Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Yes, There ARE Men's Vegan Boots--And We Found Them

Boots are a classic addition to any man's wardrobe. Offering a masculine fashion statement with a variety of looks, there is a boot to suit many a different purpose. Perhaps you like the western look, as if you're fresh off the cattle ranch, or native inspired moccasins that provide you with warmth, comfort and protection for your feet. Those who own motorcycles are in need of a tough pair of boots to protect their feet while riding. If you're the rugged, outdoorsy type, a great pair of hiking boots is definitely a must have in your closet. Whatever style it is that you want in a pair of men's boots, there is no shortage of choices out there on the market.

The problem with the men's boots available in the mainstream footwear market is that while they are stylish, they are often not very comfortable and durable, and are often made from materials that are derived from some poor innocent creature and materials that wreak havoc on Mother Nature. You spend good money to buy a nice looking pair of boots, yet the costs go way beyond their monetary value. That's definitely some food for thought.

If you are one of the growing population of people that is becoming increasingly aware and conscientious of animal welfare and the state of the environment in which we live, there's great news. You no longer have to compromise your personal values by buying mainstream fashion. The choice now exists for vegan fashion! With the strong push for lifestyle changes that promote eco-awareness, preserving the environment and making the world a better place, vegan fashion is becoming increasingly popular.

So, if you're a man who loves his boots and is also all about doing your part to protect the critters and the planet, consider the option of buying yourself some men's vegan boots. What's so great about men's vegan boots? Well, first of all, you're not going to have to search high and low, day and night, looking for that elusive retailer who only has an option or two in stock. The choices are limitless, as many major manufacturers and designer names have recognized the need for vegan options and have included men's vegan boots in their style lineup. Many men turn to the internet when they're looking for the widest possible selection of vegan footwear options.

Best of all, men's vegan boots do not sacrifice style or budget to be earth friendly. You get the same great looks at affordable prices. The major difference is that these great boots are made from plant-based, synthetic and recycled materials, living up to a no-harm standard. They will easily biodegrade once they have outlived their lifetime. They will be cozy from the start, offering you years of comfort for your feet and a durability that outlast that of mainstream footwear. What man could ask for much more in a pair of boots? This is the perfect fit! If you're in the market for a new pair, try some men's vegan boots on for size today.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Are You Sure That's Vegan? An Updated Review From The Cookbooks Today Crew

Are You Sure That's Vegan? is a vegan cookbook produced by Claire Gosse. I have had an early copy for awhile and have been testing out some of it's recipes. I want to let everyone know I am not Vegan and am very picky. If these desserts taste like cardboard you will hear about it!

The first think you will notice about this book is the high quality images of the desserts. I love this. When you are making desserts for a party or BBQ, you want them to have that WOW factor. When you have such high quality images you can tell which desserts will have people drooling as soon as they seem them.

I guess another thing you have to make sure is the book is completely Vegan. This might seem ridiculous since Vegan is right in the title, but you would be surprised what you find in some of these other "vegan" cookbooks. If they are calling for butter or eggs, then obviously the cookbook is worthless. Every ingredient in here is vegan, so that is a great start.a

Images are great, everything is Vegan and the instructions are simple, clear and easy to follow. What else does a cookbook need? Well there is one thing I think any vegan cookbook review should include: What does the food taste like? Well I tried three recipes:

Peanut Butter Cups - These were super simple to make and tasted amazing. There is no way you would know these were vegan. The use of dark chocolate give these a much better and more mature taste than their store bought counterparts.

Pecan Pie - Another great recipe. I love how easy these are to follow so far. Very clear instructions, especially for a guy who has never made any kind of pie. This was also dynamite tasting - I shared this with many of my friends and they had no idea it was vegan. A couple people don't believe me to this day. This one will soothe any sweet tooth.

Key Lime Cheesecake - This was the big test to me...Vegan cheesecake...impossible! Well my biggest doubt was also my greatest success. I was once again able to follow the instructions and I produced what I am proud to call my best dessert ever. I could not stop eating this - the lime just made it so fresh tasting! it was decadent but the citrus notes added a lightness. People in my family went nuts for this. I still get requests for it.

I think Claire knocked this cookbook out of the park. So many Vegan cookbooks just have a real health food granola feel. Nothing wrong with that of course, but Are You Sure That's Vegan? proves that Vegan doesn't always have to be like that. Vegan desserts can be every bit as decadent, delicious...and naughty as traditional ones. Check it out!
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