Los Angeles vegans, come to Sharon Palmer’s Plant-Powered for Life book launch at Real Food Daily! »
Delicious vegan food (a free tasting menu!), lively discussion between Plant-Powered for Life author Sharon Palmer and Real Food Daily owner Ann Gentry, and a raffle—anything else on a Wednesday night would be snoozeville in comparison. All this goodness happens Wednesday, July 16 (that’s tomorrow), from 6 to 8 p.m. at Real Food Daily in Pasadena.
How to Be Vegan is THE handbook for vegan living! Plus: sneak peek recipe! »
Elizabeth Castoria, former editorial director of VegNews, has the book to give anyone who’s ever asked you, “How can I be vegan?” (Or just give it to everyone as the most blatant hint ever!) Seriously, How to Be Vegan covers EVERYTHING!! Details on vegan foods to buy? Yep. Delicious recipes? Duh. Travel tips? You betcha. Holiday gift-giving guide? Of course. Dating advice? Check. You want flow charts? Got ‘em. My favorite chapter, however, is on MANNERS. This should be required reading for every vegan (um, and human), regardless of how long they’ve been on this path.
BONUS! Because we love you guys, here’s an awesome-looking recipe from her book(posted with permission!):
If you thought eggy dishes like frittatas were off the menu without eggs, think again. Tofu is a great substitute for eggs. Use this recipe as a base and customize according to the seasons or your favorite veggies.
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 cups frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 teaspoon dried basil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
One 14-ounce package firm tofu, drained and pressed (see Note)
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast (see Note, page 000)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1∕3 cup oil-packed or reconstituted sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a deep 9- to 10-inch pie plate or a shallow baking dish and set aside.
2. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
3. Add the spinach and basil and cook until the spinach is tender and any liquid has evaporated, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
4. Transfer the spinach mixture to a food processor. Add the tofu, nutritional yeast, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste and process until smooth.
5. Scrape the mixture into the prepared pie plate. Mix in the sun-dried tomatoes and spread the mixture evenly, smoothing the top. Bake for about 45 minutes, until firm and golden brown. Serve hot.
Note: To press tofu, drain it well, wrap the tofu block in a clean kitchen towel, then place it in a rimmed baking pan and top with another baking pan or a cutting board, along with some canned goods to add weight. Set aside for about 30 minutes, then unwrap the tofu. It will be firmer and ready to use in recipes.
Alicia Silverstone releases new book all about being preggers the vegan way! »
I don’t think I’ll ever choose to get pregnant, but I know lots of people do! And we get a lot of questions about vegan pregnancy around here but alas, I don’t know jack about it. Luckily, Alicia does! Silverstone has just released this handy book, The Kind Mama, that goes from getting preggers to breastfeeding, all while staying vegan:
In The Kind Mama,Alicia Silverstone has created a comprehensive and practical guide empowering women to take charge of their fertility, pregnancy, and first 6 months with baby. Drawing on her own experience, as well as that of obstetricians, midwives, nutritionists, holistic health counselors, and others, Silverstone offers advice on getting one’s “baby house” in order through nutrient-rocking foods that heal and nourish, and, once pregnant, gentle ways to boost comfort, energy, and health during each trimester. She helps readers navigate everything from prenatal testing and birth plans to successful breastfeeding and creating a supportive “baby nest.”
Well! Sounds like the new vegan pregnancy bible!
So, do we have any soon-to-be parents in the crowd? I’m really curious, what have been the biggest struggles with regards to being vegan? I’d love to hear about everyone’s experiences. I know when people aren’t even vegan, EVERYBODY has something to say about what they should be doing when they get pregnant and have a baby. I imagine it might get even more cray when you’re vegan on top of that. Am I right?
Find links to buy the book here.
Hey bunny-lovers! Celebrate the release of the fifth edition of the House Rabbit Handbook with the House Rabbit Society on Saturday!
Please join us for the release of the fifth edition of the House Rabbit Handbook by author and House Rabbit Society founder Marinell Harriman! Books will be available for purchase ($12.95) and Marinell will be available to sign them. We’ll have vegan snacks available as well as information on getting involved with the House Rabbit Society. We look forward to seeing you!
The party happens on Saturday, May 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. at 148 Broadway in Richmond. For more information, call (510) 970-7575 or visit rabbitcenter.org. Bunny party in Richmond!
Got a tip about an awesome vegan-friendly event? Let us know! We love fun!
Everyone’s favorite sloth videographer, Lucy Cooke, has a new book about the residents of the Avarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica. Preview some of the delightful images (and get links to buy your own precious copy) at Slothville!
