Think like a Vegan: What everyone can learn from vegan ethics

By Emilia Leese and Eva Charalambides

Thought-provoking essays and exercises to show how vegan ethics can improve the lives of everyone

Environment | Food & drink
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Publication date: May 2021

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Celebrate Robert Burns' poetry, Scottish food and music in an elegant and cosy setting in North London. 25 January 2020, 9 spaces available
Expect music, poetry reading and to follow the traditional sequence of a Burns Night Supper (a program will be provided). Named one of 'the Best Burns Night Events in London 2018' in The Telegraph.
Featured in The Londonist as one of the vegan events in 2019.
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Kip of Messy Vegan Cook and Emilia are back with their popular and often requested IThailian supper club in an elegant and cosy setting in North London. Their unique, multi-course, vegan meal combines Italian and Thai dishes, shattering preconceived notions of 'tradition' in either cuisine.
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Emi will host you either at her home in North London or via Skype and conduct a personal variation of the workshop. We will discuss veganism, problem solve and work through various scenarios relevant or important to you. Perfect for new or veteran vegans or the vegan curious, including discussion of ethics. Includes all materials. Max two people and two hours per session with no spillover or half sessions.
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Emi's Good Eating Private Party Supper Club

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Enjoy a stay for you and up to five of your friends in a luxury self-catering cottage located in the Black Isle approximately 20 minutes from Inverness in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Drummondreach website Includes accommodation for up to six people, November through end of February (excluding Christmas and New Years week). See website for details about the cottage. Reward excludes your travel and other expenses and a refundable good housekeeping deposit of £150; and there is an additional dog charge £20 per dog up to two dogs.
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Enjoy a stay for you and up to seven of your friends in a rustic and cosy cottage on the rewilding and reforesting project near the village of Whitebridge, located approximately 30 minutes from Inverness in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Includes accommodation for up to eight people (anytime). See website for details about the cottage and about the rewilding and reforesting project. Birchfield Forest website Reward excludes your travel and other expenses and a refundable good housekeeping deposit of £150; and there is an additional dog charge £20 per dog up to two dogs
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In this book, we invite you to set aside any preconceived notions about veganism. Through a personal, imperfect and often irreverent lens, we explore a variety of contemporary topics related to animal use and veganism in the context of everyday modern life.

From the basics of vegan logic, to politics, economics, love and other aspects of being human, every chapter invites you into a thought-provoking conversation about your daily ethical decisions relating to animal use, which also apply to all aspects of life.

This is also the only book where you’ll find a whole chapter helping you to apply the broad concepts of veganism to practical situations through thought experiments and real-life scenarios vegans face, such as those awkward moments at dinner parties, being vegan while travelling, vegan and needing medication, reacting to hunting and mistreatment, and much more.

This book is not just for vegans. It’s for anyone interested in veganism, its ideals and what even non-vegans can learn from its practice. We want to help you accomplish two goals. First, to think about veganism as the simple concept that using animals is unjustified and unnecessary. And second, to empower you to communicate that concept throughout your life.

Although our primary focus in this work is the injustice of animal use, we recognise society’s systemic injustices are related and interconnected. Seeking a fair world for animals means we must also seek to reject and redress the injustices perpetrated on humans. These are not mutually exclusive goals, or mutually exclusive ideas. So, in our book we have both a personal and human view as well as a broad and global one.

Topics include:
animal agriculture and its effects on people and the environment,
why we should adopt animals,
what to do about online bullies,
what’s the problem with organic meat or cages,
the economics of plant-based foods,
what about honey,
veganism and feminism,
and even vegansexualism!

We do all this without once showing you any gruesome photos.

We have been studying and talking about veganism for many years by writing about the topic for a variety of publications, organising large vegan festivals in North America, conducting vegan workshops, and hosting vegan supper clubs.

Despite being from different generations, we share a common approach to the topic. We want people to feel confident in keeping things simple while they focus on ethics. We want to help you find clarity in a subject that can become confusing because it’s emotionally charged.

