Every time I hear about famous vegans, I get excited. We all want to do, wear, act, and eat like celebrities, and I know that if a big name vegan celebrity mentions something about their diet, it's going to attract more people to the vegan diet.
Even if that person never decides to change their diet, it gives credibility to the rest of us.
After all, if it's good enough for a former president, it's probably good enough for the rest of us, isn't it?
There's an even more abundant supply of vegetarians when we look back in history books. My guess is that the term "vegan" just wasn't as popular or as well defined back then, but in the least we know that these famous people avoided meat. Maybe they also avoided dairy and animal by-products as well.
Are you familiar with the name Abraham Lincoln? How about Sir Isaac Newton? Thomas Edison? Socrates? Voltaire? Leonardo Da Vinci? Buddha? Jesus Christ? (Of course, that one's a little harder to prove...) The list goes on and on.
I've put together a complete, updated list of all the famous vegans, including vegan celebrities, vegan musicians, vegan athletes, world leaders, actors and actresses, vegan cookbook authors, vegan bloggers, and more.
Many of you have probably used a vegan cookbook or two. Have you heard of Dreena Burton? She's the bestselling author of three vegan cookbooks; The Everyday Vegan, Vive le Vegan, and Eat, Drink & Be Vegan. She agreed to an interview with us to discuss her cooking inspirations, the way she raises her children, and much more!
Possibly the most famous vegan cookbook author, Isa Chandra Moskowitz let us in on a few details about her life, including her new cookbook and her new home -- Portland, Oregon.
Isa is the author of Vegan with a Vengeance, and the co-author of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and Veganomicon.
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is the famous vegan author of The Joy of Vegan Baking and Vegan Table, and the founder of Compassionate Cooks, an organization that helps people make informed decisions about food choices, while educating them on vegetarianism and veganism. She is an inspiration to us all!
One of the top new vegan diet books on the market is The Engine 2 Diet, written by Rip Esselstyn. Rip's father is the famous Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, and huge advocate for plant-based diets. Don't miss the interview, especially if you are a man or have one in your life who you love.
Another vegan cookbook author who gained notoreity through her blog called Vegan Lunch Box, Jennifer McCann, answered questions for us on her adorable lunch creations.
Sarah Kramer is another cookbook author who has four award-winning cookbooks, as well as numerous other hobbies. She is a great role model in the vegan community of someone with a positive attitude and a wide variety of interests.
Susan Voisin of Fat Free Vegan writes a beautiful blog about fat free vegan food, has a website with tons of recipes, and has had recipes and photographs featured in cookbooks and magazines.
Lindsay Nixon runs a blog called Happy Herbivore and has written several e-cookbooks. She has an extremely inspirational story as she went from size 12 to size 4, just on a whole foods, low-fat vegan diet.
The Urban Housewife, Melisser, shares with us how she got started with running her own special-order bakery, as well as more information about her life.
Another blogger, Dynise Balcavage, writes The Urban Vegan. This is a great blog about living in the city, experimenting with different foods, and about her upcoming cookbook.