Updates to the Second Edition of “The Vegan Tourist: Vienna”

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On May 2nd, 2016, I published the 2nd, updated edition of my book, The Vegan Tourist: Vienna. (The 1st German-language edition, The Vegan Tourist: Wien was published in April 2016.)

As the vegan restaurant scene in Vienna is thriving, changes to the information provided in these books are inevitable. For this express purpose, I have included “Updates”-links in the books. Readers, who purchased the books, will always be able to access up-to-date information about vegetarian restaurants in Vienna on my Website.

Here are the links for the updates of the 2nd, updated English edition and for the 1st German edition.

So what’s new?

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At the end of April 2016, Veganista, a chain of all-vegan ice cream parlors, opened its 3rd shop in  Vienna’s 9th district. I already included basic information about this third location in the book (address, website, contact information, payment options), now I can provide you with additional information. Currently (June 2016), daily opening hours are 12:00 noon – 10:00 PM. These hours are likely to change in the summer time, and the parlor might even be closed altogether for a few weeks in the winter. I’ll provide more updates when they become available. There’s no indoor seating, and no Schanigarten (outdoor seating area). There are also no customer bathrooms. (Updated June 6, 2016).

Lafafi is a small bistro in Vienna’s 12th district, which should have been included in the book (it opened in 2015), but it isn’t because I wasn’t aware of its existence. Address: Wurmbgasse 37, 1120 Vienna. Opening Hours: Mondays – Fridays 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM (closed on public holidays). Phone: +43-(0)1-97 15 600. Email: office(at)lafafi.at. Facebook. Bathroom Facilities: Yes. Non-Smoking: Yes. Seating Available: Yes. Schanigarten (outdoor seating area): Yes.
Lafafi offers a so-called Mittagstisch: one kind of soup, and one entrée, one of which is always vegan. (Occasionally they are both vegan, you pay 9.90 Euros for both.) There’s also a “salad of the day” (small: 4.90 Euros; large: 6.90 Euros), and you can usually get one vegan dessert. All the food’s organic, and Lafafi uses primarily whole grains, rice, potatoes/yams, and pasta for its main dishes.
I still need to check a few more details, e.g. payment options, and will provide further updates. (Updated June 6, 2016).

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The Vegan Tourist: Vienna – 2nd, updated edition

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The 2nd, updated edition of The Vegan Tourist: Vienna is now available. It was published on May 2, 2016.

The English-language version of of this book is available on Amazon (amazon.com, amazon.caamazon.co.uk, amazon.de, amazon.fr, amazon.es, amazon.it). Books ordered through the site in the UK will be printed in the UK. An updated Kindle version is also available.

The book is available worldwide through various resellers and bookstores.

(Books ordered through the German site will be printed in Germany – and mailed without additional costs for postage. I have also published a German-language edition, The Vegan Tourist: Wien. The German edition is only available as a printed book, not as an eBook.)

You can also order The Vegan Tourist: Vienna through my eStore. Books ordered through this eStore are printed in the US and shipped from the US.

Amazon has enabled the “Look Inside”-feature. This means that you are able to take a look inside the book, and see if you like it, before you decide to order it. 20% of the book’s pages will be made available, and chosen randomly by Amazon.

Product Details
Paperback: 134 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform;
2nd, updated edition edition (published May 2, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1530625106
ISBN-13: 978-1530625109
Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches

The Vegan Tourist: Vienna is a guide book for vegan and vegetarian tourists. It is also a valuable resource for vegans who live in Vienna, Austria’s capital. The book provides information about vegetarian restaurants, vegan festivals and other events, and tells tourists how to connect with local vegans in Vienna. The author also provides tips for tourists traveling with their dogs. Information about vegan drinks, sugar, bread, ice cream, mock meat, and other products will assist vegans with their restaurant choices and purchasing decisions. This book will help vegetarians and vegans from all over the world plan their visit to Vienna, and allow them to enjoy everything the city has to offer.

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The Vegan Tourist: Wien

Unglaublich, aber wahr! Ich habe es endlich geschafft, die deutsche Version meines Buches The Vegan Tourist: Vienna fertigzustellen und zu veröffentlichen.

