Experiment with new favorite foods
Vegan versions of your beloved recipes will inevitably have different tastes and textures from what you are used to. Instead, create other go-tos, or try to incorporate similar flavors in new dishes when learning how to become vegan with your cooking. “I began experimenting with ‘transition foods’ to help quell the cravings for cheese and dairy,” says Bechter. “When I realized that I could still make some of my favorite recipes with non-dairy alternatives, like pizza, macaroni and cheese, or grilled cheese sandwiches, it became easier for me to cut out the dairy habit.”
There’s no shortage of great information on how to become vegan: Googling “going vegan” yields 677,000,000 results! The experts we interviewed recommended everything from blogs (Lunch Box Bunch, FatFree Vegan Kitchen) to non-preachy books (Main Street Vegan, Eating Animals) to groups that set you up with a vegan mentor. Ashayla Patterson recommends, “[Start] with film documentaries because seeing real people and their stories is often more compelling than reading about the virtues of veganism.” Try streaming options like Forks Over Knives. Next, learn about the 13 things that happen to your body when you go vegan.