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Vegans avoid not simply meat, but all animal products including dairy. This diet can be problematic unless it's carefully controlled to be sure that all necessary protein components are present. Barnard and Kramer recount their own roads to veganism, one as a matter of personal choice, the other as a way out of chronic disease. The authors suggest substitutes for animal products and recommend ways to ensure that one consumes sufficient proteins and vitamins while following a vegan regime. Recipes present few surprises, relying on tofu and other soy products as textural components and substitutes for meats and dairy products. Keeping in mind that many cosmetics are based on animal products or tested on animals, the authors offer some helpful recipes for these beauty enhancers as well. Mark Knoblauch


Their tatoos, their fashion sense, stolen from grandma's vintage trunk, and their irreverence, say it's not important to be earnest vegans; their recipes have an I-hate-to-cook-but-love-to-eat attitude.
—Vancouver Sun (Vancouver Sun)

Written with sass, style, and a sense of humor. More than just a cookbook. . . .
—Bust (Bust)

The authors genuinely seem to be having a wonderful time as they share recipes, anedotes and advice for cooking, baking and even making your own beauty products.
—Reader Review Vegetarian Times (Vegetarian Times)

Fun, educational, accessible and tasty!
—Impact Magazine (Impact Magazine)

The vegetarian cookbook industry seems to be in the permanent grip of New Age hippies and Hare Krishnas. Anyone turned off by such associations should seek out How It All Vegan! by two Canadians, Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer. Refreshingly, they do not discuss chakras, or offer instructions on how to become a practising druid. Barnard and Kramer adopt a down-to-earth approach, and focus on everyday meals someone might actually eat. The clarity and simplicity is no doubt why How It All Vegan! has won several awards and begotten two sequels. Much like Singer and Scully, Barnard and Kramer remind us there are ways to save animals that do not require breaking into cars.
The Globe & Mail (The Globe & Mail 2007-09-01)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551520672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551520674
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sarah Kramer is a vegan cookbook superstar!

Combining her love of food and her love of animals into a home-made cookbook zine to give to friends and family as x-mas presents. Reaction to the zine was so overwhelming that she realized that she was on to something special and her aspirations to do something with her life that made a difference in the world soon became a reality.

This tiny little zine grew into the best selling cookbook How It All Vegan (which has sold over 150 000+ copies and is often referred to by fans as "The Vegan Bible") only to be followed by it's triumphant sequel The Garden of Vegan and La Dolce Vegan both of which are hot on HIAV heels as best sellers.

Sarah's newest book Vegan A Gogo! hit bookshelves in '08.
Sarah's newest work is a 2010 Calendar that hit shelves in the summer of '09.

HIAV has also been awarded the 2003/2004 Veg News Veggie award for Best Veg Cookbook. Sarah was awarded Veg News Veggie award for favourite cookbook author in 2005 and a M-Award in 2006 for Favourite Book for LDV.

Sarah is known for her sassy vintage style and layman's approach to Veganism, and has been joyfully spreading the Vegan gospel to anyone who will listen. Appearing on national TVg9vlKD4o shows like Canada AM and W-5 as well as local shows like New Day Live, Breakfast Television and Go Magazine, she has also appeared as a guest on numerous radio stations such as CBC and NPR. Sarah also does live cooking appearances at festivals such as Word on The Street, Earth Save events and Vegetarian Conferences throughout Canada and the United States.

A self confessed web junkie, Sarah created a safe haven at her website for Vegan and curious Vegans to meet and talk about issues. She has written columns for Herbivore Magazine and Veg News as well as running The Tattoo Zoo with her husband/artist Gerry Kramer. When she's not at the tattoo shop, or working on her photography she's in her kitchen working hard on perfecting recipes for her cookbooks.

Herbivore Magazine Sarah was born and bred in Regina, Saskatchewan and hopped on a train in 1988 and headed west for Victoria BC, where she has lived ever since. She enjoys long walks on the beach. She laughs loudly during movies...even when nobody else is laughing. She loves puppies and kittens and is scared to go into the basement by herself. She lives with her husband Gerry and Fergus the Dog, on a nice street somewhere near the beach in Victoria.

Sarah believes that Veganism is not just about food, but is a positive compassionate lifestyle choice. She believes the choices we make, however small (from the food that we eat to the shoes that we choose to buy) have a direct impact on how the world turns. Never one to bash people over the head with an aggressive message, Sarah believes that it only takes one tiny spark to start a fire and she has a pack of matches and is ready to burn!

