I was delighted to meet vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli today, when she did a book signing at a local supermarket. You probably remember her as the first vegan to win Cupcake Wars. Coscarelli was as warm and bubbly as she appears on TV and spent time speaking with everyone who came to see her. The supermarket gave out seemingly endless trays of free vegan cupcake samples to all shoppers as they entered the store, and I overheard so many pleasantly surprised people say, "This is vegan?!" Her new book, Chloe's Vegan Desserts (Buy Direct) is available now.
What do vegan desserts have to do with animal rights? A vegan cupcake - even an award-winning cupcake - may not convince people that animals are deserving of rights, but if we can open people's minds about vegan food, it can lead to more people going vegan as well as people eating less animal products in general, even if they don't go vegan.
Photo by Karin. Used with permission.