Compassionate Cooks Worth Visiting

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I really like this website for vegan cooking. Compassionate Cooks also has a podcast I used to subscribe to, but it was a bit overwrought for me. Tags: vegan recipes Still, they have a great website and they do important work.

Why Top Chef Makes Me So Mad

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Is that all these people can cook? Today's vile episode is one featuring French cooking. I have yet to see an episode featuring vegetarian cooking. Add cooking schools to the list of animal exploitation promoters, along with medical schools. Tags: exotic meats meat cooking I'm just watching the fourth or fifth episode of the latest season of Top Chef. It just irritates the hell out of me.

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Gordon Ramsey Disappoints Me

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Tags: cooking food I know, I know, I shouldn't be surprised. The guy is a real jerk on Hell's Kitchen, but we watch him on the British show Kitchen Nightmares and I've learned a lot from the guy. He's more human and sensitive on the show. And he has such a sense and love of food. But, according to my husband, the guy hates vegetarians and won't allow his daughter to marry one. What the f^&^! What is so threatening to chefs like Ramsey and David Chang?

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Ezra Klein Discusses Meals Without Meat

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And, as one chef put it, cooks use meat to "express themselves." It's not about cooking "vegetarian," but cooking food you like that doesn't have meat. Tags: meat meat alternatives restaurants vegetarian meatless I know some people won't read this piece simply because Ezra Klein is not vegan or even vegetarian, but I think he makes some excellent points. A lot of the meat-based meals in restaurants are due to chefs schooled in the French tradition.

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US a Hub for Eatin' Them Endangered Species

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Be warned there's a horrific picture of a cooked monkey head in this article.) Tags: wildlife trafficking us endangered species And here I've been yelling at China all this time. (Be From Alternet.org. The United States is one of the world's largest, if not the largest, consuming nations for wildlife products.

Thai Police Rescue Monkeys Bound for Restaurant

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Thai Highway Police in Sa Kaeo province have rescued 24 baby crab-eating monkeys, arresting a Thai driver and five undocumented Cambodians attempting to smuggle the endangered species to Cambodia, where they were destined for cooking pots in.Chinese specialty restaurants in Cambodia. Tags: cambodia bush meat china monkeys endangered species Just awful. Thank goodness these were rescued.

Ezra Klein Bemoans Vegetarian Fare at Restaurants

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But this is another example of the general ignorance displayed in restaurants and cooking shows like Top Chef. Tags: restaurants vegetarian food This is an article that really hits the mark. Ezra Klein talks about the lack of vegetarian options at a restaurant he attended. Why do people assume that vegetarians eat nothing but vegetables? We eat LOTS of things. I find it very insulting that we are pigeon-holed in our food choices.

On Teaching Children

Animal Person

Farmer writes about the Creative Cooks Culinary Center in Brooklyn, where kids 5 to 11-years old are taught cooking in a place "that treats the culinary arts as an anthropological adventure." Are the kids cooking monkey, cat, dog, alligator or turtle? There are more professional male chefs than females, yet women do and are taught to do most of the cooking. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics

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A Plant-Based Diet is Good for Your Heart

Creature Talk

My mom asked me for healthy vegan recipes, and has been cooking completely differently than she had been. Tags: Veganism eating habits health vegan food vegetarian Several years ago my now 59 year old father had a heart attack. It wasn’t a major heart attack, but it has definitely caused him problems. He’s been on medication since it happened, and has regular stress tests to see if the damage to his heart has progressed.

On Mixing Bowl and Vegan Education

Animal Person

From today's Publisher's Weekly : In January, Meredith Corporation quietly launched Mixing Bowl , a social networking site about cooking. Emphasizing user-generated content, the site invites home cooks to exchange recipes, share photos, participate in contests and post messages. Tags: Activism Ethics Film Meredith Corporation Mixing Bowl Social network service Veganism

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New Book on Animal Rights Activism

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For instance, they caution that if "we're at a restaurant and there's a veggie burger on the menu but we give the server the third degree about the ingredients or about how it was cooked, we're most likely doing more harm than good." Tags: activism book reviews It's titled "The Animal Activists' Handbook: Maximizing Our Positive Impact in Today's World" by Matt Ball and Bruce Friedrich. One guy runs Vegan Outreach and the other is a VP at PETA (they have those?).

