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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Editor: Davida Gypsy Breier
Volume 5, Issue 3
March 2001


  1. Notes from the Editor
  2. New Vegetarian and Vegan Products
  3. Free Samples from Kirk's Castile Soaps
  4. One-Day Course "Eating for Health: Meatless Alternatives"
  5. New Vegetarian Travel Guide to Europe
  6. Recipe of the Month: Corn Fritters
  7. March / April 2001 Vegetarian Journal Online
  8. GrapeNuts No Longer A Vegan Source of B-12
  9. Upcoming Vegetarian Events and Conferences
    About the Vegetarian Resource Group
    About VRG-News


The Vegetarian Resource Group will be traveling to Anaheim, California for the Natural Products Expo West, which will be taking place March 9-11, 2001. We will be in booth #4288, so if you are attending, please drop by and say hi. We have updated and expanded our list of restaurants in the Anaheim area. It is on the VRG website at http://www.vrg.org/travel/anaheim.htm. For a paper copy of the dining guide, please stop by the booth.

VRG has been all over the news lately. I was interviewed by Access, a Sunday newspaper supplement about the Internet. The article, which was about finding vegetarian recipes online, appeared in the January 28th 2001 issue. To read the article, go to Charles Stahler and Debra Wasserman were interviewed by The Baltimore Sun. They and their son were prominently displayed in the front page of the "A La Carte" section on January 31, 2001. The New York Daily News called for information regarding gelatin after Mambo candy (which contains gelatin) was found in NYC stores. The candy, made in Germany, had been banned in Poland because of fears pertaining to Europe's mad cow disease problems http://www.nydailynews.com/2001-01-31/News_and_Views/City_Beat/a-98095.asp.

Recently, we've spoken with Parade Magazine, another well-known national Sunday insert. Debra Wasserman and Reed Mangels, PhD, RD were interviewed for an article for the National Education Association magazine NEA Today.  That article should appear in the April, 2001 issue.


We sampled an array of products from Natural Ovens, including Chip-Mate Cookies (made with oats, coconut, and carob), several breads, cereal, muffins, and pancake mix. Everyone around the office was impressed with these vegan products. Personally, I enjoyed the pancake and waffle mix so much that I will be purchasing it in the future. It is wheat-free and fortified with B-12 and Omega-3 fatty acids. For more information contact Natural Ovens of Manitowoc, PO Box 730, Manitowoc, WI 54221; (800) 558-3535; http://www.naturalovens.com/.

We were recently told about a website that offers advice for vegan motorcyclists. If you are looking for information regarding non-leather motorcycle gear go to http://www.wj.net/waterjet/vegan_motorcyclist.html.

Edward & Sons has created another vegan treat - Tartini! These small tarts are organic and come in strawberry, blueberry, and apricot. They are individually wrapped, making them a perfect lunchbox addition or quick snack on the go. They also offer vegan chocolate confections. These dipped fruit jellies and fondants are available in banana, orange, strawberry, orange-mint, and peppermint. For more information contact Edward & Sons Trading Co. Inc., PO Box 1326, Carpinteria, CA 93014; http://www.edwardandsons.com; edwardsons@aol.com.


Kirk's Soaps, founded in 1839, makes soaps free of synthetics and animal by-products. The basic ingredients in their soaps include coconut oil, vegetable glycerin, water, and natural fragrances. According to Kirk's, they are also "...a vegetarian institution. We do not believe in or promote animal testing or even the use of any animal by-products in our lines."

For a free sample visit http://www.kirksnatural.com
1. Go to the "Vegetarian Resource Group" Button
2. When prompted for your password enter, "vrg" and fill out the request form

First 300 - Absolutely free (including shipping). After 300 - FREE samples will still be available, but you must pay shipping and handling ($1.65).

All the samples will be shipped via US Postal Service. Deadline for ALL samples is March 15, 2001 Limit one per household.


Debra Wasserman and Suzanne Havala, MS, RD will be conducting a one-day course at the Allegany College of Maryland on vegetarian cooking, nutrition, and other related issues. This course will be helpful for dietitians, fitness and food service professionals, nurses, and other interested healthcare professionals, and laypeople. Debra Wasserman will offer a 2 1/2 hour session on "Quick and Easy Vegetarian Cooking" followed by a Q & A session over lunch. Suzanne Havala will then offer a 2 1/2 hour session on "Vegetarianism for Smarties."

The deadline for registration is April 9, 2001 and tuition is $35/ $15 for students (with ID). Tuition includes registration fees, lunch, educational materials, and certificate. For more information and to register contact:

Registration Specialist
Allegany College of Maryland
Center for Continuing Education
12401 Willowbrook Rd., SE
Cumberland, MD 21502
Phone: (301) 784-5341
Fax: (301) 784-5023
Website: http://www.ac.cc.md.us


Vegetarian Europe offers 300 places to eat in Europe's top travel destinations.

Vegetarian Europe is the latest publication from Vegetarian Guides. They also publish Vegetarian France, Vegetarian Britain, and Vegetarian London. I used the latter two when I traveled to the UK last year and found them very valuable.

