Kaepernick, Veganism, and Nike: It’s All About Character

Colin Kaepernick throws pass at Super Bowl XLVII

If the past year or two has taught us anything, it’s that flawed and damaged people are everywhere. Collectively, we once knew that, but somehow society forgot. There’s a reason why every American high school student is assigned Hawthorne’s short story, “Young Goodman Brown.” Understanding the story takes you into adulthood. When you think of […]

Show Me a Sign

While hanging out in Chiang Mai, Thailand last month I suddenly found myself hungry. I had only been in town a couple days and didn’t yet have a good handle on the local vegan scene, so I checked Google and it turned out there was a vegan place called Ming Kwan within a ten minute walk. […]

It’s Time for Bacon to Carry Warning Labels

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For more than a generation, meat has been linked to a variety of ailments. But not all meat is equally risky, and it’s been clear for some time that cured meats like bacon, ham, and sausage carry far greater health risks than other types of meat. It’s never been terribly difficult to imagine why, since if you […]

Add a Zero

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I began doing vegan advocacy in 1991. It was a different world then. Nobody knew what a vegan was, much less how to pronounce the word. And the first generation of vegan meat and cheese products was simply vile. I remember craving cheese once and paying a small fortune for a block of vegan cheese. I stuck […]

How Far We’ve Come

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I’ve never started work on something with such mixed feelings, but two-and-a-half years after I quit blogging I’ve decided, for reasons probably not worth getting into, to have another go at it. Maybe this will last for weeks or months, but I doubt it’ll last for years. Blogging makes me uncomfortable, but I feel like […]

Paula Deen’s Downfall and the Food Movement’s Future

I went walking with my mother yesterday, and the subject of Paula Deen’s sudden career implosion came up. My mom doesn’t follow food politics nearly as closely as I do, but she offered a perspective that I think is more perceptive than any journalistic analyses I’ve yet encountered of this past week’s events. Regarding the […]

Vegan Cooking For Carnivores on the Today Show

Vegan Cooking for Carnivores just got another big push to a mass audience. Portia de Rossi and Roberto Martin appeared on The Today Show this morning to cook Roberto’s fried chicken recipe. Roberto’s idea of using rice paper as the “skin” for vegan chicken is incredibly creative. Considering that the show typically has almost six million […]

Roberto Martin’s Vegan Cooking for Omnivores

Ellen DeGeneres’ personal chef’s new book has just been released: Vegan Cooking for Carnivores: Over 125 Recipes So Tasty You Won’t Miss the Meat. It’s exciting that, as I write this, the book is ranked #30 on Amazon.com. I bet we can all think of a few omnivores near and dear to us who this […]

VegWeek 2012

Compassion Over Killing’s annual weeklong event is happening April 23-29th. There are tons of great events being held across the United States. And thirty public officials and influential people have resolved to go meatless for the week. If you’re an omnivore wanting to give meatless eating a one-week test drive, sign up here.

David Sztybel on Gary Francione

David Sztybel writes possibly the best critique of Gary Francione’s work I’ve yet seen. It’s a thoughtful and well-crafted argument that doesn’t lend itself well to excerpting, so go and read the whole thing. My take on Francione is that he came up with a persuasive, reasonable sounding, but utterly wrong position a couple decades […]