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Hier sind alle wichtigen Infos dazu:

The Vegan Tourist: Wien.
Vegetarische Restaurants in Wien.
Taschenbuch: 136 Seiten
Verlag: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Auflage: 1 (17. April 2016)
Sprache: Deutsch
ISBN-10: 1505309700
ISBN-13: 978-1505309706
Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 0,8 x 19,8 cm

Die vegane Restaurantszene in Wien ist lebendig und wächst ständig. In diesem Buch werden die vegetarischen Restaurants, Supermärkte und Geschäfte in dieser Stadt beschrieben. Die Autorin hat bei ihren Recherchen großen Wert darauf gelegt, Informationen anzuführen, die für Touristen von besonderem Interesse sind, wie etwa Zahlungsmodalitäten oder Sitzgelegenheiten in den einzelnen Restaurants. Für Reisende, die ihre Hunde mit nach Wien bringen möchten, gibt es wertvolle Informationen in diesem Buch. In einem eigenen Kapitel erfahren Leser Wissenswertes über die Produktionsprozesse von Fleischersatzprodukten, Brot, Getränken und pflanzlichen Fetten. Ingrid Haunold ist freie Journalistin und Autorin, auf ihrer Webseite “The Vegan Tourist” blogt sie über vegan Themen.

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I finally published the German-language edition of my book The Vegan Tourist: Vienna. It took me considerably longer to finish writing The Vegan Tourist: Wien than I anticipated. The first English edition of this book was published in November 2014, and since then 22 new vegetarian restaurants have opened in Vienna. Not only did I have to translate the book from English to German, I had to write 22 new restaurant reviews and completely re-write the Good to Know chapter of this book to make room for all the new reviews. About one third of the book’s text has been re-written.

I will also publish an updated English-language edition of the book at the end of April or in early May 2016.

I’ll post a few German-language blog entries on this website to promote The Vegan Tourist: Wien, but I’ll continue to write most of the articles on this website in English.

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“Vegan Planet”-Fair 2015: Review

“Vegan Planet” is the “largest vegan fair in Austria,” according to its organizers, the Vegan Society Austria. In 2015, it took place from November 27-29 at the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, and was organized in conjunction with the “Yoga Planet” fair, just like last year. In the past, I never managed to attend the “Vegan Planet” fair, so my expectations were high for this year’s event. Sadly, I was thoroughly disappointed.

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The food was great! There were numerous vegan vendors, many of which I was already familiar with.

I love Veggie Burgers sold its amazing French Fries, Makam Naturkost made delicious vegan Kebabs, and the Popsicles sold by Freiraum Coffeeshop Deli – which is not a vegetarian café, but offers many vegetarian and vegan dishes – were to-die-for.  Soooo good, best popsicles ever!

In addition to various food and drink vendors, there were many other market stalls at this fair. One could buy nutritional supplements, teas, vegan cosmetics,  T-shirts, yoga pants, yoga mats, stones with – allegedly – healing powers (sorry, I don’t believe in that crap), and various NGOs offered brochures and other information materials about their animal welfare work.

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During this three-day event, one could also attend various workshops and learn about the many advantages of a vegan lifestyle (and the practice of yoga). So far, so good.

So why was I disappointed?

I am in desperate need of a pair of winter boots, and a new winter coat. I bought my woolen coat approximately 30 years ago, long before I learned the true meaning of the word vegan. It’s coming apart at the seams, and the sleeves’ cuffs are already frayed. I look like a homeless person in this coat. My last – and currently only – pair of warm vegan winter shoes are a pair of old hiking boots, not really suited for rain and snow, which quickly turns to sludge in the city, and not suited at all for business meetings and other work-related events.

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I had hoped that there would be some vendors, who would offer vegan clothing appropriate for winter time. But no, nothing! I could’ve bought a thousand T-shirts, but no shoes, and no coat.

The only vegan boutique in Vienna, Muso Koroni, didn’t even exhibit at this fair. (It wouldn’t have mattered anyway; I went to the Muso Koroni store in early November, and they were all sold out of winter boots in my size; they didn’t plan on reordering any more winter shoes. In early November! How weird is that?).

