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

CONTENTS

  1. Notes from the Editor
  2. Meatout 2000
  3. Free Samples from Road's End Organics, Makers of ChReese
  4. New Books Available from the VRG Catalog
  5. Non-Leather Guide Updated for 2000
  6. Recipe of the Month: Don't Tell the Kids It's Tofu Cheesecake
  7. March/April 2000 Vegetarian Journal Preview
  8. Vegan Dinner at Old Ebbitt Grill, Washington, DC Sunday, March 19, 2000 at 3 pm
  9. Job Openings: Editor Position and Registered Dietitian
  10. VRG-News Reader Survey
  11. About the Vegetarian Resource Group
  12. About VRG-NEWS


1) NOTES FROM THE EDITOR

VRG's food service expert, Nancy Berkoff is off to a busy start this year. Her new book, Vegan in Volume, was just released. At the end of January she attended Chef Des Chefs show in Las Vegas, Nevada and participated in a roundtable of culinary authors. Chef Des Chefs is sponsored by Chef magazine. Local and national media have also recently interviewed her. She was interviewed for a radio show in Southern California and Gourmet Retailer has also spoken with her.

Due to popular request we have recently added our chapter on "Protein in the Vegan Diet" from Simply Vegan to the website. You'll find it online at: http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.htm. Simply Vegan is renowned for its nutrition information. For more information about the book go to http://www.vrg.org/catalog/simplyvegan.htm.

Don't forget that Valentine's Day is just around the corner. You can send your loved one a gift subscription to Vegetarian Journal for just $20 at http://www.vrg.org/journal/subscribe.htm or perhaps give them a cookbook they'll enjoy throughout the year. There are several books mentioned below and even more on the website at http://www.vrg.org/catalog/.

One last item, in the tenth article below you will find a survey for VRG-News readers. We are going to utilize it to help answer numerous calls from the media and food companies looking to develop new products. If you have five minutes, please complete a copy and return it to survey@vrg.org or mail it to VRG, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203. Thanks!


2) MEATOUT 2000

The Great American Meatout is upon us once again. March 20, 2000 will mark the 16th annual observance of this annual diet education campaign. On the 20th, people across the globe hold educational events to help educate their friends and neighbors about vegetarianism. Meatout is coordinated nationally by Farm Animal Reform Movement (FARM).

According to FARM there are several celebrities helping with this year's event, and Meatout Proclamations are expected from a number of mayors and governors. For more information please contact FARM, PO Box 330654, Bethesda, MD 20824; http://www.meatout.com; (301) 530-2011.

If you would like to hold an event in your community, we have many brochures available for tabling. To review what we offer please go to: http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/materials.htm. You can email your request to vrg@vrg.org or call (410) 366-8343 for more information.


3) FREE SAMPLES FROM ROAD'S END ORGANICS, MAKERS OF CHREESE

After the enthusiastic response from readers and vegetarian companies, we have decided to continue offered the VRG-News Samples. In the months to come we will be offering everything from coupons to cookies. This month we are proud to promote Road's End Organic, producers of a line of boxed vegan macaroni and "cheese."

Road's End Organics is offering VRG-News readers one packet of dairy-free ChReese or wheat-free/dairy-free ChReese (not a complete box, just the inside sauce packet). The packet can be used on pasta, as a nacho ChReese dip, on pizza, in lasagna or a calzone.

For a sample, send a request to Matthew Koch at roadsend@together.net. Please be sure to include your mailing address.

Contact information:
Road's End Organics
120 Pleasant St E-1
Morrisville, VT 05661
http://www.chreese.com
802.888.4130 (v) 802.888.2646 (fax)

They are offering samples to the first 200 respondents and there is a two-week deadline from the date VRG-News is sent out.


4) NEW BOOKS AVAILABLE FROM THE VRG CATALOG

We only offer a small sampling of the books we sell at outreach booths in our online catalog. We are hoping to change that soon, but until then 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.

