Happy Herbivore Abroad Book Tour Interview and Giveaway!


Blueberry Bundt Cake, page 151

Lindsay Nixon at Happy Herbivore  just released her newest book: “Happy Herbivore Abroad.” I was chosen to join her Blog Tour! 31 Blogs in December are participating and her publisher, BenBella Books is giving away one copy of her newest book at each and every stop! Woohoo!HappyHerbivoreAbroad_FrontCover

You can enter the GIVEAWAY for a copy of this book below, but in the meantime, check out the interview and have a look at the photos I took of the recipes I tested.

Lentil Taco “Meat”, page 43 with Vegan Sour Cream, page 239


Somer: “What was your “aha!” Plant Based moment?”

Lindsay: “I’m not really sure I had one. I think deep in my soul I always knew a plant-based diet was the right way to live. I was a vegetarian most of my life — wouldn’t eat meat as a child. I also didn’t like cheese or eggs and fought my parents constantly. I only wanted fruits and vegetables. In my late teens, family and peer pressure drove me towards the SAD diet and it never felt right to me. Then, in my early 20s, I had a serious health scare and immediately went back to being a vegetarian. Dairy and eggs were only in things like muffins I bought at a coffee shop so a friend suggested I give those up too and I did. After I was quote-unquote “vegan” I started reading nutrition books and researching — I stumbled across The China Study and it confirmed what I had been feeling, intuitively, for so long. There was no looking back at that point. That was…. 6 years ago.”

Tabbouleh, page 133


Somer: “Did you go cold tofurky or was it a gradual process?”

Lindsay: “I suppose a bit of both. I went back to being vegetarian overnight, and when I decided to give up all animal products (about a year later) that too was effectively overnight. I’ve counseled hundreds of people making the transition since and find those who do it “cold tofu” have the best experience.”

Vegetable Korma, Page 100

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Somer: “What was harder to eliminate from your diet, cheese or oils?”

Lindsday: “I never cared for cheese (as a child I pulled it off pizza served at parties and just ate the bread). Oil wasn’t really an issue for me either. Once I read about how harmful they were I stopped cooking with them that day. It didn’t really phase me. “

Meusli, page 134


Somer: “What are your Plant Based tips for dining out?”

Lindsay: “I’ve written about half a dozen blog posts on this 🙂 Try the search bar on happyherbivore.com‘s blog.”

Cranberry Bread, page 279


Somer: “Are you still running marathons and if so, what are your running motivation tips?”

Lindsay: “My work schedule doesn’t leave me with enough time to properly train for marathons anymore, so I’ve taken on new sports — mainly snowboarding (in the winter) and hiking/TRX in the summer. Running was always an escape for me — I called it my self therapy… I so looked forward to that isolated time with my thoughts that I never needed to really motivate myself — it was it’s own motivation. Find a sport you really love and you’ll look forward to the practice of it!”

Bread Pudding, page 156

Bread Pudding

Somer: “What are your suggestions for reducing sodium? (my biggest pitfall)!”

Lindsay: “Cut it out completely. When my husband and I moved abroad, we stopped cooking with salt and didn’t even buy it at the store. We totally eliminated it. About three months later we went back home to NYC for a visit and dined at our all-time favorite restaurant. We both sent our dishes back, insisting they used too much salt. When they brought new plates out, it was still much too salty, but then our friends tried the food and said “you know, I actually think it NEEDS salt” and I realized I’d finally broken myself of a bad habit. You have to go completely off it — and stay off it. Food might taste bland for a few days (or a few weeks) but it will pass and then you’ll be so glad you stuck it out.”

German Potato Salad, page 63 with homemade TVP “Bacon” Bits, page 246

German Potato Salad
Somer: “What transition advice do you have for those who are thinking about or who are new to a plant-based diet?”

Lindsay: “Just do it. Take it a meal at a time. Don’t get caught up with over thinking. Worry about this meal, right now — not what you’re doing tomorrow, or next week or next Christmas. Never think in “Can’s haves” — it’s not that you can’t have it, it’s that you’re choosing not to. Also, focus on all the food you can have, not what you’re choosing to give up. I eat a wider variety of food now on a plant-based diet than I ever did on an omnivorous one!”

Lindsay Nixon headshot

Click on the link below to enter the giveaway.  Contest ends at Midnight on Sunday December 16th. Winner to be announced on Monday December 17th. This Giveaway is open to residents of the USA and Canada only.

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This giveaway has ended! The winner is Sharanya! Congratulations! I’ve emailed you!




