The COVID-19 pandemic has forced entrepreneurs around the country to pivot their businesses in order to stay afloat through the public health crisis. For one Washington D.C. private chef, quarantining with his family, which includes his young daughter, inspired him to start a new venture by creating a health-conscious cookbook for children.
Like many business owners, chef Anthony Thomas saw his usual traffic began to drastically slow down due to COVID-19 restrictions. As a result, he found himself spending more time with his daughter, Ashlyn, who served as his muse for the project.
“She lights up when we are in the grocery store,” he said in an email interview with BLACK ENTERPRISE. “I can recall spending a whole morning in the grocery store, literally explaining every fruit and vegetable to her. I thought to myself, I’m sure many parents find themselves explaining the entire grocery store to their child, so what better way to do it than having a book that touches on everything.”
The Little Vegan is a colorful collection of easy recipes to do with kids during quarantine. Thomas who says he’s been a vegan for some time and that these easy meals can help others practice a healthier lifestyle while they are at home.
“I studied different foods and recipes. When I hear customers say they want to change their eating habits but refuse to, the options are disappointing,” he says. “Some of the best dishes I have created have been vegan, and I wanted to share that experience with anyone thinking of changing their diet or are loyal to the vegan lifestyle.
The Little Vegan cook is available for purchase on Amazon.