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29-31 August 2020

Rachel Ama


Rachel Ama is vegan goals. In her first book, Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats, she delivers vibrant, flavour-packed plant-based dishes that make cooking and enjoying delicious vegan food every day genuinely easy - and fun. Since launching her YouTube channel in September 2017, Rachel has amassed a legion of followers who are all hungry for her simple, affordable and delicious vegan recipes and recommendations (and for her dance moves).

No bland or boring dishes, and forget all-day cooking. Rachel takes inspiration from naturally vegan dishes and cuisines as well as her Caribbean and West African roots to create fresh, full-flavour recipes that are easy to make (most take less than 30 minutes) and will inspire anyone to make vegan food part of their daily life. Let Rachel welcome you to her vegan way of eating with her epic Caribbean Fritters (using jackfruit and nori), Jerk Mushroom Plantain Tacos, “Chuna” Pasta, or anything with her incredible Jerk BBQ sauce. For Rachel it’s about showing you can still eat your favourite dishes from your own cultures and not compromise on flavour. She makes vegan cooking feel fun, inviting and absolutely delicious.

Rachel’s recipes are quick and often one-pot; ingredients lists are short and supermarket-friendly; dishes can be prepped-ahead and, most importantly, she has included a song with most recipes so that you have a banging playlist to go alongside every plate of delicious food. Rachel loves Neo-Soul, Hip Hop RnB, Disco, Funk – anything that hits her soul and can make her dance.

So if you share Rachel's attitude that vegan food should fit into your life with ease and pleasure – whether you are a fully-fledged vegan looking for new ideas, want to reduce your meat intake, make more environmentally friendly food choices, or just keen to eat more veg – Rachel’s genius cookbook is for you.

Rachel Ama knows the London vegan scene inside-out but she also looks abroad for flavour inspiration, and to both her Caribbean and African roots. Rachel grew up in North London with her Mum, who encouraged lots of veggies (there was no “treat drawer” in their house) and was really into holistic living and studied nutrition. Rachel very much brought vegan cooking home and would take staple Caribbean recipes (inspiration from her Sierra Leonean and St Lucian roots) and make vegan alternatives still packed with traditional spices and flavours. Rachel also has a grandma from Wales so was inspired to make some British classics vegan.

A self-confessed KFC addict as a teenager, she decided to go vegan three years ago and hasn’t looked back. As her passion for plants grew and grew, so did her interest in cooking – and her belief that vegan food need not compromise on taste or nutrition. Rachel travelled around South America after University and was inspired by how each country offered a completely different palette of flavours, confirming her love for food and cooking.Rachel loves to exercise and dispels the belief that veganism gives you no energy – she loves boxing and trying out
new exercises like Muay Thai. She lives in North London with her Cockapoo, Marlee.

Instagram: @RachelAma_

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