I finally got a copy of the much awaited Vegan a Go-Go! , Sarah Kramer's new vegan travel book. Even though I knew it was small and travel sized before I ordered it, its size initially surprised me when I recieved it because it really is tiny. That is a good thing, as its purpose is for travel! I can definitely see myself popping this book into my suitcase the next time I go somewhere, as it won't take up that much precious room in my carry-ons.
As promised, it's filled with familiar recipes and travel tips for vegans. Many of these recipes require an oven, stove, microwave, food processor, or other kitchen appliance. Staying in a place with some sort of kitchen is usually the best option for travelers anyway, as you can save a lot of money by preparing your own food. There's also some "no-bake" recipes in the baking section. No-bake pie, no-bake cookies, no-bake bars and icing will come in handy when we're craving something sweet and we're staying in a place without an oven.
I really liked the vegan travel tips in the beginning of the book. To seasoned vegan travelers, some of the tips seem obvious, but it's nice to have a handy checklist when you're planning a trip. I think my favorite part, and the one I will use first when preparing for my next big trip, is "In Sarah's Travel Bag". She's got some good ideas in there that I never really thought of. There are also some new recipes that I have yet to try like Multigrain Porridge and Fettucini Alfredo (it's made with no-cook sauce!) . The milk alternative section will come in handy if we are traveling in a place without soy or rice milk readily available.
Sarah stresses the importance of being packed and prepared well before your trip so that you can get plenty of sleep and relax the night before. I really need to work on that as I tend to be a procrastinator when it comes to last minute travel details like packing, getting tickets printed and passports ready, getting my little shampoos and other liquids to fit inside a 3 oz container, then smushing all of the little lotion bottles into a quart size zip lock bag. I always leave this to the last minute thinking it won't take that much time, and it always stresses me out and leaves me sleep-deprived in the airport the next day.
Overall, I think this book is practical and helpful to vegan travelers, especially those that are new to vegan travel. I look forward to actually using this handy little book on my next vacation. Another winner from Sarah Kramer!