Please pledge, read the book, think through the scenarios and get in touch with us with your real life situations so we can continue the conversations!



ABOUT THE BOOK

  • Hardback book
  • 200 pages
  • approx 216 x 135mm, or 8 1/2 x 5 5/16 inches

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    Emilia Leese

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    Eva Charalambides

    Emilia A. Leese, BS Economics (hons), BA French (hons); Juris Doctorate (hons), writes essays on life, travel and veganism for a variety of online publications, including her personal blog www.emisgoodeating.com, and is closely involved in a long-term forest rewilding project in the Scottish Highlands, www.birchfieldhighlands.org. She regularly hosts benefit supper clubs, yoga retreats and speaks to hundreds of people each year during various festivals, including the Vegandale Food Drink Festival at the Why Should I Go Vegan? stand. She translated Eat Like You Care, by Francione & Charlton, into Italian. Emilia is the editor of the quarterly magazine for The Heath & Hampstead Society in London. She also developed life skills and ethics workshops for underserved youth. She has been a corporate finance lawyer for over 20 years. She and her husband Roger, who is also vegan, live in London and the Highlands.



    Eva J. Charalambides received a BA in Radio and Television before finding her calling as an advocate and becoming a professional vegan, joining The 5700 Inc. in 2016. As a self-proclaimed master of wit, puns and copywriting, she managed and contributed to Ecorazzi, a vegan online publication, led the multi-city Vegandale Food Drink Festivals, and regularly photographed the company's vegan events, restaurants and retail campaigns. She decided never to put her camera down and today, she can be found insisting companion animals tag along on photoshoots as she discovers the world of photography on her own. Together with her vegan husband, Matt, and their two rescue rabbit companions, Libby & Dorito, she splits her time between Toronto and anywhere she can strap on a pair of snowshoes.

  • Chapter 1: Basics

    In this chapter, we explore what it means to be vegan and what are the basic ethical concepts behind veganism.

    What does it mean to be vegan?

    In this first essay, we set out the fundamental concepts. From who are vegans, to the meaning of the term veganand speciesism, to the core problem of use, these concepts will echo throughout this book. We also address being vegan in a non-vegan world, reconciling that reality as much as it can be and we recognise the interconnections of oppression with a call to reject all bigotry.

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  • Emilia Leese and Eva Charalambides have written 1 private update. You can pledge to get access to them all.

    30th October 2020 Happy Halloween

    Dearest Supporters

    We hope you and yours are keeping well. 

    We've been busy working on the manuscript edits and it's all coming together nicely. 

    Eva's favourite holiday is upon us: Halloween! She's celebrating by baking, of course.

    These jack o'linzers use the same recipe as Christmas linzers we've shared with you before. 

    Remember, there are loads of vegan candy readily available…

    27th August 2020 We've been busy!

    Dearest Supporters,

    How are you? We've managed to keep busy, despite all the ups and downs.

    What's happening with our book?

    We've just submitted the development edits to our manuscript. We're delighted with how the finished book is shaping up. Thank you, Phil Connor for your brilliant insights on our manuscript. Now, onto the copy editing!  

     What else has been going on?

    We've…

    11th February 2020 Final draft manuscript submitted!

    Dear Supporters

    Last night, we submitted our final draft manuscript to our editor: 166 pages; 56,190 words.

    We are simultaneously excited and terrified, but mostly excited... we think!

    If you're in London and fancy something completely different, we still have two spots available for our IThailian supper club on 3 April. 

    Meanwhile, bring on the editing process!

    Much love & gratitude…

    6th February 2020 Thank you for getting us to 100%!!

    Dear Supporters

    On the day this photo was taken, we discussed working on a book together. We didn't know then we would turn into more than 300 of us!

    Each of you has made our croissant-induced dream a reality

    We will keep you posted as we work with Unbound's editors to finalise our manuscript and discover all that's required  in the publishing process. Exciting times ahead!

    Thank…

    22nd January 2020 The IThailian Supper Club is back; The Telegraph; Robbie Burns; and a discount code!

    Dear Supporters

    How are you?

