About Robin

An experienced chef and consultant, Robin Robertson worked for many years in restaurants and catering in northeastern Pennsylvania and Charleston, South Carolina before she began writing cookbooks.  In 1988, she left the restaurant business and became vegan for ethical reasons.  She then rededicated her life to writing and teaching gourmet vegan cooking.

Over the years, she has fine-tuned her plant-based diet into an eclectic and healthful cooking style which she thinks of as a creative adventure with an emphasis on the vibrant flavors of global cuisines and fresh ingredients.

The author of  more than 20 cookbooks, including the bestselling Vegan Planet, 1,000 Vegan Recipes, Vegan Fire and Spice, Vegan on the Cheap, and Quick-Fix Vegan, Robin also writes “The Global Vegan” column for VegNews Magazine and was a contributing editor and columnist for Vegetarian Times. She has also written for Cooking Light, Natural Health, Better Nutrition, Restaurant Business, and other magazines.

Robin Robertson has the professional experience in classic, contemporary, international cuisines to show you how to use plant-based ingredients to make the family favorites you grew up with and learn the secrets of exotic international cuisines, too.

Robin lives in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley with her husband Jon and their cats Gary and Mitzi.  You can contact her through this site. She can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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1 Elizabeth Buker June 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I’m so glad my internet started working again so I could find you online! I’m brand new to plant-based diet (to improve health and for ethical reasons) and have three of your books ( Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow-Cooker, Quick Fix Vegetarian and Vegan on the Cheap). With two little girls and a super busy hubby, these books have been lifesavers! Thank you so much! And my dad, who’s visiting and a self-described “meatatarian” has enjoyed the dishes I’ve made! Once again, thank you!!!

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2 Robin June 5, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Thank you for your nice note, Elizabeth. I’m so glad you’re enjoying my cookbooks.

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3 Evelyn July 7, 2012 at 9:36 am

Hi Robin,

I love your book “quick-fix vegan.” It has transformed my cooking and you have helped me to push my comfort zone by trying new and delicious ingredients that I was not familiar with before. Among my favorites are ‘asian noodle soup with bok choy and shitakes’ and ‘vegetable fritters’ and ‘mediterranean quesadillas.’ I’m looking forward to checking out your other books as well. There are a few recipes in your book that call for a frozen, vegan puff pastry. I am having a very difficult time finding it. I’ve tried my local Whole Foods and Trader Joes. Do you have a recipe for it in one of your other books, or can you suggest where I should look? I live in Northeastern Ohio. Many thanks, my family will be enjoying your recipes for years to come. Evelyn

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4 Robin July 7, 2012 at 9:45 am

Hi Evelyn, Thanks so much for your lovely comments about my book, Quick-Fix Vegan. I hope you continue to enjoy the recipes.

As for vegan puff pastry: the Pepperidge Farm brand of puff pastry (available in most any supermarket) is vegan.

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5 Lynn McDermott September 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Wow! I just got your book Vegan Fire & Spice. I finished the “Yucatan Potato Soup” recipe – it was a huge success. I have two of the worlds finickiest eaters! and they LOVED, loved, loved it. One said, “Mmmmmmmmmmmmm I could eat this all day!”
I am so excited to try many more of these recipes. My husband and I are 10 days vegan, and loving it. We don’t even miss the Texas BBQ, but look forward to try it with veggies.
thanks for all your effort in this book. God bless ya.

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6 Robin September 3, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Hi Lynn, Congrats to you and your husband for going vegan. Thanks so much for your kind words about my book — you made my day! Helping people discover how easy and delicious it is to go vegan is why I do what I do. Best of luck as you continue your vegan journey.

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7 Lynn Ruggiero Darrach October 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Hi Robin !!
Do you remember when we played together as children ? We would sit on your porch on Diamond Avenue. Go to school and moan about our older sisters. Well my sister saw your sister at their
High Scool reunion and told Karen all about your cookbooks . So I thought I’d check your books out
We are not vegan ,do you have any other books? We had our reunion in 2011 and some of us (16-23) girls go out the first Thursday of every month. So, If you ever come back home to visit
let me know and we’ll get together again.
Glad I found You , My Good Friend
Lynn

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8 Robin October 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Hi Lynn!!! What a wonderful surprise! How are you??? I’m so glad you got in touch. We almost never get up that way anymore. So fun that Carole and Karen went to their reunion. (I didn’t even know we had a class reunion in 2011!) Are there any photos from it posted online? We sure have a lot of catching up to do. Are you on Facebook? Let’s stay in touch!

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9 Denise October 27, 2012 at 12:03 am

Robin, I am so pleased to find your web site. When a good friend became vegan several years ago I gave her a copy of Vegan Planet which I picked up randomly in a bookstore. A few years later I got a slow cooker and ordered your Vegetarian Slow Cooker cookbook. Eventually I went vegan myself and came across your Manchurian Gobi Cauliflower dish in Veg News, made it, and was so blown away I nearly fell off my dinner chair when I took the first bite. Not until I decided to order my own copy of Vegan Planet did I realize that you were the author of all of them!! Now I am a huge fan of yours. Your recipes are always great and never need doctoring. I love how simple they are and that they use the easiest ingredients. You are gem. Thank you for your inspiration!

