About Emma Larocque

Emma Levez Larocque is a writer and in-training nutritionist and vegan chef living on the west coast of Canada. She has been veg for 19 years, vegan for 4. Her passion is working to make veganism mainstream to promote a better, kinder world for all beings.

More Than Your Average Oatmeal – it’s OATRageous!

By |September 11th, 2014|

Growing up I hated oatmeal. There, I said it. It's a hard thing to admit, oatmeal being such a healthy food that you should eat EVERY day, and all. As I got older, I started to realize that while overly mushy quick oats with brown sugar just were not my cup of tea, I COULD like oatmeal if I made it right. These days I like my oatmeal piled high with crunchy apple slices, raisins, cinnamon, hemp hearts, ground flax and almond milk. But I have to admit, though I love to cook, that's about as adventurous as I get with oats in the breakfast department. Skip all the main meals of the day, and there comes another use for oats - dessert! Pictures of apple-berry crumbles and Scotch Teas come to mind...but then my imagination falters. Or it used to.

Redefining Gluten-Free and Vegan…Decadent and Delicious! – A Review

By |August 26th, 2014|

When I cracked open my review copy of Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking by Cara Reed a few weeks ago, the first thing I wanted to do was take it down to one of our local coffee shops where a year ago I had THE most disgusting GF vegan muffin I had ever tasted. Don’t […]

We Animals: Taking on the Taboo

By |August 8th, 2014|

We Animals by Jo-Anne McArthur is a brave and powerful book that addresses this very topic. McArthur is the photographer who was featured in the recent film The Ghosts in Our Machine. She travels around the world photographing animals "behind the scenes" and their various relationships (negative and positive) with humans. Her photographs are achingly beautiful, disturbing and thought provoking, as is the commentary she provides alongside each one.

“Skinny Juices”: Cleanse, Build and Strengthen – a Review

By |August 1st, 2014|

Juicing and blending has become a way of life for my family - it's part of our morning routine, and it's not something I usually pull a cookbook out for - normally I open the fridge (half the time somewhat bleary-eyed), and concoct a mixture of whatever fruit and veg we have in the fridge. Maybe throw in some nuts/seeds, a few superfoods. It's a treasured part of our day, but sometimes it's easy to get stuck in a rut making morning beverages out of the same combinations. For this reason I have had lots of fun flipping through the recipes in Danielle Omar's new book Skinny Juices published by Da Capo Press.

VeganWALL: A New Social Network JUST For Vegans

By |July 30th, 2014|

It's getting easier to be vegan in this non-vegan world - some days more than others! - but there is a new tool being launched this September that will make it easier than ever. VeganWALL is being developed as an online community specifically for vegans that will help like-minded people to connect and share information about food, clothing, events, products and more.

Cooling Down with Choosing Raw: A Review

By |July 15th, 2014|

I have been veg for so long now I sometimes scoff when people say to me, "but being vegan must be so hard!" That's before I remember that I've been doing this for close to 20 years, so of course it's not hard - for me. But when I think about raw food, that's exactly what I think: "That must be so hard!".

Vegan Unite! A New Online Vegan Marketplace Takes the Stage

By |July 10th, 2014|

Have you ever fallen in love with a pair of boots or a scarf, or a wallet only to find out that it's not vegan? Have you ever wished that you could go somewhere to shop and not worry about checking EVERY SINGLE label, or look up EVERY SINGLE product to make sure it's vegan, cruelty-free, eco-friendly, etc, etc, etc? Do you have a great vegan product idea and wish there was somewhere you could reach "the conscious consumer"? Well, that place is here - it's new, and still relatively small, but it's growing, and it's growing fast!

Salad Samurai: Salads No Longer Suck!

By |June 24th, 2014|

I distinctly remember wishing when I was a teenager that I loved salad as much as I loved chocolate. Well, many years later I feel like they're a lot closer in my heart than once they were, and Terry Hope Romero's brand new cookbook Salad Samurai might just help push me over the edge! In her "New Salad Manifesto" introduction, Terry recounts a situation that ALL vegans have lived through at least once, and likely many times:

Veggie Prom Heads West: Get your dancing shoes on, LA!

By |June 17th, 2014|

What do you remember of your high school prom? Whether it's something you'd like to relive, or something you'd like to re-do, your chance is coming up, if you live in or near LA. On June 28, 2014 the Veggie Prom is coming to Los Angeles! It's an event that has happened in other cities, but never before in LA. Vegan Mainstream recently chatted with organizers Steven Todd Smith and Jessica Schoech to find out more:

Vegan Finger Foods: A Bite-Sized Review

By |June 3rd, 2014|

Who doesn't love finger foods? They're perfect for parties, potlucks and quick, light dinners - but really great vegan appetizers can be difficult to come by. Being a true lover of hummus of many varieties, hummus and veggies with a side of pickles/olives tends to be my appy of choice. However, a whole new world of possibilities has opened up with the new cookbook Vegan Finger Foods by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes.