blowing some sunshine up veganism’s ass

August 28, 2009 at 6:26 pm (thinking, vegan living)

OK, so maybe I’ve been a little negative about veganism as of late. It’s hard sometimes to stay positive when the most vocal organization that represents one’s movement of choice seems to be entirely run by shit-smeared assholes, and the world at large is such a hostile place for creatures who simply cannot advocate for themselves, but there I go again.

BUT! There are plenty of people out there making the world a better place. I hope one day I can do as much as these awesome folks, but until I get more settled, that’s only a dream (but one day, I swear, I will open my vegan public house, and the beer and spirits will flow as people chow down on sandwiches and other cruelty-free fare). Therefore, instead of focusing on the bad stuff, here’s some of the good. Many thanks to these folks and everything they do.

First, I have to give big ups to the Post Punk Kitchen, the forums, and the recipe archive, and the brilliant founders, Isa and Terry. These forums helped me go vegan more than anything else on the internet, and without the support there, I might not have made it. While other vegan message boards frightened me with intense, angry debates over seeing eye dogs and whether one should boycott the Lord of the Rings movies because they used real horses instead of CGI ones, as well as making me feel daunted by the “sacrifice” of veganism (newsflash: it’s totally easy to be vegan, actually) the folks over at the PPK were teaching me how to make tofu scramble that cured me of my deep-rooted love of eggs and supporting me when I published my first-ever published article (about vegetarianism in children’s books) in Herbivore.

Next up it’s Cosmo’s Vegan Shoppe. The owners Ken and Leigh are super-nice and every Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthday, and other sort of event I order people chocolates and soap and all sorts of goodies from them. They also carry Teese, the holy grail of vegan cheese, esp. the nacho sauce.

Herbivore Clothing Company is run by the wonderful Josh and Michelle, and I really want both the Save a Horse, Ride a Vegan shirt and the brand new super-cute Compassion is Invincible tee, two sentiments I heartily agree with.

In terms of people who do work every day to directly benefit animals in need, Farm Sanctuary has received my praise (and my donations) for many a year. Our very first vegan Thanksgiving John and I adopted a turkey from them to symbolize our new commitment and I am kind of sad that I haven’t yet told them where I live now so they will send me address labels and also tons of color leaflets detailing all the adorable piglets and lambs that need my dollars RIGHT NOW. Actually those are really heartbreaking so maybe that’s for the best. Anyway, they rule. Check out the Rescue and Adoption stories if you want to cry a lot. Although I don’t know as much about Peaceful Prairie but they seem wonderful, as well. I am intending to visit them soon and also attend the benefit for them catered by Chef Matt over at Sun Deli and Liquor (not a hardship, since Chef Matt is my current culinary hero).

That’s about all I have time for today, but I will do more of this in the future. Next up I plan to do a roundup of cookbooks that every vegan, or everyone who wants to do the earth and the animals a favor by cooking vegan once in a while, should own!

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4 Comments

  1. Gina said,

    May I recommend (if it is not already on your impressively vast vegan radar): Sinfully Vegan
    This is my go-to volume when baking for vegan and non-vegan friends alike, and I have personally tested about a quarter of the recipes. It’s hard to branch out to new ones when I get repeat requests for stuff I’ve already baked. One day, I’m going to get around to testing more of the recipes.

    As a bonus recommendation, I have also fed some of these treats to my brother – a non-vegan, kind of picky eater, highly critical of my cooking to begin with because it’s not mom’s – and he loved them. Give it a try! It’s one of the best cookbooks I own!

    • molly said,

      I have heard really good things about Sinfully Vegan! I almost never buy dessert cookbooks (OK, I own two), because then I want to make desserts, but I will check it out. What do you think are the best desserts in there?

      • Gina said,

        Other great things about this book: author Lois Dieterly lists resources for hard-to-find vegan substitute ingredients, and has what I have always found to be an optimistic and inspiring (although probably repetitive/dull for a long-time vegan like yourself) pep-talk in the introduction about going vegan and how it’s not all that challenging if you are committed.

        Top 5 Favorite recipes:
        1. Death by Chocolate Brownies (My hands-down fave. I like adding chopped almonds to the topping).
        2. Swirly Berry Brownies
        3. Peanut Butter Twist Brownies (Okay, I like brownies . . . is that a crime?)
        4. Citrus Orange Cake
        5. Going Nuts for Banana Bread (although I generally leave the nuts out)

        To be honest, I love ALL the brownies. Most of the cookies (particularly the peanut butter and the snickerdoodles) are tasty too. I’ve tried one of the cheesecakes, but it was a while ago, and I can’t remember which. Might have been the coconut. I’m not much of a pudding person, though, so I haven’t tried any of those.

        I hope this helps! If you end up getting it, I’d love to know what your favorites turn out to be.

  2. sunshine-blowing part II: the herbivore edition « paper fruit said,

    […] 10, 2009 at 4:50 pm (this and that, vegan living) (doing the right thing, ethics) I gave some big ups to Josh at Herbivore the other day, regarding how awesome he and his wife Michelle are and all the […]

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