Lindsay Nixon is JUST about to come out with the third book in her Happy Herbivore series, Happy Herbivore Abroad, (release date December 4th!). Vegan Mainstream had the chance to dish with Lindsay recently about her new book, why she wrote it, what’s in it – and why YOU should buy it! Read on to find out more about Lindsay and the Happy Herbivore series.
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Vegan Mainstream: Tell us about your new cookbook, coming out in December. What are the cool things about it that fans can look forward to?
Lindsay Nixon: One feature that really sets Happy Herbivore Abroad apart from the previous two books (other than the international cuisine) is that I’ve included memoir bits—stories and pictures of my travel. This book is very personal in many ways.
VM: Will this book help vegans who want to travel, or mostly help them introduce international vegan cuisine into their own kitchen?
LN: Happy Herbivore Abroad is mostly about bringing international cuisine to your home kitchen, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a few people get bitten by the travel bug after reading and cooking from my new book. For traveling tips, check out my Kindle book Broke Backpacker.
LN: I’m a bit of a jetsetter—I don’t seem to stay in one place for too long and spend a good bit of each year traveling. I wanted to write a cookbook that celebrated my lifestyle. I also wanted to replicate international dishes in a healthy, plant-based way, using everyday ingredients. I’ve purchased international cookbooks in the past only to be discouraged because they called for ingredients I could never find—or afford! Happy Herbivore Abroad makes tasting the world easy.
VM: What is the release date?
LN: December 4, 2012
VM: What is your favorite recipe in the book?
LN: Asking a chef to pick their favorite recipe is like asking a parent to pick their favorite child
VM: Can you talk about your own veg story – why did you initially decide to become vegan?
LN: I grew up largely a vegetarian out of a love for animals. I fell out of it for a few years in my late teens (peer pressure) but a serious health scare brought me back to a vegetarian diet in my early 20s. During that first year as a vegetarian I became aware of the horrors of the milk and egg industries and learned that all animal products (not just meat and fish) are unhealthy, so I adopted a plant-based (vegan) diet. That was almost 6 years ago.
VM: Do you have any tips for people who are transitioning to veganism, to make that transition easier, and their new lifestyle easier to stick to?
LN: Take it one meal at a time. Know that meals don’t have to be expensive or complicated. A bag of frozen stir-fry veggies, brown rice and a splash of soy sauce is an easy and delicious meal.
VM: How did you come up with the name Happy Herbivore (is there a story behind that?)
LN: When I first started blogging (back in 2007) I was trying to come up with a name—I tried a few different names involving “herbivore” when a friend suggested I try “happy herbivore.” It just stuck. I acknowledged Kiki in my first cookbook Without her, Happy Herbivore would be a rose by some other name!
VM: There are many vegan cookbooks out on the market these days; what is different about your cookbooks, that makes people want to pick them off the shelf over other books?
LN: The Happy Herbivore series is focused on being low fat, using whole foods and no oil. There are a lot of vegan cookbooks on the market, but most of them use oil and margarine, all purpose flour, refined sugar, fake meats like gardein or fake cheese like daiya. I don’t use those foods—I focus on making food plant-based and healthy as opposed to just vegan. I also find a lot of vegan cookbooks use obscure ingredients and I focus on using everyday ingredients sold at the average supermarket. I’m very down to earth with my cooking method and home cooks can relate to that.
VM: Where will you go from here? Do you have another book in mind? A book tour?
LN: I’m currently working on my fourth cookbook, and I’ve signed on to write a total of six books. Everyday Happy Herbivore was also just translated into Finnish, and I’ve heard rumors that my book might be translated in other languages too, which is exciting. When I’m not writing recipes or running my companion meal plan website (getmealplans.com), I fly around the country speaking and demonstrating at conferences and Whole Foods stores. I’m very busy, but it’s a good problem to have!
Don’t forget to enter our Happy Herbivore Abroad giveaway: Enter NOW by posting a comment below. Tell us about your transition to becoming a happy herbivore! (even if you’ve been plant-based for years) You have until Tuesday, Dec 4th!