June 2019 Update: Let’s go to the beach!

It is officially summer, and with it comes warm breezes, glittering sunlight, and the sound and smell of the ocean as it hits the surf.

SUMMER READING

It is hard for me to believe that nine months have passed since The Oyster Thief was released back in October 2018! As summer arrives and the beach calls, I find myself starting to create a summer reading list. It is so much fun to get lost in a new story, whether it be fact or fiction, fantasy or true crime. I believe we should all take the time to experience the stories of others.

(Photo credits: Pegasus Books @pegasus_books; Sonia Faruqi @sonia_faruqi; Amy @tale.at.a.time)

Reading The Oyster Thief by the water can be an especially immersive experience! Listening to the waves and dipping your feet in the water can conjure images of swimming with Coralline and Pavonis under the waves, chasing each other in a game of tag or sharing a meal of dulse and spirulina.

I want to know what you’re reading this summer! Send me a photo of your favourite book or summer reading spot through Twitter (@Sonia_Faruqi) or Instagram (@Sonia_Faruqi).

PLANT BASED FOODS

I remember that some years ago, plant-based burgers were hard to find. Not anymore. They are everywhere now! And rather than being an afterthought menu option, they are generally a signature menu item these days. If you’re looking for a juicy burger to sink your teeth into, Tim Hortons and fast food chain A&W carry tasty Beyond Meat burgers. Have you tried them yet?

As you know, I am passionate about animal welfare. My first book Project Animal Farm chronicles my journey to animal farms around the world. My story highlights the issues with factory farms and points the way to a more humane future.

Plant-based foods help not only animals but also us, by lowering cholesterol and improving overall nutrition. Eating low on the food chain is also good for the environment. Did you know that approximately 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef? As such, cutting down on meat consumption can save tons of water. Plant-based foods are also less land-intensive and can help save rainforests. Did you know that nearly 70 % of the Amazon has been deforested for mass beef production?

Fortunately, we can all make a difference—one meal at a time!

Stay cool this season and stay in touch.