So this is where we’re at right now in Vienna: lots of great vegan food, but little else in terms of vegan living. If you don’t want to walk around dressed in yoga pants and T-shirts in all weather, you’ll still have trouble finding proper vegan clothing in Vienna. I guess I’ll have to order shoes over the Internet, from Vegetarian Shoes in Brighton, United Kingdom, and I am seriously thinking of designing my own winter coat, buying the fabric, and then hiring a seamstress to sew it for me. How sad is that? I would’ve thought that we had made more progress by now.

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Ikea Goes Vegan: Grönsaksbullar

A few months ago, the Swedish furniture store chain Ikea introduced a new dish at its in-store restaurants in Austria: Grönsaksbullar. These are vegan “meatballs,” which are made with chick peas, green peas, corn, carrots, onions, red bell peppers, kale, and herbs. They are served with a side-dish of quinoa and mushrooms, and some tomato sauce.

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There’s a lot of online chatter amongst vegans about the fact that a huge company like Ikea decided to introduce a vegan version of its popular meatballs at its in-store restaurants, so I decided to try them myself. I spent an hour on buses and trams, travelling from the North of Vienna to the Shopping City Süd, one of Europe’s largest shopping malls, which is located right outside Vienna (in the south, hence the “Süd”). Yes, I know that there’s an Ikea branch not far from where I live, but I grew up in a fairly small community in the South of Vienna, close to this shopping mall. Once every couple of years or so, I enjoy wandering the halls of this huge mall, reminiscing, then return back home after several hours completely exhausted (and vow never to return again). Anyway…

I spent an hour or so ambling through Ikea, and then checked out the store’s self-service restaurant. I ordered the Grönsaksbullar, and also chose some potato salad from the salad buffet. I loved the potato salad, I liked the Grönsaksbullar, but I hated the quionoa-mushrooms with the tomato sauce.

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The Grönsaksbullar didn’t live up to all the hype, but they were okay. I would order them again. It’s the only vegan dish on offer at Ikea, so vegans have little choice, whether they like it or not. Nevertheless, I am hugely appreciative of Ikea’s efforts to introduce at least one plant-based dish on its menu. I want to support that, so I’ll order them again. But I didn’t buy a bag of frozen Grönsaksbullar, which are available at their store. I simply wasn’t that crazy about them.

The quinoa-mushroom side dish was a disaster. The quinoa was cooked in way too much water, the quinoa seeds were mushy and soggy. Quinoa is not a grain, it is the seed of the Chenopodium plant. So don’t cook it like you would cook a grain like rice. Use less water! Perfectly cooked quinoa should be fluffy and not mushy. Even worse, the quinoa-mushroom dish was prepared with little or no salt, no other spices seemed to have been used for seasoning, and it didn’t taste much like anything. It really wasn’t very good, I simply couldn’t eat it. Half of it went in the trash.

The worst thing you could do, of course, is add any sort of fluids to the cooked quinoa, so tomato sauce is a big no-no for any dish that is served with quinoa. Grönsaksbullar with mushy quinoa-mushrooms and tomato sauce is not an inspired dish. Nutritionally balanced, yes. Did I like it? No.

Here’s hoping that Ikea will tweak the recipe, that the store’s kitchen staff will learn how to prepare quinoa properly, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that in the future Ikea will give customers the option to order just the Grönsaksbullar (without a side-dish). Paired with some potato-salad from the salad buffet, this would have been a very good meal indeed.

I hope that Ikea will introduce vegan desserts in the future – all those tortes and cakes, and I couldn’t eat one of them! Vegan sandwiches would be lovely. Soy or rice milk for coffee would be very welcome, too. Consider this my wish list for Santa Clause.

After I had lunch at Ikea, I spent another hour or so shopping at their store. I spent roughly 50 Euros on various items from their home decor section, and bought several Christmas presents there. I deliberately spent money at Ikea, because the store makes an effort to accommodate vegan customers. There’s a lesson here for other furniture chain stores and various other stores with in-house restaurants: Vegans get tired and hungry, too, and we’re very loyal customers! If there’s nothing for us to eat at your restaurants and cafes, then we will spend our money elsewhere.

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Where Have All the Vegan Bloggers Gone?

In an effort to keep my website current, I decided to check if all the links which I listed under “Vegan Resources” were still current. Imagine my surprise when I found out that many vegan bloggers had abandoned their websites. Some published a “last blog post,” like maple spice, and listed the reasons why they no longer could or would tend to their websites, but most vegan bloggers simply stopped updating their sites.

