Who are you?

Hello, I’m Katy Beskow. I’m a cook, food writer and cookery tutor with a passion for good food. You’ll find me creating new recipes, demonstrating at food festivals, writing for magazines and teaching modern vegan cooking- so if you need me, I’ll be in the kitchen!  I now live in Yorkshire and cook in my tiny, yet fully functional kitchen. My debut cookbook 15 Minute Vegan (Quadrille £15) is  available now!

Why vegan?

I moved to London when I was eighteen and it wasn’t long before discovering that I would never have enough money (two months exactly!). I stumbled across a market in Tooting, South London, where I could buy lots of fresh fruit and vegetables for very little. I’d then create dishes using all the produce. My passion for food has humble beginnings and I have now been vegan for over 10 years. I am an ethical vegan, with a primary love of great food.

What do you eat?

I am a true foodie and love trying new things, so I like to think of all the things I can eat. I enjoy plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, seeds, pulses, oils and grains. And I eat cake often. I avoid all meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey and animal products, which still leaves me with a mountain of incredible food.

Vegans must be really healthy, but hang on, not all of your recipes are healthy?

Just like any diet, a vegan diet must be balanced in order to be healthy. I don’t claim that my recipes are super-charged and uber-healthy, but you’ll find a good mix of good food and cheeky treats. I’m not a food apologist, a little of what you fancy does you good!

But I can’t cook!

You’ll find that vegan cooking requires very few ‘formal’ skills. You don’t have to worry about under cooked meat or bones in fish! I’m self-taught and learn something new every day. I hope my recipes give you a clear step-by-step guide to vegan cooking. Why not come along to one of my cooking classes? Check out the Events page

Do you cook with ‘fake’ meats?

Very rarely; in fact I can’t remember the last time I did. I’m not keen on them. You’ll find my protein sources come from beans, seeds, lentils and nuts, which are all healthier alternatives to meat and far less processed than fake meats.

I tried soya milk once and it was horrible.

Have you tried another non-dairy milk instead? These days supermarket shelves are stacked with many types of non-dairy milk including almond, rice, coconut, macadamia and oat. You can often choose from organic and sweetened or unsweetened. I’ve tasted a big improvement in soya milk over the years, give it a chance.

You don’t look like a vegan

People choose to have a vegan lifestyle for many different reasons including animal ethics and welfare, food costs, a healthier lifestyle and environmental factors. Long gone are the days where veganism was exclusive to hippies. It’s very fashionable to be vegan, don’t you know.

Where do I start?

You can start by having one vegan meal a week. Then try a vegan day. Gradually replace your dairy milk with a non-dairy milk and your honey with maple syrup. Bake a vegan cake. You’ll be hooked.

Can you come and cook for me?

Please contact me with your requirements for private catering. I also regularly demonstrate my cooking at food festivals and pop-up events, so keep an eye out for details of the next. I also share tips via this website and on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

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