Today, November 1st, is World Vegan Day, a day to celebrate your nonviolent lifestyle and to spread the word to others who aren’t yet vegan. (I like to think of non-vegans as not-yet-vegans who will get there with a little encouragement, a shopping buddy, and a plate of vegan cookies, fresh from the oven.)
I’ve been vegan for four and a half years now, and I’m still discovering new reasons to celebrate. My new-found vegan joys include:
- coconut milk yogurt
- a vegan “uncheese” cookbook on sale for $7
- kombucha!! (bottled, flavored, fermented fungus-based tea, crammed with nutrients and only slightly alcoholic)
- a place to buy cruelty-free mascara within blocks of my house
Okay, I found three of those things at the nearby Whole Foods, but even if there isn’t a health food grocery store in your neighborhood, you can enjoy my fifth vegan discovery: Vegan MoFo! That stands for Vegan Month of Food, and it kicks off today!
Whether it’s the result of the challenge involved, or the clean conscience, I’ve found that nobody loves food like vegans love food. (If you doubt that, search Twitter for the hashtag #whatveganseat.) Anyway, starting today, and going all month long, vegan bloggers will be sharing their food travel diaries, odes to slow cookers, glorious photos of their dinners, and vegan recipes for everything under the sun. Those who have signed up for the challenge will attempt to post five times a week, for 20 total posts per participant. And get this: there are over five hundred participating bloggers. Cheers to all my blogging friends who are taking on this challenge! May your food photograph well, and may your oven never burn your masterpiece. (No, I won’t be participating this year, but I will be reading the blogs and finding great food inspiration. Maybe next year I’ll jump in.)
So, here’s to November! There’s no excuse for being in a breakfast rut, or for putting off your transition to a vegan diet any longer, if you’ve been fence-sitting. In answer to the persistent question, “What do vegans eat?”, there will soon be about 10,000 new answers online. Of course, this raises another question: How much can your kitchen (and the stomachs of your family and friends) handle?
Oh, and on more thing:
Perhaps not coincidentally, WordPress just launched FoodPress.com today, a site which compiles the best of the WordPress food blogs into one place. Something tells me that VeganMoFo bloggers are going to make a strong showing. Good luck to everyone, and Bon Appetit!