Early signs are that the book will have a significant impact. In fact, Hodder & Stoughton’s proofreader was the very first person to read the book … and she went vegan.
Veganuary and Hodder & Stoughton have announced that How to Go Vegan: the why, the how, and everything you need to make going vegan easy will be published on December 28th, and is now available for pre-order at both Amazon and Waterstones.
In this fun, easy-to-follow and informative guide, the team behind the charity Veganuary shares their experience from helping tens of thousands of people to go vegan, offering advice, tips and valuable information for anyone thinking about making the switch – whether for a month, a year or for the rest of their lives.
With a foreword by Harry Potter actress Evanna Lynch, the book begins – in Veganuary’s trademark welcoming and non-judgmental way – by making a compelling case for trying a plant-based diet: for animals, for the environment, to ease world hunger, and for the health of individuals and society as a whole.
But this isn’t a book that lectures or points fingers. Even when describing some of the more disturbing outcomes of animal agriculture, the charity holds the reader’s hand and guides them through the issues with sympathy and care. And once those reasons for going vegan are explained, the book gets down to the practicalities – the nuts, bolts and beans of how to make the change to a plant-based diet. Starting, of course, with breakfast.
There are chapters on surprisingly vegan foods, label-reading, essential ingredients and how to veganise popular dishes. The book sets out meal plans for a fortnight, using some of the most popular recipes on the Veganuary website, and offers a motivational list of books and films that are regularly cited by Veganuary participants as being influential and life-changing.
It covers eating out, how to be well fed while on holiday and – of course – gives nutritional information, which has been verified and approved by an expert medical practitioner. The book doesn’t neglect the wider impact of a person’s food choices, examining the practical issues around being the only vegan in a household, ‘coming out’ to family and friends and eating at family gatherings.
How to Go Vegan is an information-packed resource, written in an inclusive, supportive, light-hearted way. It’s also lightly sprinkled with quotes from Veganuary participants and inspiring vegans, including: actor Peter Egan; television presenter Jasmine Harman; Leeds Rhinos and Ireland rugby league player Anthony Mullally; Team GB Triathlete Dan Geisler; comedian Carl Donnelly; and professional free-runner and Ninja Warriors star Tim Shieff.
Says Veganuary co-founder, Jane Land: “We are thrilled to be working with Hodder & Stoughton to publish How to Go Vegan. With the number of vegans rising exponentially and 150,000 people expected to register for Veganuary 2018, they recognised that this is the book that a lot of people have been looking for.”
Says Hodder & Stoughton Commissioning Editor, Maddy Price: ‘More and more people are thinking about veganism and ways in which they can live more compassionately. What I love about Veganuary is that they are all about celebrating food and life – it’s a really positive movement. Their book demystifies veganism and will be a real gift for anyone considering making the change.’
How to Go Vegan is set to be published by Hodder & Stoughton on the 28th of December.