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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: Using the Old Bean

(3) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 8:34 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 | 8:18 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 | 8:16 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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Meatless Monday: Doctors' Orders for a Steamy, Sexy Summer -- Watermelon

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 8:15 AM

As the summer sizzles, Drs. Brian and Anna Marie Clement have a prescription to put some sizzle in your sex life, too -- eat watermelon, eat kale.

The Clements run Hippocrates Health Institute, a pioneer in natural wellness for over half a century. "What draws people...

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Meatless Monday: To Bee Or Not To Bee -- CCD And Vegan Honey

(2) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 8:27 AM

"Growing up, I was told bees were sacred," says Katie Sanchez. "There's a balance, and we are here to cherish that gift." Sanchez, a beekeeper's daughter, took the message to heart. She's the creator of Bee Free Honee, honey's plant-based twin. Made with apples and lemon juice, it...

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Meatless Monday: Inspired By Literature -- Bloomsday Turns 90

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 8:35 AM

"Don't eat a beefsteak. If you do the eyes of that cow will pursue you through all eternity." This isn't me talking or even PETA's latest ad campaign. The line comes from James Joyce's 1922 classic, "Ulysses."

"Ulysses" takes place in the course of one day, June 16,...

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Meatless Monday: Boston Uncommon

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 8:11 AM

I'm right proud to have made The Boston Calendar's coveted list of Events That Don't Suck. Back at ya, Boston, it didn't suck for me, either. It was wonderful.

I got to speak at Wellesley Books, a great indie book store, and at the...

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Meatless Monday: How To Build A Vegan Community With Bread And Chocolate

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 8:17 AM

One of the great pleasures of my job is connecting with people committed to work that's both meatless and meaningful. In some special occasions, that connection keeps going. "It's like building community," as my friend Agata Kalicki puts it. Two weeks ago, I visitited Agata and her husband Reno, a...

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Meatless Monday: Leftovers Versus Lagniappe

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 11:35 AM

It's Memorial Day, honoring those who died in service to our country, and for most of us, it's an extra day off. An extra day off is a such a luxury, a delight, a bonus. So why doesn't an extra meal give us the same thrill? I've never understood why...

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Meatless Monday: From the Yukon With Love And Vegan Fruitcake

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 8:10 AM

A big birthday shout out to Suat Tuzlak, my BFF whom I've never met. At least in person. I'm in Miami, he's in the Yukon. It's a tough commute. But despite the distance, there's a real connection. Tuzlak, who owns and runs Alpine Organic Bakery, reached out after...

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Meatless Monday: Carrying The Earth

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 8:17 AM

May is International Mediterranean Diet Month, and to celebrate, here's a madly Med Meatless Monday. The original version of this post ran on May 24, 2010 and has been updated for your reading pleasure.

Get cozy, it's story time, and the tale is...

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Meatless Monday: Ms. Porter's School For MILFs

(1) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 8:02 AM

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: Robin Asbell Gets Juiced

(3) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 8:25 AM

"I don't care if it's healthy -- if it doesn't taste good, I'm not going to do it," says Robin Asbell, chef and cookbook author with not one but two new books, "Gluten Free Pasta" and "Juice It!"

Asbell credits her pragmatic nature to her home. "I'm...

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Meatless Monday: Earth Day With Eco-Chef Bryant Terry

(1) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 8:09 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 new cookbook "Afro-Vegan.""I knew I wanted to commit to healthy food and sustainability issues, helping people to understand the choices we make...

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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

(0) 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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