Your Vegan Kitchen is a Protest Kitchen

Your Vegan Kitchen is a Protest Kitchen

By |2018-07-05T11:05:01+00:00July 5th, 2018|10 Comments

In our new book, Protest Kitchen: Fight Injustice, Save the Planet, and Fuel Your Resistance One Meal at a Time, Carol J. Adams and I suggest that your food choices offer a way to challenge the rise of repressive and regressive values. That is, a vegan diet offers opportunities not just to confront factory farms and environmental destruction, but also to impact misogyny, racism, and injustice.

Our book is headed to the printer this week and is due to arrive in bookstores in the fall, but it’s available for preorder on Amazon and Barnes and Noble now. (It will be available as an audio book in addition to print and e-reader formats.)

Carol and I started talking about this book shortly after the presidential election, when it occurred to us that there are numerous ways that a vegan diet can inform and strengthen our own resistance efforts. For one thing, at its core, veganism honors compassion and it models values of kindness and decency, values that are under assault by the current administration. Vegan food choices celebrate diversity, challenge the patriarchy and encourage a culture of acceptance and integrity. We look at the ways in which veganism aligns with all aspects of food justice.

In short, we look at veganism as both an act of resistance and a resource for hope and healing. It’s a way to feel empowered at a time when it’s all too easy to feel disempowered. Not only do vegan choices enact your values, protect the environment and potentially enhance your health, they also become a daily reminder that change is possible. (Vegans know that no matter what else is happening in our lives, every meal is an opportunity to have an impact.)

We wanted this to be a practical guide that will help non-vegans take steps toward a more plant-based diet, and hopefully explore some of the other aspects of veganism, too. To that end, the book includes 30 Daily Actions, some of which incorporate recipes. It also has a short chapter on how to eat healthfully as a vegan and we explore the ways in which choosing a vegan diet can counter feelings of stress and depression. To end on a light note, Protest Kitchen includes a “Resistance Feast.” Put together with the help of vegan cookbook author Bryanna Clark Grogan, it features recipes like Stop the Wall Taco Salad, Trumped Up Vegan Cutlets a L’Orange, and ImPeach Crumble.

You can see the table of contents and read some excerpts from Protest Kitchen via this free e-book sampler that our publisher created. You can also read more about it in this blog post on Carol’s website. I hope you’ll read Protest Kitchen and will let me know what you think!

Pre-order Protest Kitchen on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.



  1. Lilith Steve July 5, 2018 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    Library? That’s how I discovered your other books!

    • Ginny Messina July 6, 2018 at 1:10 pm - Reply

      Lilith, I hope you’ll ask your library to order it. (I’m a big library fan, too!)

  2. Lilith Steve July 5, 2018 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Also I own Vegan for Her and Vegan for Life–can’t live without it. I reference the Plant Plate all the time. Thanks!

  3. Gary July 6, 2018 at 12:50 pm - Reply


    My health and my politics are quite separate things. I think you have made some major assumptions about your audience. I am strongly opposed to what your liberal positions are it seems. Just because I am interested in curing my cancers, I do not subscribe to any liberal views except abortion.

    May I politely ask you to unsubscribe me please?

    Thank you.


    • Ginny Messina July 6, 2018 at 1:16 pm - Reply

      Gary, it sounds like you may have ended up in the wrong place. This is a website devoted to veganism, which is a social justice issue. If you scroll to the bottom of the email you received with this blog post, you’ll see an option to unsubscribe. Let me know if you have problems with that, and I’ll see if I can unsubscribe you from my end.

  4. Amy July 6, 2018 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to read it!

  5. Gary July 6, 2018 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    Apparently I have.

  6. nayan July 9, 2018 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    i read the protest kitchen on the sampler is a wonderful book with the most positive message….really enjoyed….

  7. Catarina July 29, 2018 at 7:12 am - Reply

    Will there be a new edition of Dietitian’s Guide to Vegetarian Diets: Issues and Applications? It’s a wonderful textbook.

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