About Michael Nolan: When I was a teen, I became a vegetarian for animal rights reasons, and I did a bad job at it. I ate total crap most of the time, and thanks to a step-mom who intentionally put meat into every dish (even the corn), I sat down to more than a few family meals at which I dined on crackers or bread. When I became a young adult, I spent three years on a 100% raw vegan diet, where I learned more about the health ramifications of what I was doing to myself. I learned about the power of eating a diet rich with fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted legumes.
As I moved into adulthood, I also moved away from a plant-based diet, but still maintained a high percentage of fruits and vegetables thanks to my career as a gardening educator. I also devoted quite a bit of time teaching people how to cook healthy food, even writing a cookbook called Food Camp to give kitchen beginners the tools they needed to make basic dishes. Then in 2014, I met my partner who is a vegan. A week later, I committed to a full return to a plant-based diet and almost immediately started to make plant-based versions of the recipes I had been creating all my life, and the idea for my cookbook Plant-Based Boot Camp was born.
About PlantBasedBootCamp.com: So many people see a plant-based diet as restrictive, but I don’t think that way at all. Going plant-based gave me a new appreciation for food, and for honing my skills at recreating the flavors and textures I love. This website is for anyone who wants to explore a new way of eating. There’s no preaching and no pressure involved, just high quality, health-conscious plant-based vegan recipes that will make a believer out of even the biggest skeptic. In the book and on this website, you will learn the basics, along with tips for how to use your new skills to create meals that are sure to impress.