Plenty of celebrities (like Russell Brand) have credited Ellen DeGeneres‘ influence for their switch to veganism. But Ellen isn’t always the one in the kitchen whipping up the incredible food that persuades them–she and wife Portia de Rossi get plenty of culinary help from Chef Roberto Martin, whose new book, Vegan Cooking for Carnivores, is helping regular old folks eat like Ellen.
First off–what do you enjoy about vegan cooking, versus non-vegan cooking?
I really enjoy cooking fresh, clean food that doesn’t limit my creativity and I love the fact that there is never any risk of cross-contamination.
The new book is called Vegan Cooking For Carnivores–do you think a vegan diet can ever really work for a confirmed meat-lover?
Yes! I think that meat-lovers would find that the benefits outweigh the sacrifice. After going vegan for a little while, a former meat lover would be shocked to find out how good he/she feels.
Do you think that elements of veganism can work for those who may never fully make the switch?
Yes. For someone who never fully goes vegan, at least they have my recipes in their back pocket when they need them and they can still benefit from consuming less animal product than before. Simply switching over to vegan products that have little to no sacrifice in flavor is an easy start.
For example, almond milk, vegan butter, Vegenaise, etc.–the consumption of less animal based products is better from all stand-points.