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.

Power Pack Your Meals with Super Seeds

By |December 11th, 2014|

When I first received a copy of Kim Lutz's new cookbook Super Seeds: The Complete Guide to Cooking with Power-Packed Chia, Quinoa, Flax, Hemp & Amaranth, I have to say I was a little surprised. It's a smallish, square book - more compact than a lot of the cookbooks you see on shelves these days. But its size is deceiving because it is absolutely packed - I'd go as far as saying it's power packed! - with all kinds of great information, and even better ideas about how to get more of these nutritious little miracles into your meals and your diet on a daily basis.

Impressing Your Loved Ones with Vegan Holiday Cooking

By |November 27th, 2014|

I have to say, I'm glad Candle Cafe and the authors - Joy Pierson, Angel Ramos and Jorge Pineda - decided to focus on holiday foods. Thanksgiving and Christmas are a big deal, and each year when they come around, many vegans start to PANIC. Forums and online clubs are alight: "What am I going to make for my non-vegan family?", "What can I bring to this party that will knock the socks off my friends (or at least not have them looking at said food item suspiciously and asking, "what is it?")?", or "I'm hosting this year - what am I going to make??!!" This book will bring a lot of comfort. It's about more than Thanksgiving and Christmas - in fact it is organized in menus: Super Bowl Big-Game Parties, Lunar New Year, Valentine's Day, Passover Seder, Easter Brunch, Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, 4th of July Backyard BBQ, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve. They have got you covered.

FutureChefs: Putting A Vegan Stamp On It

By |November 24th, 2014|

It always provides me with a great deal of hope seeing young people embracing the veg lifestyle. A couple of years ago we shared an interview with a young vegan baker named Christopher Chernoff. Christopher, now 13, has recently been featured in a new cookbook all about young cooks and chefs: FutureChefs: Recipes by Tomorrow's Cooks Across the Nation and the World. Though this is is not a veg cookbook, there are lots of vegan and vegetarian options, and we love seeing support for young vegans in a book like this one!

Raw Chocolate: Treats for the Body AND Soul

By |November 13th, 2014|

I have always been a big chocolate lover, but it wasn’t until I opened up Jessica Fenton (now Jessica Laura)’s new book Raw Chocolate Treats: Healthy Recipes for the Chocolate Lover that I really started to understand that chocolate could be good for more than your soul. Ok, first up, let’s clarify. We’re not talking about your Hershey’s […]

YumUniverse Creates Infinite Possibilities for a Plant Powerful YU

By |October 30th, 2014|

Heather Crosby's YumUniverse is more than just a cookbook filled with recipes that are destined to become favorites (though both of those things are true of this book). YumUniverse is also a guidebook, full of information and inspiration about how to transition to a vegan diet and lifestyle - and how to survive the bumps along the way! It compiles the best and most critical information on the "whys" and "hows" and the information is delivered with Crosby's compassionate and kind YU Approach.

It’s Happy Hour! John Schlimm Joins the Vegan Mainstream Cookbook Club

By |October 17th, 2014|

There is so much in life to be serious about that it's important to know when to step back, relax, and just plain old have some fun! Author John Schlimm is the perfect party guide - vegan style! His latest book The Ultimate Beer Lover's Cookbook is choc-a-bloc full of recipes for snacks and drinks to suit any occasion. We're super excited to be featuring John and his book on the Vegan Mainstream Cookbook Club this week, just in time for Oktoberfest! This book may just inspire you to host a great vegan party of your own - to have fun with beer pairings, and to try out using beer in some fun and innovative recipes.

Thrive and Shine with Brendan Brazier’s New Cookbook

By |September 25th, 2014|

If you want to learn about healthy, vegan food the recently released Thrive Energy Cookbook by Brendan Brazier is a book you will want to add to your shelf. If you're an athlete, be inspired. If you don't consider yourself an athlete, don't be intimidated! This is not a book just for super athletes; it's a book for active people who want to be (or are already) healthy.

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 get […]

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.