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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Editor: Davida Gypsy Breier
Volume 4, Issue 8
August 2000


  1. Notes from the Editor
  2. New Online at http://www.vrg.org
  3. Free Sample Offer from Super Soynuts
  4. Special Book Offer for VRG-News Readers
  5. VRG Parents List
  6. Recipe of the Month: Potato, Spinach, and Lentil Stew
  7. September/October 2000 Vegetarian Journal Preview
  8. Newly Discovered Websites
  9. Intern Position
  10. Upcoming Vegetarian Events and Conferences
  11. About the Vegetarian Resource Group
  12. About VRG-NEWS


There has been quite a flurry of Internet activity in the last month. As you will see below there are new sections on the VRG site, as well as several sites I recently learned about. We also have a new cyber-community for vegetarian families. Please read on to learn more...

Back on terra firma, VRG food service expert, Chef Nancy Berkoff, will be holding a book signing for her new book Vegan In Volume http://www.vrg.org/catalog/volume.htm. The event will be held Wednesday, August 23, 2000 at 7:30 pm at Borders Books in Long Beach, CA. The store is located at 2110 Bellflower Blvd (in the Los Altos shopping center). For more information call Borders at (562) 430- 6275. Nancy contacted Frieda's Produce and they will be supplying her with "exotic produce snacks" for an in-store demonstration.

A few months ago The Armenian Vegetarian Society e-mailed us requesting materials for their new group. Recently they wrote and said they needed help putting together a library. If you would like to help fulfill their library wish list, contact Gayane Madatyan at gayane@ipia.sci.am.


I've been busy in the last month updating and revising sections of the VRG website. Our Online Resources for Vegetarians has been updated to reflect the wide array of information available for techno-savvy vegetarians. Both long-time and new vegetarians will find this guide handy when navigating the internet for vegetarian information, recipes, groups, and more. It is online at: http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/online.htm. Thanks to volunteer Stephanie Schueler for converting this for the website!

I recently took a look at our Travel index and realized there were many resources, books, and travel links that I had learned of in recent months, so I overhauled that page to share this information. If you are going to be traveling anytime soon, or in the future, take a look at our Vegetarian Travel section for useful resources: http://www.vrg.org/travel/.

Also in the travel section are our City Guides. I just added a new guide for Ohio, so if you are headed there or already in the area, you can learn about some vegetarian-friendly restaurants at: http://www.vrg.org/travel/ohio.htm.


Super Soynuts is offering 3/4 oz package of their Gourmet Roasted Soybeans (Lightly Salted). Super Soynuts are a 3rd generation soybean farm in Iowa. Their products are certified Non-GMO gourmet soybeans that that grow, harvest, prepare, and package all on their farm. The soynuts come in 7 different flavors, from including Onion & Garlic, Honey Mustard, Jalapeno & Cheddar, Lightly Salted and also Craisinberry Crunch (unsalted soynuts, dried cranberries and raisins) and Harvest Crunch (lightly salted soynuts, wheat berries, sweet corn nuts and sunflower seeds). To request your sample of soynuts send your mailing address to supersoynuts@aol.com. The deadline for requests is August 31, 2000. For more information contact Super Soynuts at: 877-soy-4you (877-769-4968) or visit their website at: http://www.877soy4you.com


We only offer a small sampling of the books we sell at outreach booths in our online catalog. I thought I'd let you know about a few books we currently have in stock. Books make great gifts and support our outreach efforts.

Calciyum!, authored by David and Rachelle Bronfman, is a terrific vegan cookbook offering recipes that are high in calcium. There are many color photos depicting the delicious recipes, including Creative Kale Dip, Wild Rice and Quinoa Salad, Hearty Soybean Burgers, and Peanut Butter Marble "Cheesecake." Other dishes include Chickpea Lemon Soup, Maple Poppyseed Dressing, Shepherd's Pie, Greens with Sundried Tomatoes, Candied Almonds, Butterscotch Pudding, and more. Calciyum! is a great book for anyone trying to add non-dairy sources of calcium to their diet or simply looking for some new creative recipes.
To read more about the book and to order online go to: http://www.vrg.org/catalog/calciyum.htm. Calciyum! (192 pages) is available for $22 (includes special standard shipping).
*See ordering information below*

**** SPECIAL offer for VRG-News readers ****

If you purchase a copy of Calciyum! between July 28th and August 31st, 2000, you will receive a FREE copy of Conveniently Vegan. Conveniently Vegan will teach you how to prepare meals with all the new natural foods products found in stores today. There are 150 healthy recipes using convenience foods along with fresh fruits and vegetables. It normally retails for $15. To read more about Conveniently Vegan go to: http://www.vrg.org/catalog/convvegan.htm. This $37 deal is just $22!

