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  • Alain Ducasse, the Top Chef in France, is Cutting Meat Items from His Menu

    France is known for its food, and perhaps no chef is better known than French chef Alain Ducasse. He’s got the Michelin Stars to prove it—21 in total—more than any other chef currently alive. But he’s doing the almost unthinkable. Alain Ducasse is dropping much-loved French meat staples from the menu at his three-star restaurant at the luxury Plaza Athénée hotel. More

  • Top News from the Food Front: FTW to WTF to IDK

    This weeks food news features amazing things, appalling things, and things to make you go hmm. Read on, for the week’s top news in food! Real Food For the Win! Plant Based Diet Reverses Heart Disease — New research adds to the body of data supporting plant-based yum as a means of dealing with heart […] More

  • Top News from the Food Front: Safety Fails, GMO Nopes, Vegan Wins

    Check your kitchen! Multiple food recalls attempt to keep mad cow disease and salmonella off your plate (and out of your smoothies). Industry behemoths sue Vermont over their groundbreaking GMO labeling law, as the USSC comes down on the side of accountability in cola labeling. Meanwhile Harvard researchers link red meat consumption to breast cancer (anyone see a trend, here?) as vegan wins multiply like happy prolific little spring bunnies. Read on, food news junkies — feed your brain, with all the best stories from around the Food-O-Sphere! More

  • Not as Hard as You Think: Veganism is My ‘Easy Button’ for Healthy Eating

    ‘I just could never do it!’ my friend said. ‘Just, gosh, the constant vigilance — I could never be vegan, it’d be way too hard for me!’ Then she told me all about the new Weight Watcher’s plan she’s on now, since the gluten-free diet failed to perform as promised. Points, lists, calories, meetings, portion measurements — all designed to counteract the chronic obesity spiking her risks for diabetes, stroke, cancer, heart disease, and early mortality resulting from standard American food habits. As I listened, I had the feeling I always have in conversations like this: seriously?! Veganism is just SO MUCH EASIER than all’a that! More

  • Top News from the Food Front: Veggie Kids, Printed Food, White Bread Health Risk

    Did you see those great new vegan cooking sites that just launched? Did you hear about the secret for getting kids to ask for seconds on their veggies? And oh my goodness, what about that 3-D printed food for nursing home patients?! In other news, a science group files a complaint against the USDA over antibiotic resistant salmonella, and Idaho’s ag-gag foolishness faces well-deserved constitutional challenges. Read on, for all the week’s tastiest food news — in one convenient package! More

  • Top News from the Food Front: Organic Market Booms, USDA Drops Balls

    What’s new in food? Glad you asked! This week the USDA shows off its rubber stamp for ‘humane’ meat and poultry labels, while it shops for guns (no, really!) instead of regulating anything as silly as food labels. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of pounds of meat are recalled due to lack of USDA inspection. In less infuriating news, consumers seek out organics in ever-increasing numbers, and nifty new research weighs in on both high blood pressure and Egyptian vegetarians. More

  • Top Top News from the Food Front: Kale-esi Burger, Food Waste App, Organic Controversy

    Have you heard about the vegan ‘Game of Thrones’ themed burger, or the new app to help you fight food waste? Did you see the new diet and nutrition research on MS and heart disease? Do you know about Big Ag’s efforts to railroad organic standards, in a direction no one here wants ’em to go? Read on for a roundup of all the good, bad, and interesting news from the food world this week! More

  • Top News from the Food Front: GMO Shenanigans, IKEA Meatballs, Food Industry Nopes

    This week in food news, we see VT surge to the front of the GMO labeling movement. Food industry forces grapple with the devastating news that poverty wages for food workers just might be a bad idea; and IKEA bursts onto center stage of the cutting-edge veggie meatball scene. What else is rocking the food news world? Glad you asked — read on! More

  • Vegan Recipe: Smoky Chipotle Black Bean Hummus

    I admit it: I have a hummus problem. I used to have it under control, back in the Olden Times when I thought it was only about the chickpeas. Once I understood the breadth and depth of this particular canvas, though, things got a bit more (deliciously) complicated! This recipe features black beans, cilantro, chipotle and lime, for a spicy Southwestern twist on a classic vegan favorite — because chickpeas shouldn’t get to have all the fun. More

  • Vegetarian Victory: History of Vegetarianism Radio Project is a GO!

