book review

The Veginner’s Cookbook

Care of Florence McCambridge If you’re like me and have come across Elephantastic Vegan recipes on Pinterest and Instagram, then you’re going to want to pay a visit to your local bookstore sometime soon, because the creators of that site (aka Bianca and Sascha) have a new book out. It’s called The Veginner’s Cookbook: The Ultimate Starter Guide for New Vegans and the Veg-Curious, and much like the blog, it’s full of simple recipes that you actually want to make. This book is perfect for anyone transitioning to a vegan diet or even for those of us always on the lookout for new vegan recipes to try. The Veginner’s Cookbook has over 75 recipes from categories like basics, breakfast, soups, main meals, breads, snacks and party foods, sauces and dressings, and of course, desserts. My favourite section is breads because it has a multi-purpose bread recipe that can be used to make a loaf, buns, English muffins, breadsticks, and pizza. Genius. Also, I’ve made the cilantro flatbread several times and it’s my new go-to accompaniment to curries. This section also has recipes for tortillas and a sunflower flaxseed loaf. There are plenty of… Read More


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Fat Gay Vegan

  Care of Florence McCambridge I admit that I’d never heard of Fat Gay Vegan (aka Sean O’Callaghan) before picking up a copy of his book. But after I read a few chapters, checked out his blog and scrolled through his Instagram, it felt like we’d been friends for years. In his book, Sean speaks with a lot of heart and is very candid about a lot of things, including his journey to becoming a vegan: “In my early years growing up in Australia, animals were close to impossible to escape. As a young person (who was gay but not yet fat or vegan), I was confronted by the existence of animals on a daily basis in the seaside town I often reluctantly called home. They were on my plate, in my lunchbox, in the ocean, on my television and on my body in the form of clothing.” He not only shares personal insights and funny anecdotes, but he also goes into the history of the word “vegan” and shares his views on what being a vegan activist in today’s world means: “There is nothing more powerful, no better advertisement for… Read More


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The Inner Life of Animals

  When Peter Wohlleben released his book The Hidden Life of Trees, it changed what many of us see during a walk in the woods. And in much the same way, his new book, The Inner Life of Animals, will likely change the way many of us look at animals. The Inner Life of Animals is a science book that doesn’t read like a science book, likely due to Wohlleben’s personal anecdotes. And while animal lovers might already know some of the facts presented in this book, there is still much for us to to learn. Did you know, for example, that horses feel shame, rats regret bad choices, and butterflies choose the best places to raise their kids? But make no mistake: The Inner Life of Animals isn’t about giving animals human characteristics or personalities. As the author says: “The goal is not to anthropomorphize animals but to help us understand them better. More importantly, these comparisons serve to point out that animals are not dimwitted creatures clearly stuck a level below us on the evolutionary scale, creatures that experience only pale imitations of our rich range of sensations for pain and other such… Read More


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The Edgy Veg

  If you’re one of The Edgy Veg’s 200,000 YouTube subscribers, chances are you probably already have a copy of the new cookbook. And if you’re not familiar with Candice Hutchings and her approachable, indulgent, and delicious vegan recipes, then The Edgy Veg cookbook is the perfect introduction. With over one hundred recipes, The Edgy Veg has something for everyone, whether you’re cooking for vegans, vegetarians, or omnivores. In fact, Candice created this collection of recipes and techniques for her husband, James, on his journey to becoming a vegan. “Living a vegan lifestyle does not have to be isolating and every recipe can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of their diet-preference,” said Candice. While you’ll still find recipes for salads and smoothies, you’ll also find vegan versions of General Tso’s chicken and crispy Buffalo wings, not to mention samosas, Jamaican patties, and kimchi fries. I also love that this book features recipes for some vegan staples like pesto, gravy, hollandaise, and aioli. “Many vegan cookbooks focus on eating healthy, while we focus on entertaining and indulging your taste buds, inspiring new experiences, and helping you to vividly remember past ones.”  … Read More


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Arthur: The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home

Care of Florence McCambridge   Adventure racer Mikael Lindnord never had a dog in his life. In fact, he never even wanted one. But in 2014, during the Adventure Racing World Championship, he met the dog who would become his best friend. About four days into the race that takes participants through some of the world’s most unwelcoming terrains, Mikael and his team were on very little sleep and about to conquer the next leg. They warmed up some meatballs and pasta and as they sat down to eat they noticed a muddy dog standing perfectly still. “He was big, and underneath the mud and dirt I thought he was probably a golden colour. Even at a distance I could see that some of the mud was blood; he had bad wounds as well as dirt on him.” Mikael sensed right away that there was something special about this dog. He was stoic, just calmly observing what was going on around him. Mikael gave the dog some of his meatballs, and when the dog finished eating he went back to join his group, hoping the dog would be okay but still focused on… Read More


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How to Create a Vegan World

  You may have already heard of the book How to Create a Vegan World by Tobias Leenaert. It’s getting a lot of press these days, not to mention social media attention. If you’re one of Kat Von D’s six million Instagram followers, you would have seen her recent pic of this book, along with a pretty glowing recommendation. The author of How to Create a Vegan World is Tobias Leenaert, a blogger at The Vegan Strategist as well as the co-founder of the Center for Effective Vegan Advocacy (CEVA) and ProVeg International, a pro-vegan food awareness organization. In his book, Tobias takes a pragmatic approach to veganism, rather than an idealistic one. As he puts it, it’s “about reality rather than rules.” I can see how some folks in the vegan community might have a problem with this book, mostly because of the focus on reducing meat consumption rather than trying to get people to “go vegan”. The idea is that many meat reducers together may change the system faster than a few vegans, and that reducers are actually responsible for fewer animals being killed than vegetarians… Read More


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The Killer Whale Who Changed the World

  Care of Florence McCambridge, TVA Volunteer I was introduced to killer whales in the same way that many of you were. The whales were performing at an aquarium, and I was mesmerized from the moment I saw them. Years later I spent an afternoon whale watching during a trip to Vancouver and was fortunate enough to see a killer whale up close in the wild, which was a profound experience that I will never forget. But other than being fascinated from afar, I’ve never really taken the time to learn more about orcas. That’s why I recently decided to read Mark Leiren-Young’s The Killer Whale Who Changed the World, a book I’d heard such good things about it since it was first released last year. And I’m so happy I did because this book taught me a lot. The Killer Whale Who Changed the World tells the story of how we stopped fearing these whales as “killers” and grew to respect them as “orcas”. It started in 1964 when a young killer whale was captured near B.C. and put on display at the Vancouver Aquarium. Crowds flocked to see the whale, who… Read More


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Book Review: The Skeptical Vegan

Reviewed by TVA volunteer Florence McCambridge Raised in a half-Italian, half-Swedish household, Eric C. Lindstrom basically grew up on meatballs and chicken Parmesan. He was a meat lover and proud of it. But after several of his friends in their mid-forties and early fifties died of heart attacks and after having his own health scare that landed him in the hospital, Eric was forced to reevaluate his diet. In his new book, The Skeptical Vegan: My Journey from Notorious Meat Eater to Tofu-Munching Vegan – A Survival Guide, Eric tells the story of how he went from an insatiable meat eater to a vegan, seemingly overnight. His decision to go vegan was influenced by Jen, his girlfriend at the time and now his wife. She was vegetarian and gluten free when they first started dating, and when she decided to go vegan for 30 days Eric agreed to do it with her. He writes honestly about the struggles he faced in those first few weeks. Even though going vegan wasn’t easy, he decided to keep it up when the 30 days were over and he hasn’t stopped since. He went all-in early on, giving… Read More


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