Sarah Kramer’s cookbooks have inspired vegan chefs for ten years now. As she celebrates the 10th anniversary of How It All Vegan, we interview Sarah to learn about her life and books. Plus, read to the end of the interview for a chance to win a copy of How It All Vegan.
Sarah's recent appearance on Canada AM to celebrate the book launch and to share some vegan lifestyle tips.
How many books have you written now?
I have four books: How It All Vegan, The Garden of Vegan, La Dolce Vegan, and Vegan a Gogo and one wall calendar under my belt. My first book How It All Vegan just celebrated its 10th anniversary this year.
What is your all-time favorite recipe?
That's like asking who my favourite child is. *laugh* My favourite recipes are the ones that make my husband moan with pleasure. There is nothing I like better than making people speechless with my food. :)
Where do you get ideas for recipes?
My inspiration comes from many places. Sometimes it's something I'll see on TV or in a magazine that I want to "veganize." Sometimes it's about doing something with an ingredient that catches my eye in the grocery store and wanting to do something new with it. I also receive recipes from my fans who want me to try their latest creation and sometimes their recipes will end up in the cookbooks.
How long have you been vegan?
I talk about my journey from vegetarian to vegan in my first book How It All Vegan but long story short I've been vegetarian since I was a child. My mother raised my brother and I veggie since birth and when she passed away when I was 10, my Dad continued to raise us vegetarian, even though he was a meat eater. I did a little "experimenting" with meat when I was a teenager and quickly went back to vegetarian. Eating animals was never something I was comfortable with.
What inspired you to go vegan?
The transition to veganism was a natural one for me. I have always been a lover of animals but didn't fully understand how much they suffered until I saw a documentary called The Animals Film which was an eye opening experience for me. I walked out of that movie a changed person.
I think that the transition from veggie to vegan is like everything in life. You're making a choice. A conscious choice to make a difference. Either you stick to your convictions or you don't.... but once you've drawn the curtain back and have seen how animals suffer for food and fashion. I don't understand how anyone could fall off the vegan wagon.
What advice can you offer for people starting a vegan diet?
Veganism is not a diet. It's a lifestyle. Diet to me implies a fad and fads are stupid. Lifestyle change is the new diet. *laugh*
But most importantly get yourself some good cookbooks and also I recommend reading Becoming Vegan by Vesanto Melina and Brenda Davis. It will answer just about any nutritional question you might have about going vegan.
What projects are coming up next?
I'm currently on the road promoting/celebrating the 10th anniversary of my first cookbook How It All Vegan as well as promoting my new 2010 Wall Calendar. A portion of the proceeds from the calendar to go to www.SeaShepherd.org. The calendar is full of silly fun photos as well as recipes. I think it's the perfect stocking stuffer!!!
Tell us a bit more about yourself.
I live in Victoria, BC with my husband Gerry and our fur-baby, Fergus, the dog. Besides the work I do on the cookbooks, my husband and I own/operate Tattoo Zoo in downtown Victoria. As for hobbies. I'm obsessed with my dog. Walking my dog. Playing with my dog. Hiking with my dog. If my dog isn't involved ... I'm not interested! *laugh*
For more information on Sarah or her cookbooks, visit her website at www.GoVegan.net.
Contest Time: Win a 10th anniversary copy of How It All Vegan by answering: what is your favorite vegan recipe? Entries must be received by November 14, 2009 at 11:59 PST. Retail value: $24.95.
2 Ways to Enter: 1. Post a comment below. 2. Tweet your answer to @VegaTeam on Twitter.