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What is Veganuary?
‘Veganuary’ was launched by a non-profit organisation of the same name in 2014.
It encourages people worldwide to try going vegan for January and beyond as a way of protecting the environment, preventing animal suffering, and improve health.
Since the event began eight years ago, participation has more than doubled each year. More than 500,000 people signed up to the 2021 campaign.
What is a vegan diet?
A vegan diet involves cutting out all meat and animal products, including meat, fish, dairy and eggs.
Instead, people who are vegan eat only plant-based foods.
Vegan diets tend to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and seeds as eating a variety of these foods will provide lots of important vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and protein.
What are the benefits of going vegan?
According to non-profit organistion People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), there are several benefits to going vegan.
They say that vegan food is rich in all the nutrients you need, eating vegan helps reduce our risk of suffering from cancer and other disease, it can boost your mood, prevent type 2 diabetes and help improve your skin, as well as reduce the pain of arthritis.
How can I cook vegan?
Buying vegan food is one thing, but learning to cook it is another.
The good news is there a wide range of vegan cookbooks out there dedicated to helping you to create many delicious vegan meals from scratch.
We’ve rounded up ten of the top ones below for you to buy right now to get your ‘veganuary’ off to the best start.
What else can I do this January?
January is a time for trying new things, buying new things and improving things.
If you want to improve your fitness, check out our guide to the best indoor exercise bikes.
If you want to buy yourself some great bargains, check out our rundown of the best deals you can get in the 2022 January sales.
If this January is your first time trying to make Vegan food then this is the perfect cookbook for you.
Many of the recipes in this book use a range of fresh produce, alongside tasty vegan sources of protein, such as beans, lentils and nuts.
There’s also plenty of seasonings and sauces inclued which take their inspiration from all around the world, creating hearty and nourishing meals with a rainbow of colour and depth of flavour.
This cookbook, from award-winning chef, restaurateur and author Jamie Oliver, ticks all the boxes for someone who wants to try Veganuary - but doesn’t want cooking to be a lot of effort.
Jamie is known for his approach to laid back cusisine, so it’s no surprise that this book contains lots of easy-to-make delicious and flavour-packed dishes.
There are chapters on soups and sarnies, brunch, pies, parcels and bakes, curries and stews, salads, burgers and fritters, pasta, rice and noodles, and traybakes, so there’s something tasty for every occasion.
Doing Veganuary doesn’t mean you have to forefit sweet treats, and this cookbook is dedicated to bakes that are all vegan.
The book, from well-known vegan blogger Holly Jade, proves that you don’t have to sacrifice anything by going vegan.
Recipes range from the simple such as chocolate orange fridge fudge, cookies and cream cupcakes and peanut butter flapjacks, to the more ambitious such as honeycomb doughnuts, cherry bakewell tartlets and no-bake biscoff cheesecake - making this a book an ideal choice for any baker of any ability.
Number one best-selling authors Henry Firth and Ian Theasby are back with over 100 new mouth-watering plant-based recipes.
Not only is this exclusive edition of the book signed, it also contains six extra recipes.
The focus of this cookbook is how to make lots of incredible dishes, without breaking the bank - so it’s ideal for anyone who wants to adopt a vegan diet without having to spend lots of money.
Better yet, the book itself is currently on sale and is currently half price.
This is a great little recipe book, full of easy-to-follow recipes.
It’s perfect if you’re becoming a vegan for the first time as it has familiar recipes that can be adapted to suit any taste, and lots of alternative ingredients.
The book is packed with exciting and surprising ways to use tofu and other less familiar foods such as barley and polenta.
There’s also more than enough recipes in here to keep you going for way beyond Veganuary.
The idea of adopting a new vegan diet doesn’t have to overwhelming thanks to this cookbook, which offers 80 tantalising recipes from salads and stir-fries to pastas and puddings - all of which can be cooked in one pot.
This is fuss-free cooking at its finest. These are simple and easy-to-follow recipes made with everyday ingredients that everyone will have in their fridge.
Leon is known for healthy fast food, so this cookbook is all about tasty, healthy food that you can make at home - which just so happens to be vegan.
The book takes inspiration from around the world, with recipes for vegan sushi, Mexican tacos, Vietnamese pancakes and American burgers.
The most important thing is the emphasis throughout every recipe is on great flavour and keeping things simple.
If you want to get the whole family involved in Veganuary and introduce little ones to a vegan diet then this is the cookbook for you.
It contains easy, delicious vegan recipes for the whole family, from the star of TV’s What’s Cooking, Omari? - the UK’s youngest, award-winning vegan chef, Omari McQueen.
These recipes can be made by children aged eight plus, so it’s the ideal cookbook to give budding chefs the confidence to create some tasty vegan meals.
This is the first cookbook from Matt Pritchard, who fronted the BBCs first ever vegan cookery programme, also called Dirty Vegan.
In this book inspired by the television series, Matt demonstrates how easy and cheap it can be to go vegan - and how to get the right nutrition too.
Discover more than 80 wholesome recipes for proper healthy vegan food such as the crispy bangbang tofu, peanut and chilli stirfry, creamy peppercorn and mushroom pie and maple, orange and chocolate baklava.
This cookbook was, from British food writer Ella Mills - who writes under the brand Deliciously Ella - is The Sunday Times number one bestselling cookbook and the fastest selling vegan cookbook of all time.
There are various sections, including a breakfast section, a salad section and a sweet section so there’s everything you need to create a moreish meal full of vegan delights - from starter through to dessert.
Recipes include apple and banana spelt muffins, spiced peanut sweet potatoes, five bean chilli with corn bread and rosemary biscuits and chocolate fudge torte with chocolate sauce.