Note from the Coordinators

Today's Vegans Are Spoiled

Twenty-five years ago, when VRG talked to publishers about cookbooks with vegan recipes, they felt there was little interest. When we exhibited at Book Expo America (the major trade show for the book industry) back then, there were just a few vegan titles besides VRG's and those from the Book Publishing Company (for example, their classics The Farm Cookbook and Tofu Cookery). This year at Book Expo America, it seems there was a flood of vegan books, such as Vegan Yum Yum and Vegan Brunch.

Two attendees walking the floor stated that they used our No Cholesterol Passover Recipes every year, even before becoming vegetarian. Numerous people have told us what a lifesaver this book was. The two attendees that used our Passover book also shared with us information about coconut flour and coconut sugar. See www.azukarorganics.com. If you tried these products, let us know about your experiences. We will be running a recipe piece in Vegetarian Journal on these food items next year.

While in New York City for Book Expo America, we were walking through the streets and saw a sign that announced "Vegan Treats; Vegan Foods." Boy, are vegans in New York spoiled today! We didn't even bother going into this establishment. We were on our way to taste the vegan ice cream at Lulu's Sweet Apothecary on 6th Street in Manhattan. This old-fashioned-style ice cream parlor was a hit, as voted by an 11-year-old with us. He didn't mind walking a few miles to visit it again the next day. And there was room even after feasting on spinach dosas and a vegan mango lassi at Madras Kosher Vegetarian Indian restaurant on 2nd Avenue. What else can you ask for?

Our college intern from farm country, where she had chickens and a graduating class of 70, also enjoyed these delicious foods in the Big Apple. Seeing all these new vegan treats, no wonder vegans are now such a high percentage of vegetarians. Look at our 2009 poll results on page 12. With enthusiastic upcoming activists, we should find an even more vegan world in the future. For example, see the results of our scholarship contest for graduating high school seniors on page 24. If you would like to help support our ability to give more scholarships, please contact vrg@vrg.org or send donations to The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.