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The Lusty Vegan: A Cookbook and Relationship Manifesto for Vegans and Those Who Love Them Paperback – October 7, 2014
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"Check out The Lusty Vegan for a lively examination of the possiblities for love and passion between two people with widely divergent eating habits." (Karin E. Baker, Huffington Post)
"...Howell and co-author Zoe Eisenberg dish out all the dirt of co-existing in a meat-filled world; think part cookbook, part advice and part sex education for vegans dating non-vegans." (Tyrus Townsend, JET)
About the Author
Ayinde Howell is an executive chef who lives and works in Los Angeles. His recipes have been published in the New York Times, Essence, VegNEws Magazine, and many others. He is the founder and publisher of the award-winning iEatGrass website, and owner and executive chef of his critically acclaimed culinary-event company, Wildflower.
Zoe Eisenberg is a writer and editor who focuses on food, health, relationships and sex. With a background in holistic health and creative writing, Zoe has been published in a variety of print and online outlets, including the Huffington Post, Shape.com and XOJane.com.
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Half of this book contains advice on anything you'd want to know about dating when one person is a vegan and the other can't live without cheese and bacon. Ayinde and Zoe go over first dates, how to tell the other person about your vegan lifestyle, sex, meeting the families, and even handling break ups. Both authors narrate their own stories of past relationships, telling us all the things that worked and the ones that didn't. (Can I just say I do not like Ayinde's taste in women?) It's a lot of fun to read, and even though I'm happily married, I still was able to take away some advice for myself, like how to deal with the families at the holidays.
The other half is all delicious recipes that Ayinde Howell has created for everyone to enjoy. They are all vegan and all very, very delicious. My husband frequently asks me to make the "lobster" rolls and cajun tofu and dirty rice. Aiyinde's pancake recipe is now a staple in my house for Sunday morning breakfast. And I have yet to try a dessert that hasn't been absolutely amazing. If you are looking for healthy vegan food, this is not your cookbook. Lots of sugar and oil is used. If you are looking for lots and lots of flavor, you've found your winner. I also appreciate BTW that while this book does have some vegan staples like pancakes and chocolate covered strawberries, it also has some recipes that I don't often see, if ever, in other vegan cookbooks, such as the lobster rolls and jambalaya. (We seriously need a New Orleans vegan cookbook BTW. Vegan chefs take note.)
The target audience is for twenty-somethings that are in the dating scene, but I think every vegan should have this cookbook for their collection and use it often. This book is indispensable to me.
If you aren't looking for relationship advice or if that sort of read just ain't your bag, baby, I'd STILL recommend that you get this book. I'm not even a vegan - I just generally love to eat healthy and try new foods that I don't usually cook - and the recipes are fantastic! I especially enjoyed the Korean Bibambap and the tips for what to do with tofu. From a food standpoint, the book is super educational. The authors discuss the pros and cons of various cooking oils, non-dairy milks, and proteins, allowing the reader to make his or her own decision. But dammit. They know what they're talking about, so you should listen to them.
The recipes are super creative and unlike the normal fare you would cook at home on a regular basis, especially if you are of the meat-eating variety. I totally recommend this book - it'd make a great read for anyone looking to change up their eating habits or the perfect gift for your favorite frisky vegan friend or romantic potential!