Andy Tabar, owner of Compassion Company and one half of vegan podcast The Bearded Vegans, joined me to talk about his nomadic vegan activism. We chatted about the 10 Billion Lives Tour, creating a vegan podcast with his friend, and how he used chili to show people vegan food is actually pretty good!
The first time I tried brownies from Batter and Crumbs Bakery, I knew I had to talk to whoever was making such a beautiful dessert. So I asked owners John Schultz and Paul Carmine to join me on this week’s podcast. We had a really fun conversation about how they became vegan, what it’s like to own a vegan bakery, and everyone’s constant question about vegan baking: how do you substitute eggs?
Robert Grillo’s new book, Farm to Fable: The Fictions of Our Animal Consuming Culture, explores the stories that we’re told (and tell ourselves) that allow us to keep consuming animal products. Robert and I discuss “humane-washing,” the connection between beliefs and behavior, and how to deal with non-vegan family during the holidays. We also take a quick diversion into the US election results.
I learned about Kwame Whyte through Black Vegans Rock (an awesome website you need to check out) and upon reading her blog Miss Kwame Seventy-Six, I knew she needed to be on the podcast. In this chat, Kwame tells me about why she’s become vegan for a second time, what went awry the first time, and how Pinterest is the real MVP of her vegan story. We also talk about how she’s teaching her teenage daughter to thinking critically and compassionately about her dietary choices and our shared experience of becoming vegan because of a cat.
Vance Lehmkuhl, columnist at V for Veg and author of the book by the same name, stopped by the studio to chat. We talked about his incremental switch from vegetarian to vegan, writing about vegan food and lifestyle for a major metropolitan newspaper, and the growing vegan food scene. Vance is also a cartoonist who created The Joy of Soy, a book of vegetarian cartoons.