More people than ever want to cut down on the amount of meat and dairy they consume, but vegan recipes are often complicated and full of expensive, hard to find ingredients.
I help people learn simple, delicious vegan recipes that save them time and money, so they can live the lifestyle that’s right for them without sacrificing their enjoyment of food.
hi, I’m Katy Beskow
Author, food writer,
Once inspired by a bustling and colourful fruit market in South London, I now live in rural Yorkshire and cook from my small (yet perfectly functioning) kitchen.
When I started the vegan recipe blog Little Miss Meat-Free back in 2013, I never dreamed that within a year I’d be teaching cooking classes, demonstrating at food festivals, working with a handful of well-known brands, and writing for a national magazine.
I have since released four best-selling vegan cookbooks, and my fifth book is released in July, that help pave the way for the
My sixth book, Easy Vegan Bible, is out now, and my next will follow in November 2021.
I was born Katy Nicole Beskow on 06 October 1987 in Kingston-upon-Hull. As a child, I lived in Withernsea on the Yorkshire coast with my parents James and Dorothy, and my older sister Carolyne. My dad was a bank manager and my mum worked as a nursery nurse.
When I was 11, we moved to Beverley where I went to Longcroft School. Following that, I studied Health & Social care at Hull College, before doing a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy at St. George’s, University of London.
I moved to London in 2006 to go to uni. This was when my love for cooking started – after a visit to Tooting Market. Soon after that, I became vegan as it’s a more ethical and cheaper way to eat.
When I left university, I worked at the Hull Daily Mail selling advertising until I got my first job as a physiotherapist for Humber NHS Foundation Trust. When I moved into writing and cooking, I was able to continue working part-time as a senior NHS physiotherapist.
let’s chat about vegan living
How can I get started with vegan cooking?
Start with one vegan meal a week, then try a vegan day. Gradually replace your dairy milk with non-dairy milk and your honey with maple syrup. Spend some extra time at the supermarket checking out the vegan options. Try a new recipe. Bake a vegan cake. You’ll be hooked.
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. And if you learn better in company, why not come along to one of my cooking classes?
Isn’t it expensive to be vegan?
Not at all. In fact, it can save you money. Meat and fish are probably two of the most expensive items on your shopping list. By cutting them out you’ll be making instant savings.
I don’t use any unusual or expensive ingredients in my recipes, and my latest book, 15 Minute Vegan On a Budget, is full of money saving tips and tricks.
Is it hard to find cafes and restaurants that serve vegan food?
Vegan food is becoming more and more popular, and there are plenty of options to eat vegan when you’re out and about. Chains like Frankie and Benny’s, Pizza Express, and Ask all serve vegan options, and you’ll find vegan options on the menu at lots of smaller places now, especially when you’re in a city.
I don’t have time to shop for unusual vegan ingredients.
I don’t use any ingredients in my recipe books that you won’t be able to find in your local supermarket. Lots of other vegan cooks do, but I prefer to keep things simple and fuss-free. I know you’re short on time because I am too.
I’ve been vegan for a while, will I still enjoy your recipes?
My recipes are enjoyed by new and experienced vegans alike. If you’re getting bored of the same old dishes, perhaps it’s time you freshened things up and added something new to your repertoire?
find a new recipe to get excited about
Light, zesty and made for sharing, these lemon drizzle squares will delight everyone who is lucky enough to try one!
Simple, refreshing and perfectly balanced, this dessert is the ideal option to follow a heavy meal.
All the flavours of the Middle East, with little effort! This traybake is simple, filling and hearty, packed with chickpeas, apricots and pistachios. Serve with toasted pittas and a bowl of smooth houmous.