About Vegetarian Guides
Why Veggie Guides?
Vegetarianism is growing explosively. Veganism is growing even faster within vegetarianism. The veggie market is bigger than the gay market, yet hardly addressed at all by the media and travel guides beyond a few token listings. We decided to do something about this.
How We Started
After working for a major travel publisher in the eighties, Alex Bourke set up Vegetarian Guides to map the world for vegetarians and vegans. His aim was to make it easy for vegetarians and vegans to eat anywhere in the world. Since 1991 he's travelled widely on five continents, working with veggie and vegan groups in each country to create an unrivalled research network.
Vegetarian Guides publications include London (six editions), Europe, France and Vegetarian Britain (3 editions). We have now started producing regional UK guides which so far include East of England, North of England, Scotland (September 2011) and soon Wales, and South of England. Vegetarian Guides also buys in great veggie travel guides from other publishers to sell mail order. Current titles include New York, Italy, Spain, Israel and North America. We also sell a few vegan cookbooks by our own writers.
The Veggie Guides approach
We are building a comprehensive series of guides for vegetarians, in partnership with the people best placed to research them, the coordinators of local and national vegetarian organisations in each country. They ensure that our books remain up to date and comprehensive. We tell you where to eat out, shop and sleep, whether you're a resident or a traveller.
We don't do inane reviews of a single dish on a long menu. Instead we list the most enticing vegan dishes with prices, and get as much info as we can from local veggies who eat there all the time. We don't judge. If a place isn't up to standard we leave it out. We figure if it's still open many people like it, so we give enough info for students to select the cheapest, couples to spot the ones with candles, and business travellers to know where to go to impress. Of course if a place delights everyone we might rave about it.
Vegetarian Guides is now working on a new fourth edition of Vegetarian Britain, which has grown from 256 pages in 1998 to 800 pages. For those of you waiting patiently we apologise for the delay, there has been an explosion of new places in the last four years, and we have added hundreds of independent wholefood stores and increased the level of detail of many entries. Inspired by the success of Vegetarian London, UK regional guides are also being published derived from Vegetarian Britain, and the first of these Vegetarian East of England and Vegetarian North of England are now available. Vegetarian Scotland appears September 2011 to be followed by guides to Wales, South-East England, South-West England and Vegetarian Britain 4. You can help us to reach more people by spreading the word about Veggie Guides to your friends and recommending us to your local bookshop and library.
When there's a veggie guide to every city and country, it will be easy for everyone in the world to eat veggie. And that's our long term aim.
About The Editors
Alex Bourke went vegetarian at fourteen and didn't meet another for five years. Having been the software guy at a guidebook company in the eighties, he spent two years doing time in France, and a year as Campaigns Coordinator at Viva! All these experiences came together in the co-production of Vegetarian Britain, Vegetarian France, Vegetarian Europe and six editions of Vegetarian London.
Alex writes a monthly Places To Go vegetarian restaurants page for Vegetarian Living magazine, and has contributed vegetarian travel features to newspapers and magazines including The Times, The Guardian, The Vegetarian, BBC Vegetarian Good Food, VegNews (USA), The Big Issue, New Vegetarian and Natural Health (Australia), Vegetarian World (Poland), helped countless journalists and researchers, and appeared on radio and tv many times in several countries.
Alex works with several vegan co-authors around the UK, around 100 local and national vegan activists and group leaders throughout Britain and Europe, and hundreds of readers worldwide who contribute updates and new entries.