AS THE number of vegans in the UK is reportedly set to skyrocket by 327 per cent by next year, PETA is recognising the most exciting vegan offerings on the market today with its seventh annual Vegan Food Awards.
Nabbing the award for Best Vegan Cookbook is London chef, author, and YouTube sensation Rachel Ama for her cookbook Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats, which allows everyone to enjoy tasty plant-based recipes with inventive Afro-Caribbean flavours. With options such as cinnamon French toast with strawberries, chickpea sweet potato falafel, Caribbean fritters, and carrot cake waffles with cashew frosting, who could resist?
“Growing concerns about health, the environment, and animal suffering are driving more and more people to choose vegan options,” says PETA Director of Vegan Corporate Projects Dawn Carr.
“With inspiring recipes and eye-catching photos, Rachel Ama’s book shows how easy and delicious it is to eat vegan.”
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that more than 90 per cent of the Amazon rainforest that’s been cleared since 1970 is used for either grazing or growing food for cattle.
The United Nations states that animal agriculture is responsible for nearly a fifth of human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions – and advises that a global shift to vegan eating is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.
Luckily, one-third of Britons have already reduced their meat intake or stopped consuming meat entirely, and polls show that vegan meals are the most popular takeaway trend in the UK. Each person who goes vegan spares the lives of nearly 200 animals each year and lowers his or her risk of suffering from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity, and cancer.