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First-time Vegan

Delicious dishes and simple switches for a plant-based lifestyle

Start your vegan journey the right way by going back to basics with Leah Vanderveldt's recipes for plant-based essentials and more.

Choosing to eat a plant-based diet can be good for your health and good for the planet, but many people dive straight in without proper understanding of how to get a nutritionally balanced diet when they suddenly stop eating animal products. Enter First-time Vegan; this book features essential information on how to ensure your plant-based diet ticks all the right nutritional boxes. Learn how to make the daily essentials you can’t live without: from dairy-free milks, to plant-based condiments, these things can be costly to buy readymade and/or full of additives you don’t need. Finally, master the easy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks that will underpin your vegan diet and allow it to be sustainable and enjoyable. Be well-informed, save money, keep healthy, and go out there and live your best vegan life, with First-time Vegan.

Leah Vanderveldt is the food editor at health and wellness website, MindBodyGreen, where she writes and develops whole-food recipes and edits content about nutrition, health, and cultivating a positive relationship with food. She began her career in publishing at Condé Nast, working for both Vogue and Vanity Fair. When she moved to Sydney, Australia, Leah worked as a copy editor for lifestyle and design magazine Home Beautiful, where she focused on the entertaining and recipes sections. After teaching herself to cook through trial and error, Leah has managed to find clever ways to maximize flavour in dishes while focusing on plant-based whole foods. Her cooking inspiration ranges from her travels in Australia and Europe, to the more local flavours of her childhood home on Long Island, New York, and her dad’s fishing boat. She is certified in Culinary Nutrition from the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City, where she learned to unite nutrition theory with practical techniques in the kitchen. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Fabian, who conveniently loves washing dishes.

food and nutrition writer Leah Vanderveldt offers sound practical advice on how to make the change – and how to stick to it…. won’t leave you pining for what you’ve given up.

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