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How to Become a Vegan

In the U.S., the number of people who are vegan has risen to 6%. As we read more about animal exploration and the effects intensive farming has on climate change, it is easy to see why people are saying no animal products. It is also easy to see why vegan cookbooks have been becoming more popular.

Whether you decide you want to cut animal products out of your life overnight or gradually, becoming vegan is a journey. Many people change to a vegan diet for environmental reasons. Others are motivated by their love of animals and their belief that no living being should suffer for others. No matter where you are on the vegan scale, you are sure to be learning from others. You can take inspiration from various sources as to how you can become vegan.

If you make the decision to go vegan overnight it is fantastic if it is the right decision for you. For others, it is all about making small changes such as cutting meat out of their diet but still eating dairy for a while. You have to find the best way to transition for you. There is lots of help and advice out there.

The Difference Between Being Vegan and Vegetarian

While both vegans and vegetarians do not eat meat, much of the similarity ends there. While vegetarians eat dairy products and other animal products, these are strictly prohibited for vegans.

Many consider veganism to be a way of life. The avoidance of mistreatment and exploitation of animals is at the forefront of their ethos. They will ensure this carriers over to all products including clothes and household items.

Vegan Diet

Vegans avoid all products that exploit and destroy animals including meat, fish, cheese, dairy, and honey. If you are new to veganism or you are considering following a vegan diet, you may be asking yourself "what do vegans eat?" The answer is lots! With more people leading a vegan lifestyle than ever before, there are lots of animal free alternatives to popular foods. This includes burgers, cheese and cakes, so there really is no need to miss out.

The Best Vegan Cookbooks for Beginners

There are lots of restrictions when you follow a vegan diet but that does not mean that you cannot enjoy a variety of foods. There are lots of websites, blogs, and vegan foundations that can help you get started on your vegan journey and there are thousands of vegan cookbooks for beginners. Here are a few of the best vegan cookbooks on the market.

30 Minute Vegan Dinners

If you are worried that cooking delicious vegan dinners means spending hours in the kitchen, then think again. In this easy to follow cookbook. Megan Sadd tells us how to make the like of "Truffled Mac ‘n’ Cheez" and "Roasted Cauliflower Romesco Tacos" in under 30 minutes.

Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck

Daring by name and daring by nature, Thug Kitchen is the talk of the vegan world and a New York Times bestseller. Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan and you will be too once you have tried the Roasted Beer and Lime Cauliflower Tacos or the Grilled Peach Salsa. This book is lots of fun and throws the tag of vegans being boring out of the window.

Fuss-Free Vegan

Sam Turnbull’s colorful and down to earth book showcases everyday vegan meals that are not all about what grain is currently in trend. Yes, vegans may eat a lot more healthy food compared to meat-eaters but that is not to say that they do not crave nachos and burgers like everyone else. There are 101 recipes in this book so you will never get bored of eating the same food every day.

The Vegan Instant Pot Cook Book

The instant pot is a lifesaver for many families who want a tasty meal at the end of a busy day but without the effort. Vegans do not have to miss out as we can see in this collection of over 90 colorful recipes from author Nisha Vora.

Vegan in 7

This beautifully written book is packed full of plant-based goodness. All of the recipes have seven ingredients or less so there is no need to worry about spending hours trying to make a good meal. The book is a great introduction to new flavors and ingredients that you may not have considered before and there is no processed food in sight, which can be a problem in modern vegan cooking.