As of 2012, Gallup reported that 5% of the US Population identifies as Vegetarian, and 2% as Vegan.
But when is the last time you read a novel where even one character was Vegetarian or Vegan? Probably a very long time ago, if ever.
That’s all changing now, though, with a crop of novels with Vegan protagonists starting to appear on the market across all genres from romance to comedy to suspense.
Recently, Vivid Thoughts Press reached out to me offering me a copy of the new novel Off The Reservation by Glen Merzer. As a fan of the show Veep, I knew I’d enjoy this book which combines politics, comedy, and another love of mine – Vegan Food!
In this novel, Congressman Evan Gorgoni runs the most unusual Presidential campaign — by saying exactly what he thinks, even if his answers might be unpopular, unconventional, or simply “I don’t know”.
While many of his campaign ideas may seem to be “off the reservation“, they made me think while I laughed.
And yes, Evan and his family are 100% Vegan. Since Clinton & Gore didn’t go Vegan until they were out of office, the novel asks the question – Is America ready for a Vegan Presidential Candidate?
The book also includes recipes written by Glen’s wife for 20 Healthy Vegan dishes mentioned throughout the book, from Sunflower Pate sandwiches to Gorgoni’s morning bowl of Raw Steelcut Oats with Fruit.
Scroll on down for the book’s recipe for Mixed Berry Cobbler! But first, I wanted to share some other interesting looking novels with Vegan protagonists:
ECO-THRILLER: The Tourist Trail by John Yunker
The Tourist Trail is a literary thriller about endangered species in the world’s most remote areas, and those who put their lives on the line to protect them.
I’m currently reading this book and finding it very hard to put down – the combination of Adventure, Romance, and Penguins has me hooked!
ROMANCE: The Green & The Red by Armand Chauvel
When Léa and Mathieu first cross paths, it is under false pretenses—Mathieu is posing as a vegetarian, infiltrating the local animal rights community for information that will force Léa’s restaurant toward a swifter demise… Neither of them can deny the attraction they feel for each other, and it seems as though they might be setting a table for two … until Léa learns the truth.
A romantic comedy steeped in the food culture of France, this book sounds like the perfect Valentine’s treat.
TEENS: The Adventures of Vivian Sharpe, Vegan Superhero by Marla Rose
…A simple sandwich sets off a chain of events that causes a totally predictable girl to fundamentally change overnight: to the outside world, Vivian looks the same but inside she couldn’t be more different. Pretty soon, though, the new person she is inside must come out when she unearths a covert ecological disaster happening in her town of Center City that’s growing more threatening by the minute…
Judging by the book’s real-life-super-hero author – the always hilarious Marla Rose – I imagine this book must be a very fun yet thought-provoking read.
SUSPENSE: The Chain by Robin Lamont
I learned about this book from the Our Hen House Podcast when they gave a glowing review of the book on episode 205, calling it an “edge-of-your-seat read”, with the forewarning that whether vegan or not “You’ll become obsessed”. You can see for yourself with a brief excerpt of the book here.
RECIPE: Mixed Berry Cobbler by Joanna Samorow-Merzer
Reprinted from Off the Reservation with permission from Vivid Thoughts Press
- 1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour (or for Gluten-free version, Rice Flour)
- 1 tablespoon Arrowroot Starch/Flour
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/2 cup Almond Milk (or Soy Milk)
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 3 tablespoons Maple Syrup
- 1 teaspoon Zest of fresh Lemon
- 1 1/2 cup of Mixed Berries (Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries: frozen/thawed, or fresh)
- pinch of Sea Salt
- 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
To create the batter: combine all-purpose flour, arrowroot starch, baking powder, and sea salt, and mix well in a bowl. In a measuring cup, mix and stir the almond milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and lemon zest. In the bowl with the dry ingredients, create a well in the middle. Pour the liquid mixture into the well. Stir gently until the consistency is smooth.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put 1 1/4 cup of the berries in a small baking dish. Spoon the batter over the berries. Scatter the remaining 1/4 cup of berries on top of the batter, and sprinkle with coconut sugar. Bake uncovered until lightly browned – about 40 minutes. Remove from oven and to retain moisture cover with a cotton cloth for at least 15 minutes before serving. Serve if desired with a scoop of non-dairy vanilla ice cream.
I’d love to hear from you!
Have you ever read a book with a Vegan or Vegetarian Character?
What’s your favorite genre of novel?
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