Cauliflower Steak & Other Oxymorons

Not too long ago, an organization that promotes the vegan diet for ethical reasons admonished another non-profit which feeds homeless people steaks by correctly arguing that in trying to assist one group of individuals in need of a helping hand, they were hurting another. We couldn’t agree more. Why should helping people involve harming cows? It shouldn’t. But when the group was asked what should be fed to the homeless instead, the group suggested a “cauliflower steak.” Now, you can say many things about cauliflower and you can call it many things. You can even ponder if anyone would miss Read More

Peace, Love and Veganism, But No Deodorant

Nathan and I once went to a vegan restaurant with our kids where the young waiter asked us how long we’ve been vegan. When we answered “Twenty years,” and explained that our kids have been vegan since they were born, he looked astounded and said, “You guys were vegan before they knew it was safe.” We laughed, then sat patiently answering a myriad of questions: What did we eat? (The same thing most Americans do but in vegan versions). Was it hard to raise vegan kids? (It is not). How did we felt health-wise? (Great!) With his excitement and insatiable Read More

Ask A Vegan: What Do You Feed Your Dog?

Down to Earth Advice from Four All American Vegans We are typical American family: Mom and Dad, teenaged daughter and a pre-teen son. We live in the burbs. We drive a mini-van. We eat white bread, love baseball and a good barbeque on the Fourth of July. To look at us, you’d never suspect that we are vegan, and that’s just the way we like it. Why? Because we are living proof that the stereotypes so often associated with veganism just aren’t true. Not only can you be a vegan and relate to the average American, you can be the Read More

Welcome Home

Coming Soon! Welcome Home: An Animal Rights Perspective on Living with Companion Dogs & Cats Seventy-three million American families share their homes with 165 million dogs and cats. For the vast majority of people, the bond they share with their animal companions is a familial one, born of mutual affection and love. But according to the loudest voices in the American animal rights movement today, these relationships are inconsistent with the rights of those animals and amount to little more than one of “master” and “slave”: “Let us allow the dog to disappear from our brick and concrete jungles—from our firesides, Read More

Ask a Vegan: How Can I Get Motivated to Stop Eating Animals?

Down to Earth Advice from Four All American Vegans We are typical American family: Mom and Dad, teenaged daughter and a pre-teen son. We live in the burbs. We drive a mini-van. We eat white bread, love baseball and a good barbeque on the Fourth of July. To look at us, you’d never suspect that we are vegan, and that’s just the way we like it. Why? Because we are living proof that the stereotypes so often associated with veganism just aren’t true. Not only can you be a vegan and relate to the average American, you can be the 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

Who Cares What the Aztecs Ate!

There are only four rules to being vegan: No meat No eggs No dairy No honey Everything else is a matter of taste. But you wouldn’t know that if you read many vegan cookbooks or checked out many vegan blogs. You would think you’d have to give up donuts for “apricot energy bars,” mashed potatoes with gravy for “seaweed salad,” or chocolate ice cream for “raw poppyseed cake.” You don’t. And while we welcome anyone who wants to eat vegan, including those with or without gluten-intolerance, “gluten-free” has nothing–absolutely nothing–to do with being vegan, any more than it has to Read More

The Revolution Will Not Be Served with Tabbouleh

Nathan and I once went to a vegan restaurant with our kids where the young waiter asked us how long we’ve been vegan. When we told him we both have been vegan for over 20 years and our kids have been vegan since they were born, he looked astounded and a bit starry-eyed and said, “You guys were vegan before they knew it was safe.” He then proceeded to pepper us with lots of questions about what we eat (the same thing most Americans do but in vegan versions), whether it was hard to raise vegan kids (it is not), Read More

Over the Rainbow

Granted, we have a little fun with hippies in our cookbook, All American Vegan. But let’s be clear – if it weren’t for hippies, where would we vegans be? The collective labor of many a hippie is to thank for the natural food co-ops that can be found in every city and small college-town across America – the precursors of today’s large, natural food chains like Whole Foods Market where so many of us shop. Hippies not only imagined an alternative shopping reality, but most impressive of all, they brought them into existence. Because of hippies, we have an alternative Read More

Torn Between Two Lovers

Tofu, it was our first love. Young and inexperienced in the ways of veganism, it was the obvious choice—the girl-next-door for new vegetarians—familiar, accessible, logical. And like so many before us, we were smitten. And tofu loved us back. By our side through thick and thin as we found our vegan sea legs, we loved it for its utility—its ability to serve as a substitute in cooking and baking for whatever animal-based ingredient needed replacing. Marinated and sautéed, it was the perfect centerpiece for our meals. Sliced and diced, the pre-flavored varieties were a delicious snack-on the-go. While silken tofu, Read More