New York City based pastry chef, culinary instructor and author Fran Costigan is internationally renowned as the authority on vegan desserts. But don’t let the label mislead you; while her sweets are absent of dairy, eggs and cholesterol, they prove no less memorable than the best classically made treats.
Trained at the New York Restaurant School and Natural Gourmet Institute, Fran was a chef in both traditional and vegan pastry kitchens before moving into teaching over 20 years ago.
A lifelong chocoholic and long time vegan, Fran’s latest book, Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy Free Desserts, (Running Press 2013) is for all who madly, deeply love chocolate desserts, whether or not dietary considerations are an issue. Her previous cookbook, More Great Good Dairy-Free Desserts Naturally (Book Publishing Company 2006) is the basis of the Costigan Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive®
From small innovative beginnings in the Fry’s Family kitchen, Fry’s has become an international success. In an effort to seek vegetarian varieties Wally and Debbie Fry, both committed vegetarians, began making protein alternatives or meat analogues for their own consumption.
In 1992, just one year later, these ideas formed the canvas for innovative discovery which led to the establishment of Fry Group Foods. Fry Group Foods is still owned and run, passionately, by the Fry’s Family and has grown in product and stature to where it is today.
Gabriella is a half English half Italian 28 year old who has recently adopted a Vegan lifestyle. When she’s not talking about saving the planet she spends her time developing recipes and taking photographs.
She is the creator of www.mangiabeneblog.com, a blog focusing on (mostly) healthy vegan recipes, which are influenced by her dual nationality.
A proud Bristolian she currently lives by the sea in Brighton with her boyfriend and their two cats Henri and Eugene.
Hi! My name is Amy and I run the blog greenleafygael.com. I also run a YouTube channel of the same name.
I’m an Irish girl in my twenties with a passion for veganism, health, sustainability and fitness.
Through my blog posts and videos I like to share easy and homely vegan recipes, vegan lifestyle tips, restaurant recommendations and anything that falls within the realm of healthy or sustainable.
My recipes were mainly inspired by my own mother’s home cooking, with some even created by mum herself using her old recipes. Anything can be veganised!
My aim is to show people that warming, homely recipes can be made vegan without sacrificing any taste at all!
I am a freelance translator by trade and speak 3.5 languages (my Portuguese isn’t that great…!).
I hope you enjoy my recipes and please connect with me and share if you have tried any of the recipes.
Since 2006, the Guiding Stars nutrition guidance program has helped millions of consumers make more nutritious food choices. Based on its U.S. and Canadian patented nutrition rating algorithm, the program provides a simple, easy-to-understand tool for making good nutrition choices and is designed to make a positive and lasting impact on public health. Guiding Stars is currently in more than 1,500 supermarkets in the U.S., including Hannaford, Food Lion, Homeland, Marsh Supermarkets, B&R and Price Chopper (Kansas City). In Canada, Guiding Stars is offered exclusively through Loblaw Companies Limited, and is currently in more than 900 stores from British Columbia to Newfoundland through Loblaws and its affiliated banner stores Atlantic Superstore®, Dominion®, Fortinos®, ProvigoMC, ProvigoMC Le Marche, Real Canadian Superstore®, Save Easy®, Valu-mart®, Your Independent Grocer® and Zehrs®. Guiding Stars can also be found in public school, college and hospital dining facilities and is accessible through the Shopper mobile app for iOS devices. For more information, visit www.guidingstars.com
Rachel is a Psychology PhD student with a passion for healthy living. In 2014 she gained a Nutritional Therapy qualification, which she puts to good use creating delicious plant-based recipes for her blog Healthy & Psyched. Her food philosophy is to eat lots of whole plant-based foods and make healthier versions of her favourite treats and comfort foods. She wants to inspire you in the kitchen and aims to make health and well-being accessible to everyone, from health-nuts to the curious or even intimidated.
My name is Hedi and I am a passionate healthy blogger. I live in Essex with my family and if you don’t find me in kitchen I am certainly somewhere out running down the Essex roads.
I grew up in Czech Republic where eating meat is almost part of the culture. You start your day with sausages, move on to a midday feast of traditional Czech goulash ( stew), and close the day off with a dinner consisting on mashed potatoes and pork steak in breadcrumbs. I have been vegetarian for nearly 20 years and vegan for the last year. I couldn’t have made a better decision!
