About Emma Larocque

Emma Levez Larocque is a writer and vegan chef living on the west coast of Canada. She is also studying to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. She has been veg for 20 years, vegan for 5. Her passion is working to make veganism mainstream to promote a better, kinder world for all beings.

Families Get Plant Powered with Dreena Burton’s Latest Vegan Cookbook

By |May 20th, 2015|

Dreena Burton was one of the first vegan cookbook authors I became aware of, way back when. Since that time I have followed her career, loved and shared her recipes, and bought every single one of the cookbooks she has put out. She is a wealth of cooking knowledge, which the observer can see growing […]

Serving up vegan love with LOVE FED

By |March 25th, 2015|

What is more nurturing to us on a daily basis than good food can be? What has always made Grandma's cookies or favorite home-style meals so special? It's not just the physical ingredients - it's the vibration of love that makes it so unique. And so Christina Ross's new book Love Fed: Purely Decadent Simply Raw, Plant-Based Desserts came to me at a good time in my life.

Jump Aboard the Vegiterranean Ship!

By |February 11th, 2015|

When I first saw Julieanna Hever's latest book, the vegiterranean diet, I went into holiday mode. There's something about the cover...the colours maybe, that lends itself to daydreaming about going on vacation somewhere with sunny skies, blue seas and lots of healthy, delicious food to eat! Plus, the name of the book obviously immediately makes you think of the Mediterranean, and - well - who doesn't love the Mediterranean?

100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks to Kickstart 2015

By |January 22nd, 2015|

I'm a big fan of juices and smoothies. I love starting my day with a glass of water, and then a glass of power-packed nutrition. I think it's something about knowing I'm getting several servings of fruit and veggies into my body before I do anything else. I've never been a lover of breakfast, so when I discovered juice and smoothies, it felt like a no-brainer. Emily von Euw's brand new book 100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks hit the spot from the word go.

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.