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10 Books We Are Enjoying Lately

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The bookcases at Herbivore are often bulging under the weight of so many rad books - we're actually running out of room for all the upcoming releases! And trust us, there are a lot of new books making an appearance during the last quarter of 2014. 

Finding yourself face to face with such a wide assortment of books can be awesome and overwhelming so we're here to offer our keen wisdom and share a few of our favorites with you! 

1.) Beg by Rory Freedman

Beg is an empowering guide and resource offering up a multitude of ways we can help all animals, including adorable pups like the one on the cover. It also boldly dives into the disheartening world of animal cruelty. Chapters focus on topics such as adoption, dog shows, vivisection, factory farming, animals used for entertainment, the fashion industry, and keeping your companion animals healthy and fit. 

2.) Gorilla Food by Aaron Ash

Raw food enthusiasts will appreciate the recipes in this beautifully photographed book, written by the chef and owner of Vancouver, B.C. restaurant Gorilla Food. We had the pleasure of meeting Aaron when he generously came to visit Herbivore and to do a food demo for our customers. Fun and delicious! Make raw delights like Pesto Pizza or Apple Pie! How about Dark Cherry Avocado Mousse? Cashew Alfredo Zucchini Linguine? Falafel Wraps? Strawberry Cheezcake? Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream? Yes, yes please.

3.) No Meat Athlete by Matt Frazier

Plant-based athletes are a mighty tough bunch... seriously!! Don't let those snarky folks at the gym tell you any differently. Vegans are just as buff, strong, and competitive! No Meat Athlete combines motivational stories, innovative recipes, and proven training techniques to create a fitness guide for anyone who wants to enjoy the benefits of a meatless lifestyle. Take it from the cute carrot on the cover. He knows what's up!

4.) The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon

Dedicated and compassionate blogger Angela Liddon's first cookbook is a true masterpiece. From the gorgeous, colorful photographs to the whole-foods recipes, it deserves a spot front and center on your cookbook shelf. It's the sort of book that makes you thankful for choosing a plant-based lifestyle because everything is so darn delicious, nourishing, and downright amazing. My favorite recipes include: Enlightened Miso Power Bowl, Portobello Steak Fajitas, Apple Pie Oatmeal, Tropical Beauty Green Monster, Chakra Caesar Salad with Nutty Herb Croutons, and Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites. 

5.) My Gentle Barn by Ellie Laks

Have you ever visited an animal sanctuary? They will fill your heart with so much love and joy you might just pass out. The true story that unfolds in this book will renew your confidence in the goodness of humankind. Author Ellie Laks shares how she founded The Gentle Barn, a sanctuary where rescued animals are treated with the kindness that all living things deserve. There is always hope and this book proves it.

6.) V is for Vegan by Ruby Roth

Introduce little ones to the ABCs of a compassionate lifestyle with this enchanting, one-of-a-kind gem. The illustrations alone will capture your soul. Rhymes, humor, and fun combine to present an easy-to-understand and teachable format focusing on animal rights, food, and the environment. Did I mention the cute illustrations?!

7.) Artisan Vegan Cheese by Miyoko Schinner

Vegan cheese has come a long, long, long way over the past decade or so. Waxy, slimy, orange blocks have transitioned into flavorful, aged, and gourmet creations that fool even the most devoted omnivores - my dad included!  If cheese is holding you back from taking on veganism full force, get ready to jump up and down because Miyoko Schinner's beloved book has recipes worthy of being called artisan. Air-Dried Gouda, Brie, Pub Cheddar with Chives, and Meltable Mozzarella are just a handful of the cheeses gracing the pages. When this book first came out, I found myself devouring countless slices of crusty bread spread with tangy cheddar when I should have been working... 

On a similar note, have you heard about Miyoko's new online cheese shop?! Oh my, oh my. Pre-order some serious deliciousness here. Hurry up!

8.) Whole Grain Vegan Baking by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes

Sweet tooth taking over your mind? Whatcha gonna do? Bake with whole grains to compensate for overindulgence, perhaps?! Although, this gorgeous book has recipes for savory treats too, so if you don't have much of a sweet tooth, you won't be left out. Flipping through the colorful pages, you will find wholesome breads, muffins, pies, pancakes, and other delights that rely on whole grain flours and natural sweeteners. And they are easy to create! Don't be intimidated, not a single bit! Blackberry Allspice Muffins, Toasted Garlic & Herb Bread, Raspberry Spelt Danishes, and Baked Speculoos Doughnuts are calling out to me. 

9.) Straight from the Earth by Myra & Marea Goodman

Trying to figure out what to do with your plentiful garden bounty? Prefer to create meals around whole foods without any processed ingredients? Straight from the Earth showcases all the benefits and beauty of a plant-based diet with a wide array of yummy recipes. Summer Pesto Pizza, Curried Yellow Split Pea Soup, and Spinach Salad with Maple-Roasted Butternut Squash and Walnuts all sound so very tempting! Pretty photographs make them all the more irresistable.

10.) Unusual Creatures by Michael Hearst

This book will make you laugh and it will put lots of new knowledge in your precious vegan noggin. Did you know the blue-footed booby can dance? Or that sea pigs can fit in the palm of your hand? Or that the leafy sea dragon looks just like a plant? Oh, and there is a creature called the blowfish that lives in Australia! You will feel like you are in science class again as you scan the pages. It's the perfect gift for kids and adults alike.

Our favorite books change from day to day. Come by our shop or visit our online store to see the biggest book variety ever!

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