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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: Family Meal

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 10:07 AM

My husband and I live down the block from Muslims. And gays. We have Jamaicans, Swiss, Colombians, Cuban refugees, Catholics, Protestants, Jews and a few undecided. As my neighbor puts it, we're the United Nations in one city block. Sometimes we all mystify each other. But we always tolerate each...

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

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 9:11 PM

It is National Pollinator Week, created to raise awareness of and appreciation for bees and other pollinators that play a vital role in our ecosystem. No bees, no food. In honor of National Pollinator Week, here's an updated post which originally ran on June 23, 2014....

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Meatless Monday: Sorghum -- An Ancient Grain Gets Some Modern Love

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2016 | 11:04 AM

This Sunday it's a double party. It's Father's Day and it's Juneteenth, Africa American Emancipation Day, commemorating the end of slavery. What to serve at this celebration? Sorghum. Don't know about it? A gift from Africa, this gluten-free ancient grain goes back millennia and was introduced to America...

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Meatless Monday: Carrying the Earth

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2016 | 11:10 AM

Get cozy, it's story time, and the tale is Jason and the Argonauts, your classic Greek myth.

Jason, a nice enough guy, was promised the kingdom of Iolcus if he produced the Golden Fleece, a magical ram's skin bestowing all kinds of good luck. For his quest, he built his...

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Meatless Monday: Vegan Takes a Holiday

(5) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 3:20 PM

Happy Memorial Day, the unofficial launch of summer and summer holidays. Where to go? And what to eat? A growing number of vegan tour groups make travel more fun and remove the worry about what's in your dinner. Think of it as plant-based Trip Advisor.

Why vegan travel? Demetrius...

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Meatless Monday: Who Grows Our Food -- the Fair Trade Quinoa Farmers of the Altiplano

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 3:50 PM

The United Nations has declared 2016 to be the International Year of Pulses. Three years ago, as we celebrated the International Year of Quinoa, the original version of this post ran on June 24, 2013 . It's part of Who Grows Our Food, an occasional Meatless...

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Meatless Monday: The Mediterranean Diet Gets A Bigger Splash

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 10:12 AM

Pantelleria has been discovered. This sleepy Sicilian island is suddenly hot thanks to A Bigger Splash.


But Pantelleria was here long before Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes. It's an ancient island closer to Tunisia than Sicily. Volcanic, windswept Pantelleria seems...

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Meatless Monday: The Rock Stars of Food Forward

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 6:24 PM

"Chef Wanda is a rock star," Ken Botts told me. So when I met Chef Wanda White at a Food Forward event at Florida Atlantic University, I was expecting a tatted, dynamic millennial, not a lunch lady with a Texas twang and a no-nonsense manner. But Botts, food policy manager...

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Meatless Monday: Ms. Porter's School for MILFs

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 2:22 PM

Bling and flowers are always appreciated at Mother's Day, but what moms really want is to be reminded of the MILFs they are.

Okay, there's that word. Call it female energy, connecting with your womanliness or owning your sexuality, The MILF Diet author Jessica Porter would be hip...

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Meatless Monday: Anna Thomas' Revolutionary Idea -- "Vegan, Vegetarian, Omnivore"

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 11:48 AM

April 18, 1775 began what was to become the American Revolution. More than 230 years later, Anna Thomas may be the voice of a social revolution with her new book, "Vegan, Vegetarian Omnivore." At its heart -- and at Thomas' heart -- is the belief...

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Meatless Monday: US VegWeek Saves Your Bacon

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2016 | 6:08 PM

From small things, big things one day come. Take Esther the Wonder Pig. She was a wee 4 pounds when she found her way into the hearts of Steve and Derek, her human companions. Esther's now closing in on 700 pounds of love. There've been other big changes...

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Meatless Monday: Kosher Vegan

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 6:53 PM

With Passover beginning last week, I've been thinking about the intersection of vegan and kosher. Seems like they'd be good friends. Being vegan means there's no risk of mixing meat and dairy, since neither are on the table. But it turns out what is vegan is not always by-the-book

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Meatless Monday: Eat, Play, Love -- the Multivore Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 10:13 AM

Becky Striepe

"Marriage is about compromise," says Glue and Glitter's Becky Striepe."That applies as much to what's on our plates as it does what color we paint the living room." Striepe, Veggie Queen Jill Nussinow and I...

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Meatless Monday: Sample the Value Add for Whole Grains Sampling Day

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 11:45 AM

Omnivores, let's put a couple of tired myths out of their misery --
1) Vegans get plenty of protein from plants.

2) We eat more than lettuce (hell, wouldn't you?).

That's why we're excited about Whole Grains Sampling Day this Wednesday. Whole...

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Meatless Monday: Who Grows Our Food -- Margie Pikarsky, Bee Heaven Farm

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 9:07 AM

An earlier version of this post originally ran on July 16, 2012. It's part of the occasional Meatless Monday series Who Grows Our Food, which takes a close look at some of the people, so often unsung, who give us the food on our plates. Full disclosure...

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Meatless Monday: St. Patrick's Day Dublin-Style -- Dedicated, Passionate Vegan Community - 1, Corned Beef and Cabbage - 0

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 10:00 AM

Who cares about green beer? Last month, I was blissed to find soy milk and almond milk in every coffee shop in Dublin. Every eatery had a vegan option or could craft one without fuss and didn't look at me like I was crazy. I even talked aquafaba meringues with...

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Meatless Monday: Marla Rose Takes it to the (Vegan) Street

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 5:01 PM

In 1998, the internet was in its infancy and vegan was not yet cool. Yet Marla Rose and husband John Beske saw tremendous potential for both. So Rose, a writer and Beske, a graphics designer mixed them both together and came up with a mad new cocktail called

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Meatless Monday: Ahoy, Plant-Based Matey -- Holistic Holiday at Sea Sets Sail

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 9:14 AM

Neal Barnard, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, T. Colin Campbell, Caldwell Esselstyn and Chef AJ will all be aboard Holistic Holiday at Sea when it sets sail this weekend. So will 1,800 other people. Alas, I will not be among...

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Meatless Monday: Rip Esselstyn Has the Last Laugh

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 8:06 AM

"I got ridiculed and made fun of and belittled more than any human being deserved." That's Rip Esselstyn talking. Call us crazy, but a former pro triathlete and firefighter doesn't seem like the kind of guy you'd pick on. Because, really, why rag on someone who could easily...

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

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2016 | 11:02 PM

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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