  1. Everything looks fantastic. Where to start?!?!?! Since starting my blog I have been pleasantly surprised how large the veg. community is – it is very exciting. Keep up the good work – taco’s and bread pudding are first on my list – just decided. My husband makes an AWESOME bean and lentil curry – I will post it soon for all to enjoy also!! Thank you so much for a GREAT blog!

  2. thats an awesome interview Somer! I keep going back and forth between cutting out salt and oil completely. I definitely need to read about what Lindsay does when eating out, coz that would be very difficult to adjust to once off salt, me thinks. Those tacos and cranberry bread look amazing!

    1. The tacos were the best thing I made. I really loved them! I’m with you. I think reducing salt and oil is a little more realistic on my end, but with your inflammation and joint pain, you may really benefit. It would be super hard to eat out though! Chef AJ recommends calling restaurants in advance and speaking with the chef….

  3. Great interview Somer!
    I’m liking the look of those tacos and the cranberry bread.
    I think I know what Santa is bringing me this year 😉

  4. Somer, you are truly amazing. Thank you for this information.

    Would you mind doing me a favor. Would you tell me more about the dangers of oils? This is the 3rd time, in less than a month that I have heard about the ill-effects of oil. I am of Italian-American heritage and grew up cooking with olive oil (as I’m sure you can imagine). After I became a vegan (2 year anniversary will be Jan 1, 2013) I still continued to cook with olive oil. Over the weekend, I watched a program on PBS by Neal Barnard and he spoke about removing oil from one’s diet. And then yesterday, I happened to flip through a co-workers book Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman and landed on the page about oils… What’s going on and how have I missed this important information? How did you first hear about the ills of oils?

    If it is easier, feel free to email me at my work email: susan.asnes@fmr.com

    If anyone else has info re: the ills of oils… please feel free to also email me (if you have time).

    As someone who suffered from cancer in 2010, I have been in search of optimum health ever since and is the reason I became a vegan (former vegetarian)

    Thank you.


  5. Whoa Somer, you’ve been busy in the kitchen!! That bundt cake looks yummy! That lentil taco “meat” caught my eye because I make a similar meatless taco recipe on my site! The lentils sound like a great idea. Great job on the post girl 🙂

    1. I was “busy” in the kitchen! Haha! The really great thing about her book is that it uses ingredients we vegans all ready have in our homes. There’s no weird fancy or expensive stuff that you really need a specialty store for like some other vegan cookbooks I’ve encountered. Oh my, the tacos are hands down the best. That taco meat is soooo good!

  6. For some reason I keep getting an error message when I am trying to enter. I sure would love winning your cookbook. 🙂

    1. I know! I’m trying to find out what the deal is with Rafflecopter! Please keep trying. I can’t get through right now either. I wonder if there are so many blogger giveaways near Christmas that their site is just overloaded. I can’t even get into rafflecopter.com at the moment 😦 Sorry! If it persists I’ll take manual entries through comments.

  7. Looks amazing, I have seriously considered going vegan for some time now – this just might be the way I can help my family see that they aren’t really giving anything up – just making better lifestyle choices.

    1. Judy, Lindsay Nixon’s books are a fantastic gateway for those looking to go plant based. Try it! You’ll fall in love with the way you feel and your improvements in health. You won’t feel like you’re missing anything. Even if you don’t win, its worth making an investment. I have lots of other recommendations too. xx

  8. Since I went vegan in August, I have somehow managed to not actually own any vegan cookbooks yet! This would be a great one to start me off.

  9. Wow, tacos look great! I like how she talked about cutting out salt and how your tastes change. I have that issue with salt and sugar…things really seem overseasoned unless I make them myself. I joined the virtual vegan potlock to get new ideas.

  10. Awesome. I really struggle with reducing or all together cutting salt out when having guests come round. They all say my food is bland but our tastes have acclimatized to reduced sodium. Of course as a hostess I want my guests to love my food but as long as their tastes are used to high sodium my food *will* taste bland to them.

    Any tips or suggestions?

  11. I love Lindsey’s other books (HH and EHH) and would love to get her new one! Cooking so so fun and creating healthy vegan food has become my love!

  12. It’s only 10pm but the Rafflecopter says to contest is closed 😦
    Dang, I really wanted to enter it. Can you count me in for one entry in spite of the technical difficulties? I already follow you on facebook and subscribe to your blog. Hope you read this in time!

    1. Jennifer! I’m so sorry, something was wrong with the rafflecopter during about half of this giveaway. It wouldn’t open or was down and now I’ve found the contest ended before it was supposed to. The format of their system doesn’t allow me to go back in and re-open it and since I had so many entries I don’t know how to fairly add you manually. Please accept my apologies. My friend Annie over at An Unrefined Vegan has the very same giveaway going on over at her site


      Please feel free to enter her contest. I’m truly sorry- Somer

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