What book would you recommend for a first vegan book/cookbook? Just a cookbook will do but a cookbook that also educates me on non-food vegan practices is a bonus.
That is why I say a book that goes beyond recipes and also into general vegan practices (i.e. what to look out for) would be a bonus to me.
Hello, and welcome!
Meat had bothered me for many years - my inability to reconcile my love of animals with indifference to an animal on a bun/covered with ketchup - so I decided to go vegetarian last fall, and picked up a few books from Amazon.
One of those was "The Kind Life" by Alicia Silverstone. I'd seen her on Oprah a few years ago (coincidence, because I never watched Oprah and never was watching tv during the daytime hours, but just happened to catch it on a re-run). I'd recalled her discussion about veganism, which - at the time - seemed so extreme to me. But the book reviews were good, and Oprah had raved about it, so I gave it a try.
Reading that book made my other new vegetarian (non-vegan) books useless, because once I read HER reasons, and the information she provided about the lives of animals raised for their products (eggs/dairy) - which tend to be an even worse and extended existence than those raised for slaughter - I knew veganism was the way to go. It all just clicked for me. That was 8+ months ago, and I'm more happy every day about my decision. My soul feels at peace, as hokey as it sounds.
That book has a few starter recipes, but once I found PPK and the Isa/Terry library, I've never looked back. However, because you mentioned an interest in vegan lifestyle as opposed to solely recipes, I wanted to chime in.