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113 of 115 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a great cookbook. The best thing about it is not the yummy recipes, but the accessibility of the authors! You can reach them through their website and they are truly genuine and nice. The cookbook features cute drawings and pictures, fun comments, Jewish flair in some of the recipes, unique things you might not find other places, homemade health and beauty product recipes, instructions on how to make safe household cleaners, treats for your animal friends, a section on Kids' Stuff, and the ever-useful "45 Things to do with vinegar" section (that really came in handy!). This book is beginner-vegan-friendly. Most of the recipes are relatively easy to prepare and require minimum time and effort. The dessert section ROCKS! Try the Chocolate peanut butter cups...if you never thought you'd have them again, here they are, in full force! Yum! I've only tried a few recipes so far, and they've all been delicious. These Canadian punk rock wimmin have put together a great collection of vegan recipes. My only complaints with this book are that it lacks an index (which I'm told by the authors was supposed to be in there but didn't make it to the printer!), and several of the recipes contain bee products. bee pollen, beeswax, and honey are all used a bit in the book, especially in some of the smoothies and in the health and beauty products. I was disappointed about that, but have just avoided making the recipes that require those products. Other than that, the book is great.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Reviewer on July 29, 2002
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This is a very useful cookbook filled with "normal" recipes. The dishes are easy to prepare, and the ingredients are not unusual. (When unusual ingredients are listed, alternatives are offered.) There is a wide variety of recipes, and all that I've tried have been quite good. I highly recommend this book and Jannequin Bennett's VERY VEGETARIAN.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By ANGELA M THOMPSON on December 5, 1999
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I picked up this book, honestly, because of the cover: two punkrock girls showing off a great big vegan cake! But what's inside the book is really the best part... personal stories, vegan tips and advice, a list of animal-ingredients... but the best part of all is all the great recipes! I have tried 3 in two days and they have all been the best vegan food I have ever eaten (potato soup, lasagna, coconut cookies)... Either I have had really bad luck with other vegan cookbooks or this cookbook just knows how to fulfil a hungry vegan! Either way, buy this book and have fun cooking, eating, and being vegan again!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Shani on February 5, 2005
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This book is fun and funky. The recipes are easy and delicious, with little in the way of ingredients the common person hasn't heard of (and most of those are differences in Canadian vs. American lingo). This book does have a lot of desert and 'junk' food, yet it makes the transition easier. And quite frankly, most vegan books don't have recipes for chocolate chip bars and rice crispy treats, let alone ones that you can eat guilt free. The gals say to use whatever kind of flour and sweetener you like, so even junk food can be very healthy, depending on how you make it. My kids (8, 9, and 14) converted to veganism without fuss thanks to the recipes in How it all Vegan, Garden of Vegan, and Vegan Planet. BUY THESE BOOKS! Also read anything by John Robbins- it'll keep you vegan when you are tempted to eat a big slice of cheesy pizza.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kate on January 12, 2000
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I bought this book when I was first curious about going Vegan, after being a vegetarian for a few years. At first I was a bit frightened, especially after reading doctor's statements on how vegans don't get enough calcium (they obviously haven't heard of fortifed soymilk, green leafy vegetables, etc.). This book is helping me to make that final step in going vegan. Unlike other Vegan books I was looking at, this seemed well rounded and pleasant to the eye (nice retro theme throughout). Personal stories, recipes, odds and ends, cosmetic recipes and lots of other great things to make are all here. As I've been cutting the diary out and drinking more fortified soymilk, I feel great (I think I made the mistake of using too much diary while being a vegetarian). Also, there's recipes to make your own 'cheese' substitutes, because many (I'd say about 95%) of the tofu/soy cheeses on the market have casein (milk protein) in them. Another reader noted that the 'faux' meat was annoying, but I find that it's a great thing to make to put on your plate where the meat used to go. An overall great book.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By stormy on July 20, 2000
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i recently bought this fantastic book (on a whim), and i am sure i could type for hours about how wonderful it is! i have the second printing of it, which was printed in the year 2000, and i have an index in my book, which is very useful! also, the recipes that call for honey give an alternative (at least the ones that i have seen) and if you need another alternative, or for some reason it doesn't give one, go to the appendix! the appendix usually tells what you can use as a substitute for animal derived products. this has been one of the most useful sections for me. i knew that there were processes that use animal products, and i am glad to finally have a long list of what to avoid. i intend to give this book to my friends and relatives so they can see that i am not crazy, and that vegan food is not only healthy, but delicious, and not difficult to prepare! and it's not just the food, but health & beauty products, household cleaners, & 45 things to do with vinegar! i love this book!
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