Let’s Talk Vegan Cookbooks
Hey, Sistah’s Hey!
If you’re anything like me and made the trek to adopt a new lifestyle you have found in this world of vegans seeing representation of people that look like us is rare. You’ll also find that many believe that you can’t be vegan and enjoy good food.
Well, Sis, I’m here to tell you that through research and trying many different cookbooks I found that narrative to be completely false. I’ve found some gems.
Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine by Bryant Terry
Sweet Potato Soul: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes for the Southern Flavors of Smoke, Sugar, Spice, and Soul by Jenne Claiborne
Caribbean Vegan: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion by Taymer Mason
Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed by Bryant Terry
Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook: Delicious Meals Made With Whole, Organic Ingredients from the Marley Kitchen by Ziggy Marley
These cookbooks inspired the young vegan in me to flourish. They showed me that there are other African American vegans out there thriving. When starting this journey I quickly grew tired of trying recipes that just didn’t fit my taste palette.
I literally tried everything before the book nerd in me decided to go out and truly research other African Americans that produced cookbooks. I was real deal out here struggling with these bland vegetables. That’s not to say that I didn’t run across some failures in these cookbooks because I did.
Out of all five of these cookbooks, I got the most use out of the Vegan Soul Kitchen cookbook. It offered me more a variety so that my transition into becoming meatless was easy. By easy I mean I made the trek slowly so it allowed me to have a variety of options without losing the taste of the food that I grew up loving.
If you’re looking to embark on a new journey I suggest you start with these 5 books.
With love 💕
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