Veganism is defined as a way of living that excludes all forms of exploitation and cruelty to animals for food, clothing or any other purpose. A vegan is a vegetarian who has gone one step further by choosing to live entirely independent of animal products: meat, eggs, dairy, and all animal derivatives that are common in our food. The most common reason for becoming vegan is to lessen the exploitation and suffering of animals. Other reasons include health benefits and concern for the environment. There are many benefits to veganism: the diet is nutritious, and the philosophy is ethically and ecologically sound. If you are already a vegan or considering becoming one, this informative book provides a wealth of advice on all aspects: what foods to avoid and how to replace them; maintaining a healthy and balanced diet; the key ingredients used in vegan cooking; planning meals for the family; daily menu suggestions, pregnancy and health issues, eating out, and ideas for entertaining guests. This is followed by useful meal planners to give guidance, and to help embark on a vegan diet.
Next is a fascinating visual guide to every kind of natural food, from fruit and vegetables to grains, nuts and seeds, and from tofu to herbs, spices to all the store-cupboard essentials including vegan alternatives to dairy products. Each ingredient listed is supplied with information about the key health benefits, healing qualitities, nutritional value, with details about how they can boost health and vitality.
The book contains more than 150 illlustrated step-by-step recipes, ranging from nutritious light meals to tantalizing desserts. These delicious dishes are wide ranging and show vegan cooking at its best. Here you will find a superb variety of dishes to try, including Falafel, Glazed Pumpkin in Coconut Milk, Aubergine and Chickpea Tagine, Vegetable Moussaka with Tofu Topping, and Mushroom Pilau. There are also some divine desserts to try too, like Fragrant Fruit Salad, Mango Sorbet, Tropical Mango and Pecan Cheesecake, and Fried Bananas. All the dishes are quick and easy, and nutritional information is provided for every one.
A wonderfully attractive and easy-to-follow guide, full of delicious recipes, clear advice, and nutritional information, this is a perfect book for anyone who is interested in veganism, and for those who wish to enjoy good, wholesome food.