I often feel guilty for not blogging more frequently on The Vegan Tourist; but no matter how busy my life gets, I always return to this site – when and if I have something important to say, or some bit of information or good news that I want to share with others. I think that’s the secret to keeping a blog alive: not to consider it an obligation, but as an opportunity to connect with others.

If you take a closer look at some of the abandoned websites of vegan bloggers, you’ll notice a pattern: many start out enthusiastically, publishing numerous blog posts during the few first few years. Then they start to publish fewer and fewer posts, and eventually the websites are abandoned. Some bloggers, like Maple Spice, take drastic measures: “So, no more social media for me and I’ll be spending much more time out in the garden…”.

If you’re just starting your own vegan blog, or if your established blog has become an obligation to you, my advice would be to simply relax. There are no rules to blogging. You don’t have to keep to a schedule. You don’t have to blog about your life or post new vegan recipes every single week (or several times a week). Do whatever you like, and don’t succumb to (imagined) pressure. You’ll just feel miserable.

Personally, I have a very limited online presence. I do have a website called Viaduct Dreams, where I post updates about my professional achievements. I freelance as a writer, and this site gives potential clients an idea of what to expect, if they hire me for a project. Why is it called Viaduct Dreams? I love all things Roman, especially Roman architecture.  I blog on this site, and I have a Facebook page called The Vegan Tourist, linked to my personal Facebook account. That’s it. I don’t have a Twitter or an Instagram account, or any other additional social media account. I don’t even get Emails on my mobile phone, and I can’t access the Internet from my mobile phone either. I’ve purposely disabled both functions. I check my Emails on my laptop twice a day, and that’s it. I infrequently log onto my Facebook account. I don’t live my life online, and that’s why I still enjoy blogging after several years.

These are some of the websites, which I no longer list under “Vegan Resources,” as they are no longer being updated. The websites are currently (November 13, 2015) still online, and you can access their archives here:

But…where do you get your protein? (last post:  February 12, 2014)

Don’t Eat Off the Sidewalk! (last post: September 7, 2014)

Eats Well With Others (last post: June 18, 2013)

maple spice (last post: August 4, 2015)

Post Punk Kitchen (last post: June 6, 2014)

The Laziest Vegans in the World (last post: December 27, 2014)

What the Hell Does a Vegan Eat Anyway? (last post: June 6, 2014)

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Vienna: Vegan Capital of the Western World

Vienna is fast becoming the vegan capital of the Western world!

Last Sunday I went to the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art, which is located in Vienna. I was very pleasantly surprised when I noticed that the museum’s café is operated by Deli Bluem,  a vegan restaurant in Vienna. Many people, who visit the museum, will spend some time at this café, called Bluem im Museum. If they’re hungry, they’ll have to eat vegan food. For many people, this will be the first time eating at a vegan restaurant. The food’s delicious, and the word “vegan” will seem a little less exotic and strange to them after eating at this café. How wonderful!

Yesterday, I spent some time entering new information into the section on this website where I post updates to The Vegan Tourist: Vienna. I published the first English-language edition of this restaurant guide back in November 2014, and in the book I promised to provide updates on my website. I made the last updates back in January, and I was quite stunned when I realized how much had changed within the course of just a few months.

Ten new vegetarian restaurants opened their doors in Vienna in the last 11 months, and I found an additional five small cafes and cake shops, which I wasn’t aware of when I first published my book. I now count 69 vegetarian restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and supermarkets in Vienna, some of which are 100% vegan. In addition, there are three health food stores with in-house vegetarian bistros, which sell a small selection of meat and fish in their stores. Two more vegetarian restaurants are already scheduled to open in the coming months. That’s amazing, considering that only 1.8 million people live in Vienna. The city is fast becoming the vegan capital of the Western world!

Sadly, since I published the book, three restaurants have closed. They were all located in streets with little foot traffic, and two of those businesses were small cafes with a very limited selection of food. I can’t say I was surprised when these businesses closed. Only one of them was a proper vegan restaurant with a large menu, and I was surprised to learn of its demise. But the location for the restaurant wasn’t ideal either, so there’s a lesson to be learned here. A fourth business (a vegetarian take-away) was closed, but only because the owner sold his shop so he could re-open it at a different, much better location. Also, a small vegan shoe-shop, which opened in December 2014 shortly after I published my book, closed after a only few months. This store was also in a location with very little foot traffic, in a residential area, located in an apartment rather than in a proper store, and the opening hours were very limited. Also, the store had only a small selection of shoes. All in all, I was not surprised when this store closed after a few months, but I was nonetheless saddened by its demise.

