stress with our top six.
Best for: Tackling some of the key criticisms of veganism – namely, that it is expensive and difficult to cook for. With over 80 hearty recipes, ranging from the full hangover pile-up to creamy peppercorn and mushroom pie, he’ll show you how easy a lifestyle it is to adopt, as well as helping you to feel fit and full.
Our favourite recipe: Hangover smoothie laverbread ‘oysters’.
Best for: A dynamic choice of eight meal preps that cater for a range of dietary requirements. Meal preps come with five recipes, a shopping and equipment list, and a step-by-step action plan – meaning the hardest thing you’ll need to do is decide what to eat.
Our favourite recipe: Sushi-style quinoa.
Best for: An insight into foreign vegan foods. Asia is known as a hub of vegetarian and vegan cuisine, and doesn’t disappoint in this selection – which includes old classics as well as stylish street food, designed to bring family and friends together.
Our favourite recipe: Badass Bondas.
Best for: Proving that veganism is easy. As the title suggests, the challenge is to go vegan for one day a week, using five simple ingredients. With recipes from breakfast to dessert, So Vegan in 5 has got you covered with over 100 recipes that get you started slow and steady on the road to full-time veganism.
Our favourite recipe: Pea and mint soup.
Best for: Mouth-watering recipes – an assortment of decadent desserts from delectable cupcakes to sumptuous mousses and fluffy pancakes. As scrumptious as her desserts are, Emily doesn’t slack on presentation – the pictures are almost as tasty as the recipes themselves.
Our favourite recipe: Super sexy cacao cashew cupcakes.
Best for: Getting over the real challenge of becoming a vegan. With 75 classic and new vegan cheeses on offer, Buckingham breaks it down with an introduction and easy recipes, using staple ingredients and equipment no more advanced than a blender.
Our favourite recipe: Zesty Dijon Cheddar