Greetings from Northern California! I’m Nancy, a.k.a. the Vegan Voice, and I’m very excited about being a contributor to this tasty and informative blog.
A little about me, I grew up in a household where delicious but unhealthy Latin food was front and center. My parents cooked lots of meat, fried foods and sugary treats. When I left home to go to college, I was on my own and had total control over what I ate. That’s when my culinary journey began.
I went to college in Berkeley, California, the mecca of alternative cuisine and environmental awareness. In addition to a plethora of vegetarian ethnic restaurants from which to choose, Berkeley was the home of Chez Panisse, Alice Water’s culinary gem known for its local, organic products and seasonal menus. Being surrounded by such haute food couture, as I like to call it, I started spending an ungodly amount of time in the kitchen, cooking everything and anything I could afford on my measly college budget.
To put myself through college, I worked in fine food. First, I worked at A.G. Ferrari Foods, an Italian delicatessen/catering company, then at Cater Marin, known for their “Glorious Food, Pure & Abundant.” Being surrounded by such amazing chefs and delicious food inspired me to take my cooking to a higher level. I learned all that I could from these experiences and sought out more culinary expertise from cookbooks, cooking classes and The Food Network, of course. I also began reading many non-cookbook books on issues related to food, such as food politics and production, organic food, genetically modified food or GMOs, nutrition and disease and the like.
In 2009, I came across, The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Nutrition Study Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health, by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., and it changed my life and cooking forever. In it, Dr. Campbell lays out a mountain of indisputable scientific evidence for how a plant-based diet can not only improve your health but also reverse many diseases that plague Americans and others who indulge in the typical Western Diet.
I have had the misfortune of losing my father and other relatives and loved ones to diseases such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease, diseases that absolutely could have been prevented through proper nutrition. I hope that I will inspire you to take a good hard look at your diet and decide that you could be making better choices at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Being a new mom, I will also be delving into the subject of childhood nutrition and hopefully shedding some light on how you can help your children prevent disease and obtain optimal health from a young age.
Lastly, through this blog, I will be providing many delicious plant-based recipes for you to try. When I say plant-based, I mean that I cook using vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains and seeds, all of which provide optimal nourishment for brain and body function. I am going to show you how to make delicious, filling and nutritious meals that will make you healthier and feel more energetic (and if you have constipation issues, I promise I can resolve them!). My hope is that I can get you to eat more plant-based meals in lieu of meals that may be laden with saturated fat, processed food-like substances and empty calories. Nutritious plant-based food can be utterly delicious, and I am here to prove it to you! I look forward to our adventure together.