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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Editor: Davida Gypsy Breier
Volume 5, Issue 6
June 2001


  1. Notes from the Editor
  2. New Books! Vegan Meals for One or Two and Vegan & Vegetarian FAQ
  3. New Vegetarian and Vegan Products
  4. Vegetarian/Vegan Culinary Walking Tour in Italy
  5. Recipe of the Month: Is it Tofu? Is it Tempeh? It's Garlic, For Sure
  6. July / August 2001 Vegetarian Journal Preview
  7. Youth for Environmental Sanity Camps and Retreats
  8. Upcoming Vegetarian Events and Conferences
  9. Job Opening at VRG: Computer Support
    About the Vegetarian Resource Group
    About VRG-News


You are receiving June's issue a little early this month because I'm traveling to Chicago for Book Expo America. Reed Mangels, PhD, RD and I have recently authored Vegan and Vegetarian FAQ, which will make its debut at the show (more details below). VRG will also be exhibiting at Chicago's Printer's Row Book Fair. If you are attending either, please stop by the VRG booth (see last month's issue for more details: http://www.vrg.org/vrgnews/2001may.htm).

McDonald's French fries have been in the news quite a bit lately. Recently many consumers have learned that McDonald's uses beef derived natural flavors. Two Hindus, whose religion bans beef consumption, and a non-Hindu vegetarian brought a lawsuit against the fast food chain. We've been reporting the use of these beef-derived natural flavors since 1997 in our Guide to Fast Food, which we've published since 1985. Our information regarding McDonald's fries was also quoted in Eric Schlosser's popular book Fast Food Nation, making the general public more aware of this issue.

For more information on the hidden ingredients in natural flavors go to: http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/faqingredients.htm#natural. For more information about what is vegetarian and what is not at fast food restaurants, take a look at our 32-page Guide to Vegan and Vegetarian Options in Fast Food and Quick Service Chains. There are 80 chains listed. The Guide to Fast Food is available for $4. To learn more about the guide and read a sample listing go to http://www.vrg.org/catalog/ff.htm. Order now at http://www.vrg.org/catalog/order.htm.



How do I cook this tofu stuff? Where can I find a pair of decent non-leather shoes? Where can I find vegan donuts? Is wine vegetarian? How many people are vegetarian in the US? Where can I find vegan marshmallows? How do I get my kids to drink soymilk instead of cow's milk?

Davida Gypsy Breier & Reed Mangels, PhD, RD answer these questions and more in Vegan & Vegetarian FAQ (ISBN 0-931411-24-6). This guide to the daily aspects of being a vegetarian is indispensable. You will find hundreds of answers on everything from vegan desserts to food ingredients to veggie kids to how to cook tofu. We've also included 35 popular recipes, as well as sources for thousands more! This 272-page book is available for $15 (includes shipping in the US). To read more about Vegan & Vegetarian FAQ go to: http://www.vrg.org/catalog/faq.htm To order right now go to: http://www.vrg.org/catalog/order.htm


An excellent resource for the single vegetarian is Vegan Meals for One or Two (ISBN 0- 931411-23-8), by Chef Nancy Berkoff, EdD, RD. Chef Berkoff has designed tasty recipes that realistically use ingredients the way they come packaged in the store. Each recipe in this new book is written to serve one or two people. We've heard the "But I'm the only one in my family who eats vegan meals" and the "I'm vegan, but it's so hard to cook for one" excuses. Now you have no reason to eat unhealthy.

This 216-page book is available for $15 (includes shipping in the US). To read more about Vegan Meals for One or Two go to: http://www.vrg.org/catalog/oneortwo.htm To order right now go to: http://www.vrg.org/catalog/order.htm

You can also order these books by calling (410) 366-8343 (M-F 9-5 EST); or sending a check or money order to The VRG, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203. Please inquire about shipping charges for international orders.


