To say these past few weeks have been busy would be an understatement, but as I sit here, rocket, sun dried tomato and hummus toastie in one hand, homemade mocha in the other, I couldn’t be more proud of what I’ve achieved.
I’ve had to juggle completing two television assignments with practising for my shorthand exam, running The Tab, dealing with some pretty major house problems and all my other lectures. I’ve also joined a weekly running club and am preparing to begin a Nerve radio show with my housemate and fellow blogger Joanna Bowden – check her blog out here. On top of all this we are given a weekly reading list of books and long academic articles to read outside of lectures. I gave a few of them a go before giving up and turning to a subject which interests me much more: food.
Here are a few of the books and magazines I think are essential reading for any vegan, click on the title to find where to buy them.
Veganomicon – Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero
Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero aka the queens of veganism, wrote this bumper book of recipes and cooking tips for those who want tasty meals on a budget. The book begins with cooking basics like knife skills and advice on how to cook vegetables and curious grains like bulgar wheat which is great for beginners. It also has icons to show you which recipes are low fat or take under 45 minutes to make, so you know what to expect whilst cooking. The recipes I’ve tried from this book are packed full of flavour and taste amazing so I really can’t recommend this book enough.
The 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes – Kris Holechek
I love baking and this book covers all my favourite baked goods – from banana bread to brownies – and loads of other tempting treats like herbed pizza dough and chocolate chip pecan cookies. There’s a 1 to 5 difficulty rating illustrated by whisks, I’m yet to try a recipe that is harder than 2 whisks but the pain au chocolat is definitely on the baking agenda despite being a 5 whisk bake! What makes this book stand out from other vegan baking books is that the author uses ingredients like applesauce and flaxseed rather than egg replacer, which creates better results.
I found this magazine in the food magazine section of WHSmith, it’s got over 100 wholesome recipes to suit all tastes and palettes. The magazine is split up into breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snack sections so it’s really easy to find a recipe that suits your mood. Another great feature is they have the ingredient measurements in grams, ounces and cups so you don’t have to faff around with converting measurements. Every recipe is illustrated with a photograph so it’s hard not to salivate whilst flicking through the mag.
Tibits at Home -Reto, Daniel and Christian Frei, Rolf Hiltl
For those of you who don’t know, Tibits is a vegetarian buffet style restaurant on Regent Street in London. We discovered it a few years back and now it’s impossible to visit London without a trip to Tibits. To celebrate the ten year anniversary of their restaurant opening, Rolf Hiltl and the Frei brothers decided to reveal some of their culinary secrets and complied this easy to follow book of their 50 favourite recipes. Each recipe reminds me of sitting in the bustling restaurant after a busy day in the capital city.
This brand new magazine is a must read for any vegan. It has product recommendations, news, recipes, debates and interesting interviews with chefs, activists and big names like athlete Fiona Oakes. After reading the magazine I felt totally inspired and passionate about the vegan lifestyle and can’t wait to read the next issue which is out now. You can buy the magazine from most supermarkets or read it digitally here.
*Disclaimer: I receive a digital subscription to Vegan Life Mag for free, but all views expressed are my own.