“Becoming a vegan doesn’t require a whole life overhaul,” says Chloe Coscarelli, chef/owner of By Chloe, an NYC-based vegan diner. “It is not all or nothing.” She suggests dipping your toe into the lifestyle by making at least one vegan option during your weekly dinner menu. And if you’re already a full blown vegan? Use our guide to find delicious recipes that will mix up your usual cooking repertoire. We’ve even transformed typical meat-centric methods, like grilling, into vegan-friendly options.

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The Best Vegan (and Vegan-friendly) Restaurants in All 50 States

Let’s admit it: despite a proliferation of vegetable-forward restaurants in the past two decades, it can still be hard to be vegan. While vegetarian plates are usually very similar to their meat-based analogs (just add extra cheese and put an egg on it), vegan dining is a whole other beast. It doesn't work to just subtract the meat and dairy; sometimes you don’t just want a salad with balsamic and olive oil. Fortunately for vegan and vegetable-loving meat eaters alike, plant-based options are getting more exciting—and extensive—every day.Yet starting an all vegan-restaurant is still an ambitious endeavor—and scary because it relies on the strong support of a still small (but growing) demographic. Wherever possible, we’ve tried to spotlight exclusively vegan businesses; however, you’ll also find many vegetarian restaurants, and even ones that serve meat. Why? Sometimes, the best plant-based dishes are served at traditional restaurants—and we count this as progress. We’ve also tried to choose restaurants that really capture the spirit of their locale, as too often, vegans can feel excluded from truly sampling the culinary culture of a place.We’ve also chosen restaurants that embody many different schools of vegan cooking. Some channel the earnest sprouts-nostalgia of the ‘60s; others rely heavily on vegan-friendly global cuisines; still others are more contemporary and vegetable-centric, à la Alice Waters. Our list culls from all of the above, with a primary barometer being taste.In sum, we’ve culled the best of the best–and are happy to report that it’s been a difficult process. We hope it gets even harder in years to come, as vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants proliferate.
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Vegan Recipes from Every Continent

A new book takes a global look at cooking without animal products.For some, vegan cooking seems like a new-agey trend, propagated by hippies and SoCal fitness enthusiasts, or an austere health regimen defined by tofu, celery and deprivation.Not so. Vegan cooking is no new fad, though the increasing popularity of all-vegan diets may be. People around the world have incorporated vegan dishes into their cuisines for as long as they’ve been eating, few of which were created to be explicitly animal-free. Traditional staples that happen to be vegan—think dal bhat or spaghetti with tomato sauce—make use of ingredients that are cheap and readily available. And they’re delicious.In Vegan: The Cookbook, author Jean-Christian Jury collects an encyclopedia of plant-based recipes drawn from his own experiences cooking and eating around the world. He’s worked in kitchens in Spain, Italy and North Africa; developed recipes from South and Southeast Asia; and, all told, has visited over 100 countries on his culinary journey.Some of the recipes in the book are inspired by international ingredients and dishes Jury has eaten over the years, while others are collected from chefs and friends he’s met along the way.Here are 9 globetrotting vegan recipes to pique your appetite.—Hannah Walhout
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Easy Vegan Recipes

From black bean soup to tofu biryani, here are some of Food & Wine's best easy vegan recipes.