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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: EatWith -- Feeding Strangers, Making Friends

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 10:52 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 | 9:50 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 | 9:33 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 | 9:40 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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Meatless Monday: Ramadan and Compassion -- "We Are Like Family"

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 10:51 AM

The original version of this post first ran on August 8, 2011. Four years later, from ISIS brutality to the church massacre in Charleston, we are no closer to being a peaceful global family. Ramadan began last Thursday and continues through July 17, offering us a chance to...

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Meatless Monday: We Can Do It -- Miyoko Schinner and The Homemade Vegan Pantry

(1) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 11:04 AM

Miyoko Schinner started out baking vegan pound cakes in her tiny home kitchen then schlepping them all over Tokyo in her backpack -- sometimes as many as 70 of them at a time. Clearly, she has a thing for DIY. The driving force behind Miyoko's Kitchen, the...

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Meatless Monday: Welcome to the V-conomy

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 10:27 AM

Mahatma Gandhi, a meatless kind of guy, believed focusing on a meatless diet for health wasn't enough -- we need something more, something that taps into our basic humanity. For Gandhi, that something was "the moral consequences" of what we eat. Fast-forward 80 years and I'm just back...

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Meatless Monday: Through a Lens Joyfully -- Paulette Phlipot Takes a Closer Look at Real Food

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 10:45 AM

Fresh fruits and vegetables are good for us, anyone knows that. Award-winning culinary photographer Paulette Phlipot reminds us they're also the source of "simplicity, joy and fun. How can you not be happy looking at a cherry?" Her new fine arts show, "Unprocessed: A Closer Look at Real...

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Meatless Monday: For Your Own Good (Karma) -- Victoria Moran and The Good Karma Diet

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 9:46 AM

In her new book, Victoria Moran espouses a diet high in karma, the good kind. That means foods that are plant-based and animal-friendly... and more than vegan ice cream and cupcakes."Choosing food full of life force energy, foods that don't come in any kind of package -- produce...

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Meatless Monday: Ripe Delights

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 9:21 PM

For Jonathan Lovekin, ripe is "the jewel-like color and light reflecting off a golden caramelized quince. For Paulette Phlipot, it's "the teensy little hairs on a raspberry."

Lovekin and Phlipot, both food photographers, celebrate the physical beauty of produce in their new books -- different books that share...

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Meatless Monday: Ms. Porter's School for MILFs

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 2:07 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: Small Steps, Big Changes -- Gene Baur and 'Living the Farm Sanctuary Life'

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 9:16 AM

There was no plan, there was only "concern about animals and nature," says Gene Baur. "I wanted to do something positive it the world." He did. In 1986, he co-founded Farm Sanctuary. Now almost 30 years later, Farm Sanctuary is America's premier farm animal protection organization, a safe...

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Meatless Monday: Earth Day With Eco-Chef Bryant Terry

(3) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 9:20 AM

Earth Day just tastes better with self-described eco-chef Bryant Terry in the kitchen. "I started calling myself an eco-chef in 2002," says the author of the cookbook Afro-Vegan.


"I knew I wanted to commit to healthy food and sustainability...

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Meatless Monday: U.S. VegWeek Saves Your Bacon

(6) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 9:29 AM

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: World Health Day -- Making All Health Break Loose

(6) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 8:57 AM

Tomorrow is World Health Day, according to the World Health Organization and this year, they're targeting food safety. Not very sexy perhaps, but important -- important enough so President Obama is pushing to overhaul our labrynthine food system for greater safety oversight . So what can you...

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Meatless Monday: Spring Awakening

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 9:09 AM

I'd intended to make this post about Passover and Easter, the two holidays that bookend this weekend. Nature has had other ideas, signaling to me in my favorite kind of way.

The bees have been buzzing around my firebush, the bluejays and mockingbirds are warbling and trilling ... and dive-bombing....

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Meatless Monday: V Street Smarts

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 8:55 AM

Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby run the hottest vegan restaurant in Philadelphia and maybe anywhere, are up for a James Beard Award (Jacoby for best pastry chef, Landau for best regional chef) , won "Chopped" and are the darlings of Food and Wine. That'd...

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Meatless Monday: The Eating of the Green

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 12:47 PM

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

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 8:51 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: Start National Nutrition Month with a Visit from the Veggie Queen

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 7:37 AM

March is National Nutrition Month, and we're kicking it off with a visit from the queen -- the Veggie Queen, Jill Nussinow. Every month's nutrition month for Nussinow, registered dietician, cookbook author, pressure cooker princess and beloved instructor at healing spots including the McDougall...

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