By Alisa Mullins
Good news, vegan pioneers. Your healthy lifestyle is one of the top 11 trends for 2011, according to the popular cooking website AllRecipes.com and trend analyst Robin Avni. According to a survey conducted by AllRecipes.com, people are ditching meat for a variety of reasons, the leading of which is concern for their health, followed by a desire to tighten their belts (both literally and figuratively) and protect the environment.
Respondents also said that they have been inspired to delve into meatless cuisine by the abundance of yummy vegan recipes that are available.
Speaking of yummy vegan recipes, the venerable Good Housekeeping magazine has pretty much cemented vegans' place in the mainstream by publishing a vegan cookbook, Simple Vegan!, that will be released in March of next year. Good Housekeeping has previously published several vegetarian cookbooks, including this year's Family Vegetarian Cooking, but the new book marks its first collection of totally vegan fare.
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I don't know about you, but I'm pre-ordering my copy today. Nobody's going to accuse me of being a bad housekeeper!