    Last month we told you about Ian McDonald’s grand vision: a popular history of vegetarianism through the ages, told through a free and easily accessible BBC-quality radio program. The only catch? Big plans need big funding. But in breaking news, this detail is no longer problematic: as of yesterday, crowd-funding for Vegetarianism: The Story So Far – A Radio History achieved success! So if you’re vegan, vegetarian, or veg-curious — or just a fan of both history and food — watch this space. The world’s first comprehensive vegetarian history radio project is officially underway! More

  • Top News from the Food Front: Water Woes, Meat Recall Mayhem, & Powerful Plants

    Don’t drink the water, and don’t eat the beef. Don’t go to Chick-fil-A, but DO give ’em a high-five for their recent move against antibiotic resistance. New research links food prices to diabetes risk for low-income consumers, Idaho strives towards ag-gag ugliness, and farmers sue each other over genetic contamination. Meanwhile, genies with name-tags reading ‘GMO awareness’ and ‘plant-based health’ escape irretrievably from bottles. Read all about it: get your weekly food news fix here! More

  • Know Your Roots, Be the Change: Vegetarian History Project Launches!

    The Vegan Option’s Ian McDonald just launched a Kickstarter project to fund his most ambitious project yet: The Story So Far: Vegetarianism — A Radio History. I had a chance to interview Ian recently, and am now completely excited about this brand-new radio project! It offers a something the veg movement has never before had: a complete, accessible, and cohesive picture of our historical roots. Yes, please!
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  • Vegan Secrets Revealed! 5 Magic Foods for Decadent Plant-Based Cooking

    Are you celebrating Veganuary? Exploring Meatless Mondays? Just looking for tasty ways to work more plant-based yum into your diet? I’m going to break vegan protocol, and publicly reveal the indulgent plant-based ingredients your mama never told you about. There’s a whole world of deliciousness out there that most omnivores have never even tasted! More

  • Top News from the Food Front: Sugar Power, Sriracha Crisis, GMO Labeling Win, & Factory Farm Fiasco

    As of this week, the U.S. finally boasts at least one state with a rudimentary GMO labeling law! But according to China, our corn is still icky because there’s precious little actual regulation of GMOs in our food products. New research compares the relative powers of sugar vs. fat to trigger food cravings. And Sriracha’s in trouble again — batten the (cupboard) hatches! Animal-ag debacles, farmed animal cruelty, and vegan wins abound. Read on, for the week’s top news in food! More

  • How to Host a Vegetarian or Vegan During the Holidays

    With approximately 9 million vegetarians and vegans in the U.S., chances are that many families will be hosting an herbivore sometime during the holiday season. It should be a no-brainer—just use soy milk in your mashed potatoes, leave the ham out of the green beans, and use margarine in place of butter. Easy, right? More

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    Top News from the Food Front: GMO Battles, Horse Abattoirs, Food Stamp Fails, & Vegan Wins

    This week’s top news features GMOs, horse slaughter, food stamps, and some nifty vegan wins. Also, apparently the USDA hates both chickens and poultry plant workers. Read on, for some infuriating and also some encouraging developments in food news! Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2013: GMO News Galore There’s good news and annoying news this week from the GMO front, as public […] More

  • Vegan Food Magazine: New Online Publication Launched This Week!

    If you love good food and cooking, and you’re vegan or vegetarian or veg-curious, the new Vegan Food Magazine is a must-read! Creators hope to bring the best vegan authors, bloggers, recipes, and kitchen tips to a worldwide audience. The inaugural edition features more than 40 recipes, interviews with some amazing chefs, and a spotlight on the Parisian vegan scene (yes, apparently there is one!). Tired of sorting through food magazine recipes for ‘the good stuff?’ Now there’s a better way: Vegan Food Magazine brings some of the best vegan recipes and cooking ideas instantly to your fingertips — and it’s free! More

  • Hatchback Hash: Easy Indian Chickpea-Potato Wrap Recipe

    I admit it: I’ve fallen hard for hatchback cooking. After a couple of long car trips in which I cooked all our own food, I’m sold on the idea — we eat so much better that way, and cheaper too! I tinkered up this simple chickpea-potato wrap recipe at a rest stop recently, and it’s now officially one of my travel staples. These vegan wraps are tasty lightly grilled on each side, but work just fine without any cooking at all: the perfect hatchback lunch! More

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