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Ellen Kanner
Ellen Kanner is an award-winning food writer and author of Feeding the Hungry Ghost: Life, Faith and What to Eat for Dinner (New World Library), VegNews' Book of the Year. She is also the syndicated columnist Edgy Veggie, is published in Bon Appetit, Eating Well, Vegetarian Times, Every Day with Rachael Ray, and Culinate as well as in other online and print publications. She’s an ardent advocate for sustainable, accessible food, serving on the Miami boards of Slow Food, Common Threads and Les Dames d'Escoffier.

She likes teaching kids to cook, speaking about what we’re hungry for, tending her tiny organic vegetable garden, hiking in the Everglades, making friends with cows and making dinner with friends. She believes in close community, strong coffee, organic food and red lipstick. A fourth-generation Floridian, she lives la vida vegan in Miami with her husband. Learn more about Ellen at

Entries by Ellen Kanner

Meatless Monday: Thanksgiving With a French Accent

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 7:11 AM

Back 400 years ago, 53 Pilgrims -- English colonists who'd fled religious persecution -- celebrated having survived a year in the new world. From one of the few primary sources of that time, we learn, "Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that...

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Meatless Monday: Miami Sprouts Vegan for Second Annual Seed Food and Wine Festival

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 8:00 AM

Seed Food and Wine, Miami's five-day plant-based party, is back again for its second year. And this time, they're bringing vegan burgers.

From November 18 through November 22, Seed, sponsored by Whole Foods, brings together the likes of mega-athletes including Brendan Brazier and

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Meatless Monday: World Pasta Congress Puts Pasta Back on the Table

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 11:27 AM

Pasta is not your bad boyfriend. The food we love loves us back according to a global group of scientists at last week's World Pasta Congress.


Organized by Oldways, the International Pasta Organisation and AIDEPI,...

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Meatless Monday: Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Remedy

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 9:30 AM

"I love people," says Rosemary Gladstar. "But I love plants even more." For starters, they're useful in ways people are not. "Everything we do depends on them -- our food, our air, our clothing. Plants form the basis of our most widely used medicine and our oldest method...

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Meatless Monday: Meatless by the Book

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2015 | 6:04 PM

If you want to find justification in the Bible for any sort of behavior, it's in there. It's just a matter of interpretation, from when the earth will end to what a supreme being had in mind for us to eat.

In Genesis 1:29, the Word, as Adam...

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Meatless Monday: Upton's Naturals Knows Jack(fruit)

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 8:28 PM

Imagine a tropical fruit the size of a Dalmatian. Now imagine it covered in spikes, like the medieval weaponry on "Game of Thrones." It's jackfruit, and beneath its spiny exterior lies a mild-flavored, nutrient-dense -- and large -- plant-based meat substitute. It's native to Asia and India and Upton's Naturals...

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Meatless Monday: Moving Mountains -- Reducing Waste With "The Kitchen Ecosystem"

(1) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 10:53 AM

We waste a mountain of food in this country, insititutionally and individually. The Obama administration has pledged to cut food waste in half. Good for the government, but what about you? Given the magnitude of the problem, how can you make a difference? All...

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Meatless Monday: For Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Vegetarian Awareness Month, Eat Like a CHAMP

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 1:23 PM

Welcome to Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Vegetarian Awareness Month. Are you aware of what you eat? Veggie Queen Jill Nussinow doesn't think so. "People think they're doing well," she moans, "but they don't understand."

Registered dietician, cookbook author, pressure cooker princess and beloved...

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Meatless Monday: "Cowspiracy" -- "The One Thing No One Talks About"

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 3:26 PM

About a year ago, Meatless Monday featured "Cowspiracy," the documentary linking animal agriculture and environmental disaster. The film just nailed distribution through Netflix .

Kip Andersen, co-producer/director of "Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret," considered himself to be an environmentalist. He recycled to reduce waste,...

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Meatless Monday: International Peace Day -- Cooking Up a Recipe for a Viable Life

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 10:39 AM

Today is International Peace Day. Not that it looks that way. Twenty million refugees from the Middle East and and Africa displaced by war and want are spread out across Europe. Here, we're at war with Iraq and Afghanistan, and you could argue, Pakistan,...

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Meatless Monday: Jewish Veg Offers a Sweet Start to the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 10:35 AM

Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, "the most positive time to make a change in your life," says Jeffrey Cohan, executive director of Jewish Vegetarians of North America aka Jewish Veg.


Rosh Hashanah is when Cohan and his...

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Meatless Monday: The Vegetable Lady and the Easy-Going Overachiever -- Kathy Hester and "The Easy Vegan"

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 10:32 AM

Recipe developer, slow cooker guru, pr pro, cooking instructor and five-time cookbook author Kathy Hester owes her success to being an overachiever who's not afraid to fail. "You can't be successful at something unless you're willing to fail brilliantly," she says. "I do some boneheaded things just to...

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Meatless Monday: Reclaiming the Kitchen

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 12:51 PM

We're not getting fatter. That's the good news. Considering adult obesity rates have doubled and childhood obesity tripled in the past generation, the CDC's evidence we've started to stabilize deserves a victory lap. No doubt we need the exercise.

Exercise does't seem to be what's slowed the...

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Meatless Monday: To Bee or Not to Bee -- CCD and Vegan Honey

(1) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 10:56 AM

This Saturday is National Honey Bee Day , so to get a sweet start on the celebration, here's a Meatless Monday post about honey bees and CCD, first published on June 23, 2014.


"Growing up, I was told bees...

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Meatless Monday: Bon Appetit -- Julia Child, Dan and Annie Shannon and "Mastering the Art of Vegan Cooking"

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 2:50 PM

Bon appetit -- it's French for good appetite -- for food, of course, but also for life. Julia Child made it her trilling sign-off at the end of each episode of her pioneering TV show, "The French Chef." She'd be 103 on Sunday. The Julia we celebrate...

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Meatless Monday: Greens for Good

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 1:23 PM

High prices, raging drought, SNAP cut threats -- sometimes it's tempting to think the world is conspiring against us. There are a few indications, though, that sometimes it conspires for good.

Good News Item #1: We've been demanding more fresh produce and buying less processed food,...

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Meatless Monday: EatWith -- Feeding Strangers, Making Friends

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 11:52 AM

What would you do if ten strangers showed up at your home? Saturday night, I did what I always do to put people (including myself) at ease -- I fed them. This is why everyone came in the first place. This how EatWith works. We're a global network of hosts...

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Meatless Monday: Steak Chefs Go Meatless for Culinary Clash

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 10:50 AM

Three dishes, two competing South Beach steak chefs, one hour, no meat -- this was the challenge at last week's Culinary Clash at Whole Foods in Coral Gables, Florida. At the top of the hour, the emcee revealed the secret ingredient -- wild mushrooms -- and the surprise rule --...

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Meatless Monday: Indian Spice Meets American Speed in 'Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen'

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 10:33 AM

"I always wonder why people are not comfortable with Indian food," frets Richa Hingle. "It's so delicious." It's richly spiced, deeply nuanced, and above all, slow. "Indian food is about slow and patient."

In America, though, we like things fast -- fast pace, fast cars, fast food. Hingle,...

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Meatless Monday: The Summer of Veggie Love

(1) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 10:40 AM

Once upon a time -- 1967, in fact -- the youth of our nation converged on the Bay Area in what became known as the Summer of Love. Some came for the drugs, some came for the music, some for the free sex, others for the energy, the...

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