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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: Hey, Thanks (I'm Talking to YOU)

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 8:12 AM

This post originally appeared on November 25, 2013.

What are you grateful for? The staff of vegan, organic mecca Cafe Gratitude starts each day by answering this question. I find Cafe Gratitude's practice -- they call it Clearing -- beautiful, healthful and not always easy, especially on days...

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Meatless Monday: What's Cooking In Miyoko's Kitchen

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 7:58 AM

"My biggest goal in life is to empower people to don an apron and not be afraid in the kitchen," says Miyoko Schinner. God knows the girl has tried, with vegan cooking classes, her star turn on "Vegan Mashup" and books from her first vegan cookbook, "Now and...

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Meatless Monday: Filling Michael Pollan's Prescription

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 8:00 AM

In his 2008 book, In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan gave us the prescription in seven words -- "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." It's that simple. And that hard to do. I saw just how hard when I recently participated in the James...

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Meatless Monday: Discovering Common Threads

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 9:04 AM

I'm fresh from the James Beard Foundation food conference, where if we agreed on anything, it's that it's never too late to learn to cook. Professional chefs including Art Smith, Jamie Oliver and Michelle Bernstein think it's best to get 'em...

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Meatless Monday: Nava Atlas and the Art of Plant Power

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 9:34 AM

The Nava Atlas most people know is petite, soft-spoken and mild-mannered. She's the author of nine meatless cookbooks and the brains behind VegKitchen, your one-stop online source for all things vegan. For over 30 years, she's been a sure and steady guide for anyone making the...

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Meatless Monday: Food Day Puts Real Food On The Menu

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 9:58 AM

Come join the party this Friday, October 24, the fourth annual Food Day . Sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and partnering with Slow Food USA, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Organic Farming Research Foundation, and...

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Meatless Monday: Columbus Discovers The Living Planet

(1) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 10:06 AM

Today is Columbus Day, when we mark the date when Christopher Columbus came to America. He did not "discover" it, he got it wrong -- he thought he was somewhere else. And he was less interested in discovery than in sacking new lands for riches. In return, he...

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Meatless Monday: Love by the Ladleful With "Love Soup" Author Anna Thomas

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 9:50 AM

I'm a believer in soup, but "Love Soup" author Anna Thomas is its high priestess. Her book offers 160 different meatless recipes organized according to seasons, so you taste the benefit of what's fresh -- lighter vegcentric soups for spring and summer, lush, squashy or beany things for...

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Meatless Monday: The Seed of Something Great -- Seed Food and Wine Festival

(2) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 9:25 AM

Wednesday kicks off Vegetarian Awareness Month and the celebration's happening in Miami with the debut of Seed Food and Wine Festival.


Sponsored by Whole Foods, Seed brings together the likes of Brendan Brazier, Alicia...

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Meatless Monday: Looking Dinner in the Eye

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 9:44 AM

Amazing -- I beat Mark Zuckerberg at something. In 2011, the billionaire Facebook creator made a one-year pledge to consume meat only from animals he had killed or slaughtered himself. He posted his kills on his Facebook page, of course. But then he caved on his promise after...

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Who Grows Our Food: Farmshare Austin, Growing Organic Famers

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 10:05 AM

Who Grows Our Food is an occasional Meatless Monday series, taking a closer look at some of the people, so often unsung, who bring us the food on our plates.

Ten years ago, Brenton Johnson started growing vegetables in his back yard. Organically. "I've never grown conventionally. I don't know...

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Meatless Monday: Barbecue Guru Steven Raichlen Fires Up the Meatless Grill

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 11:45 AM

"You've got a fire, bed of blazing embers, a large hunk of red meat -- those are thrilling to behold," says grilling guru Steven Raichlen. "You get this incredible aroma of roasting flesh, smoke, it brings you makes your mouth water, your nostrils flare. It's part of the...

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Meatless Monday: It's Whole Grains Month -- Make the Switch, Join the Party

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 1:38 PM

Happy Labor Day and happy Whole Grains Month, a celebration of amaranth, barley, buckwheat, millet, oats, quinoa, rye, sorghum, spelt, teff, triticale and other whole grain wonders. The Whole Grains Council is making whole grains even more appealing and accessible with their Make the...

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Meatless Monday: The Punk, the Samurai and the Salad Bowl -- Terry Hope Romero Mixes it Up

(3) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 10:41 AM

"Vegan and punk -- there's a strong relationship. We're angry at the world and let's make it a better place," says Terry Hope Romero , who teamed up with Isa Chandra Moskowitz for "Post Punk Kitchen." The two made the world better with the...

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Meatless Monday: Lollapalouse -- The Pulse of Lentilfest

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 9:21 AM

No one loves lentils more than I do, unless it's the people in Pullman, WA. Pullman is in the heart of the fertile farming region called the Palouse, one of the nation's largest producers of lentils. They grow a hefty 150 million pounds of them each year.That's a...

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Who Grows Our Food: Wild Blueberries, Honeybees And Wyman's Of Maine

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 9:06 AM

Who Grows Our Food is an occasional Meatless Monday series taking a close look at some of the people, so often unsung, who give us the food on our plates.

"Sustainability isn't a thing, it's a way of thinking," says Ed Flanagan. "When you're a company, you have to adopt...

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

(8) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 9:23 AM

Kip Andersen, co-producer/director of "Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret," considered himself to be an environmentalist. He recycled to reduce waste, took quick showers to save water, supported several environmental organizations. Then "I did some research and discovered all these incredible things -- rainforest destruction, species extinction -- can all...

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Meatless Monday: Using the Old Bean

(3) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 9:34 AM

Bad news globally, in Ukraine and Gaza and bad news closer to home, too -- a wonderful friend has been ill. But she's on the mend and she's a smart girl. She's building herself back up and trying to get a little more lysine,...

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Meatless Monday: Uncomfortably Aware -- Our Food Choices, Sustainability and Dr. Richard Oppenlander

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 9:18 AM

"We're creating irreversibility in areas of global depletion. If we're going to make it as a civilization or species, we have to change," says Dr. Richard Oppenlander. "To move the world in the direction that's truly more sustainable, the most efficient way possible means adopting fully organic, plant-based...

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Meatless Monday: It's Bastille Day -- Viva La Revolution

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 9:16 AM

It's Bastille Day, celebrating the start of the French Revolution. The French Revolution didn't happen because it seemed like a fun idea with a rockin' theme song. It happened because the French had had it up to here with social and economic conditions, the same ones you may be familiar...

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