THE NEW FARM COOKBOOK

The New Farm Cookbook, in print since 1975, has been appreciated by two generations of vegetarians. One of the nicest aspects about the cookbook is that unlike many newer cookbooks, it offers recipes for basic components in vegetarian cooking, such as soymilk, tempeh, gluten, tofu, and even soy ice cream. The recipes are easy and quite appealing. Sections include "Beans," "Dips," "Textured Vegetable Protein," "Italian Dishes," "Mexican Dishes," "Nutritional Yeast," "Soups," "Gluten," "Tempeh," "Miso," "Soymilk," "Soy Ice Cream," "Soy Yogurt," "Tofu," "Salads," "Vegetables and Casseroles," "Breads," and "Sweet Stuff." All recipes are vegan. The New Farm Cookbook (219 pages) was edited by Louise Hagler and Dorothy R. Bates and is available for $12. *see ordering information below*

FABULOUS BEANS

Authored by Barb Bloomfield, Fabulous Beans offers over 100 recipes using beans. Her introduction covers basic cooking methods, tips, and the types of beans used. Recipes range from Garbanzo Bean Spread to Crunchy Soybean Salad to Creamy Pinto Bean Soup. The main dishes include moussaka, enchiladas, pasta fagoli, spicy Anasazi beans, and barbecue soybeans. There are even a few desserts. All recipes are vegan. Fabulous Beans (143 pages) is available for $12. *see ordering information below*

SOUP'S ON

Soup's On is another book by Barb Bloomfield. It offers recipes for soups, muffins, and accompaniments. Soup recipes include Broccoli Mushroom, Eggplant-Spaghetti, Seitan with Cabbage, Wonton, Cream of Leek with Fennel, Garlic Pinto, and Cauliflower Parsley. There are recipes for sweet muffins and unusual, heartier muffins such as Corny Olive, Couscous Herb, and Mashed Potato and Gravy Muffins. Also included are various bread, cracker, and bagel recipes. All recipes are vegan. Soup's On (128 pages) is available for $13. *see ordering information below*

TOFU AND SOYFOODS COOKERY

One of our most frequent inquiries is "What do I do with tofu???" This book helps answer that and much more. Few people realize the delicious versatility of soybeans. Sections include "Basic Recipes," "Breakfast," "Bread," "Salads and Dressings," "Soups and Sandwiches," "Main and Side Dishes," and "Desserts and Drinks." These are some of the recipes that caught my eye: Baked Tofu Nuggets, Eggless French Toast, Mushroom Scrambled Tofu, Chinese Sweet and Sour Balls, Stuffed Jumbo Shells, Chimichangas, and Creamy Chocolate Marble Pie. Also included is a list of US and Canadian soyfoods companies. Tofu and Soyfoods Cookery (173 pages) is available for $15. *see ordering information below*

VEGAN VITTLES: Recipes Inspired by the Critters of Farm Sanctuary

Vegan Vittles is written by Joanne Stepaniak (The Uncheese Cookbook), with a nutrition section by VRG nutrition advisor Suzanne Havala, MS, RD. The "Tips and Tales" section offers recipes for Homemade Seitan, Tofu Bacon, Tempeh Bacon, Hickory Bits, and Flaky Pie Crust. The beverage section contains recipes for cashew, almond, soy, rice, and walnut milks. For breakfast try some pecan sticky buns and "buttermilk" biscuits. Included are sections on "Uncheeses, Butters, and Spreads," "Hearty Soups and Stew," "Salads and Dressings," "Sandwiches," "Sauces, Gravies, and Condiments," and "Happy Endings." Main dishes include Southern Fried Tofu, Classic Quiche, Not Your Mama's Meatloaf, and Seitan and Mushroom Stroganoff. Also included are photos and stories about the animals that live at Farm Sanctuary. All recipes are vegan. Vegan Vittles (173 pages) is available for $13. *see ordering information below*

DAMAGED COPIES OF MEATLESS MEALS FOR WORKING PEOPLE AVAILABLE FOR JUST $6!

We currently have about 45 slightly damaged copies of Meatless Meals for Working People available for $6 each. The damage is extremely minimal. Meatless Meals for Working People normally sells for $12. To read more about the book go to: http://www.vrg.org/catalog/meatless.htm. To order please follow the instructions below. However you chose to order, mention this is the "VRG-News MEATLESS MEALS" special offer to receive your discounted price. The $6 price even includes special standard shipping.

*ORDERING INFORMATION*
To order any of these books online using our SECURE order form go to: https://skyport.net/vrg/order.htm You will need to list the title(s)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.

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.


