“My own view is that being a vegetarian or vegan is not an end in itself, but a means towards reducing both human and animal suffering and leaving a habitable planet to future generations.” ~Peter Singer
Vegans remove all animal products from their diet for many reasons. Whether it’s because they hope to save the planet by saving animals or just feel healthier overall without meat and dairy in their diet, vegans have become an ever-increasing craze for people to join. If you are a vegan or have friends who are vegans, then check out Vegan Cuisine Month, a month dedicated to all things vegan and what you can do to make your favorite foods vegan and cruelty-free.
History of Vegan Cuisine Month
Vegan Cuisine Month was started by the American Vegan Society to help bring awareness to how easy it can be to switch from meat eating to plant eating. The American Vegan Society was started by President Freya Dinshah, who wrote The Vegan Kitchen (1965), the first cookbook in the U.S. to explain veganism and give vegan recipes to the United States. She and her husband have since been considered to be the founders of the vegan and vegetarian movements throughout the United States as well as the rest of the world.
Some of the things that Freya did for the vegan cause is negotiated with food service personnel for conference catering (1974-1999) and created the first vegan volume recipes for use in colleges, restaurants, hospitals, and other institutions. Freya and her husband through the organization host magazines for their members to read, cooking classes for vegans to take, and other various programs that keep their members up to date about veganism in today’s age.
VS celebrates Vegan Cuisine Month by inviting people to try vegan food, ultimately attempting to create awareness of the variety of options that you have with vegan recipes.
How to Celebrate Vegan Cuisine Month
If you want to be accommodating and start trying out vegan cuisine, then look up vegan recipes online to try out and host a party at your place. If you’re going out for the night, then ask for a vegan option at your favorite restaurant and see what they have to offer. If you’re proud to be a vegan, then take pictures of your food and use the hashtag #VeganCuisineMonth and #AVS in your social media posts. You can also join a local organization and find friends in a vegan community who love being vegans.