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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: Kosher Vegan

(2) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 8:04 AM

With Passover beginning tonight at sundown, 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: The Doctor Is In

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 8:01 AM

"Eating is complicated," says Dr. Annemarie Colbin. Or maybe it's just us. Colbin, founder and chairman emeritus of Natural Gourmet Institute understands that."Human beings are complex creatures. We have many levels, many details, many of which are contradictory."

One diet doesn't work for everyone. Or even...

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Meatless Monday: The Whole (Grains) Truth

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Get ready to embrace the emmer, mingle with millet and canoodle with kamut. Wednesday is the third annual Whole Grains Sampling Day, sponsored by your friends at the Whole Grains Council.

In addition to being the folks who helped...

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Meatless Monday: Dealing With Abundant Scarcity

(5) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 8:10 AM

Some people believe in abundance, that the universe will provide. Others believe in scarcity, that there's not enough to go around. I seem to be bi. I am dazzled by the benevolence and bounty in nature. On the other hand, I read the headlines.

Ukraine and Syria have all grabbed...

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Meatless Monday: The Eating Of The Green

(5) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 8:02 AM

Wearing green on St. Patrick's Day brings good luck, they say, but to get the whole Irish experience, eat green, too. Wild greens like dandelion and nettles have been Irish mainstays for centuries. What, did you think the ancient Celts celebrated St. Patrick's Day with green beer and Lucky Charms?...

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Who Grows Our Food: Arnold Coombs of Coombs Family Farms

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 7:55 AM

What goes into making the top organic brand of pure maple syrup? "Sustainable forestry. We're good farmers. That makes good syrup," says Arnold Coombs of Coombs Family Farms.

Coombs is more than a little familiar with the Iroquois concept of seventh generation -- that what we do must...

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

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 7:26 AM

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 just-released "Oh She Glows Cookbook."

From lentil walnut loaf to peanut butter cookie dough...

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Meatless Monday: The Missing Link

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 7:02 AM

You may be chilly now, but on the global scale, things are heating up. Recent findings by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) conclude climate change will affect food security by 2050. Crop yields are forecast to be lower, and food prices, accordingly, will be higher, with...

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Meatless Monday: What They Still Don't Teach You at Harvard Business School

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 8:42 AM

Last week, I appeared at a Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce panel on behalf of LEAP. We were there as Miami's culinary entrepreneurs, speaking to other women who have or are looking to start their own business.

There I was, soulful plant-based food writer and advocate, with Dena...

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Meatless Monday: Ful For Love

(3) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 8:30 AM

Falling in love is a little like a political uprising. It means allowing change to enter your life, seeing possibility where none existed before. In both cases, it's about hope. As Valentine's Day, the celebration of love approaches, so does the anniversary of a pivotal moment for Egypt, when a...

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Meatless Monday: Singing Out in the Kitchen

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 7:31 AM

I am in the kitchen, singing. I am in the kitchen, singing for Pete Seeger, who died last week at the age of 94. Seeger was a folk music hero who wanted to get everyone to sing along. He called it his cultural guerrilla tactic, and he had...

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Meatless Monday: Table Manners

(4) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 7:41 AM

I believe being meatless has a positive impact on your health, your karma, your planet, but you can argue otherwise and I will listen and not reject you. Call me a wimp. Or call me civil.

Civility, the very thing President Obama called for in the wake of the Tucson...

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Meatless Monday: Welcome, Class -- Online Plant-Based Culinary Education Begins Today

(3) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 8:34 AM

"It's absolutely massive -- it's everything I know about the foundational cooking principles of plant-based cuisine," says Chad Sarno. "It has over 200 videos and recipes, 130 hours of course work -- it's my child, basically." It's Rouxbe's online plant-based culinary course and it launches today....

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Meatless Monday: Detouring From The McNugget Route

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 7:37 AM

You're fried from work, your child is cranky, you're both starved and looking at imminent meal meltdown. You take the path of least resistance, and go for quick and kid-pleasing or what author and blogger Matthew Amster-Burton calls "the McNugget route."

"We assume the worst about kids," says...

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Meatless Monday: Meatless Monday in the City of Pleasant Living

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 7:11 AM

To start the new year off right, a true story in which the seemingly impossible comes to pass -- and in my 'hood, of all places. Sprawling Miami-Dade County may be best known for Miami, where I live, but it also encompasses numerous other municipalities, including the City of South...

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Meatless Monday: First Fruits of the Harvest

(2) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 7:11 AM

As they say in Swahili, "Habari gani?" This translates into a combination of "How are you?" and "What's shakin'?" It's about the limits of my Swahili, but it's useful now, being the traditional greeting at Kwanzaa.

Any holiday that takes its name from the phrase "first fruits of the harvest"...

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Meatless Monday: Spice Me Up for Christmas

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 8:12 AM

If the idea of anything other than a white Christmas seems strange, spend Christmas in the islands -- they love it there, decorating lavishly, yet tropically, playing their own Christmas carols, more than we have by a mile, all with an exuberant, hopped-up Afro-Caribbean beat, a music known as soca...

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Meatless Monday: Hero With a Thousand Faces

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 7:26 AM

Just in time for Christmas, a story to share while snuggling around the fire (or space heater). Once upon a time, a beloved, wealthy young man walked away from his family, away from his riches, away from glittering worldly ways in search of truth and integrity.

This is not a...

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Meatless Monday: The Sweet Life of Hannah Kaminsky

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 7:39 AM

Are visions of sugarplums dancing in your head? You're not alone. "If you had a life without real dessert, what kind of life would that be?" says Hannah Kaminsky. Born with a sweet tooth and an abundance of talent, Kaminsky, 24, is an award-winning blogger, food photographer, knitter,...

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Meatless Monday: Give Back, Don't Throw Out

(4) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 7:36 AM

It is the Monday after Thanksgiving and you may be at the point where you can't look a holiday leftover in the eye. But before you pitch those potatoes, stop and consider they'll be joining an estimated 36 billion tons of annual American food waste. Meanwhile, according to...

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