On "Cheating" and Cookbook Authors

Animal Person

Recommendations included: know the people who produced your food, get out of the supermarket (go to a farmer's market), and cook at home more (especially junk food, as if you had to make your own french fries you'd eat a lot fewer of them). I'd imagine that the more resources available to the mainstream about going vegan and cooking/preparing vegan food, the better the odds that more people will go vegan. Tags: Ethics Food and Drink Language

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On Veganism and Adoption

Animal Person

I do the shopping, cooking and baking, and I find vegan accessories for him to choose from. Tags: Activism Ethics I've been under the radar for a bit, anxiously awaiting the adoption finalization of Baby Sky. But now that she's officially ours, I feel like I can write about a topic that means a lot to me without the fear that my words might somehow jeopardize the adoption.

On "The Road" and Humanity

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They corral them, lock them up, and take them out to kill, cook and eat them as needed. Tags: Ethics Film Language " animal rights "The Road movie review Last night I watched 2009's " The Road " (based on the Cormac McCarthy novel , which I haven't read), a post-apocalyptic tale of a man and his son trying to survive. They're trying to get to the coast and then go south, where they think there might be more food and at least the winters won't be so brutal.

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Guest Post: Understanding Pet Food Labels

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Fresh Cooked diets are becoming more popular as an alternative to the raw. Fresh cooked diets offer the convenience of a fully cooked product – eliminating the handling issues associated with raw meats – while still being all natural, free from preservatives or processed food, and just as easy for the pet to digest. Look for foods cooked to minimum FDA cooking temperatures for safe handling. Tags: guest post

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On Vegan Grenades

Animal Person

And four long years later he said: "The only reason I still eat animals is because you keep buying them and cooking them for me." I'm no prize to be married to, but I do shop and cook and bake and forward links from The Discerning Brute. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Language You know those jokes that you get a minute later that are referred to as joke grenades? Well, I think the grenade metaphor also applies to conversion to veganism.

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On Flourless Cakes and Injuries

Animal Person

I began my journey by discovering something you all probably know, which is that you can substitute cooked black-eyed peas or adzuki beans for flour, like in the recipe for the above vegan flourless chocolate cake. In fact, I'm going to make either cookies or scones later today because I cooked way, way too many black-eyed peas and I don't want them to go to waste. Tags: Ethics Food and Drink Greyhound Matters This, dear readers, is my new obsession.

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Animals as Raw Material

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From plastics made from feather protein to diesel fuel made from fat to organic fertilizer made from poultry litter, the USA's top meat producers are developing new uses and markets for the animal parts that humans won't eat, says Tom Cook, president of the National Renderers Association in Alexandria, Va. Tags: morbid thoughts I came across this article in USA Today entitled "Waste not, want not: Companies find uses for leftover animal parts."

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Operation Nix-the-Petting-Zoo, Part Deux

Animal Person

Our clubhouse is a large house, complete with a kitchen made for entertaining and I'm going to survey the neighborhood for interest in a vegan cooking class. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Food and Drink Language animal rights BBQ petting zoo pony rides veganism

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On Talking With Veterinarians About Vegan Food

Animal Person

Home cooking for Violet was difficult because her carb/protein/fat ratios need to be consistent in order for her blood sugar to be predictable. Tags: Books Current Affairs Ethics Food and Drink Gray Matters We have a request, and it's an issue I've written about a handful of times but never had this particular question answered by readers: How do you talk with your vet--who is against feeding your dog vegan food--about your choice to do so? What do you say?

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On Changing Tastes

Animal Person

The texture apparently is "slimy" (which is true, mid-cook, which it wasn't when she tried it. Tags: Activism Books Ethics Food and Drink Our guest this weekend, Jackie, is transitioning to veganism. Her hurdle, you might not be surprised to learn, is cheese made from the milk of cows. She eats cow cheese daily. Wrongheadedly, I was excited to make her nachos-her favorite snack-with Daiya cheddar cheese.

