When Lisa McComsey of Island Heights transitioned to vegan diet (plant-based and non-animal food), she found the experience to be exciting and delicious. Based on her own experience, McComsey realized that changing one’s life-time eating patterns can feel overwhelming at first.
McComsey said, “I’d really like to convey that going vegan is so much easier and more fun and delicious than one could ever imagine.
That’s why she and her friend Amy Cramer, a former colleague at People magazine and a vegan chef, decided to collaborate on a book that would clearly and simply explain “how” to be a vegan.The result of their collaboration is The Vegan Cheat Sheet, published by the Penguin Group, a portable, Zagat-sized guide that outlines everything a person needs to know to become a vegan: 21 days of vegan menus, recipes, a vegan travel guide, a fast-food survival guide, a shopping guide, a “how-to” guide for getting through social scenes with nonvegan family and friends, important facts, and party menus.
McComsey added, “The recipes in our book are so easy, even I can make them!”
Vegan is making the news recently. New York magazine calls 2014 “the year of the vegan”; and “Haute vegan” was named one of 2013’s top 10 trends in American dining in The Week magazine (12/31/13). Some famous vegans include Bill Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, Brad Pitt, Olivia Wilde, Mike Tyson, and hundreds of other celebrities who have adopted an animal-free life. ( Jay-Z and Beyoncé became vegans for 22 days.)
McComsey, a Toms River High School South graduate, received a B.A. in art history from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. McComsey is a board member and past president of the Ocean County Business Association (OCBA), Toms River, and serves on the executive board of the John F. Peto Museum & Studio, Island Heights. She is the two-time winner of Time Inc. President’s Award; two-time recipient of Ocean County Business Association Member of the Year award; winner of United Way of Ocean County Community Outreach Award; and the winner of RARE Center for Tropical Conservation Volunteer Service Award. McComsey received the Toms River High School South Tennis Lifetime Achievement Award, and has won several awards as a Toastmasters speaker.