My decision to go vegan was not only for the animals and the environment, but also to look after myself and my body. There are so many yummy vegan foods out there… which is why I started my blog. There is more to being vegan than eating salads and drinking smoothies. Plant based eating is amazing and has many fantastic benefits. Cutting out animal protein and dairy reduced the amount of bad fat I ate, so naturally I lost a lot of weight! I will never go back, only forward.
If you need some inspiration, just come and say hi!
I went vegan in 2008 and within a fairly short space of time, I began following a plant-based lifestyle. It has been fabulous! My goal is to help others achieve the same through my site and individual coaching.
I’m not sure what happened to trigger the change, but when I was about 11 years old, I decided that I didn’t agree with killing animals for food, so I stopped. I was a vegetarian from the age of 11. I thought that I was eating in a way which involved the least amount of violence possible.
I watched a video about dairy production and I was devastated. Suddenly I realised that there was a whole world of death and cruelty that I had no idea about and I wasn’t happy to be part of it, so I pretty much made the shift to a non-dairy diet that day.
Plant-based living means I eat vegan and in addition to this, I wear vegan clothes and shoes, use vegan toiletries and make-up and I buy vegan jewellery.
Why? As I researched further, I realised that bees are harmed when honey is gathered; silk worms are killed during the production of silk and sourcing wool involves suffering too.
How do I feel since I made the shift to a vegan lifestyle? I feel great! My conscience feels lighter, I feel healthier (which was an added unplanned bonus) and I feel like I have less to think about.
Hodo’s mission is to craft the highest quality, best-tasting soymilk, tofu, and yuba possible and to create delicious tofu-based artisan foods that will forever change the way you know tofu. Our hand-crafted tofu is made from organic, non-GMO, US-grown whole soybeans.
We demystify tofu through consumer education about our ingredient sourcing and production methods. We are redefining tofu as a delicious, complex ingredient, and reacquainting eaters and chefs with tofu that is both deeply traditional and innovative.
At Indigo Herbs we believe the path to optimum health and well being starts firstly with taking personal responsibility for one’s body, mind and soul. The second step is making the change by working some healthy routines into your daily lifestyle. We are right there to help you with that, as we specialise in superfoods, herbs and natural health ingredients. What we bring to you is a really broad range of excellent quality natural health and well being products to include in your daily lifestyle, from breakfast, lunch and dinner, to everything in between.
We also understand that it is possible to achieve your personal best and receive optimum nutrition whilst living in harmony with the environment, plants and animals. For many people this means a diet rich in plant based ingredients, which has a lower impact on the environment.
Jackie Kearney is the chef/proprietor behind The Hungry Gecko, serving Asian fusion street food up and down the country from her iconic trailer Barbarella. A finalist in BBC One’s MasterChef 2011 and runner up for Best Main Dish at British Street Food Awards in 2012, her food passion lies with world street food, and vegan and vegetarian dining.
Inbetween this busy schedule, Jackie works as a private chef, teaches cookery classes with Seasoned and her new cookbook, Vegan Street Food, foodie travels from India to Indonesia, was published in September 2015.
Further information about events, and street food inspired recipes to cook at home, can be found on her website www.thehungrygecko.com where Jackie also blogs about food and travel.
Jane is the Food & Cookery Coordinator at Viva!; researching new products; teaching cookery via demonstrations to various age groups and audiences; writing recipes; contributing and maintaining ww.veganrecipeclub.org.uk as well as creating recipes for Viva! and Viva!Health guides, eg Everyone’s Going Dairy-free.
Jane went vegan in 2001 after a “bit of an epiphany after snorkelling”. She returned to a lunch table filled with enormous dead fish and shellfish and went veggie immediately. Within 2 months, after lots of reading, she was fully vegan.
Through her research she discovered the work of Viva! and thought they were so amazing that she joined and then became a volunteer. In 2004 she started working for them, starting off as Juliet’Gellatley’s PA.
In 2014 Jane decided it was time to delete the Chinese takeaway number from her speed dial, and head into the kitchen. Since then, some great successes and some shocking disasters have taken place in her oven. But as any many cooks will agree, this is all part of the process. You'll be pleased to know these recipes have been approved by family and friends, who live to tell the tale of Jane's culinary progress. Enjoy!