I’m a big big fan of Happy Herbivore, Lindsay Nixon. Her cookbooks helped me make the transition into a vegan diet, and recipes from her two cookbooks are some of my favorites.
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How does Happy Herbivore Abroad differ from HHC and EHH?
HHA is international themed and has a lot of me in it — personal stories and such. You won’t find that in my other books. This book is so personal, and I really love that about it.
You are a world traveler! What destinations have influenced your cooking the most?
Living abroad and traveling throughout Europe has really shaped me as a person, which I’m sure has translated to or effected my cooking and approach to meals/recipes in some way. It’s hard to pinpoint a specific country or even city that has influenced me more than the others — I think all the experience together have influenced me.
What are some of your favorite places that you have visited?
Many of the places I traveled to were so different from each other you can’t really compare them to have favorites. How can you compare the mountains to the desert, for example? There were places with mesmerizing vistas that I could stare at for days, but then there were other places, with no vistas, but such beautiful architecture… or a culture that was so rich and vibrant it was intoxicating… I guess if I had to pick, I’d say Germany, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands…
What are some of the biggest challenges you face for eating vegan abroad, and how do you deal with them?
As with domestic travel, you have to have patience. I’ve never had trouble finding vegan fare (anywhere in the world) but it wasn’t always the most convenient choice. A little creativity and persistence is key.
You are going overseas – what’s in your carry-on bag?
I take my backpack on board as my carryon — which as all my clothes and toiletries in it. In my purse I have my passport, peepers (eye shades) and ear plugs for the ride, my kindle, money, chap stick, a few snacks for the plane and important papers – like travel reservations.
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