Be inspired on your whole food plant-based journey to health

Nurture yourself. Growing, cooking and loving greens, beans, grains, nuts, seeds and flowers

Hi! Are the creative juices flowing in your healthy happy kitchen?  I am always on the look out for ideas – whether that means a new technique for an old favourite (yes you cauliflower!) – or a delicious new flavour combination. Lately I’ve rediscovered sun-dried tomatoes and  a dizzying range of nut butter!

And if like me you have a non-vegan partner, I have written up some tips on how to manage those competing and seemingly contradictory demands at meal times.

As always don’t hesitate to send questions and ideas and I will do my best to include them in next month’s Letter. – HEATHER

Be entertained why you learn – the Gentle Kitchen is for cooks at all levels

Pioneer of vegan baking

March is all about baking and especially the story of the Hollywood vegan baker, horsewoman Alaine Shrewsbury. The Gentle Kitchen free monthly mini editions are packed with interesting plant-based recipes, articles and health features. Collect them every month! Sign... read more

Pantry basics

What’s in your Gentle Kitchen pantry? If you are a highly organised, experienced (much admired) cook there may be some exotic spices, or something guaranteed to produce a sure-fire quick-fix dinner or a much-loved recipe preserved from the kitchen garden.

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Bells for breakfast

Gavin Buckley thinks outside the square. Over more than 30 years in the restaurant business, the Australian entrepreneur has proven he has his finger on the pulse.

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Awesome and grateful

LOS ANGELES: “I am Awesome”, I unabashedly told the server, who with great sincerity nodded in agreement. “You will love that”, he enthused. “And I am Humble,” one of my dining friends countered.   “I am Vivacious... read more

Cheese can be simply tasty

Vegan food expert and author Miyoko Schinner shares her secrets for success in Artisan Vegan Cheese: From Everyday to Gourmet. “One of the reasons I wrote the book was because I wasn’t satisfied with what was available commercially,” the author said. “While some... read more

Going crunk over Southern taste

Bianca Phillips has the passion of generations of Southern cooks in her blood.  With mama Delores and granny Ruth, she has successfully redefined and re-created the best, and homeliest dishes from her beloved childhood. Now we can all benefit from three generations of... read more

Vegan cooking for carnivores

The title says it all. From chicken fried steak bites to cheesecake, it’s a book of look-alike food for vegans – “recipes so tasty you won’t miss the meat”. It could get tiresome except for the enthusiasm of  Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi who commissioned... read more