Book Review: Áine Carlin – The New Vegan.

If you’re here because you’ve made the decision to go vegan, let me give you a huge virtual hug and jump up and down. Congratulations! This is the start of the rest of your compassionate life.

It’s an absolutely wonderful thing to do, yet it can seem a little scary to change your diet around. Don’t worry, it’s actually really simple, and with books like The New Vegan: Great Recipes, No-Nonsense Advice & Simple Tips by Áine Carlin (named most stylish vegan by Peta in 2015), you needn’t look to far to get yourself cooking up a storm and bursting with the best nutrients!


As a vegan of several years, I can tell you that this book is not only for those new to being vegan, it’s for absolutely everyone! It’s so beautifully laid out, with gorgeous photos which will make your mouth water, and the recipes are absolutely divine.

With great advice on where to find the most essential vitamins and minerals in vegan foods, as well as tips on eating out and what to say to people who ask about you being vegan, this book is a great source of knowledge. There are also some lovely meal plans for breakfast, lunch and dinners. As a self-confessed lazy cook, I love the ‘Easy Meals’ and ‘Snacks’ sections and they really are so simple, that I managed to make one of the recipes within the first few days of viewing the book!


These are the gorgeous Quinoa & Broccoli Bites, made from the snack section. I added some roast veggies and made a light dinner. They were super easy to make, really fast and with very little mess – always a plus when you’re the kind of person who can turn a kitchen into a bomb site! And the flavour – wow! Packed with the richness of broccoli and garlic, these are one of the tastiest things I’ve cooked in a long time! So moreish – I made a huge portion and we kept going back for more! Definitely good to have leftovers and use as a healthy snack or addition to lunch at work the next day.

There are lots of other yummy looking recipes I want to try out from the book, including cereal bars, smoothies, an amazing chia pudding/breakfast combo (now that’s always going to be a winner) and some other tasty desserts. I love the range and variety of recipes. This is mostly definitely not a recipe book that will sit gathering dust, it will be very well used and treasured!

Áine Carlin is a writer, blogger and former actress. Her first book, Keep it Vegan, was published by Kyle Books in 2014. Both books are available to purchase in bookshops and online.

You can visit her website at: and find her on Twitter too – @ainecarlin

This review has been organised by the VEGAN Lifestyle ASSOCIATION . It has not been paid for and the copy of the book I received was sent free of charge. This is my genuine and unbiased review of the book.

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