The story of this book began when I could not ignore any more the negative comments about vegan food: “Boring, tasteless, not enough protein, unsatisfying, etc.” I too was tired of mediocre, repetitive, insubstantial and tasteless vegan food. That came to a painful climax when traveling the world with my husband for two years. For the most part, the vegan dining experience was shockingly poor, regardless of which beautiful country we were in. Despite the plenitude of vegan recipes (as you will soon discover), we could barely find vegan side dishes, let alone a complete, nutritious, tasty, and satisfying vegan meal—even in good and fine-dining restaurants. When lucky, we found some mediocre vegan food, but it was bland, unattractive, and lacking in protein. Often we carried a bag of nuts and other snacks not to leave the restaurant hungry.