Thursday, August 28, 2008

Eat the Vegan Way - – New Book Shows How

There are so many reasons to eat vegan: health and nutrition, weight loss, green and sustainable living, and prevention of cruelty to animals. Many people have made the choice to live vegan, but they wonder how they can enjoy their favorite dishes without animal products and also find new meal choices that don't sacrifice taste.

The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Vegan Cooking provides more than 200 recipes for all meals and occasions to help readers easily transition to a new and healthy way of life. In this book, they will find:

•More than 200 wonderful vegan recipes, such as Smokin' 'Shroom Chili, Roasted Ratatouille with Basil Aioli, and vegan versions of timeless favorites like Green Bean Casserole
•Tips on converting traditional meat and dairy-based recipes into vegan ones
•Menu ideas for holidays and special occasions
•Vegan substitutions for meat, dairy, eggs, gelatin, and honey in cooking and baking

A growing number of physicians now advocate a plant-based diet for patients who suffer from diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Consequently, a dramatic increase in "dietary vegans" (people who eat like vegans, but who don't apply vegan values to the rest of their lives) is expected in the coming decade.

Beverly Lynn Bennett is an experienced vegan chef, writer, and animal lover, who has worked for various vegan and vegetarian restaurants and natural foods establishments during the past decade. In 1998, she earned her culinary arts degree and spent 15 years developing and expanding her vegan culinary skills and knowledge. Currently a chef in Eugene, Oregon, and the author of the "Dairy-Free Desserts" column for VegNews, Bennett's work has appeared in many publications, on public television, and over the Internet. A vegan for more than 15 years, she is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Living and the e-cookbook Eat Your Veggies!, and she has hosted "The Vegan Chef" website at since 1999.

Ray Sammartano is a musician, web developer, and long-time vegan cook and "foodie" who has devoted himself to spreading the vegan message for the past 15 years. He is the webmaster for Bennett's website and her partner in many vegan-related endeavors. In 1999, he created a popular online vegan discussion forum known as the VMB, or Vegan Message Board, which evolved into the semi-official forum for the Vegan Society until 2002.

The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Vegan Cooking
ISBN: 9781592577705, $16.95, August 2008

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