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The word vegetarian doesn't just define a diet—it's a way of living in the world. Read about these restaurants, chefs, cookbooks, and veg-friendly travel destinations to expand and enhance your vegetarian life.

When a renowned global publisher like Phaidon Press decides to release three vegetarian cookbooks in the same year, it is cause for celebration—and time to take notice. “We wanted to make a statement that plant-based cooking is something deep and real, something that will continue,” says Emilia Terragni, Phaidon’s cookbook publisher.

We got to ask her some questions about Phaidon’s first (and impressive!) foray into the vegetarian cookbook market.

VT: How did you (and Phaidon) get started publishing cookbooks?

When your guests insist on very different foods at Thanksgiving, make them all happy with a little planning!

ALEC BALDWIN says save the turkeys! The actor and regular SNL performer is promoting the Adopt a Turkey Project created by Farm Sanctuary, as Thanksgiving approaches. 

This eaterie offers plant-based dishes that look as good as they taste.

WHAT IT IS 

Mesa Verde is a modern, plant-based bistro. Eating for wellness is par for the course in beachy, blossom-scented Santa Barbara, but Mesa Verde is no typical vegetarian restaurant: This off-the-beaten-path eatery revels in plant-based dishes whose color-play and composition rival modern art’s greatest masterworks. 

WHY WE LOVE IT 

Warm up with animal-free essentials, made to beat winter’s chill

The onset of winter’s cold, wet weather often means piling on unflattering layers or resorting to animal products like down, wool, and silk for necessary warmth.

But the animal-friendly finds shown on these pages—boasting natural rubber, organic cotton, and recycled tech fabrics—have just the right ratio of weather-busting functionality (to keep you toasty) to ethical cred (to warm your heart). So, bundle up with confidence while looking great, too.

Dreamy Leaf (dreamyleaf.com) promotes a plant-based way of eating through simple, tasty recipes and mouthwatering photography. The blog's founder and creator, Maya Sozer, is the author of Easy Vegan Breakfasts & Lunches: The Best Way to Eat Plant-Baed Meals on the Go. We caught up her to find out the story behind her success.

 

VT: Why the name “Dreamy Leaf”?

Encurentro

WHAT IT IS »

A vegetarian/vegan restaurant on Oakland, California’s waterfront.

THE BACKSTORY »

Encuentro features creative, sophisticated vegetarian and vegan dishes, as well as an eclectic wine list. From appetizers to entrées, and desserts to drinks, everything on the menu is seasonal, organic, and delicious. 

When the singer-songwriter Moby was 19, he had an epiphany. As he described it last year in Rolling Stone, he was sitting on the steps of his home with his cat Tucker, whom he’d rescued from a dump as a kitten, when he realized that he did not want to eat animals.

Los Angeles, vromage.com

What it is: 
A well-stocked vegan-only shop in Seattle’s lively University District

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