A Lion in the Allotment: Carnivore’s Guide to Living with a Vegetarian

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14 Oct 2017 - 17:15
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A Lion in the Allotment: Carnivore’s Guide to Living with a Vegetarian

The Life-Changing New Book for Meat Eaters, Vegans and Vegetarians Alike

Written with both practicality and sharp wit by Ben Cijffers, ‘A Lion in the Allotment; a Carnivore's Guide to Living With a Vegetarian’ proves that vegetarians, vegans and meat-eaters can coexist peacefully. Based on the author’s experience as a carnivore who married a staunch non-meat eater, this little but powerful book equips anyone to live in harmony with those who don’t share their culinary choices.

From entertaining stories to practical tips and recipes, there’s now no reason to allow diet to stand in the way of love.

Author Ben Cijffers perfectly describes it as a “life-changing vegetarian accident”; falling in love with a woman who doesn’t eat meat. As a man used to loading up his plate with choice cuts of meat, Cijffers set out kon a mission to make the relationship work while honouring their wildly-different dietary lifestyles.

He succeeded with gusto. In ‘A Lion in the Allotment; a Carnivore's Guide to Living With a Vegetarian’, Cijffers shows how people on all ends of the meat and plant spectrum can cohabit with wild success.


A humorous and informative guide to the ethics, science and practicalities of meat eaters and vegetarians living together. It's all about helping you live in harmony with people who don't share your choices. It might be your brother, mother, wife or flatmate, but if you're a meat eater who lives with a vegetarian or vegan, or visa versa, then this is the book for you.

With practical and informative sections on domestic arrangements, cooking, fridge etiquette, nutrition, eating out and more, this is an indispensable guide for anyone living in a mixed carnivorous/vegetarian household.

“Don’t be fooled by the title,” explains the author, “this book is written to make the lives of vegetarians and vegans better by helping their meat eating co-habitants understand and respect their choices.  There’s no agenda and no preaching – just a ton of practical, hugely-actionable advice,”

“We look at everything from the many reasons for a vegetarian/carnivorous lifestyle (such as health, religion and ethics), to how both choices can be just as healthy or unhealthy as each other, and then serve up lots of tips that can be put into practice right away. As just one example, I cover the best way to organize a fridge so a vegetarian partner doesn’t have to come into contact with or even see the meat products their cohabiting carnivore has in the stocks.”

Continuing, “And we also cover subjects applicable to both ends of the diet scale, such as protein. Protein is a hugely-important dynamic of a diet that vegetarians and carnivores consume in very different ways, and I dedicate an entire chapter to it. Topped off with a wealth of delicious recipes, there is no reason for anyone not to buy this book!”

‘A Lion in the Allotment; a Carnivore's Guide to Living With a Vegetarian’ is available now. For more information and to purchase, visit the book’s official website: https://www.lionintheallotment.com.

About the Author

In August 2005, Ben Cijffers was involved in a life-changing vegetarian accident when he met and fell instantly in love with his non-carnivorous wife.

As an avid meat-eater and vege-a-sceptic his post-accident rehabilitation meant adjusting to a new domestic food reality, one which could mean a succession of meals without meat on the plate. Over the next few years as the couple embarked on their journey into multi-diet domesticity, Ben’s preconceptions were challenged, his concept of food was re-imagined, and both cooking disasters and triumphs were experienced in almost equal measure.

Having lived with his wife in Romania, Australia, Malaysia and France, Ben has seen the full spectrum of attitudes towards vegetarianism: from those who simply cannot grasp the concept to those for whom it is core to their identity and faith. This book aims to take a small step towards bridging that gulf.

CCF members can use the code “DISCOUNT15” at checkout to get 15% off the book price. Buy it here.