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10 Robin August 6, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Thanks for writing, Denise. I really appreciate it!

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11 Sheri November 2, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Hi Robin, although I have been a vegan for nearly 20 years, I have just discovered your books. I had given up on believing I could find quick and nutritious meals that my family actually enjoyed. When I found your books, I was overwhelmed as to which one to choose. I decided on the Rice and Spice, and we have loved everything that we have prepared. It is wonderful that the ingredients are readily available. I downloaded it digitally and it is great that I can thumb through the pages no matter where I am so that I can plan our meal. Do you know if photos will be available for the ebooks? I have decided that I will add to my collection of your books one book at a time. Do you have a vegan lemon pie recipe in any of your cookbooks? If so, can you let me know which one? Thank you so much for your dedication and for sharing your wonderful gift.

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12 Marilyn Piche' January 4, 2013 at 10:21 am

Hi, Robin!
I am not a vegan myself although I had a grandmother and an aunt who were both vegetarians. I would like to know which of your cookbooks you would recommend for my 19 yr. old granddaughter who has “gone vegan” in the past year. She is a busy college student and also works as a waitress in a local Italian restaurant in the town where she attends school as a theater major. She is not an accomplished cook and, in the past, her “cooking” has consisted of putting a pre-cooked frozen “something” in the microwave. :( By the way, she no longer lives at home with her parents, preferring to share a house with 3 other roommates, who are also vegans.
My concern for her is that, although she may be sincere in her desire to be a vegan for ethical reasons, she thinks that being vegan is simply a matter of cutting out animal products. She needs a cookbook that will spell out to her the nutritional needs of the body and how one supplies the necessary protein, vitamins and minerals which one’s body needs to be truly healthy.
She also needs a cookbook which will tell her, in step-by-step form, how to make a nutritional and tasty vegan meal for breakfast, lunch and supper in a minimum of time.
It’s a lot to ask, I know, but any help you can give me will certainly be appreciated.
Thank you so much.
Sincerely,
Marilyn

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13 Francine Halle August 6, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Hello Robin.
I would like to see an answer to the above question. I have the same problems with cooking vegan and end up with too many unanswered questions. Ex: Cooking beans in the slow cooker with or without onions – why use onions? I’m doing your “black beans and bulgur” recipe today but what do I serve it with?? Those kinds of questions. I am not vegan but am trying to support my vegan daughter’s while she is busy with a nursing baby.
Thanks you for any clarifications or suggestions.
Wish I could take a cooking course from you.
Francine

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14 Robin August 6, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Hi Francine, I like to serve a cooked green vegetable or a salad with Black Beans and Bulgur. As for cooking beans in the slow cooker with onions — it certainly isn’t necessary to add onions (or anything else, for that matter, except for some salt). The only reason to add some onion would be to add extra flavor if desired. Hope this helps.

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15 Robin August 6, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Hi Marilyn, I think Vegan on the Cheap is a good choice for a busy college student. Also, any of my “quick-fix” books — there are three of them: Quick Fix Vegetarian (it’s all vegan); Quick-Fix Vegan; and MORE Quick-Fix Vegan. The recipes have 30 minutes active time or less. Hope this helps.

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16 Laura Eckert February 5, 2013 at 10:31 am

Robin,

Thank you for your cookbook “Fresh From The Vegan Slowcooker”. I have been really enjoying the simplicity and flavor of the recipes that I have tried. My favorite so far is the simple and flavorful way you suggest to cook dried beans. Both of my daughters (4 and 8 years old) will stand on the stepstool at the counter as the beans are cooling and eat spoonfuls without ever putting them into a “full” recipe!

We came to need the vegan way of cooking when my 4 year old was 1 1/2 and diagnosed with a disease that left her unable to digest any animal products, including seafood and dairy. The last two and a half years have been a difficult culinary learning curve for the family. With your cookbook, I have just now been able to introduce more and more dishes that the entire family enjoys (including my 9 and 12 year old boys). I feel it is important for our family to eat together and share our food, and most vegan dishes that I had prepared previously just did not appeal to the omnivores (I don’t think salads count).

I’m looking forward to picking up more of your books, and thanks again!

Laura

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17 Robin August 6, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Thank you, Laura!

