The publisher sent me a review copy and included some cute Simple Happy Kitchen swag! The book, as well as the Simply Happy jar labels, Mr. Tofu keychain, veggie stickers, reusable shopping bag (all seen here!), among other adorable items, are available on the Simple Happy Kitchen website.
On its many illustrated pages (look at the examples below!), the book covers plant-based myths, food storage hacks, budget friendly vegan meal plans, a chart of plant-based protein sources, an intro to superfoods, common egg substitutes, a lesson on animal ag and the environment, and a primer on aquafaba, among many other topics. Plus, there's a guide to storing vegetables for max freshness, a grain cooking guide, a kick-ass hummus recipe, and tips on raising vegan kids. And the whole way, you're guided by a talking almond — Mr. Pedro Almondovar. All of the veggie characters have names and appear throughout the book (Mr. Tofu is my guy!).
Seriously — EVERYTHING is in this book. And because it's so cute, it makes learning such fun! Though it's not a cookbook, there are a few recipes for healthy snacks, vegan cheeses, plant milks, and fun sandwich spreads. I made the Avocado Spread for an open-faced sandwich last week, and it was awesome (tofu, avocado, lemon, grated radish, and scallion).
I haven't put the shopping bag to use yet, but I love how it folds into a little portable square (it's the little blue thing in the first pic). My fave merch item, though, are the jar labels. Because how cute are they?????? In this pic, we have white beans, walnuts, and chia seeds. Each label tells you the calories and macros per serving.
Even my cats love this book!
Simple Happy Kitchen would make a great gift for a new vegan (or an old vegan)! It's so much fun to read, and even this old vegan has learned some new things (like the best way to store certain veggies and how to make the creamiest, killer hummus!).