Gone Vegan

Lindsay Hutton discovers the politics and pragmatics behind a meat and dairy-free diet.

The good news about the Internet is that everyone can have a blog. The bad news about the Internet is that everyone can have a blog. 

I often think of the blogosphere as browsing through a Value Village. Most of the stuff in there is simply stuff that isn’t of much use to anyone, but now and then you come across a real find. You know, a pair of gold pumps from the 1940s that actually fit your enormous feet, or beautiful, near-mint copy Dante’s Inferno printed in 1897. The latter of which came into my hands just last week, and the former, well, dare to dream, Lindsay. Dare to dream. 

As I say, food blogs aren’t so different. You have to sift through a fair amount of boring tripe written by someone who is still flummoxed by the notorious they’re/their/there triumvirate, the scourge of proud grammarians like me. (Or is it, “like myself?” – I can’t remember). 

However, in my own personal siftings, I’ve found a fistful that are worth clicking on that little orange icon that plops it into your news aggregator. Some offer terrific recipes, while others offer timely discussions on vegan food and culture. 

The Post-Punk Kitchen – Home of vegan superstars, Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero, authors of The Veganomicon and Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, two of the bestselling vegan cookbooks in North America. Features a member forum that is actually quie useful, and some of most failsafe vegan recipes you will ever find online. 

The FatFree Vegan Kitchen – The blog of food writer SusanV, which features not only beautiful photos of her culinary creations, but is updated often and regularly. This one is a frontrunner in VegNews' Best of 2010 blog awards, and with good reason. 

Vegan Yum Yum – The blog that started the foodie career of Laurie Ulm, who has just released her first cookbook. Look at this blog, and you’ll see why: Ulm offers up simple, yet full-of-flavour recipes that are easy to follow and written with a bit of verve. 

Vegan.Com – I’ve often wondered how much dosh Erik, the blog’s author, has turned down for the rights of this domain. Regardless, Erik diligently cherry picks his entries from a host of sources, including hard news, recipe blogs, and even the occasional cartoon. Each entry is short and sweet. Worth a weekly visit.