Dear Readers-

I’m often asked for tips on getting started down the path of vegan eating and living. This is a fabulous time, as compared to ten or even five years ago, to explore the vegan lifestyle. There is so much information available, an embarrassment of riches really, that it can be difficult at times to wade through. In an attempt to simplify the process, I’ve categorized the types of resources available and offered suggestions for some of my favorites. Here they are:


1) Follow blogs you love! They can be wonderful sources of health and nutrition information and recipe inspiration. Some of my most frequent go-to sites are:

Post Punk Kitchen

Oh She Glows

Vegan Richa

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Forks Over Knives

Nutrition Facts

Plant Based Dietician

And here are fifty more recommendations by the Academy of Culinary Nutrition.


2) Get cooking! Up your kitchen game and try out new and delicious recipes. Check out your local library’s cookbook section and see what’s there. I’m spoiled here in Newton, MA; we’ve got an outstanding selection. If the book speaks to you, buy it. These are some of the most worn, stained and loved books on my bookshelf.

Salad Samurai

Plant Pure Nation

Forks Over Knives

Isa Does It

Oh She Glows

Vegan Richa

Vegan Pressure Cooking

Additionally, many cities have active adult education centers that offer vegan-cooking classes. These can be helpful for one-on-one time with culinary experts who offer tips, demystify ingredients, and demonstrate the preparation of a variety of recipes. I personally love teaching at my local adult ed center. If you are very interested in vegan cuisine and willing to invest quite a bit of time and financial resources in the endeavor, check our Rouxbe Cooking School’s Certificate in Plant Based Cooking program.


3) Watch a documentary! Each of these has been life-changing for me in one way or another.

Forks Over Knives



Fat Sick and Nearly Dead



4) Kickstart your diet! These programs help you transition to a vegan diet. They offer health tips, recipe ideas, inspiration, meal plans and sound advice from experts in their field.

PCRM 21-day Kickstart Program

Plant-Pure Nation 10 Day Jumpstart Kit


5) Find some like-minded friends! Join a vegan social group. On the Meetup site or Facebook, search “vegan” and your city and see what you find.In Boston, we have vegan groups that include gatherings for varied activities such as: potlucks, expert presentations, drinks, dining out, veg festivals, hiking and advocacy.


And finally, contact me! I’m always happy to hear from you, answer your questions and to point you in the right direction.


With warm wishes xo,




p.s. I don’t receive compensation for any of these endorsements.

2016 Beantown Kitchen- Reprint only by permission of the author


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