I have been a vegan for over 15 years. I have been a man for over 35 years. When I went vegan, I never felt particularly troubled as a man by the decision to stop eating meat and other animal products. I was aware of the caricature of vegetarians in popular culture, which attaches femininity (which is “bad”) to any and all things “veg,” but my process of going vegan was very simple: Could I continue living in a way that did, or even could, cause harm and suffering to other beings.
According to our prevailing cultural narrative, summer is grilling season. In fact, well before the solstice you can count on smelling the inimitable scent of lighter fluid and charcoal.
I am a pretty stoic vegan, but I have to admit that I got very excited when I first learned about Whole Grain Vegan Baking, the latest book of vegan recipes by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes (the team that brought us Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day!). After getting a crash course by starting Sunberry Baking Company with my wife, I have become fascinated by the science and art of vegan baking.