Jae Steele, author of Ripe from Around Here: A Vegan Guide to Local and Sustainable Eating (No Matter Where You Live), takes a look at the complexity of being vegan and wanting to eat a local diet. This book, although its main purpose is to be a cookbook with a calendar that we can use throughout the year to eat the freshest way possible, explains how to create meals using ingredients that sustain the earth, the local economy, and our health.
Backed by a holistic nutritionist background, the recipes in this cookbook are relatively easy to easy and incredibly nutritious, with one great bonus: they are fabulous. I mean, with recipes such as Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins, Pear Parsnip Soup and Butternut Chipotle Chocolate Cake, how can you go wrong?
Furthermore, catering to a vegan lifestyle is already quite dificult when you are busy or if you are still attempting to learn how to cook without lacking any nutritional elements, so if you are an environmentalist as well and want to create meals that don't pollute, things become much more complex. Although the calendar she uses to know which vegetables and fruits are in season is Toronto's harvest time, finding your local calendar is easy and you can slightly adapt the recipes to fit your own local produce. She explains how to do this to keep things as simple as possible.
To add to this, she even goes on to give every detail she can about why an organic, local and vegan diet is best. She focuses much more on the environmental and health impact than any other reason, although surely this young lady agrees that animal rights are important as well. From knowing why buying ripe is best to why organic should be preferred, she takes the reader through the steps in a newbie-friendly manner.