February is Vegan Cuisine Month
Vegan Cuisine Month was started by the American Vegan Society to raise awareness about changing to a cruelty-free, plant-based diet.
Perhaps you're curious about veganism. Maybe you've heard that athletes like Venus and Serena Williams are vegan. Even big scary hockey player Zdeno Chára has switched to a primarily plant-based diet. He still eats salmon, eggs and other players (unconfirmed) but he credits his mostly vegan diet for a renewed sense of energy.
Are you reluctant to try a plant-based diet because you're worried about missing the foods you love. What do you do at a barbecue if you don't eat meat? How can you live without baked goods? What about ice cream? And cheese? Amazingly there are vegan options for your favourite foods and these cookbooks will help you get started.
Vegans can have brownies and waffles? Count me in!:
Easy Vegan Baking: 80 Easy Vegan Recipes: Cookies, Cakes, Pizzas, Bread and More by Jérôme Eckmeier.
The Joy of Vegan Baking: More than 150 Traditional Treats and Sinful Sweets by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.
Just because you've given up meat and dairy, doesn't mean you can't have BBQ. These books show you how:
But how will I live without cheese? Vegan cheese is a thing that exists. Maybe switch to that?:
This Cheese is Nuts! Delicious Vegan Cheese at Home by Julie Piatt.
Vegan Cheese: Simple, Delicious Plant-Based Recipes by Jules Aron.
The Best Homemade Vegan Cheese and Ice Cream Recipes by Marie Laforêt.
N'ice Cream: 80+ Recipes for Healthy Homemade Vegan Ice Creams by Virki Mikkonen.
Vegan Ice Dream: Over 90 Sinfully Delicious Dairy-Free Delights by Jeff Rogers.
If you'd like to experiment with veganism, great. These books may help ease the transition.
If vegan cooking isn't for you, that's also fine. Toronto Public Library has an extensive collection of cookbooks and staff can help you find one that's right for you.