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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vegan Heritage Press, LLC (October 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985466294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985466299
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been a lifelong vegan and experienced many relationships with vegans and non vegans alike. I wish I had this book years ago when I first started dating! I love the writing style, approachable, informative and full of helpful anecdotes. The photos are well done and the recipes speak for themselves in their uniqueness and deliciousness. I never thought I would find a book that so well encompassed veganism and relationships, and I am so grateful this one has found it's way onto my kitchen shelf! I can't wait to see what these talented chefs and writers come up with next!
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As a mere quasi-vegan I am in love with The Lusty Vegan! The recipes are super flavorful and intricate while many of them can be prepared in very little time. In other words: perfection. Not to mention the funny and insightful stories!! I'm in love!
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The Lusty Vegan is like two books in one. On one hand, it's a dating/relationship advice book covering a multitude of topics, such as vegans dating non-vegans and how they can traverse the many challenges of dating an omnivore. The authors share their experiences of how being vegan affected some of their relationships in the past, and how their vegan-ism was perceived by the other party in the relationship. Hence, the "lusty" part. The writing is light and super witty and makes for a great read.

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!
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Everything I've tried so far has taken me to a culinary nirvana. I tried the popcorn, prepared the cauliflower steaks and the Hearts of Palm Lobster Roll. Perfection.
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This is the book I wish I had when I first went vegan. Navigating relationships with omnivores was really tricky at first. I'm married now (to a man who enjoys steak and ice cream) and I have to admit I made a few mistakes when we first moved in together (like trying to convert him).

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.
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By E on March 24, 2016
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I should be in this book's perfect target audience, but I was highly underwhelmed. I'm an omnivore married to a vegan, I love vegan food and am always looking for new recipes, and I enjoy cookbooks that tell stories and incorporate the authors' personalities alongside the actual recipes. Unfortunately, The Lusty Vegan is part half-assed self-help book, part post-breakup diary entry, part cookbook, and doesn't accomplish any of those things very well.

Some of the recipes are interesting but a) poor editing and typos render a lot of them unnecessarily difficult to follow, and b) the prep times are hilariously underestimated. Outside the recipes, both the authors spill an absurd amount of ink rambling about how they're not over their exes, and extrapolating strange "vegan and omni" relationship rules based on those breakups. A lot of the language is overly cutesy, and often falls flat while trying too hard to be edgy/funny. And using pseudonyms doesn't mean you're not a douchebag for airing your relationship's dirty laundry in a damn cookbook--save that s*** for therapy. The "how to date an omnivore as a vegan" framing also just doesn't work that well for the recipes themselves. Why try to shoehorn the dessert chapter into "Breakup Food"? Why on earth would "Vegan on Vegan" be soups, salads, and sandwiches? The whole thing is forced and silly.
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