Vegetarian Europe is especially helpful for those traveling to major cities and tourist destinations. Cities covered include Salzburg, Vienna, Brussels, Prague, Copenhagen, London, Liverpool, Oxford, Helsinki, Paris, Berlin, Frankfort, Hamburg, Munich, Bremen, Athens, Budapest, Cork, Dublin, Florence, Lake Garda, Milan, Rome, Umbria, Venice, Amsterdam, Oslo, Bergen, Warsaw, Krakow, Gdansk, Evora, Lisbon, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Edinburgh, Alicante, Barcelona, Granada, Madrid, Malaga, Valencia, Stockholm, Malmo, and Zurich. Because the editors know London so well, there is a wealth of information about this city.

There are many different contributors, each offering advice for the particular regions they are familiar with. The tone is friendly and attempts to convey the practical advice a vegetarian traveler needs. There is a variety of travel tips scattered throughout the guide, including the helpful phrases peppered throughout the guide for ordering are, such as "Mine jedemo meso, kokos I ribu", which translates to "we don't eat meat, chicken or fish" in Croatia. There are also many sidebars with translations of local and common foods, common questions, and conversational words. Also included is information for local vegetarian groups in many of the countries.

While it isn't completely comprehensive (which would be a monumental task), this relatively lightweight guide would be a very helpful companion to anyone planning a trip to Europe. You can order Vegetarian Europe (288 pages) for $21 (includes media mail shipping 1-6 weeks, add $4 for Fed Ex Ground/UPS 1-6 days).

To order online using our SECURE order form go to: https://skyport.net/vrg/order.htm. You will need to mention in the "additional notes" field that you want Vegetarian Europe and if you will need the book(s) sent via FED EX GROUND/UPS (1-6 days, $4 additional). Media mail shipping requires 1-6 weeks. Orders over $25 are automatically sent via FED EX GROUND/UPS (US orders only) without additional shipping charges.

The cost of shipping for international orders varies, so please contact us at vrg@vrg.org if you are outside the US.

If you would like to order over the phone with a Visa or MasterCard, call us at (410) 366-8343 M-F 9 am to 5 pm EST. You can also mail a check to The Vegetarian Resource Group, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203. Please e-mail us at vrg@vrg.org if you have any questions.


This recipe originally appeared in Meatless Meals For Working People http://www.vrg.org/catalog/meatless.htm by Debra Wasserman.


2 cups corn kernels (fresh, frozen, or canned and drained)
1 cup flour
1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch
1 1/4 cups water
1 tablespoon oil

Mix all the ingredients (except oil) in a medium-size bowl. Pour batter into a lightly oiled frying pan over medium heat and fry for 3-5 minutes. Turn fritters over and continue frying for 3 minutes longer. Serve warm.

Variations: Instead of corn use other chopped vegetables.

Total calories per serving: 157
Fat: 3 grams
Protein: 4 grams
Carbohydrates: 18 grams
Iron: 1 mg
Calcium: 3 mg
Dietary Fiber: 2 gm

There are over 100 quick and easy recipes in Meatless Meals for Working People. There is also information on convenience foods, fast food restaurant information, and party ideas. To read more about the book go to: http://www.vrg.org/catalog/meatless.htm. Copies are just $12 (includes special standard shipping). You can order using the online order form https://skyport.net/vrg/order.htm or call (410) 366-8343 to order over the phone with a Visa or MasterCard. The $12 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 March / April 2001 Vegetarian Journal articles online include:

To read these articles go to: http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2001mar/

Additional Articles include:
The Portuguese Palate, by Jacqueline Dunnington
International Rice and Beans, by Sally Bernstein


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, all 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


A reader asked us about GrapeNuts Cereal being okay for vegans. We've previously reported GrapeNuts to be a good source of B-12 for vegans. In the past, we were told that all the vitamins in their cereal were synthetic and not of animal origin. However, the person contacting us received this reply from Post: ". . .Also, none of the Post Cereals are suitable for Vegetarians. Since, many of the ingredients often change and come from outside suppliers we're unable to provide the exact ingredients in our products. This information is proprietary."

Reed Mangels, one of VRG's nutrition advisors, contacted Post, and they stated that the vitamin D source of GrapeNuts cereal is currently lanolin-derived (from oily wool). There are many other vitamin B-12 sources for veg ans including fortified soy milk, some meat analogs, and Vegetarian Support Formula (T6635) nutritional yeast.


The 17th Annual Great American Meatout is poised for March 20, 2001. This national campaign is coordinated by Farm Animal Reform Movement (FARM), a national public-interest, non-profit organization. Individual events are planned and conducted by local consumer, environmental, and animal protection groups. Across the country there will be public dinners, cooking demonstrations, a congressional reception, and information tables set up at supermarkets, schools, and libraries.

If you are planning on attending or organizing an event, don't forget that VRG has brochures and books in quantity. Go to our materials list http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/materials.htm to see the variety of information available. We offer special activist prices for the books. If you are interested please email Jeannie at jeannie@vrg.org with your name, address, and the name of your group.

For more information about Meatout visit http://www.meatout.org or call 1-888-FARM USA.


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 "March / April 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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