If you think of opening a (vegetarian or vegan) store or restaurant yourself, you should consider all these issues carefully. Choose the right location (with a lot of foot traffic), make sure that you have convenient opening hours, and you definitely must offer a wide variety of food & drinks, if you open a restaurant, or vegan wares, if you open a shop.

As there are so many changes and updates to my book, I have now decided to publish a second, updated edition of the English-language version of The Vegan Tourist: Vienna when I publish the first German-language edition. I have pushed back the publishing date of this German-language edition several times, but am now back at my desk, hard at work, so it shouldn’t be too long now. It only makes sense to publish an updated English edition at the same time. I’m thinking November would be a good date to publish them both, but let’s wait and see…

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Open letter to the Governor of Idaho: “Do you feel lucky, Butch?”

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Open letter to the Governor of Idaho: “Do you feel lucky, Butch?”

For the last couple of days, I have been posting numerous comments on the Facebook page of Idaho State University about trophy hunter Sabrina Corgatelli. Like many others I am lobbying for the dismissal of this employee, who spends her free time killing wildlife in Africa and bragging about the slaughter of these animals.

I am just as enraged about the actions of American dentist Walter Palmer, who killed Cecil, the Lion, but somehow the circumstances surrounding Ms. Corgatelli’s behavior seem worse, compounded by the reaction of Idaho State University’s officials to her killing spree.

Sabrina Corgatelli works for a university – a state university no less – a place where young people come to learn about life, and love, and ethics. They arrive as teenagers, and leave university as adults. Much of what they will believe in for the rest of their lives is influenced by their experiences at school, and by the people they meet during those years away from home. The parents of these young people entrust the president of a university with their children’s lives, hearts, and minds.

At Idaho State University, these students suddenly find themselves in a rather peculiar situation. Not only engages one of the school’s staff members in activities, which many students consider highly unethical, the university seems completely gob-smacked and paralyzed by the sudden Social Media attack of its own students on the school. Ms. Corgatelli’s actions are “private” and “do not reflect” on the university, so say the school’s officials.

What should the students think of the university’s president, Arthur C. Vailas, who acts so clumsily when faced with such a worldwide public relations disaster for his school? His actions set an example for his staff and his students. Are these the leadership skills Idaho State University wants to teach its students? Halfway around the world, I am scratching my head in disbelief at how badly this public relations nightmare is being handled by the university.

Interestingly enough, the university’s phase of inactivity seems to be over. The students at Idaho State University have started to complain online that school officials are now deleting critical comments about the school on the university’s Facebook site. So now that they’re taking action…they’re killing free speech? Isn’t that a right guaranteed by the Constitution in your country? Other people complain about being blocked from commenting or replying to comments. Do these school officials really not know that you cannot silence the Internet?

I am particularly concerned about the potential for violence on the campus of Idaho State University. One of the other people who left a comment on the university’s Facebook page mentioned that students are allowed to carry licensed and concealed weapons on campus. I don’t know if that is indeed true, but in America many people carry weapons, even if they are not licensed. How many times have we all turned on the news, and learned about yet another shooting at a school or a university, a movie theater, or at a sports event? Americans, raised in a gun culture, have a tendency to vent their frustration in public – by killing other people. How many innocent people have died this way, and how many of those deaths could have been prevented?

Walter Palmer, the American dentist who killed Cecil, the Lion, recently had to go into hiding because he received so many death threats over the Internet. I am not one of the people who threatened him, and I am not threatening Ms. Corgatelli. As a writer, I fight with letters, and words, and sentences. Guns scare me. The closest I’ve ever been to a gun was when I stood in line behind a female police officer at a supermarket check-out, and suddenly noticed her (holstered and secured) gun. I almost dropped my groceries, so startled was I to find myself in the presence of a real-life gun. I do not condone violence, and ask everyone at Idaho State University to remain calm.

