The Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life Is Not Just for Kids
Melisser Elliott, author of The Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life: Cruelty-Free Crafts, Recipes, Beauty Secrets, and More, has gathered recipes, crafts, recycling and reuse ideas, advice about make-up, and interviews with vegan businesswomen together in an informative volume that any female considering or entering a cruelty-free lifestyle can use to better understand all things vegan.
Vegans, too, will benefit from many of the ideas, tips, instructions, and recipes included in The Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life. For the beginner, though, it begins exactly where it should by explaining what vegan is and is not. Its guides to shopping extend far beyond food, and discovering and using fabrics and cosmetics that are cruelty-free are just two of the areas it explores.
Suggestions for living in a non-vegan world include answers to questions many non-vegans ask (my favorite is that vegans can eat anything, but choose not to eat animal-related products), and a list of things to serve non-vegans, as well as a list of things to definitely not serve them, at least not at their first vegan meal.
Do-it-yourself projects range from the clever toilet paper tube seed-starters to elegant, footed serving pieces (ideal for cupcakes, cookies, and pastry) that are an easy exercise in recycling. Spend enough time in grocery stores, and you end up wishing you could grow your own food; Elliott offers suggestions to get your produce garden into the ground. Elliott also lists places to buy a variety of cruelty-free products, from snacks to clothing (especially shoes).
Along with a healthy dose of vegan philosophy, many of the interviewees share their favorite “vegan by accident” treats, meals, and cooking experiences, and how they deal with people who are antagonistic towards veganism. There is so much helpful information in The Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life, it’s hard to see how vegans could live without it.
Whether one is interested in learning cruelty-free crafts, using cruelty-free products (such as clothing or makeup) or embracing vegan cooking with a rich variety of recipes, Melisser Elliott’s guide makes it easier. And apparently, judging by what Rocky (the puppy) has done to the cover, it tastes good, too.