I got into zines pretty late in the game. I have a few from high school that friends put together, but didn’t really start tuning into the “zine scene” until well after I should have. There’s something special about the personal, handmade nature of zines that’s hard to resist. And since Portland is both the “zine mecca” and “vegan mecca,” it should come as no surprise there are a load of good vegan zines and cookzines out there.
I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, and while I was working on it, I came across this page of vegan zines. It’s far more complete than this post will be. Here, I’ll just cover a few that I’ve collected over the last couple of years.
- Soy Not Oi!: The classic that everyone’s heard of. Lots of recipes, essays, and nifty little illustrations. I wonder what the Hippycore Krew is up to ten years later.
- We Need to Eat: Similar in style to “Soy Not Oi!,” “We Need to Eat” focuses on affordable, quick meals.
- The Frugal Vegan’s Harvest & Holiday Survival Guide: We use this one a lot, all year long. Some successes we’ve had include the super easy curried potato-broccoli soup, the buckwheat pancakes, and the veggie pot pie. Also has fun holiday gift ideas (why did I never think of packing the dry ingredients of cookie mixes with a card about how to finish the recipe?).
- Don’t Have a Cow: Recipes from varied sources and lots of well thought-out writing on veganism and animal rights. This is one of those zines that you’ll read over repeated sittings so that you can take it all in. I’m sorry to hear, though, that the author’s not a big fan of Herbivore. But he is a fan of the veg blog, so I guess that gets him some bonus points.
Two (well, three, technically) cookbooks that are compiled from several issues of vegan cookzines — full reviews are forthcoming:
- Hot Damn and Hell Yeah/The Dirty South Cookbook: Two cookbooks in one here with lots of great stuff for people who want a little grease with their food. And for only $5? C’mon now, it’s a given. (You can hear my audio review of this on episode 41 of Vegan Freak Radio.)
- Please Don’t Feed the Bears: Every recipe has an obscure metal recommendation along with it. I just got this one and we’re still working our way through it, but holy seitan the chocolate chip cookies are amazing.
Some non-cooking zines from veg*ns (this is a very incomplete list since it seems lots of zinesters are vegans, so I’ve just included ones from veg blog regulars and folks I’ve talked with):
- Geraniums and Bacon, et al.: Lots of varied goodness from a veg blog regular.
- Invincible Summer: An Anthology: This anthology of Nicole J. Georges’ stuff is a great read and includes some gems about her time interning at Farm Sanctuary California.
- sisu: A thought-provoking zine by long-time veg blog reader johanna. #3 turned me on to a kind of fun book titled The City, Not Long After that I would have never stumbled across otherwise.
Any to add?