Conservation Biologist Thor Hansen explains why feathers matter »
This week on Fresh Air, Terri Gross interviewed Thor Hanson, a conservation biologist and author of the newly published Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle. As part of his research, he plucked a dead wren to count its feathers. It had 1,500. A tiny wren, like the Australian white-winged fairy wren in the photo!
In the interview, which you can listen to on NPR, Hanson discusses the biological makeup of feathers, why he thinks birds evolved feathers, and how they adapted them to flight. The first feathered animals might’ve used them primarily for insulation, and now, every single individual flight feather is an airfoil, while being part of the airfoil that is the bird’s wing. Double-airfoil action for maximum flight!
Animals are amazing! So is science!
[white-winged fairy wren photo by David Cook Wildlife Photography, via Flickr]
Guest contest: Donate to win a beautiful portrait of a farm sanctuary animal! »
Sharon Lee Hart is the author of the photography collection Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals, and a participant in this year’s Farm Sanctuary Walk for Farm Animals, for which she’s asking for your help fundraising. If you help, you could win a 16-by-16-inch photograph of your choice from Sharon’s book. Take a look—they’re beautiful!
Sharon says it’s as easy as 1-2-3:
- Donate $10 or more to support me in the Walk for Farm Animals; 100 percent of the funds raised go to Farm Sanctuary. Make sure you include your email address so I can contact you if you win.
- Wait: I will chose one winner at random from those that donate between today and Sept. 30. I will contact the winner no later than Oct. 5 and ask them to select the photograph they would like from my website.
- I will print your chosen photograph with the finest archival materials, expertly package it up, and ship it off to you in a timely manner.
Want to know more about the book? Sharon can tell you all about it!
This first monograph by Lexington–based photographer Sharon Lee Hart is a book of dignified black-and-white portraits of rescued farm animals, accompanied by handwritten stories by sanctuary workers. A long term vegetarian turned vegan, Hart considers farm animals “some of the most abused, overlooked animals on the planet.”
For this project, she traveled to sanctuaries in Virginia, Florida, Maryland, Michigan and New York State to document “the lucky few who are free to live out their lives in peace.” Not surprisingly, after spending time with the animals she discovered that each had its unique personality. “Some are quirky or funny, while others sensitive, shy, playful, intelligent, mischievous, or inquisitive. And all seemed to have complex emotional lives.”
These characteristics come through in Hart’s poignant photographs. Essays are by Karen Davis, president of United Poultry Concerns; Kathy Stevens, founder of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary; and Gene Baur, founder of Farm Sanctuary.
Check out all the photos in Sharon’s book! Best of luck to Sharon and all the participants in the Walk for Farm Animals, and everyone who donates to win a portrait.
ONE DAY Left to Get in on Awesome Vegan Comics Anthology »
You guys. I am legitimately pretty excited about this book.
The original idea behind this anthology was going to be half vegan cartoonists, half omnis. But it got bigger and started including vegetarians and otherwise. So now it’s just a big, huge, food-themed anthology full of awesome.
The vegans contributing include:
- Berkeley Breathed
- Neil Brideau
- J.T. Dockery
- Nicole J. Georges
- Adam Hines
- Jonas Madden-Connor
- Hazel Newlevant
- Dan Piraro
- Aron Nels Steinke
- James Turek
- J.T. Yost
J.T. Yost, who we have interviewed here before, has been doing the good work of editing, organizing, and general wrassling-of-folks to make this whole thing happen.
Yeah, the funding goal has already been met, but this is your chance to get extra goodies like minicomics, t-shirts, signed prints, and good feelings. Also: what if you tell yourself you’ll get it later but then you just forget, like you always do?
The disclaimer here is that I also have a comic in it myself. I think it’s pretty good, though, and my drawings look nice. It’s based in part on this rad Quasi song. Last night I had a dream where I met Sam Coomes and told him about it and he seemed pretty cool with the whole thing.
You can read more and fund the project on the Kickstarter page.
Bill Maher on the new release of Ingrid Newkirk’s Free the Animals. Go read the whole thing on HuffPo and tell me what you think. I don’t like a lot of their advertising but PETA has done quite a bit in other arenas.
The NYC Vegan Bookswap is back! »
This round they’re back in Manhattan at Sustainable NYC. As always, they’ll have a raffle to raise some money for Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. Jamie wants you all to know that Jenny Brown of WFAS fame will attend! I don’t know what that means but I’m excited that Jamie’s excited!
Bring up to five of your vegan books (fiction, nonfiction, cook-, comic, etc.) to Sustainable NYC, 139 Avenue A at E. Ninth St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, April 16! Sustainable NYC will have a special used book sale for donations to Woodstock, which as you know is a wonderful place. Get more info about the event on Facebook, and the Bookswap page. See you there, New York vegans!
[photo by Andreas Levers via Flickr]