Paul McCartney Is Releasing A Plant-Based Cookbook. Here's What You Need To Know

Photographer Linda McCartney was a woman ahead of her time. Not only was she the first woman photographer to have her work featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, she and her husband Paul (yes, that Paul McCartney) were vegetarian during the 1970's and 80's, or at a time when, as Sir Paul recalls, they would be "driving up the motorway, we wanted a snack...and it was ham sandwiches all around" (via The Telegraph).

Linda's response to this was to pull together Linda McCartney's Home Cooking, which showed home cooks how easy it was to go meat free. The book was published in 1989, and also eventually led to the birth of Linda's line of frozen vegetarian foods. Linda might have passed away in 1998, but her family has carried on her work in promoting animal cruelty-free cooking. Their latest effort will be seen this June in Linda McCartney's Family Kitchen: Over 90 Plant-Based Recipes to Save the Planet and Nourish the Soul, which brings Linda McCartney's favorite vegetarian recipes up-to-date.

Linda McCartney blazed the trail for vegetarianism

McCartney told People that his late wife was a pioneer of the movement. "Years ago, before anyone had woken up to the idea of environmental and health and animal welfare issues, Linda was blazing the trail with vegetarianism, telling people about it and promoting it," he said. "At home, she would cook for the family and these recipes have been now brought up to date for a modern audience, so they're all now plant-based and fabulous."

In the book, committed vegetarians will find ways of cooking classics that include pancakes, chilli non carne, sausage rolls and shepherd's pie, and crunchy pecan cookies. "I hope this book inspires conversations about sustainability and about modern living amongst people besides also just giving them some great recipes to eat," the musician explained. 

The cookbook is expected to be a thrill to own for McCartney's fans, because not only will it have recipes, it will also feature intimate family photos. Linda McCartney's family have worked hard to keep her legacy alive by embracing veganism and inviting others to try it too.