Just Like Bubbie Used to Make

If your bubbie rocked the Whisky! Nathan grew up in West Hollywood and I grew up in Orange County. Although we were less than 60 miles apart, we basically grew up on different planets. My semi-annual mecca to Melrose Avenue to shop at Vinyl Fetish and Retail Slut were the highlight of my high school years. While lucky Nathan lived and breathed the L.A. lifestyle I craved every day of the week, hanging out with future rock stars at Fairfax High School, serving Hollywood legends like Jimmy Stewart and Howard Cosell through his job at the Farmer’s Market, and ditching Read More

The Frugal Vegan

No question, natural food stores have the best selection of ready-made vegan foods. But although packaged foods make being vegan easy and convenient, they can also add to the cost. That is why our cookbook, All American Vegan, gives you options. Every recipe in our cookbook can be made from scratch, which will save you money but not necessarily time, while our website offers brand-name ready-made ingredients and products for each recipe which can save you time, but not necessarily money. We would like to see this trade-off disappear, and we think the best way to do this is to Read More

Candygram!

Candygram? Yes, please. The Natural Candy Store* has just announced two new vegan gift baskets, one for the chocoholic and one for the sweet toothasaur. For your favorite vegan chocoholic: Vegan candy bars gift box: Chocolatey, caramely, crispy, crunchy, nutty—satisfy every vegan craving with this amazing collection of candy bars. The perfect vegan gift! Contains: Q.bel Double Dark Wafer Bar Whizzers Chocolate Beans Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups Jokerz Candy Bar Buccaneer Candy Bar Twilight Candy Bar Mahalo Candy Bar Eli’s Celebrate Bar Eli’s Treasure Bar Eli’s Dream Big Bar Click here to purchase. For the sweet toothasaur in your Read More

Hodo Soy Remains Defiant

Vows to Keep Cruel Glue Traps Yesterday we released a blog calling for a boycott of Hodo Soy Beanery until they remove sticky glue traps from their facility. After being inundated with comments on their Facebook page about the issue, and after realizing that their efforts to delete those comments were futile as others simply took their place, Hodo Soy finally responded. Not by promising to do the right thing and rid their facility of animal torture devices, but with a twofold strategy that defends the status quo: 1) obscure their requirements under the law and 2) claim to be Read More

Tofu Shouldn’t Hurt

It had all makings of a perfect outing for a vegan, homeschooling family like ours. The trip to the local tofu factory promised to be fun and educational, with plenty of photo-ops and information that would make for great blogging when it was over. But it wasn’t fun. And while it was an education and gave us plenty to write about, what we learned and what we must now report are not what we had in mind when we recently plunked down $40 for an hour long tour of Hodo Soy Beanery in West Oakland. The first things to greet Read More

“A Pleasure to Read”

San Francisco Book Review gives All American Vegan 5 out of 5 stars in its latest issue, it’s highest rating: For anyone who has thoughts about switching to a vegan diet this book is compulsory reading material. Illustrated with full-color comic strip-like, very humorous drawings, and equally entertaining, sometimes hilarious text, this book is a pleasure to read… The eight-page cartoon-like “Important Moments in Vegan History” is hilarious. This is followed by the recipes neatly divided into Breakfast, Lunch/Dinner, Sides and Desserts while a special eight-recipe section of Vegan Thanksgiving helps you plan this most important American culinary event of Read More

Scrambled No Eggs

From the pages of All American Vegan, this could be your breakfast: scrambled no eggs.* Or you could choose danishes, glazed donuts, peanut butter coffee cake, pancakes, French toast, or cinnamon rolls. That’s just a small sampling of the over 90 recipes for traditional American favorites in the book. Click here to buy now in hardcover or as an e-book for your Kindle, Nook, iPad, or other e-reader. ————- * Served with Field Roast’s Smoked Apple Sage Grain Meat Sausages

A Piece of Cake

With plummeting stock markets, a shrinking middle class, unending wars, and an entrenched government unwilling to fix our nation’s most pressing problems, we sometimes need to escape. And when we get to feeling this way, there is only one destination: a place where life is less complicated and where everything turns out fine because Sheriff Andy Taylor is in charge. Mayberry, USA. We can’t give you friendly neighbors, a slower pace, or the hope and optimism of post World War II America. But we can give you a tiny taste of that by-gone world, improved by the passage of time Read More

Intercepted by Vegan Warlords?

President Bill Clinton’s passion for fast food was a running joke throughout the 1990s. One of our favorite Saturday Night Live skits was one in which Phil Hartman did an imitation of the President taking a “jogging” break by stopping off for a quick public meet-and-greet at the local McDonalds, where he finds excuse after excuse to gobble down the other patrons’ food. “Intercepted by Warlords” has become a standard shtick in our family and every time one of us steals something from another—a French fry, the TV remote control, a comfortable chair—we yell “Intercepted by warlords!” If you could Read More