Giveaway: Lindsay Nixon's New Cookbook Happy Herbivore Abroad

Many of you may remember Lindsay Nixon, the Happy Herbivore, from an interview here on Organic Cents. Or maybe you are a big fan already and know about the great news: Lindsay has a new book out called, Happy Herbivore Abroad: A Travelogue and Over 135 Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes from Around the World . I was lucky enough to get a preview copy to prepare this post and I can tell you the recipes are as great as always and the photography of all the locations is amazing too! Even better news, Lindsay is giving a free copy to one of my readers! So check out the short interview below and enter to win your own copy of Happy Herbivore Abroad in the widget.

ME: Can you tell use where we will travel to in this book?
LINDSAY: The world -- I want to say there are over 40 different countries in the book.

ME: How hard was it to translate the different cultures flavors into vegan, I mean happy herbivore recipes?
LINDSAY: It really depended on the recipe or the dish I was trying to recreate. Some recipes really lent themselves to being adapted and others I stood there wondering "how am I going to replace [ingredient]?" and then I went through a long process of trial and error.... but even with my non-international themed cookbooks I seemed to have this yin-yang experience with recipe developed. Some recipes just worked right off the bat and others I had to try several times to get right.

ME: Are the recipes still easy enough for the non-chef and are the ingredients easy to find here in the U.S.?
LINDSAY: Yep! that was my main goal with the book -- to use everyday ingredients we all have in our pantry. The recipes are still easy and no fuss too.

ME: The photos on the front and back cover look amazing. Did you take the photos too?
LINDSAY: I took most of the photos. A few of them were taken by a friend of mine.

ME: How did you go about finding places to eat while traveling - did you use an app, or trip advisor?
LINDSAY: I generally land in a city and then explore, sometimes stopping at the tourist office to see if they have any word-of-mouth recommendations. I didn't use happycow too much, but that can be helpful, too. My problem with travel apps and websites is that restaurants, etc. can pay to have their place pop up first or as a recommendation to you. I know those sites need to make money, so no thumbs down to them, but I don't want a business to pay for my business, if that makes sense. I was also really put off on my recent trip to Mexico when every place I went hassled me to write a review on trip advisor... I just leave it up to fate I guess!

ME: Of all the places you have been, where is your favorite and what did you love about it?
LINDSAY: I don't really have a single favorite -- many of the places I traveled to were so different from each other you can't compare. How can you compare the mountains to the desert, for example? There were places with mesmerizing vistas that I could stare at for days, but then there were other places, with no vistas, but such beautiful architecture... or a culture that was so rich and vibrant it was intoxicating...

ME: Do you have more books spinning around in your head or are you going to relax for a while?
LINDSAY: I'm contracted to write a book a year, with three more on the horizon so no breaks for me until I retire in 2016 :) I'm working on my 4th book now. It'll be out this time next year.

Thanks so much for hanging out with us and sharing your new book. We can't wait for the next.

Whether you are already a vegan or just wanting to find a healthier way of life for the new year, this is a book you must pick up. Lindsay knows how to make recipes that are so easy and so good you will wonder why you ever needed all those other ingredients!

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1 comment

Rugrat Chow! said...

I am so impressed by the number of countris Lindsay has been to. I wish I can visit half as many ... but I'm glad I can visit all of them via her book :)