Minneapolis Star Tribune




“Have you ever contemplated going vegan?

It’s a lifestyle that avoids all animal products, including meat, eggs and dairy. If that seems like a big step, Kathy Freston is ready to help with her new book, “The Book of Veganish; The Ultimate Guide to Easing Into a Plant-Based, Cruelty-Free, Awesomely Delicious Way to Eat, With 70 Easy Recipes Anyone Can Make” (Pam Krauss Books, 288 pages, $22).

Freston helped Oprah Winfrey and 378 staffers go vegan for a week back in 2011, and her vegan book, “The Lean,” was a New York Times bestseller. The latest book is aimed at helping young people navigate a journey into being as vegan as they want to be.

Freston, who has been a vegan for 12 years, wants you to know that it’s fine to get a little bit vegan at your own pace. In fact, she thinks of these dietary choices as ones that you are adding — not taking away from — your meals.

“It’s really hard for someone who grows up eating meat to just become vegan overnight. I know it would have been for me. It worked best to be curious and nudge myself forward, with no pressure and no rules, just exploring and learning,” she said in an interview.

The book is a guide, covering everything that a teen or 20-something might need to know, from how to balance a diet to how to eat vegan without blowing the budget. It’s also peppered throughout with personal testimonials from 18- to 24-year-old vegans on how they solve their dietary dilemmas, how they cook in dorm rooms, and why they are committed to this lifestyle.

“It’s really exciting to me to see how deeply they have thought this thing through, and the solutions that they have found. They enjoy tradition, but are bold and brave about making changes, and they are innovative with their meals,” said Freston.

The book has a selection of 70 quick and accessible recipes created by veteran cookbook author Robin Robertson.

“Everything is easy, hearty, delicious and the ingredients are readily available,” said Freston.”
-ROBIN ASBELL, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Cooking Instructor and author of Big Vegan, The Whole Grain Promise and Great Bowls of Food