Hacia Adelante … Accessible childcare and after-school programming … and cookbooks!

… A Town Hall with Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)

Friday, April 20

6 PM

YMCA – 766 Main St.

Go, Jim! CECELIA file photo:

Please join Congressman Jim McGovern for a Town Hall meeting with Congressman Luis Vicente Gutiérrez of Illinois on Friday, April 20 at 7 PM at the YMCA at 766 Main St., Worcester.

Rep. Gutiérrez is nationally recognized for his tireless leadership championing issues of particular importance to Latino and immigrant communities.

He has been at the center of every major legislative debate on immigration reform and immigration issues for more than a dozen years.

The focus of the town hall meeting will be on immigration reform and the current status of the challenges facing Puerto Rico. The event is free and open to the public.

All are welcome!


Advocacy Meeting: Childcare and After School Programming

Join other parents and caregivers to advocate for accessible childcare and afterschool programming!

Write a letter to legislators and prepare for the Early Education & Afterschool State House Advocacy Day!

WHEN: Tuesday, April 17
5:00-6:30 PM

WHERE: Worcester Community Connections Coalition of YOU, Inc., 484 Main St., Suite 450 (Denholm Building)

Childcare and food provided.

Please contact Sarah at 508-796-1411 ext. 421/ sbertrand@worcesterccc.org for more information or if you are interested in going to Boston on Monday, April 23, for the State House Advocacy Day!



There are so many creative ways to cook vegan, and sometimes, all you need is a good cookbook to boost your skills to the next level.

Vegan favorites include everything from meatless burgers, soups, and pasta to salads, flatbreads, and decadent desserts.

Depending on your interests, the following vegan cookbooks will show you how to explore compassionate eating so that you can confidently create whatever your stomach desires.

The cookbooks on this list are some of our very favorites. We believe that they’ve stood the test of time and will be useful to you for years to come:


Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed

Bryant Terry

Featuring more than 100 inspired, animal-friendly recipes, celebrity chef Bryant Terry’s book will take you on a delectable journey with selections like Cocoa Spice Cake With Crystallized Ginger, and Coconut-Chocolate Ganache (yes, please). Also, check out his book Vegan Soul Kitchen.


American Vegan Kitchen

Tamasin Noyes

This classic vegan cookbook includes jaw-dropping recipes like Around-the-Clock Coffee Cake, Beer-Battered Onion Rings, Darngood Donut Bites, Cajun Pot Pie, Fork-and-Knife Reubens, Spicy Balsamic Maple Wingz, and many more. Yum.

Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans

Natalie Slater

We adore how chef Natalie Slater gets creative with mix-and-match recipes, like the Grilled Mac ‘n’ Cheez Sandwich, Taco Lasagna, Chick-O Cheesecake, and Shepherd’s Pie Pizza.


Betty Goes Vegan: 500 Classic Recipes for the Modern Family

Dan and Annie Shannon

Re-imagine classic dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. This Betty Crocker–inspired book includes recipes for omelets, stews, casseroles, brownies, and more.


But I Could Never Go Vegan!

Kristy Turner

Be tempted by Tempeh Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Pecan Parmesan, Tofu Chèvre, Citrus-Herb Roasted Beets with Macadamia Ricotta, and Mushroom Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. This book has you covered with recipes for every meal of the day, plus vegan condiments, desserts, and more.


Chloe’s Kitchen

Chloe Coscarelli

One of our favorite vegan chefs, Coscarelli has been busy revolutionizing vegan eating for some time now through her multiple cookbooks. You’ll know that this one is a classic as soon as you start browsing through the healthful recipes that touch on Chinese, Indian, Italian, and Mexican cuisines, plus so much more.

The Compassionate Cook Cookbook

Ingrid Newkirk

Written by the president of PETA, this definitive guide to low-fat, cholesterol-free, and animal-friendly eating will help you look—and feel—great.



Tal Ronnen

Ronnen is all about reinventing vegan eating. At his Los Angeles restaurant, Crossroads, he and his executive chef, J. Scot Jones, turn seasonal vegetables, beans, nuts, and grains into sophisticated Mediterranean fare. Think warm bowls of tomato-sauced pappardelle, plates of spicy carrot salad, and crunchy flatbreads piled high with roasted vegetables. In Crossroads, Ronnen teaches readers how to make his recipes and proves that the flavors we crave are easily replicated in plant-based dishes.


The Engine 2 Cookbook

Rip and Jane Esselstyn

Bring the plant-based Engine 2 program into your kitchen with this companion to the original program. It all started when some Texas firefighters decided to eat vegan, and from there, it became a full-blown phenomenon. This book includes 130 recipes to help readers lose pounds, lower their cholesterol, and improve their overall health.

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Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year

Del Sroufe

The documentary Forks Over Knives changed many peoples’ minds about eating vegan, and this cookbook will do the same.


The Friendly Vegan Cookbook

Michelle Cehn and Toni Okamoto

This cookbook is a meal-planning selection that’s full of simple, scrumptious plant-based recipes. This $5 guide will show you how to go to the grocery store with $25 in your pocket and get ingredients to create 21 meals. That’s only $1.20 per meal!


The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples

Miyoko Schinner

When you’re in the mood for vegan meats and cheeses, make them yourself. Miyoko shows readers how DIY staples—from “fish” sauce and shaved “Parmesan” to freshly made tofu—help you save money and reduce waste.

Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week

Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Owner of popular vegan restaurant Modern Love, Moskowitz knocked it out of the park when she released this absolutely must-have vegan cookbook. With recipes like Sweet Potato Red Curry with Rice and Purple Kale, Bistro Beet Burgers, and Summer Seitan Sauté with Cilantro and Lime, you can understand why it became a classic. Also, check out The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook: Entertaining for Absolutely Every Occasion and Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook.


Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking

Dana Shultz

Shultz began her Minimalist Baker blog in 2012 to share her passion for simple cooking and quickly gained a devoted worldwide following. You could buy this book for the food photography alone and be happy, but luckily, it also has 101 vibrant and simple plant-based recipes that are mostly gluten-free.

Oh She Glows Every Day: Quick and Simply Satisfying Plant-Based Recipes

Angela Liddon

This collection of quick and easy plant-based recipes is a follow-up to The Oh She Glows Cookbook, which was a New York Times bestseller.

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PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook

PETA, With Marta Holmberg and Starza Kolman

Originally released in 2009, this famous college cookbook was re-released with 40 new recipes, like the Walking Taco and the Chocolate Chip Hug in a Mug. It’s written in a clever, upbeat style, and all the faves are still included, like the Butt Ugly Sticky Buns, Frozen Frat Balls, Pancake in a Mug, and many more. And the best part is that the most complicated kitchenware you’ll ever need is a microwave!


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