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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: No Pressure -- The Veggie Queen and "Vegan Under Pressure"

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 12:02 AM

You're scared. Jill Nussinow, aka the Veggie Queen understands that. She started out scared of her pressure cooker, too. She got over it. You will, too. Her new book "Vegan Under Pressure" helps you conquer your fear and produce terrific home-cooked meals quicker than you can get takeout....

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Meatless Monday: Rising Up -- The World in a Crust of Bread

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 8:03 AM

"The world is all messed up," observed Martin Luther King Jr. on April 1968, the night before he was assassinated. It's still messed up. It's impossible to undo the pain caused by a single act of violence, let alone the waves of terrorism across the globe. But as we honor...

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Meatless Monday: The Secret (Sex) Life of Vegetables

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 2:47 PM

Food is a total sensual experience, from how it's arrayed on the plate to its tantalizing aroma, from its rich layers of flavor to the way it melts on your tongue and surrenders when you bite it. Food, like sex, is all about life force. But it has to be...

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Meatless Monday: Belly Rubs and Beyond -- Tracey Stewart and 'Do Unto Animals'

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 8:02 AM

Tracey Stewart shares her home and life with two children, a husband (Jon Stewart, "The Daily Show" host -- maybe you've heard of him), four dogs, a hamster, two pigs, a pair of cows, three rabbits, two guinea pigs, a couple of fish and a parrot. That's a lot of...

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Meatless Monday: The Glow from Ontario -- Oh She Glows' Angela Liddon

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2016 | 3:42 PM

Canadians tend to be nicer than Americans -- more candor, less snark. There's some exceptions, but then there's Canadians like Ontario's Angela Liddon, Oh She Glows blogger and author of the "Oh She Glows Cookbook."


From lentil walnut loaf...

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Meatless Monday: Invitation to a Bean Feast

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2015 | 6:59 AM

I'm inviting you to a bean feast -- that's what the Brits call that big company dinner when we gather to celebrate or because we have to. This'll be the bean feast to end all bean feasts, the dinner party of a lifetime. The United Nations has declared 2016 to...

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Meatless Monday: Doing Dessert for a Sweet Solstice

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 7:01 AM

Howdy and happy winter solstice. Winter officially begins tonight and we continue speeding towards Christmas, Kwanzaa and the finish line of 2015. As usual, I am not ready. In fact, I'm still mulling over something from October.

My husband I were visiting Cayman and naturally went to

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Meatless Monday: Some Kind of Miracle

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 10:16 AM

Welcome to the last day of of Hanukkah, an eight-day holiday which commemorates the time in Jerusalem a couple thousand years ago when the Brothers Maccabee led the Jews to take their temple back from the enemy, beat back oppressors and stuff like that. And then there's the miracle. The...

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Meatless Monday: Allison's Gourmet Delivers Something Sweet for the Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 9:55 AM

"Being vegan changed my entire world view," says Allison Rivers Samson. But it didn't stop her from loving dessert. "My sweet tooth in the driver's seat," she says. That's why she created Allison's Gourmet, her online confectionary and bakery of vegan, organic and ethically sourced cookies, candies and...

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Meatless Monday: Plant-Based Diet Finds Common Ground, Makes Common Sense

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 9:13 AM

News flash: Top global physicians and academics agree -- eat more fruits and vegetables.


So speaketh the participants of Common Ground, the recent Oldways symposium gathering health and nutrition starpower both impressive and diverse to find some dietary...

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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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