The Seasonal Vegan is admittedly my first introduction to cookbook author Sarah philpott, and yet I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of her before.
With beautiful recipes and a genuine passion for the plant-based lifestyle, Sarah made her debut with acclaimed cookbook The Occasional Vegan. In anticipation of The Seasonal Vegan‘s release, I was asked if I’d like to part-take in a virtual book tour in order to promote the book with my followers, and so here I am, happy and excited to share this kitchen gem with you all, and host an amazing giveaway where you could win a copy of the book for yourself!
What is The Seasonal Vegan?
We all know that a plant-based diet has been shown to be the most environmentally sound diet there is. By simply avoiding all animal products, we can massively cut our carbon footprint by 73% and help to reduce the catastropic impacts that animal agriculture is having on the planet.
The Seasonal Vegan helps us to take this sustainable diet one step further, by showing us what it means to eat with the seasons. In doing so, we cut our carbon footprint even further by reducing food miles, as well as getting the most nutrition out of our food we can.
The Benefits of Eating Seasonally
Eating fruit and vegetables when they’re in season has always been one of the major ways we can ease our impact on the environment. Because produce is typically locally grown when its in season, it travels much less distance to get to us, thus reducing our food miles.
Not only this – because seasonal produce is picked when at its best, it’s generally higher in nutrition. This enhanced bioavailablity of the food’s nutrients mean we get much more of the benefits, without having to spend extra money.
Of course, it isn’t really possible to get all fruits and vegetables in season all of the time. The landscape of British farming has changed so much over the years, and some things will always be imported – such as bananas and avocados, for instance.
But by being aware of what’s in season and when, we can do our part to support local farmers and the economy, as well as helping the environment and doing our health a favour too. It’s win win!
Plus, eating seasonally means you won’t be stuck eating the same fruit and veg you’re used to, all year round. It means variety and trying all the treats that nature has to offer, which in turn keeps our plant-based diet (or any diet) fresh and exciting. Meals made with seasonal produce tend to be simpler and require less seasoning, and the fresh ingredients will taste better.
Easy cooking, more taste and fewer ingredients? That sounds a-ok to me.
How to Eat with the Seasons
I often used to think that ‘seasonal eating’ was something saved for the middle classes, or for those with lots of time on their hands to plan and pick out different produce. However, I’ve since learned that that’s totally not the case at all.
I’ve become much better at eating seasonally since I began getting a regular fruit and veg delivery to my door, as most suppliers will only send what’s in season and available locally at that moment. But admittedly I still have some work to do, and I think most of us could do with a little extra help in this department.
Enter: The Seasonal Vegan.
In her book, Sarah shows you how to eat a healthy, delicious and seasonal diet, in an easy and affordable way. You don’t have to have tons of time or live near a farmer’s market to benefit. Hers is a realistic approach that’ll have you getting excited about what each season has in store.
In The Seasonal Vegan, you’ll learn:
- What fruits & veg are in season and when
- How to find seasonal produce cheaply or on a budget
- What exactly to make with the produce you buy!
The book provides over 70 delicious-looking recipes, many accompanied by the beautiful and alluring photography of Manon Houston that turns this cookbook into a potential coffee table piece. There are four sections – one for each season – as well as a useful introduction from Sarah herself on how and why seasonal eating is the best choice, and handy tips and advice.
I am in love with the way Sarah provides a short story alongside every recipe, directly tying memories and moments from her life to each meal. She explains at the beginning that she remembers her life as a series of dishes, and I could not agree more because I do exactly the same!
Some of my favourite recipes I can’t wait to try include the summer vegetable lasagne, which uses healthy, whole food ingredients to create a creamy and indulgent dish, as well as the spaghetti carbonara with cauliflower sauce.
Seeing as it’s currently summer here in the UK, I’ve already given the broad bean risotto a whirl. It came together really easily with simple ingredients, and was a great way to use up the broad beans I received in my veg box this week!
Other recipes I’ll definitely be trying before the season is over include the berry and coconut milk ice lollies and whole roasted fennel with creamy polenta mash. Once the cooler weather hits, I can’t wait to try out the pumpkin, lentil and spinach curry and parsnip, pecan and polenta loaf.
In short, The Seasonal Vegan is now my bible for all things seasonal eating, and I’m so happy to have it on my kitchen shelf!
WIN a copy of The Seasonal Vegan!
In collaboration with Seren Books, I’m hosting a giveaway over on my Instagram where you can win a copy of The Seasonal Vegan for yourself!
Just head on over to my latest Instagram post where I talk about the giveaway. Click the little airplane at the bottom of the post to share the photo to your Instagram Story (don’t forget to tag me so I can see it!) Make sure you’re following both myself and @SarahPhilpottWriter too. 😉
I’ll be making lots of recipes from Sarah’s book over the coming weeks, so it’d be super fun for us to cook along together!
Thank you to anybody who enters and good luck! I’ll be announcing the winner on my Instagram on Monday 27th July. 🙂