Let me introduce the man behind Veggie & Spice!
My name is Seb Bowden, and I am passionate about plant-based food and nutrition.
I’m not a trained chef, a photographer (as clearly evident!) or an expert in anything particular- but I am an avid home-cook who loves exploring world cuisine and making dishes friendly to a plant-based diet.
I’m also a qualified nutritionist having studied nutrition science to postgraduate level – so I always keep in mind the healthier ways to cook, but also able to adapt my scientific knowledge to ensuring a safe way to enjoying plant-based living.
About the blog
I love spices, and many spices have been used over the centuries for medicinal purposes- today, we know that some of these spices are showing promising results in clinical trials for different therapeutic applications.
Whilst using spices in a culinary setting is far too small to have any medicinal effect – we can enjoy them knowing that they maybe be doing much more for us than giving our food a great flavour!
So this site will first bring the world’s dishes to you in a manner suitable for a plant-based lifestyle, using the amazing ingredients typically found in a spice drawer, with loads of hints and tips about cooking, using and preparing spices, and many nutritional posts to help you make the best choices.
There’s a news section too that brings the latest scientific thinking on plant-based diets – which is the only current sustainable diet that is super healthy and protective against a number of (non-infective) diseases.
However, when (like me) you’re passionate about something, there’s always the risk of what we call confirmation bias – the practice of looking for science to back up a personal belief or mode of thinking.
Many very well-qualified nutritionists who stand behind a specific diet (such as Paleo, the keto diet, low carb etc) won’t listen to opposite views. I think this is short-sighted, and I am very aware of the health benefits of eating fish, dairy, and meat for some populations.
But the truth is, the academic and policy-making thinking is that whole-food plant-based diet is (currently) the only healthful and sustainable diet. There are innovations being made in lab-grown meat for consumption – which is cruelty-free, but whether anyone will buy it is yet to be seen.
I will do my best to avoid too much bias, and where I’m writing articles, I’ll try and present all points of view.
I hope you enjoy my blog! Please comment, but moreover, please be kind and respectful to other commenters – I reserve the right to delete your comment if you’re being a dick.