WholeSoy Glacé - Soymilk Frozen Dessert

WholeSoy has created new frozen soymilk desserts. The Glacé flavors are Vanilla Bean, Very Strawberry, Swiss Chocolate and Mocha Fudge. All Glacé products are made from pasteurized soymilk using certified organic soybeans, organic fruit and/or organic Swiss cocoa powder, organic palm oil, organic soy oil, organic vanilla extract, and organic sugar. All WholeSoy products are vegan and gluten free.

For more information contact:
The WholeSoy Company
49 Stevenson St, Suite 1075
San Francisco CA, 94105
Phone: (415) 495-2011


Veggievacations.com and Vegtravel.com are hosting a Vegetarian/Vegan Culinary walking tour of Tuscany and Umbria, Italy. Land only rates from $2,537 pp based on double occupancy. Rate includes lodging, transfers, guided walks, cooking demonstrations, entrance fees, tips, cooking lesson material, maps and pre-departure material, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 4 dinners. Single add on rates available. http://www.veggievacations.com has a detailed itinerary, sample menus, and lodging/ town information.

For further details contact:
Stephen Abelsohn
(800) 443-9216
E-mail: stephen@roguetravel.com


This recipe appears in Vegan Meals for One or Two http://www.vrg.org/catalog/oneortwo.htm, by Chef Nancy Berkoff.

Is it Tofu? Is it Tempeh? It's Garlic, For Sure
(makes 2 hearty servings)

This dish is guaranteed to keep vampires away. Use this as a sandwich stuffing (good hot or cold) or serve over cooked noodles (how about spinach or carrot pasta), steamed rice, or over a baked potato.

2 Tablespoons olive oil (any vegetable oil is okay)
2 Tablespoons minced garlic cloves
3 Tablespoons flour
1 cup soymilk
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup cubed firm tofu or Tempeh

In a medium-sized frying pan, heat oil. Add garlic and sauté until garlic is lightly browned. Remove from heat and whisk in flour to make a paste.

Heat soymilk in a microwave or in a small pot until bubbly. Slowly add paste to soymilk, whisking, to form a smooth sauce, over low heat, approximately 5 minutes. Add tofu or tempeh and allow dish to cook for 3-4 minutes, until heated.

Note: You can try flavored tofu or tempeh, such as barbecue, smoked, or Cajun to add even more flavor.

Total calories per serving using Tofu: 353
Total Fat as % of Daily Value: 37%
Fat: 24 grams
Protein: 20 grams
Carbohydrates: 18 grams
Iron: 12 mg
Calcium: 177 mg
Dietary Fiber: 4 grams
Sodium: 30 mg

There are 100 recipes in Vegan Meals for One or Two (216 pages). You can order a copy of Vegan Meals for One or Two on our website at http://www.vrg.org/catalog/order.htm or call (410) 366-8343 to order over the phone with a Visa or MasterCard M-F 9am - 5pm EST. The price includes media mail shipping (US only). The cost of shipping for international orders varies, so please contact us at vrg@vrg.org if you are outside the US.


The July / August 2001 Vegetarian Journal feature articles include:


Product Reviews: Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Frozen Entrées
Notes from the Scientific Department: VRG in the News
Nutrition Hotline: Fasting safely, and the substances in caffeinated beverages that inhibit iron absorption
Vegetarian Action: Learn how to become a Humane Educator, by Caryn Ginsburg
Scientific Update
Veggie Bits
Book Reviews and more...

*NEW* FEATURE: Vegan Cooking Tips - From Chef Nancy Berkoff -
How to prepare vegetable gratins; also, vegan quick meal ideas using baked potatoes

Read excerpts from back issues online at: http://www.vrg.org/journal/

The Journal features informational and recipe articles, product and book reviews, news for vegetarian activists, and up-to-date information about vegetarian health and nutrition. If you are not currently a subscriber to the Vegetarian Journal, why not subscribe today?

Subscriptions to Vegetarian Journal are $20/year in the US (please inquire for subscription rates outside the US). Accepted forms of payment, in US funds, are Visa, MasterCard, checks drawn on US banks, and postal money orders. When joining please send us your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. If paying by credit card please include the card number and expiration date.

