Finally a Vegan: My Journey to Veganuary and Beyond by Stephanie Jane
Category: Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 118 pages
Genre: Memoir, Food & Cookery, Lifestyle
Publisher: Self-Published; Release date: December 2020
Tour dates: January 4 to January 24, 2022
Content Rating: PG 13 + M Finally A Vegan includes one 'bl**dy' (starred out as written) and one slightly-shocking-but-not-graphic reference to a duck farming video.
Stephanie took part in Veganuary, the month-long global challenge to try veganism, for January 2019. In Finally a Vegan she describes how her changing attitudes to animal welfare and exploitation led her from staunch omnivore to vegetarianism in the preceding years. She recalls her excitement at taking part in the challenge itself and shares her daily food diary, failures as well as triumphs.
Drawing on her post-Veganuary experiences, Stephanie then responds to the common questions But isn't it expensive? But surely it isn't healthy? and But what about my boots? before honestly asking herself How vegan do I want to be?
Ideal for vegan-curious readers, Finally a Vegan is an insightful memoir inspired by one life-changing month.
10% of Finally A Vegan profits will be donated to vegan projects and charities.
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The Only Vegan in the Household
I live in a two person household with my long term partner, Dave. We've been together 18 years now and I've been vegan for the last 3 of those. I know of some vegans who simply cannot live with a nonvegan partner because the moral differences are too great for them to overcome. However, while I can completely understand that perspective, it's not a situation that I have personally found to be intolerable.
Dave was - and still is - wonderfully supportive of my vegan journey, but it's not a path he's ready to follow himself so we have needed to rearrange some of our shopping and cooking routines. I suppose he would best identify as flexitarian. He's by no means adverse to vegan meals and counts a good Mushroom Curry and a Moroccan-inspired Lentil Soup in his own cooking repertoire, so we'll share a vegan main meal once or twice each week. Breakfast is also always a shared vegan meal, but he'll usually have a vegetarian soup-and-toast lunch while I rustle up a tofu scramble or pita breads with dips and hummus for myself.
On evenings where we're not actually eating the same or a similar meal - a veggie burger for me and a meat burger for Dave, for example - we've found dinner cooking works best if we alternate making our own two-portion meals. So, say, on a Monday I'll make a Sweet And Sour stirfry, eat one portion fresh and spoon the other into a jam jar to reheat on the Tuesday. This leaves the stovetop free on Tuesday for Dave to cook up whatever he is eating. We also use my slow cooker a lot for stews and curries and that's great because it bubbles away, unattended, in a corner of the kitchen leaving the other person plenty of space for their own culinary creations.
The system does require a bit of planning, but we like to schedule our meals a few days ahead anyway to minimise potential food waste. When the majority of one's shopping trips are done by bicycle or on foot as ours are, it's even more important to eat everything we've carried home!
Meet the Author:
Reader, wanderer, vegan.
Stephanie Jane has been an avid reader for as long as she can remember. She loves discovering new authors from all around the world and is happiest when engrossed in a compelling novel with tea and cake to hand.
Raised in Sussex, England, Stephanie developed a wanderlust in her late twenties. She spends her time exploring the UK and Western Europe with her partner, setting out on foot or bicycle from their almost-vintage motorhome, and firmly believes everywhere has something worth seeing if we slow down enough to appreciate its smallest details.
Stephanie has been vegan since 2019 and strives to incorporate zero waste ideals into her life. She enjoys browsing vintage clothing shops and would collect antique kitchenware if she ever again lives in a house with enough space.
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