Thursday, 24 February 2011

An amazing vegan guide to life!

One day in the past I wrote here that I would do another giveaway and this day just arrived. Today is a great day for me (despite the fact that my internet at home is being a total bitch) cause I sent my dissertation proposal for the Master in Journalism I'm doing (and hopefully will be finished after this summer!). It will be about vegetarianism and press coverage in Ireland. I'm not so much excited about the course itself but I have to say that I like my topic and I hope I can do a good job.

Getting back to what really matters here, this giveaway is also important to me. Before the idea of this book came to my knowledge I was a fan of this girl's blog and when she contacted me to be part of the book I couldn't not be more delighted! I answered the questions she made, send a picture and waited for the book to come out. It's out now for a few months but just last week I got my copy. And I decided to buy one extra copy to make the giveaway.




The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life, by Melisser Elliott, is amazing. It's not a book just for girls but for everybody and it's full of great tips, recipes and stories. I asked Melisser to answer a few questions about the book to this post and, as usual, she was very nice and came back to me with the answers very quickly:



How did the idea of writing a girl's guide come?
I was approached by Skyhorse to write a book and I felt like there were so many amazing cookbooks out there, I wanted to go a different direction. I felt like there needed to be a hip guide to the vegan lifestyle that took an approachable tone, so I decided to write one!

What was the most interesting/funny part of the writing process?
The funniest part for me was, I was on the road for a lot of the time I was allotted to write the book. That means, the book was written all over the world on airplanes, in the back of cars, on trains, and even large parts of it were written on my phone!


You're touring a lot to spread the word about the book. Which are your favourite places/events till now?

NYC is always amazing, both events there were great, plus you can't beat the food. Manchester turned out the be the sleeper hit of the tour. I had SO much fun and the turn out was great. Seattle was also a fun one, as was Philly.


If you could give just one advice to people that are thinking about becoming vegan, what would you say?

As the Morrissey song goes, "Do Your Best and Don't Worry"! Everyone makes mistakes, but going vegan is the best thing you can do for the animals, the environment, and yourself, so strive to make the best choices each day. If you slip up, don't quit, just keep trying to do the very best you can.


Thanks a lot, Melisser!

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The giveaway

The prize: 1 copy of the book The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life, by Melisser Elliott.

Who can enter the giveaway? It's open to everybody in the world!

How to enter: just leave a comment saying what's the hardest topic on veganism to find information about.

Dates: the entries will be accept from today (February 24th) until March 7th. The winner will be announced on March 8th. If the winner is not a blogger user, please come back here to check the blog post of March 8th and get in touch with me because I will need the winner's email :)

Increase your chances! You can do one or more of the following things, return here and leave a comment saying which one you did (leave a comment for each extra entry so you can have more chances):

a. Tweet about the giveaway and mention @GlaucexVx and @urban_housewife
You can use this text: "All about (vegan) food (@GlaucexVx) is giving away a copy of The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life, by @urban_housewife http://bit.ly/dXBWXs

b. "Like" the All about... (vegan) food Facebook page and "like" the wall post about the giveaway. You should also "like" The Urban Housewife page on Facebook (it's not part of the giveaway but it's worth it!).

c. Write about the giveaway in your blog and leave a comment here with the link.

PS. AOS LEITORES BRASILEIROS: mesmo não traduzindo o post, o sorteio do livro vale tambem para o Brasil e para respostas em português! Basta responder à pergunta com um comentário. Para aumentar as chances, basta divulgar no Twiter ou no seu blog (e postar um comentario aqui com os links) e se clicar em "Like" (ou "curtir") na pagina do blog no Facebook e também no post sobre o giveaway (e sempre voltar aqui e deixar outro comentário dizendo que fez isso também!).

19 comments:

Lola_318 said...

The hardest vegan topic to find information about, for me is consistant, truthful information on B12 and Vitamin D. There's so much conflicting information floating out there.

susansoltis said...

The hardest thing is info on vegan pharmaceuticals and medical products. Would love to see some vegan drug and medical supply companies.

susansoltis said...

I tweeted and liked your facebook page, too! :)

vegan.in.brighton said...

The hardest thing for me to find information about has been tattoo ink, not because the info isn't out there but because tattoo artists can be reluctant to tell you what brands they're using or to make a call to their supplier to check it out. I tend to just keep looking until I find a helpful tattooist who can confirm that they use vegan inks!

Mandee said...

This is a great giveaway! I think the hardest thing would be about what companies test on animals and whether or not they use animal products because labelling isn't strict enough and companies can get around the truth.

I'm about to tweet about the giveaway too :)

Beth said...

That's so cool that you're in it! And congrats on your submission and good luck!

The hardest topic for me to find info about is the costs involved. I think more people might try it if they saw how inexpensive it is- or can be, if you don't buy prepackaged, of course.

dolmadez said...

I'd say the most challenging vegan topic for me is finding good quality hygiene items that are vegan, specifically deodorant and face wash. Also, vegan-safe medicines.

dolmadez said...

I "like" on facebook!

oitudoemcima.com said...

Uhul! The hardest thing to me is cheese. Is very hard do find a vegan option that makes me really happy here in Brazil. But vegan pharmaceuticals and cosmetics are a bigger problem. Because if you contact the company that makes the things you already like, of course they will say they don't do tests on animals. But can you trust them? Saying that they do it on the package is bad for business, I know, but I don't understand those who DON'T do it and still don't say it. (It's weird and I've seen this happening: for instance, someone goes to buy a chocolate candy and there's a little soy logo, so decides to choose another product cuz he's not vegetarian! I mean, honey, you're not prohibided to try it!! You might like it, btw!)

Susan said...

For me at the moment the hardest thing to find information on is a good vegan deodorant!

Soypunk said...

I think the hardest part is having to go the extra mile,, or spend a little more if you want vegan donuts or vegan snacks.

Soypunk said...

Btw i tweeted about your giveaway @soybasedvegan

pam said...

The hardest is about household products & cosmetics, as many of the brands are not even classified, so it becomes a real hunt to find a softener that isn't tested on animals....

pam said...

the hardest is about household products and cosmetics, as many brands are not even registred, it becomes a real hunt to find a softner that isn't tested on animals..

awkwardamanda said...

The hardest thing for me is some tips on how to order no always a house salad at restaurants when going out to eat with others. I know it sounds silly but sometimes that can be such a PIA!

mmarina said...

For me, the hardest info to find is that on concealed ingredients in food, such as gelatine, various E-type additives, or non-vegan excelerators of food processing in certain types of food.

Jessica said...

I just liked you on facebook!

Jessica said...

I just tweeted about your giveaway :)

Jessica said...

I feel like I haven't run into too many issues on finding the information, but finding reviews on a lot of products has sometimes been a challenge. As someone on a budget, I look for reviews so I can try to make a decision without having to buy every brand of every product. Food reviews are fairly easy to come across in the vegan blogsphere, but hygiene and household products get less attention.

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