Veganism and plant-based diets are on the rise. According to the Vegan Society, there are "three and a half times as many vegans as there were in 2006," and sign-ups for the Veganuary campaign grew by 183% this year. For black people who are considering veganism, there’s a whole host of other motives and setbacks when it comes to choosing a plant-based diet. For me, I wanted to change my diet as a way of helping other black and brown people by not contributing towards environmental racism, but also for the health benefits. As a black woman, I’m more likely to get type 2 diabetes and this is often due to diet.
Although veganism is on the rise, there’s still a misconception that plant-based food can be bit bland and expensive. Plus, for beginners, it can be difficult to know where to start. The first time I attempted it, I ended up eating a variety of beige potato products and veggie sausages all because I had no idea how to cook something I’d actually enjoy. For myself and many other black people who are considering veganism, the fear of being unable to eat our favourite dishes from our own cultures can make things even more complicated. Food is packed full of history and is such a huge aspect of who we are and where we come from. But these cooks not only make delicious vegan dishes but they prove that we don’t have to compromise and we can still eat our favourite meals from our cultures while also being plant-based.