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.

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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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