If you join online at http://www.vrg.org/journal/subscribe.htm for $30 or more, you will receive a FREE copy of the Vegan Handbook, a $20 value! (US addresses only).

If you choose to join by mail, subscriptions should be directed to:
The Vegetarian Resource Group
PO Box 1463
Dept. IN
Baltimore, MD 21203
Phone: (410) 366-8343
Fax: (410) 366-8804
E-mail: vrg@vrg.org


YES! is a non-profit educational organization that works with young people about issues pertaining to social justice and environmental sanity. Founded in 1990 by 16-year-old Ocean Robbins and 19-year-old Ryan Eliason, YES offers various summer activities.

YES! camps and events include workshops led by "mentors" for the next generation of social and environmental leaders. Their faculty has included Alice Walker, David Brower, Dolores Huerta, Dr. Jane Goodall, John Robbins, Marianne Williamson, Martin Luther King III, and Randy Hayes.

Camps are being held in several locations in California, as well as Winnipeg, Canada, and Ghana, Africa. For more details visit: http://www.yesworld.org/camps/camps.html

Contact Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!) at http://www.yesworld.org/
420 Bronco Road
Soquel, CA 95073-9510
(877) 293-7226
fax: (831) 462-6970


Vegetarian Summerfest 2001

The 27th Annual conference of the North American Vegetarian Society is being held July 11-15, 2001 in Johnstown, PA. The location for this event is the conference center at Pitt-Johnstown on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.

VRG nutrition advisor Suzanne Havala, MS, RD will be attending. Other speakers include Keith Akers, Carol J. Adams, Neal Barnard, Ken Bergeron, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Anna Charlton, Robert Cohen, Fran Costigan, Brenda Davis, RD, Gary Francione, JD, Ruth Heidrich, PhD, Erik Marcus, John McDougall, MD, Joanne Stepaniak, MSEd, and many more. Jeannie McStay, VRG's catalog manager, will be tabling at the event. For more details about Summerfest visit: http://www.navs- online.org/fest01/

PO Box 72-S1, Dolgeville, NY 13329
(518) 568-7970


Animal Rights 2000 June 30th to July 5th, in Washington, D.C.

This four-day program will feature speakers representing various views of our movement. There will be plenary sessions, workshops, campaign reports, and 'rap' sessions. Other functions will include exhibits, videos, newcomer orientation, regional meetings, employment clearinghouse, group workouts, social receptions, DC dinner/tour, and lobbying.

Please visit the VRG table if you are attending. For more information go to the Animal Rights 2001 website at: http://www.animalrights2000.org/

The Farm Animal Reform Movement
PO Box 30654 Bethesda, MD 20824
(301) 530-2011



P/T, but possibly could be combined with another position for a full time job. Help to keep computer software/hardware/network up to date and running smoothly. Familiarity with networking and software/hardware support experience helpful. Must be a problem solver and enjoy troubleshooting computer issues. Send resume and cover letter to VRG, Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203; vrg@vrg.org.



Northeast PA coed camp for ADD/ADHD/LD children seeks skilled chef for preparation of vegetarian entrees and soups, 6-17 - 8/19. Cuisine is all-natural, but does include meat eaters as well. For details visit www.summitcamp.com or call toll free 1-877-270-2011.


Our health professionals, activists, and educators work with businesses and individuals to bring about healthy changes in your school, workplace, and community. Registered dietitians and physicians aid in the development of nutrition-related publications and answer member and media questions about vegetarian diets. The Vegetarian Resource Group is a non-profit organization. Financial support comes primarily from memberships, donations, and book sales. The Vegetarian Journal, a bi-monthly print magazine, is a benefit of membership in The VRG. (For more information, please see the "July / August 2001 Vegetarian Journal Preview" above or back issues online at http://www.vrg.org/journal/.)

If you would like to make a donation, become a member, or find out more about The VRG, contact us at: The Vegetarian Resource Group PO Box 1463 Baltimore, MD 21203 Phone: (410) 366-8343 Fax: (410) 366-8804 E-mail: vrg@vrg.org Website: www.vrg.org


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