**** SPECIAL offer for VRG-News readers ****

*ORDERING INFORMATION* To order online using our SECURE order form go to: https://skyport.net/vrg/order.htm. You will need to mention that this is the "VRG-News Special Offer" in the "additional notes" field and specify if you will need the book(s) sent via RPS/UPS (1-6 days, $3 additional). Special standard shipping requires 1-6 weeks. Orders over $25 are automatically sent via RPS/UPS (US orders only) without additional shipping charges. The cost of shipping for international orders varies, so please contact us 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.


As some of you may recall, we started a rudimentary e-mail list for vegetarian parents, parents-to-be, and families in January, 2000. This informal group has offered about 70 families a chance to exchange information, questions, and advice. The demand for this type of networking has increased, and we are now ready to make this group more accessible to the public. I have set up a moderated e-group list. If you are already signed up for the Parents List and have been receiving messages, you will automatically be signed up for the new list. If you are interested in joining, please go to: http://www.egroups.com/group/vrgparents to learn how to become part of the group.


This recipe originally appeared in Vegan In Volume. There are over 125 quantity recipes for every occasion in Vegan In Volume.

Yield: 25 two-ounce servings

3 pounds dry lentils, rinsed
3 quarts vegetable stock
1 pint water
to coat pot vegetable oil spray
18 ounces onions, chopped
6 ounces celery, minced
3 pounds frozen chopped spinach, thawed and cooked
2 1/2 pounds red rose potatoes, thinly sliced and cooked
7 ounces lemon juice
1 ounce lemon zest
8 ounces fresh mint, chopped

In a stock pot bring lentils, stock, and water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered until lentils are tender (about 15 minutes on a stove top or 8 minutes in a commercial steamer).

Heat a second stock pot and spray with oil. Sauté onions and celery until soft. Add lentils and liquid, spinach and potatoes. Cook over a low heat until potatoes and lentils are soft. You should have enough liquid to be stew-like; if liquid has evaporated, add more stock or water. Stir in juice, zest, and mint just before service.

Total calories per serving: 247
Fat: < 1 gram
Protein: 14 grams
Carbohydrates: 48 grams
Iron: 6 mg
Calcium: 178 mg
Sodium: 78 mg

Vegan In Volume (272 pages) offers information about catered events, weddings, birthday celebrations, college food service, quality hospital food (including special diets), restaurant meals, menu ideas for dinner parties, party beverages, and holiday recipes. There are 125 great tasting and unique vegan recipes. To read more about the book go to: http://www.vrg.org/catalog/volume.htm. Copies are just $20 (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 cost of shipping for international orders varies, so please contact us if you are outside the US.

7) SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2000 Vegetarian Journal Preview

The SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2000 Vegetarian Journal articles include:

Vegetable Chowders, by Chef Nancy Berkoff
Beet It!, by Debra Daniels-Zeller
Turkish Delights, by Sally Bernstein
Vegan Natural Tour in Costa Rica, by Amie Hamlin
Increasing Folate Can Help Lead to Fantastic Health, by Heather Hedrick

Regular features include:

Nutrition Hotline: Childhood development of the digestive enzyme, the phytate component in soy products, and the risk of bone fracture.
Scientific Update and Notes from the Scientific Department
Veggie Bits
Product reviews: Guide to Vegan Cookies
Note from the Coordinators
Vegetarian Action: Chef Albert Chase
Book Reviews and more...

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. 2
Baltimore, MD 21203
Phone: (410) 366-8343
Fax: (410) 366-8804
E-mail: vrg@vrg.org


This site offers original artistic designs on necklaces and pins promoting vegetarianism. They were created by a dietitian and emphasize the four vegetarian food groups.

JoAnn Farb, author of Vegetarian Journal articles, "Avoiding the Baby Food Trap" and "Raising Vegan Children...in a (Not Yet) Vegan World," has created a new website promoting her new book Compassionate Souls.

This site offers an online search engine of health food stores in the US, which would be very helpful to vegetarians who are traveling!

This is the European version of Pangea, an all-vegan retailer.

I was impressed by the unique soy-based foods and sweets this site offers.

