Let me start by saying that I’m a big fan of the Happy Herbivore blog and cookbooks. If you aren’t familiar, Lindsay Nixon is the author of several cookbooks – The Happy Herbivore Cookbook, Everyday Happy Herbivore, and Happy Herbivore Light and Lean, to name a few. Lindsay is a whole foods, plant-based chef who focuses on vegan, healthy, oil-free recipes that are delicious. While I’m a huge fan of the cooking aspect of Happy Herbivore, Lindsay also loves to travel. She travels extensively throughout Europe, which has included six month-long stints in 40 cities and 23 countries! Furthermore, the Happy Herbivore recipes tend to be fairly straight forward with ingredients that are easy to acquire no matter where you are in the world, as Lindsay is familiar with cooking in many different kitchens all over the place. There is even a Happy Herbivore cookbook that merges plant-based cooking with travel called Happy Herbivore Abroad.
The latest endeavour for Happy Herbivore is an E-book called Vegan in Europe. I am delighted to review it for you here at Justin Plus Lauren. It really is the perfect book to review for our site; after all, Justin and I are both vegans and we love to travel! This book is a travel companion guide for anyone who is following a vegetarian, vegan, or plant-based diet and wants more information about how to maintain that lifestyle while traveling throughout Europe.
After browsing through the entire book, I can tell you with confidence that this is an essential guide for anyone who wants to eat as a vegan in Europe! It takes much of the guess work out of finding suitable items at grocery stores to purchase and which restaurants are the best ones to eat a vegetarian meal. I’m sure that you can find a lot of this information online through hours of research, but it is incredibly convenient to have everything all in one place – Lindsay has already done the research through her experiences. Vegan in Europe details phrases in many different languages to help you order your meal properly to ensure that no meat or dairy will be added. There are lists of traditional foods that are “accidentally vegan” and warnings for when meat/eggs/dairy might be hidden in meals. Lindsay even provides packing tips, airline food recommendations, and a list of snack foods to bring along to ensure that you don’t go hungry.
There are specific vegan guides for many European countries: England, Ireland, Scotland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Switzerland, Gibraltar, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. Personally, I am interested mostly in the Italy section as that’s the next place that we’re headed. For Italy, she describes the meals that are typically already vegan at many restaurants and ones that can easily be made vegan. There are detailed lists of restaurants in Florence, Milan, Rome, and Venice. In Italy, Lindsay lists the various places where you can find vegan gelato, as well as chain restaurants that are vegan-friendly. There are also brand names of snacks, chocolate, meat substitutes, dairy substitutes, and cereal that are vegan and can be found at the grocery stores there. Each country has a similar listing of restaurants, phrases in the native language, detailed descriptions, and much more.
For a limited time, you can purchase Vegan in Europe for just $5.99 until the price is raised to its regular cost of $9.99. This is a total bargain! The information is incredibly valuable, especially if you are booking a trip soon and you’re at a loss for how to keep up your healthy, vegetarian diet while you’re abroad. Many of the restaurants listed in the guide aren’t easily searchable on Google and are mainly frequented by locals. Even though some of the restaurants may change over time, the overall information will remain relevant for years to come (and hopefully many of the restaurants listed stay in business!). I’m very happy that I was able to find such a great book and I hope that you find it useful, too. There’s a free sample of the book to view on the website, so check it out and see if it’s right for you. I am very pleased with the book and I highly recommend that you get a copy for yourself.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of Vegan in Europe to review for our site. I do not earn any income from the sales of Vegan in Europe, and I am not involved with any affiliate programs for the E-Book. All opinions in this article are completely my own.