But I do recognize the potential for violence, and it’s easy to see that this situation could get out of hand very quickly. The students at Idaho State University are enraged about the actions of Sabrina Corgatelli, and quite a few of the students’ comments are somewhere along the line of “an eye for an eye.”

By now, the Governor of Idaho must be wondering what all this has to do with him. After all, this is an open letter to Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter. Here’s where you come into play, Governor:

Somebody has to take charge of this situation, and because university officials are handling this situation so badly, that “somebody” is you. By writing this open letter to you all the way from Vienna, Austria, I kindly ask you to concern yourself with this matter.

Imagine the worst-case scenario – what happens, if the situation at Idaho State University gets out of hand? A peaceful protest escalates into a shuffle, then a fight breaks out, someone slips, hits his head on the pavement, gets hurt or killed. Let’s not even think about licensed or unlicensed guns, because I find it just too painful to follow that train of thought to its bitter end. Do you think your political career would survive the death of a student or a staff member, if you knew about the potential for violence beforehand? You do know now – can you risk not getting involved?

In the movie “Dirty Harry”, Harry Callahan holds a gun to a bad guy’s head. Is the gun empty or not? Ask yourself, Callahan says, “Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?”

Is the (hopefully metaphorical) gun at Idaho State University empty or not? Will everybody be lucky, or not? Is this situation on campus going to escalate, or not? Can the university risk not firing Sabrina Corgatelli, or not? Will everybody’s safety be endangered by her presence on campus, or not? Will the voters of Idaho blame you for not taking action, if someone gets hurt, or not?

Ask yourself this, Governor: “Do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya, Butch?

Mag. Ingrid Haunold, MBA
Vienna, Austria

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Book Review: Vegan Recipes

It’s been a while since I last wrote my last book review, so I thought I’d pull one of my favorite cookbooks off the shelf and let you know why I like this book so much.

Vegan Recipes is barely a book – the 96 pages are stapled together. The book is out of print, but (some) new and used copies are still available through Amazon.

  Here’s why I like it so much:

1) All quantities are given in both imperial and metric measures. Measures are also given in standard cups and spoons, and there’s information about the difference between Australian and American tablespoon measurements.

2) The book contains information about vegan ethics, there’s a glossary of common animal by-products, and there are tips on how to avoid animal products. (Did you know that poppadums are often coated with shellac or that dried banana chips are often glazed with honey? Me neither.) There’s also a chapter on vegan nutrition, vegan sources of nutrients, and information about how to replace dairy products and eggs in recipes. The book contains a shopping list for vegan staples, which you’ll need for a variety of recipes, and there’s a chapter on vegan nutrition for pregnant women and children. Tips for eating out and entertaining at home are also given.

3) The book contains 56 recipes, for soups and starters, main meals, salads and side dishes, desserts, and breads and baking. There are numerous photographs that’ll make your mouth water and show you how to prepare the dishes.

4) Best of all – and that’s why I really love this cookbook – for each recipe nutrition notes are listed. Many cookbooks give information about protein, fat, carbs, etc. That’s standard. But Vegan Recipes also gives information about the iron and calcium content of each recipe. For vegans, that is very useful information indeed. I don’t know any other vegan cookbook that lists this kind of information.

As a vegan, I pay special attention to nutrition. I never worry about lack of protein – but I do worry about getting enough of all the essential amino acids. Cookbooks – even vegan cookbooks – never supply this kind of information. I also need to prepare dishes which contain Omega 3 fat, something that’s also never mentioned in the nutritional notes for recipes in cookbooks. And of course I watch out for iron and calcium. A slice of Caramelized Red Onion and Thyme Tart contains 1.8 mg iron and a whopping 170 mg of calcium. A portion of Byesar – an Arab dish similar to hummus, but made with broad beans – contains 2.7 mg of iron and 44 mg of calcium. Recipes like the ones included in Vegan Recipes help me plan my diet and ensure that I get all the nutrients I need. Unfortunately, information about nutrients like iron, calcium, essential amino acids and Omega 3 fat is not standard in vegan cookbooks, and that’s a shame. Vegans do have special nutritional needs, and vegan cookbooks should acknowledge that.

Here’s hoping that in the future more and more vegan cookbooks will provide additional nutritional information about their recipes. It’ll make it easier for vegans to stay fit and healthy.

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