I have recently discovered that my local library is totally awesome.
For someone who loves books as much as I do, you’d think that going to the library would be a kind of obvious choice, but sometimes I can be a bit slow on the uptake.
I couldn’t be bothered dragging myself down to the library just for me, but now that my kids are getting older, they’re getting bored with the same old books we have at home.
Apparently we’ve moved past the stage where we are required to read the same book over and over again.
But of course that means that we very quickly run out of books to read, so we decided it was time to make use of our local library.
And although we were going there “for the kids”, I’ve been making good use of the opportunity to scour the shelves for vegan and raw cookbooks for more ideas and inspiration.
As much as the internet is a great place for finding new ideas, sometimes I like the experience of a book – something you can hold in your hands, preferably with great pictures, well-organised and easy to read.
To be honest, my hopes weren’t very high.
In my town, when you tell someone you’re vegan, they usually think that means something is terribly wrong.
In fact, a waitress at one of our local restaurants said “Oh, I’m sorry” with a very sympathetic look when we explained why we were asking for a special meal.
If only there was a way to explain just how magnificently I normally eat!
So I was utterly thrilled to discover that there’s actually a pretty good selection of vegan and raw food cookbooks at my local library.
(Note: Not all of the books in the stack above are from my local library.
Half of them are from my collection, but this was the massive stack of books I had on my “recipe inspiration” pile next to me at the dinner table. Wow.)
It’s not a huge library, so the fact that I’ve been able to find new books to read each time is pretty awesome.
And what’s even more exciting, is that I’ve discovered books I’d never heard of, and one of them in particular is my new favourite, called “Raw Living” by Kate Wood.
It’s a reasonably unassuming book, by which I mean, it has almost no pictures.
It’s also one I’d never heard of before and it doesn’t have a lot of reviews online either.
Normally that would put me off completely, but this book is packed full of amazing raw food recipes.
It’s really is an undiscovered gem.
Her recipes are easy, generally using easy-to-get ingredients, and manage to be refreshingly different from the usual raw food fare, without being weird or complicated.
I don’t think I’ve been this inspired by a cookbook in a long time. Seriously.
And I’m dreading having to return it to the library.
Time to get myself a copy, methinks.
So this book, along with my recently purchased “Oh She Glows” cookbook are my current two favourites.
(Did you know that right now, The Oh She Glows Cookbook is the number one best selling vegan cookbook at Amazon?)
They sit by my spot at the dinner table, so I can flick through them at any time (with clean hands, of course!) and get thoroughly inspired.
They’re packed with easy, delicious and healthy recipes for me to try.
Mmmm, I can’t wait.
And I am truly grateful to my local library for adding this gem to my life, and for totally exceeding my expectations.
So the next time you’re looking for food inspiration, your local library could be worth a look.
You just never know what gems you might find.
Explore these magnificent books for yourself
You can by Angela’s and Kate’s cookbooks online today at Amazon, the Book Depository, or your favourite book supplier, and start making their amazing raw and vegan dishes for yourself.
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And have a spectacular day!
~ Nikki, Eating Vibrantly