If you are a vegetarian traveling to Walt Disney World and the Orlando area, the travel guide offered here will be invaluable.

Johanna McCoy's campaign to get more veggie dogs in ballparks.

Online resources for Canadian activists.


VRG has intern openings. The job depends on your background, major, and interests. Tasks may include research, writing, and/or community outreach. Journalism, English, Nutrition, and Business majors can gain valuable experience. Activists can learn new skills and knowledge, and share your expertise. Positions are open throughout the year for all ages. VRG internships are unpaid. If interested, please send a current resume, writing samples, and a letter including the following information:
a) Why you want to intern for The Vegetarian Resource Group.
b) The type of experience that would interest you.
c) Your qualifications.
Intern Position
The Vegetarian Resource Group
PO Box 1463
Baltimore, MD 21203
or e-mail the above to vrg@vrg.org.


2nd Ohio Animal Rights Conference

Be sure and mark your calendars to attend the 2nd Ohio Animal Rights Conference, August 18-19, 2000 in Columbus, OH. Cost for the entire conference is $45 and the registration deadline is August 4. Speakers include Jim Mason (Animal Factories fame), Michael Markarian (VP of the Fund for Animals), and Tina Nelson (Exec. Dir. of American Anti- Vivisection Society). For more information and to register, contact P.O.E.T at (614) 224-4598 or e-mail them at PoetWill@worldnet.att.net. This conference is co-sponsored by People/Animals Network of Dayton and Protect Our Earth's Treasures (P.O.E.T.) of Columbus.


The 16th Annual Vegetarian Food Fair

The Toronto Vegetarian Association is holding its 16th Annual Vegetarian Food Fair, taking place at the Harbourfront Centre on September 8, 9, and 10. Each year, the free event welcomes over 15,000 visitors from around the world! Highlights of the Food Fair include a lecture series, featuring speakers from across North America. Speakers include Richard Wolfson, Robert Cohen, Dr. Thomas Barnard, and Joseph Pace, who will share his research about the Canadian meat industry.

The Food Fair will also feature cooking demonstrations and printed copies of the meat-free recipes will be available at each demonstration, as well as tasty free samples. There will be exhibits from over 70 vegetarian, environmental, holistic, nutritional and animal-friendly business and organizations.

For further information, contact the Toronto Vegetarian Association at (416) 544-8891 and visit the website at: http://www.veg.on.ca/foodfair


15th Annual Compassionate Living Festival

The 15th Annual Compassionate Living Festival will be held October 6- 8, 2000 in Raleigh, North Carolina. VRG Nutrition Advisor, Suzanne Havala will be among the speakers, who also include Adele Wilcox, Steven Wise, Matt Ouellett, Ron Coranado, Joan Dunayer, Tom Regan, Heidi Prescott, Richard Jaffe, Jenny Stein, and James LaVeck. For more information contact:
The Culture & Animals Foundation
3509 Eden Croft Drive
Raleigh, NC 27612
Phone: (919) 782-3739
Fax: (919) 782-6464
Web: http://www.cultureandanimals.org


VegFest DC 2000

The Vegetarian Society of DC (VSDC) and American University Animal Rights Effort (AUARE) are sponsoring VegFest DC 2000. It will take place Saturday October 14, 2000 from 10am to 8pm at American University's Ward Circle Building (located at Nebraska and Massachusetts Aves NW). Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. There will be tasty food, nutrition experts, workshops, cooking demonstrations, door prizes, and more. For more details call VSDC at (202) 362-VEGY (8349) or visit the website at http://www.vsdc.org


Boston Vegetarian Food Festival

The Fifth Annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival will be held Saturday, October 14, 2000 from 10 am - 6 pm at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center (1350 Tremont Street). Features include: free food sampling, grocery and natural foods store exhibits, food manufacturers and produce exhibits, cooking demonstrations by noted chefs, speakers, educational exhibits, children's activities, and more.

For more information visit the website at: http://www.bostonveg.org/foodfest/ or e-mail foodfest-request@mit.edu.


Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook Off

The 12th Annual Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off is being sponsored by the Vegetarian Society of Houston. It is just $5 to sample the wide array of chili sin carne. There will be cash prizes and trophies awarded to the winners. There will also be live entertainment and door prizes. For more information and entry forms contact:
Vegetarian Society of Houston
2476 Bolsover #231
Houston, TX 77005-2011
(713) 880-2011


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 September/October 2000 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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