Vegan Cooking: Resources for Non-Carnivorous Patrons

By Tina Creguer 

Perhaps the world’s most famous vegan, Mahatma Gandhi summed up his views on food tidily with this statement: “Violence begins with a fork.” Veganism is growing steadily around the world, as people discover alternative dietary regimens that align with their values and philosophy. For the 2-3% of the U.S. population that follows a “food without faces” diet, finding food products and cooking resources can be a challenge.

Cooking is the #5 most circulating non-fiction eBook category, according to Library Journal’s eBook Usage in U.S. Public Libraries, Fifth Annual Survey, 2014.

What resources do you have to support cooks in your community? How about vegan cooks? 

Your recipe for supporting vegans

Now you can provide outstanding resources for vegan cooks (and others interested in cooking). Gale offers the best titles in eBook format for you to deliver to community members anytime, anywhere – yes, even standing in their kitchen with a tablet.

Some people can’t fathom what vegans eat to stay satisfied, but it’s quite simple. “The USDA does offer some suggestions for The Vegan Power Plateadapting the MyPlate dietary guidelines for vegetarians. Following their lead, PCRM has taken its New Four Food Groups concept to the next level, creating what they call the Power Plate, which is geared toward vegans, with recommendations from only plant-based sources. The Power Plate skips the beverage part of the USDA’s MyPlate place setting model. Instead, it focuses entirely on dividing your dinner plate into quarters and suggests filling your plate with a wide variety of whole grains, legumes, and plenty of colorful fruits and veggies for a powerful healthy and optimal vegan diet,” (“Nourishing Yourself.” The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Living).

With the The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Low-Fat Vegan Cooking’s recipes for steamy stews, chilies, and grain bowls, vegans can enjoy comfort food like anyone else this winter!

These and other cooking titles are available on the GVRL eBook platform, renowned for its quality content and stellar functionality.

Programing benefits and more! 

GVRL provides persistent URLs, which allow libraries to embed stable links in programming and resources lists – with the confidence that patrons will be able to link to these resources consistently and without redirection or dead ends. And eBooks have the additional advantage of being accessible around the clock by any number of users in your community. So, if you’re providing a workshop on do-it-yourself topics such as cooking, an unlimited number of students will be able to access content simultaneously – without interfering with others reading the same content remotely.

In fact, we invite you to explore this guide to setting up a Cooking program in your library as part of your outreach mission. Your program can encourage people to try new dishes, experiment with new cooking techniques, share culinary skills, and explore your library as a source of information to support their interests.

Want to know more about GVRL? Check out this YouTube video showing how easy it is to search and explore eBooks – with seamless access to related information across titles.


Taste-test vegan and other cooking titles – for free

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tina.creguerAbout the Author

Tina has been a library fan-girl since childhood, when she visited weekly with her family.  She can be found many mornings standing outside her hometown library at opening time, waiting to nab a study room.


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