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Deconstructing Spencer's Comment

Animal Person

Is cooking food "natural"? Tags: Current Affairs Ethics Language As much as I don't like responding to comments that are hostile, they also demonstrate a lack of understanding/education/knowledge on the part of the commenter that perhaps, if remedied, might result in a different opinion. Such is the case with Spencer R's comment from my brief post recommending The Botany of Desire. Spencer R writes: Vegans sound exactly like religious fundamentalists.

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Dog Collars

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They typically provide a metal loop to attach a leash or lead and a smaller ring below the chin to hang an id tag. Augie enjoys spending time with his family and friends, grilling and cooking, playing hard outside, travelling, design, art, live music, and spending as much time as he can with his family. By Augie Berings, Bering’s Hardware. Nearly every dog owner buys a collar for their new pet but few are aware of the long history and many different types of collars.

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Canada’s Naughtiest Dog contest

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It’s unnecessary for dog owners to live with and be frustrated by their dog’s poor behaviour,” says Jeff Cooke, President, Bark Busters Canada. Tags: events Readers in Canada, this is for you! Do you have the naughtiest dog? Bark Busters , the world’s largest dog training company, announced today its search for Canada’s Naughtiest Dog. The contest, which is set to run from now until August 1, 2009, is designed to dispel the myth that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

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Wanted: Dog lovers to host a house party!

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Sunday Supper is the perfect setting to introduce Chef Michael’s canine creations as each dish features chef-inspired flavors made with real meat and touches of vegetable garnishes that reflect the care and love of a home-cooked meal or Sunday Supper.”. Tags: events Are you a dog owner who loves to party? What about a party just for your pooches and their friends? This event may be the perfect thing for you!

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Cats Are Still Public Enemy Number One, For Birds

10,000 Birds

What’s Cooking in Crow Kitchen Half-Bassed Ackwards? Tags: Asides • Have you seen the cool 10,000 Birds t-shirts? home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Asides / Cats Are Still Public Enemy Number One, For Birds Cats Are Still Public Enemy Number One, For Birds By Corey • March 21, 2011 • No comments yet Tweet Share The New York Times and Tweety have it absolutely correct.

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Petrel Paradise

10,000 Birds

The first to cruise past in a hurry were the stunning Cook’s Petrels. The final large petrel species is another gadfly petrel, albeit a much larger one than the Cook’s Petrel. Cook’s Petrel ( Pterodroma cooki ) Black Petrel ( Procellaria parkinsoni ) Grey-faced Petrel ( Pterodroma macroptera ) The Grey-faced Petrels and Black Petrels became more common the further out we got.

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Many Animals Dying in Australian Wildfires

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We've got a wallaby joey at the moment that has crispy fried ears because he stuck his head out of his mum's pouch and lost all his whiskers and cooked up his nose," Rowdon said. Tags: australia animal rescue wildfires wildlife We sometimes overlook a story even when it's right under our noses. Not only did we not think about the impact of the Australian wildfires on wildlife, but we didn't see the AP story on our very own sidebar. We are losers.

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Moral Vegetarianism, Part 11 of 13

Animal Ethics

exports of grain for that year and was enough to feed every human being with more than a cup of cooked grain every day for a year. Tags: Moral Vegetarianism For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. The Argument from Human Grain Shortage All of the clearly moral arguments for vegetarianism given so far have been in terms of animal rights and suffering.

Which One Cookbook Do You Recommend?

Animal Person

And some people want that; they don't necessarily want to change their current calories or fat or sugar or gluten or cooking process. Tags: Activism Books Food and Drink A gaggle of people have asked me this question recently. They all have some sort of holiday list, money is tight, and if they could buy just one cookbook to help them in their conversion to veganism from their current omnivorous state, what should it be and why.

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Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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In general, pets’ stomachs are not accustomed to handle the heavy seasoning we use to cook and prepare our foods. Tags: guest post pet care We have a great fact sheet below to share with you before the Thanksgiving holiday begins! Various food items found in a traditional Thanksgiving meal can effect dogs and cats making for a not-so-great holiday.

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Holiday Vegan Recipes

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I've been posting a lot about vegan cooking lately. Tags: vegan recipes I'm not ready to take the plunge, but am ready to start experimenting. Here are some tasty ideas for the holidays.

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