More and more celebrities are turning to a vegan lifestyle. Vegetarians include eggs, milk, and even honey as a part of their diet. Vegans, on the other hand, strive to only eat foods which come exclusively from vegetable sources.
Celebrities become vegans for a variety of reasons, including losing weight, making a lifestyle choice which is better for the environment, and to make a statement about avoiding cruelty to animals. Some celebrities even go so far as to offer their favorite vegan recipes in books for the rest of us to follow. Here’s a look at the best celebrity cookbooks touting the virtues of a vegan lifestyle.
“The Kind Diet”
Superstar actress Alicia Silverstone not only became a vegan but when one step further in October 2009 when she published her own recipes and thoughts on becoming a vegan. In her book “The Kind Diet”, Silverstone is smart when she breaks down becoming a vegan into three different categories: Flirts, Vegans, and Superheroes. Add in her wonderful dessert recipes and you’ve got a great cookbook.
We all take change gradually and Silverstone’s recipes and step-by-step process will help with becoming a vegan. In the “flirt” phase you gradually phase out one or two hugely meat things in your diet and replace them with sensible alternatives. When you become a “vegan” you cut out animal products completely and begin to see the benefits of a vegan diet. When you leap into being a “superhero” you learn to eat a balanced diet with macro nutrients that you can put together on your own without even giving it a second thought.
“Peta Celebrity Cookbook”
Activist organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) compiles a list of the best celebrity recipes for eating a healthy vegan lifestyle into one book, the “Peta Celebrity Cookbook”. Alec Baldwin, Sir Paul McCartney, and even William Shatner have their own recipes compiled in one place for living a vegan lifestyle.
While not the most comprehensive vegan cookbook, the celebrities who lend their own voice to the cause of eliminating animal products from your diet are compelling and even humorous. McCartney’s recipe is called “All You Need is Avocado Soup” which is a play on his song with a similar title. An introduction by James Cromwell explains how the movie “Babe” converted him to being a vegan.
“Veggie Meals: Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals”
Rachael Ray is a celebrity unto herself now after her wildly popular “30 Minute Meal” cookbook series became a bestseller. From pasta to salsa and sandwiches, Rachael Ray covers it all if you want to eat meals without any meat.
While Ray herself is not a vegan her tips and shortcuts can help you take on more and more vegan recipes with ease. Some dishes even allow you to prep things the night before to save even more time when you serve the big meal.
“The Conscious Cook”
Tal Ronnen is the newest celebrity rage when it comes to vegan recipes. He is the chef that helped Oprah Winfrey on her 21-day cleanse and Ronnen has also cooked for Ellen DeGeneres. Published in 2009, Ronnen introduces you to the world of vegans in just 240 pages.
Ronnen goes through vegan chefs, restaurants, and how to make your own vegan products at home with products you can find on store shelves. Instead of taking traditional vegetable ingredients and making recipes, Ronnen combines them with convenient products you find in stores such as tempeh bacon, vegan butter, and meatless sausages.
No matter what book you start with, a celebrity guide for being a vegan is a decent way to get a feel for starting a new lifestyle. Whether you just replace your meaty dishes with something healthier or wholeheartedly embrace the vegan lifestyle. I only wish more celebrities would write books to share their secrets.
Amazon and its website Amazon.com provided the sources of information for this article:
“The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet”
“The Peta Celebrity Cookbook”
“Veggie Meals: Rachael Ray’s 30-Minute Meals”
“The Conscious Cook: Delicious Meatless Recipes That Will Change the Way You Eat”