Hi! I’m Caitlin Galer-Unti and welcome to my corner of the world, where I use my decade and a half experience of being vegan to help you, too, to design your life around your vegan values.

Although I was born in the Midwest USA, which is firmly meat and potatoes territory, I was brought up vegetarian. I went vegan in 2008, before the dawn of Instagram, Cowspiracy and decent vegan cheese, and received my vegan education in London (where the word ‘vegan’ was invented).

There, I was schooled by people who had been vegan for more than 30 years. They shared food, encouraged my fledgling recipes (a.k.a. experiments) and regaled me with stories of a time of fewer vegan options and how vegan ‘cheese’ in the 80s consisted solely of flour mixed with water.

Since going vegan, I’ve lived in four different countries, including 5 years living in Barcelona, Spain, with my vegan dog, Benito. Nowadays I’m back living in London again. Over the last decade and a half, I’ve veganised my life and I’m here to help you do the same.

I started The Vegan Word back in 2011, and have published two bestselling vegan travel books, The Essential Vegan Travel Guide and The Barcelona Vegan Guide, and I was a travel columnist for Vegetarian Living magazine for several years until the magazine unfortunately stopped publication due to the pandemic. My recipes have been featured in The New York Times, Yahoo! and Instructables.

I received my BSc in Government (Political Science) at the London School of Economics, and I credit the research techniques I learned there with my knowledge of how to research in-depth articles today.

At the LSE, I was President of the LSE Vegetarian Society, and after graduating I volunteered as a Vegan Mentor at the London Vegan Pledge for years, helping hundreds of people go (and stay!) vegan. I’ve also helped friends and family go vegan, and I continue this work through The Vegan Word today.

benito the vegan dog at Wulf & Lamb, London
The author, Caitlin Galer-Unti, pictured with her dog, Benito, at a vegan restaurant in London, Love Shack

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About the Vegan word

For me, vegan isn’t a word that merely describes what I put on my plate.

The Vegan Word describes what I put on my skin, what I wear, how I decorate my home, the way in which I travel, etc.

In short, my vegan centre is an ethical framework of compassion that informs my choices in every aspect of my life.

On my site I share guides and tips for every facet of vegan life, from advocacy to zero waste, including recipes, travel tips, ethical fashion and beauty tips.

Join me in celebrating a cruelty-free existence and that’s The Vegan Word!

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