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Kirly-Sue aims to change image of vegetarian food

MISSION: Kirly-Sue is winning people over to vegetarian cuisine

Kirly-Sue (aka Susanne Kirlew) is hoping to change the public’s perception of vegetarian food with a new cookbook.

This innovative and original book, called Kirly Sue’s Kitchen, aims to do away with the idea (often held by many people from a black or minority ethnic background) that vegetarian food is boring, consisting only of ingredients like bland tofu and buckwheat.

However Kirly-Sue’s Kitchen contains several tasty vegetarian and vegan recipes that will have meat-eaters licking their lips.

Kirly-Sue, who is of British/Jamaican heritage, is an avid cook born and raised as a Seventh day Adventist, a church renowned for its pro-active approach to healthy living. Her faith has influenced her approach to food. “Part of our doctrine is about having a healthy body. My upbringing has been about healthy eating and Seventh Day Adventists uphold vegetarians and vegans. I produced my book to show that vegetarian food can be tasting and exciting,” she explained.

In addition to changing the perception of vegetarian food, Kirly-Sue wants to encourage more mainstream restaurants to carry a better selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes and help people understand the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan.

To promote her book, Kirly-Sue has recorded two shows demonstrating her recipes to viewers for 3 ABN, a Seventh Day Adventist cable channel that broadcasts all over the world.

Such has been the interest in Kirly-Sue’s Kitchen that she has started work on a second book.

She will be travelling to Jamaica in March to visit a rasta camp to research ital recipes.

She told Soul Stirrings: “I am delighted with the interest in my book and am pleased with all the invitations I have had to speak at different events and to also do cooking demonstrations. My book helps those who want to reduce the amount of meat and fish they eat and also for those wanting to lose weight or have a healthier diet.”

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