Vivian Penelope Alvéz is the German author of 'A Short Guide to Veganism', a new eBook which serves as a fantastic overview for those who are new to veganism and looking for resources to increase their knowledge and understanding. We caught up with Vivian to find out more...
How did you come to be vegan?
I had been avoiding certain animal products like pork since 2007, because I hated the idea of animals being mistreated, but it wasn’t until early 2013 that I got serious about my stance on animal rights and finally went vegan. I think I just couldn’t put off that decision any longer. Back then my boyfriend and I went vegan together, which was fabulous.
What inspired you to write your book – A Short Guide to Veganism?
After going vegan for ethical reasons I was stunned to learn about the nutritional and ecological benefits of plant-based diets. It is such a broad issue and I wanted all the relevant information to be in one place, with the hundreds of research sources directly linked in the text. I also wanted my book to be concise and approachable, because I think there’s a lot of confusion surrounding this complex issue.
What will readers get from the book?
Because it covers so many topics - anthropology, health and nutrition, ecology, animal welfare, vegan dogs and recipes (the table of contents can be viewed on my website) - readers can expect to not only get their money’s worth, but to be fully prepared for any discussion about veganism. Especially when it comes to famously “controversial” topics like humans being herbivores, B12 and plant-based dogs (to name a few). And the recipes are based on my own nutrition, they’re all quick, easy and affordable.
What’s next? Have you got another book up your sleeve?
My next book will be a classic recipe book. I haven’t started yet, but I plan to write about low-fat desserts (the Holy Grail for me personally), fusion cuisine dumplings and cooking Asian sauces and soups from scratch. I’m German and I’ll probably also write about really good bread. We’ll see :)
Anything else you’d like to share with readers?
Yes, the hashtag #AdoptDontShop. Giving a shelter dog a home is the most wonderful thing anyway, but there’s also the fact that many purebred dogs are unhealthy because of cruel and crazy (in/over)breeding practices. Some of the saddest examples are Pugs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Many breeds are affected though, including “normal” ones like Labradors and German Shepherds. I talk about this in my book and I think the BBC documentary “Pedigree Dogs Exposed” is an absolute must-see.
You can read a two-chapter preview of Vivian’s book by clicking here. You can purchase the book at vpalvez.tumblr.com.
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