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Is Vegetarianism For You? - Vegetarian Living Workshop

YA Services, Central Library,
“Veggie Burger” photo courtesy of

Ever wondered if there are alternatives to the food you eat? Some people consider changing their diets because they want to be healthier, while some hear about the environmental impact of our dietary patterns in the U.S. and seek a more responsible path. Still others realize a great compassion for living animals, including those who are raised as livestock, and begin to feel a curiosity about meatless lifestyles.

In many cases, vegetarianism can come up as a different way to approach what you eat. But making a drastic change in diet can always seem confusing and difficult. It doesn’t have to be!

Brown University Health Promotion describes vegetarians as people “who [do] not eat meat, poultry, and fish. Vegetarians eat mainly fruit, vegetables, legumes, grains, seeds, and nuts. Many vegetarians eat eggs and/or dairy products but avoid hidden animal products such as beef and chicken stocks, lard, and gelatin.” So really, being vegetarian isn’t just about what you don’t eat, it also has a great deal to do with what you do eat.

The transition can be easy, with the wide variety of produce, meat alternatives, and protein-packed products on the market. And new vegetarian websites and cookbooks pop up every day.

At the library, you can find many of our vegetarian cookbooks under the call number 641.63. We’ve got books specifically for teens, too, with easy snacks and quick meals laid out for you - Teen Cuisine New Vegetarian by Matthew Locricchio, The smart girl's guide to going vegetarian : how to look great, feel fabulous, and be a better you by Warren, Rachel Meltzer, and The green teen cookbook are some of our newer teen vegetarian titles.

If that’s not enough to help out, the Washington Irving Branch Library hosts monthly vegetarian living workshops on the first Wednesday of every month. These workshops are hosted by 25-year vegetarian and awesome lady Acooba, who demonstrates easy recipes, encourages conversations about health concerns and vegetarianism, and always let us taste whatever she’s made.

Whatever lifestyle choice you make, the library is happy to help you meet your goals!

Vegetarian Living Workshop
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Wednesday, December 02, 2015
4 p.m.
Washington Irving Branch Library