I have a DREAM that one day, vegan recipe books will be THE ONLY recipe books sold in online stores and brick-and-mortar bookstores; while the old books — the ones that objectify animals and encourage the use of animal ingredients — will only be available in libraries, next to topics like slavery, holocaust or child pornography.
Never gonna happen?
That I don’t know.
But what I do know is that it’s not going to happen any time soon…. unless we take publishing in our own hands.
Let’s face it we (vegans) are in the SLIM MINORITY RIGHT NOW, so we better get our sleeves rolled up and start writing and publishing LIKE CRAZY — all those vegan recipe books and other books that actually portray veganism in a way that it deserves to be portrayed, and animal rights in a way that does justice to the topic — or those shelves labelled ‘vegan’ will remain pretty empty…
…and I’m not saying they are empty right now — the number of books that are being published on the topic is growing and that’s SUPER EXCITING…
…and what’s great, I’m noticing those books INFILTRATING OTHER non-vegan sections of the stores — which is even more encouraging, because few people who are non-vegan deliberately go to the ‘vegan’ section to search for something to read….
But — here is the thing.
There need to be MORE.
More books on every topic, not just cookbooks. I mean, recipes are great, but there’s so much more to write about ….not just about recipe books — it’s all kinds of books!
Children’s stories, adult stories, novels, travel guides, how-to guides, pets, spirituality, gardening, fashion, housekeeping, and so on, and so forth.
Which brings me to the next issue — and that is ….
SOMEBODY HAS TO WRITE THOSE DAMN BOOKS!