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Sunday 10 January 2021

Review: Be More Vegan: The Young Person's Guide to A Plant-based Lifestyle

Veganism has reached almost epic proportions in 2020 according to many sources and it appears that almost one-sixth of those turning to this lifestyle are teenagers.

The term flexitarianism has been coined to describe those who have become more ‘part-time’ vegans and for many young people who are driving this trend a healthier lifestyle and concern for the environment are motivating factors. 

All this makes the publication of this new book by well-known health coach and vegan food-blogger, Niki Webster, extremely timely. 

It is an attractively presented book with stylised graphic art illustrations and embellishments as well as the beautifully photographed food offerings.

Starting off with a personal note from the author on why she has chosen veganism the introduction explains the concept of the choice and goes on to point out animal welfare and environmental justifications. It continues with some useful information about vegan fashion, some commonly asked questions and the ethics of plant-based choices.

Part Two kicks off with a thorough overview of health benefits and details nutritional guidelines which underpin these benefits.

Part Three is headed The Vegan Kitchen and offers sound advice for setting up for success with staples, substitutes, and ‘how-to’ instructions for basics like nut cheese and plant milk. Delicious sounding recipes for breakfasts, lunches, mains, snacks and extras and desserts follow with simple to follow procedures accompanied by tips from the author.

The book concludes with a glossary and an index making this an extremely user-friendly source of information, especially for those who are just starting out on either veganism or just cooking.  All in all, whether for use as a personal cookbook, a non-fiction title with a difference or as a guide for Food Technology students this makes a superb addition to any shelf of recipe books.

Title: Be More Vegan: The Young Person's Guide to A Plant-based Lifestyle
Author: Niki Webster
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, Wellbeck Children's, $24.99  
Publication Date: 5 January 200
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781783126620
For ages: 10+
Type: Non Fiction