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Vegan for Life: A Beginner’s Guide to the Best Whole Food, Plant-Based Cookbooks

Were I to recommend just one book to a friend who was considering going vegan, The Vegan Way: 21 Days to a Happier, Healthier Plant-Based Lifestyle That Will Transform Your Home, Your Diet, and You by Jackie Day would most certainly be it.  Day’s lovely blog, My Vegan Journal, never fails to inspire me as my family and I continue on our vegetarian/vegan journey.  Her book has been endorsed by Moby (“When you feel like you’re hitting a bump in the road to vegan, there’s always a dash of comfort and inspiration here to keep you moving along”), Pamela Anderson (“The Vegan Way is like having a friendly, nonjudgemental vegan friend by your side”), and Dr. Neal Barnard (“Jackie Day’s book provides a perfect starting point [to a plant-based diet], with recipes, research, inspirational quotes, and daily goals as resources”).

Let me first say how absolutely beautiful the book is, from the watercolor illustrations peppered throughout to the photographs of decadent food and natural products.  Providing a 21 Days-to-a-Vegan Road Map, Day encourages us to set a date and then find our muse.  Some of us may seek inspiration in our children or mindful time with animals.  Others may look to their annual physical results or love of the environment.  Day will join you in your pantry, refrigerator, closet, make-up drawer, as well as on vacation, at holiday parties, and out to dinner.