Summer reads: Vegan’s guide to Philly filled with food for thought

 Vance Lehmkuhl (Jennifer Lynn/WHYY)

Vance Lehmkuhl (Jennifer Lynn/WHYY)

Have you been curating an impressive queue of books you’d like to read over the summer months?

As you line up thrillers, travelogues, self-help manuals and other prospects, think about this: Behind every good book is an author who’s poured heart and soul into it, often with this mantra in mind — write what you know.

Morning Edition host Jennifer Lynn spoke with a Philadelphia writer who does just that.

Vance Lehmkuhl’s “V for Veg” column appears every other Thursday on It taps into the lifestyles of the meatless.

He’s also written “Eating Vegan in Philly,” a guidebook to vegan eating and activism in the city, where he went “meatless” after his move from Ohio years ago.

Lehmkuhl is so vegan-centric — and good humored — that he once created and starred in a vegan variety show where he sang a song he wrote that lists dozens of foods that can qualify as vegan. Take a listen by clicking on the audio button above.

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