Hi there and welcome!
My name is Melanie McDonald, a.k.a A Virtual Vegan, but you can call me Mel!
I'm so happy to see you here. ♡
I am the best-selling author of Vegan Comfort Cooking, and the creative force behind A Virtual Vegan.
I'm from Devon in England but live on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my husband, son, and 2 dogs, Charlie and Chester.
Charlie and Chester have joined the AVV team as chief taste testers, crumb clearer-uppers, and general dogs-bodies. They are by my side all day and usually just out of shot in every single recipe photo and video you see here on the website.
Let's Start From The Beginning...
I started A Virtual Vegan on the day I became vegan in 2015.
My husband, son, and I went to a local farm festival for a "fun" day out.
It turned out to be anything but fun when they started auctioning off the animals by the pound, and I realized what was going to happen to them after.
This was the catalyst to me turning vegan, quite literally overnight.
A Virtual Vegan was born, and what started as a hobby has grown into a full blown business that reaches millions of people every year, with my work being featured in publications such as Buzzfeed, Parade Magazine, BBC, NBC and Food Network amongst others. (View my press page here).
I'm seriously thrilled that AVV has grown to the extent it has, and that I am able to share my recipes with you. After years of doing this, I am still stunned when I see how many of you visit my website and use my cookbook every day. It makes me so happy to see your photos and comments after you try my recipes and I am incredibly grateful for your support.
Three years after A Virtual Vegan began, I wrote and published a best-selling cook. It's called Vegan Comfort Cooking and the response to it has been amazing!
You can find more details about it on my cookbook page. In essence though, it's full of amazingly tasty, stick to your ribs comfort cooking that will leave you and your family feeling totally satisfied.
About My Recipes
Wondering what you'll find here at A Virtual Vegan? The answer is seriously tasty vegan recipes that everyone will love, vegan or not!
It should come as no surprise to hear that I love food. If I'm not eating it I'm thinking about it, and one of my favorite things is spending time either in my kitchen cooking, or around the table with good people and good food, especially when that food is totally delicious and homemade.
I have always loved to cook and experiment in the kitchen, and through A Virtual Vegan I develop and share the vegan recipes that my family and I love to eat. Namely vegan comfort food!
Every recipe is tried-and-tested, and includes step-by-step photos and a video to guide you, all to ensure you get the very best results. My goal is to give you the confidence to cook your own great tasting vegan food from scratch!
Every recipe has a star rating and a review/comment section so you can see how popular it is before you give it a try.
My Top 4 Recipes
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Once you've made a recipe, I would love it if you could leave a rating and your feedback in the comments section, which you can find directly under the recipe card. I also love it when you share your remakes on Instagram . Tag @avirtualvegan 😀
If a brand collaboration is something you are interested in then please see my Work With Me page.
For anything else, please feel free to email me on email@example.com. I love to hear your feedback and suggestions!