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18 Regine Tatem March 28, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Hello Robin,
How do you cope with family gatherings where no one understand why you are vegan?. I don’t like travelling because I know I will feel forced to eat some food I don’t want to eat just because I want to avoid explaining why I don’t eat like the rest of my family. I have the feeling that if I don’t eat what is being served people will think I am very impolite or crazy.
Regine (A French girl in Georgia:))

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19 Robin March 29, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Regine, Many of us have had to deal with similar situations. There are lots of ways to handle this. Here are some ideas:
1. Eat before to go — that way you can just pick and choose what you want to eat (salad, vegetables, etc.)
2. Bring your own food or at least your own main dish, then you can eat whatever side dishes are served (as long as the host is willing to make them with olive oil or Earth Balance instead of butter, etc.)
3. If you don’t feel comfortable discussing veganism with your family, just tell them you don’t “like” meat or that you don’t feel well when you eat it. Surely they wouldn’t want you to eat something that will make you sick!

I hope this helps!

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20 Laura November 17, 2013 at 8:57 pm

I’ve had a couple of your books (Quick-Fix Vegetarian and Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker) for years and really love your recipes. You have a gift for creating recipes for great food that’s easy to prepare and healthy. Recently, I’ve discovered that eliminating wheat products has made dramatic changes in my health. I toggle back and forth between a standard vegetarian (often vegan) diet and being vegetarian/gluten-free. Time is my biggest obstacle. I find it hard to always be prepared so I fall back on my former ways until I can carefully meal plan and shop. Anyways…long story short, I’ve looked over a lot of the vegan and vegetarian gluten-free cookbooks on Amazon. I have to say I’m skeptical. Many of the recipes or reviews just don’t sell me. Do you think you would ever consider venturing into this territory? I can’t think of a better or more qualified person to do the job. I know many of your recipes are naturally gluten-free, but it would be awesome to have an entire cookbook of recipes from you that are vegan (or vegetarian) and gluten-free. Also…are the recipes in Fresh From the Vegan Slow Cooker new and different from the ones in Fresh From the Vegetarian Slow Cooker? Thanks so much! : )

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21 Robin November 17, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Laura, My most recent books have icons listing which recipes are gluten-free and also offer gluten-free options. I hope you find that helpful. My vegan slow cooker is an update and new revision of the vegetarian slow-cooker book, plus it includes several all-new recipes.

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22 Ruth November 24, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Hi Robin!,
I recently got your book “Fresh from the vegan slow cooker” from our public library. I was tired of buying books and then not liking the recipes. I’ve been cooking several recipes for dinner from your book for the last three weeks. The “African inspired stew” was a great success. I’ve made it twice already. (I was trying to make different things from the book each time but my husband, who is notorious for not feeling satisfied with meals that do not include meat in them, asked me if I could make it again. He even took the leftovers for lunch next morning.)
Your recipes taste good. They are real food. Thank you for solving a problem in my house reconciling a vegan mother, a picky three year old that needs to gain weight and eat different things from different cultures and a meat eater husband that needs to lose weight and eat healthier. Your book is helping me AND I ordered a copy. Please keep developing recipes. Maybe a book with great tasting salads? Thanks again!

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23 Robin November 24, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Thanks, Ruth. I’m so glad you’re enjoying my vegan slow cooker book. If you’re looking for great-tasting salads, check out the main-dish salad chapter in One-Dish Vegan. I also have lots of great salad recipes in Quick-Fix Vegan and Nut Butter Universe. Hope your husband keeps enjoying the recipes! :)

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24 Marisa February 15, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Just wanted to let you know that I’ve recently bought Vegan on the Cheap and can’t wait to get started. I’m new to plant based and I love that this book is so uncomplicated and uses everyday ingredients. Kudos! =)

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25 Robin March 1, 2014 at 7:16 am

Thanks Marisa!

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26 Apryl March 22, 2014 at 3:27 am

Robin! Thank you for your hard work and inspiration.

I am a very cheerful owner of ‘Vegan on the Cheap.’ While I may someday go vegan officially – I know it would be a wise decision – I am only a vegetarian for now. Therefore, I have been cheating a little when I cook your recipes at home…I’ll occasionally use real dairy, etc. if the recipe calls for any sort of dairy. HOWEVER, I also plan to attempt such recipes as your Faux Parm and other substitutes. I would, at the very least, like to cut down on real dairy and I am grateful to have an economically helpful source on how to do so.

Some of the best meals I’ve ever had have come from this book! My favorite so far is the Smoky Southwest Shepard’s Pie, and it was FANTASTIC. I’m going page by page, attempting to try every recipe, and so far it has been incredibly helpful when the time comes to responsibly plan our meals without wasting money or excess ingredients. And it’s all been SO GOOD! Every bite has been a major treat. My husband is a dyed-in-the-wool meat lover…and has enjoyed these recipes!

You’ve helped me to finally get into the kitchen and create REAL food. HEALTHY, worthwhile meals, and I’m having fun. I’ve never really cooked this often. Your recipes make me FEEL better after I eat them. And FINALLY, at long last, I am committing, with relative ease, to the plant based diet I’ve always wanted to achieve. It’s an enormous new change I’ve wanted to make for years, and I have you to thank for showing me how easy it can be.

Shine on.
<3

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27 Robin March 25, 2014 at 8:49 am

Thanks for making my day, Apryl!

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