As Piers Warren and Ella Bee Glendining acknowledge in the introduction to The Vegan Cook And Gardener, veganism can seem like an obscure lifestyle despite its many health-related and environmental benefits. This rings particularly true for those diving into veganism for the first time or for the non-vegan friends and relatives of vegans tasked with cooking something satisfying for their unorthodox guests.
Luckily, Warren and Glendining - a father and daughter team of vegan cooks, with Warren boasting a background in conservationism and interest in permaculture – have made it their mission in The Vegan Cook And Gardener to make this apparently arcane diet approachable, as the book aims to help people not only cook their own vegan food, but grow it too. Of course, not all of us are blessed with the space for our own garden plot, and Warren and Glendining are keen to stress that all of us have the potential to be self-sufficient, even if it’s just growing our own herbs in our back garden.
The Vegan Cook and Gardener’s aim is to be a comprehensive vegan cookbook for novices starting with the basic question ‘Why vegan?’ before introducing the reader to organic food and how to grow, harvest and store their own produce, from seeds and common fruit and veg to seasonal or more unusual crops like quinoa.
The book’s list of recipes, split by the twelve months of the year, is ingeniously based on ingredients that should be ready to harvest that month, allowing readers to test out their berries in the summer or their parsnips in the winter.
While writing with an eye on beginners, Warren and Glendining offer enough succour here for experienced vegans too, even inviting readers to discover more for themselves with a generous appendix.
Whether you are a Green just starting out on your vegan journey or an expert in permaculture looking to learn a few new tricks, The Vegan Cook And Gardener is an enjoyable reference point that succeeds in showing how a vegan lifestyle is accessible and a great way to help the planet too.
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