    We have so many updates we had to add a day to our usual posting schedule.

    First, clear your calendar for a unique experience: an Italian-Thai dinner on Friday, 3 April 2020 at 7.30pm in North London.

    Kip, of Messy Vegan Cook, and Emilia have teamed up again to bring back the always popular, and often requested, IThailian supper club. We combine vegan Italian…

    7th January 2020 Beginnings!

    Dear Supporters:

    Happy new year to you and yours! 

    As we start 2020, we thought it fitting to share with you the origins of our book. Inspiration visits us in strangest places sometimes. For Think Like a Vegan, it all started after the 2018 Vegandale Festival in Toronto. Emi was sitting in the back of Eva’s & Matt’s truck. We had just scoffed pastries at Tori’s Bakeshop and were on our way…

    24th December 2019 Happy Festive Season! *especially with vegan and gluten free Linzer Wreath cookies*

    Dear Supporters

    We wish you all a happy Festive Season and a peaceful new year.

    We leave you with vegan and gluten free Linzer Wreath cookies lovingly handmade and photographed by Eva (helloo multi-talent)!. 

    Wish we could share them with each one of you in real life.

    See you in 2020!

    With much love and gratitude,

    Emi & Eva

    Eva's recipe for vegan and gluten free Linzer Wreaths…

    17th December 2019 Our first official testimonial! Seth Tibbott, Chair and Founder of Tofurky, comments on the book

    Dear Supporters:

    We have some fantastic news. Our first official testimonial is IN! 

    Think Like A Vegan is a brilliant book, which both challenges and inspires thoughts on veganism,” said Seth Tibbott, Chair and Founder of the famously vegan brand Tofurky. “I love the thought experiments at the end.” Seth read a draft of the book, made a number of excellent suggestions and we’re grateful for…

    10th December 2019 We went live on the BBC to help you have very happy vegan holidays!

    Today, BBC World News invited us to participate in a segment about vegan Christmas

    You can imagine how excited we were.

    Emi went to Broadcasting House in London, and Eva connected with Skype from Toronto.

     

     

    Journalist and presenter, Geeta Guru-Murthy, hosted us and we spoke about Think Like a Vegan, veganism and Christmas and Hanukkah foods!  See the clip in the linked video…

    7th December 2019 New Reward: Vegan Burns Night Supper!

    Dear Supporters:

    We've introduced a new reward

    Thanks to your support, we're able to introduce a very special reward: vegan Burns Night Supper

    Emi is delighted to bring back this very popular event for a third year!





    Come celebrate Robert Burns' poetry, Scottish food and music in an elegant and cosy setting in North London on the anniversary of his birthday, 25 January 2020 at…

    4th December 2019 Planting trees at Birchfield

    Dear Supporters,

    Reforesting begins!

    Emi is involved with a reforesting and rewilding project up in Scotland on the south side of Loch Ness. We spent this past weekend at Birchfield planting over 400 trees in a location that was once part of the Great Caledonian forest. This was the inaugural tree planting event. Reforesting takes time and effort and we hope to host more events in the future…

    27th November 2019 33% to go!

    Dear Supporters:

    It has been an incredible 12 days since launching Think Like A Vegan: What everyone can learn from vegan ethics.

    At the time we write this, the crowdfunding is at 67% with 181 kind and generous people who have pledged support. That blows our minds.

    From what we can tell at this stage, supporters come from the UK, US, Canada, Australia, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, China…

    18th November 2019 Follow us on social media

    Our social media profiles are up and running! 

    Follow us on: Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

    If you've pledged, please share and tag us and include #thinklikeavegan

    And you can now also sign up for our newletter on our website 

    With so much gratitude, 

    Emi & Eva

    17th November 2019 Thank you!

    In the less than 48 hours since sharing our book with you, we are amazed at all the lightbulbs turning on! 

    We want to thank each and every one of the 44 of you who have set our campaign in motion to an astounding 33% of funding already. It’s humbling to know we are surrounded by kind, open minded and generous people. 

    We are so looking forward to our public launch on 19 November.

    100% funding…

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