5) NON-LEATHER GUIDE UPDATED FOR 2000

Are you a frustrated vegetarian who loves shoes, but can't find any decent non-leather options? We have tracked down manufacturers, mail order companies, and retailers that carry non-leather dress shoes, work boots, running shoes, hiking shoes, and even ballet shoes!

For the 2000 update of A Shopper's Guide to Leather Alternatives, more vegan mail order catalogues have been added, such as Planet V, Veganline, and Vegan Wears. Information for existing companies now includes websites, e-mail addresses, and new product lines. New products were discovered that might be of interest, such as non-leather bowling shoes, skate shoes, and ballet shoes. A Shopper's Guide to Leather Alternatives now lists fifteen all-vegan mail order companies across the globe from which to choose.

To order the 8-page A Shopper's Guide to Leather Alternatives, send $4.00 to The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203. You can also order online using our SECURE order form at https://skyport.net/vrg/order.htm (You will need to list "NON-LEATHER GUIDE" in the "additional notes" field) or call (410) 366-8343 to order over the phone with a Visa or MasterCard.


6) RECIPE OF THE MONTH: DON'T TELL THE KIDS IT'S TOFU CHEESECAKE

This recipe originally appeared in Vegan In Volume. There are over 125 quantity recipes for every occasion in Vegan In Volume. For more information go to: http://www.vrg.org/catalog/volume.htm.

Yield: 2 pies (10 slices each)

This recipe is very versatile and can be used for everyday or holidays. Top with seasonal fruit for extra color.

CRUST:
2 pounds Graham cracker crumbs*
4 ounces Maple syrup
1/2 ounce Orange extract

Note: be sure to choose vegan graham crackers that do not contain honey to make the crumbs.

FILLING:
2 pounds Silken tofu
3 ounces Orange juice concentrate, thawed
2 ounces Apple butter
1/2 ounce Orange zest
1 ounce Cornstarch (dissolved in 3 ounces of soy or rice milk)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl combine crumbs, syrup, and orange extract until crumbs are moistened. Divide between two 9-inch layer pans, and press firmly into pans. Bake 5 minutes and allow to cool.

In blender, combine remaining ingredients until smooth. Pour into crust and bake for 30 minutes or until top is slightly browned. Cool and refrigerate until firm and set, about 2 hours.

VARIATION: If desired, press crust into individual muffin tins to create "personal" cheesecakes.

Total calories per serving: 259
Fat: 6 grams
Protein: 6 grams
Carbohydrate: 45 grams
Calcium: 36 mg
Iron: 2 mg
Sodium: 280 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.


7) MARCH / APRIL 2000 VEGETARIAN JOURNAL PREVIEW

The March / April 2000 Vegetarian Journal articles include:

Vegetarian Pies - They Keep Us Healthy on the Farm
Vegetarian Vietnam
Super Sauces
Survey of Our Readers
The Vegetarian Cinophile
1999 Essay Winners, Part 2
Vegetarian Action: Pamela Rice

Regular features include:
Nutrition Hotline: Maintaining a healthy lifestyle while traveling
Scientific Update and Notes from the Scientific Department
Product Reviews: Guide to Salsas
Note from the Coordinators
Veggie Bits and much more!

Read 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


8) VEGAN DINNER AT OLD EBBITT GRILL, WASHINGTON, DC SUNDAY MARCH 19, 2000 AT 3 PM

Join VSDC & Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) and friends on Sunday, March 19, 1999 at 3 PM who are jointly sponsoring a restaurant visit to Old Ebbitt Grill, which is easily accessible from METRO in Downtown, Washington, DC. We will meet for this early dinner to celebrate FARM's annual Great American Meatout with a sumptuous buffet.

The all vegan buffet will consist of some of the following entrees. Final selection will depend on the freshest produce available to Old Ebbitt Grill. Some of the ingredients used may be organic, but this will not be known until the day of the dinner.

Menu options include:

Eggplant, peppers, and onions; curried lentil salad; tabouli; roasted beets and walnuts; wild mushrooms; roasted Yukon gold potato salad; cous cous; sweet potato wedges; wild rice with dried cranberries; white beans with roasted tomatoes; basmati rice with lentils; gratin of artichokes; spinach and mushroom enchiladas; tangine of vegetables with saffron rice; and roasted tofu with stir fried Asian vegetables.

The cost with tax and gratuity is $18.00. Seating is limited so please sign up early. The restaurant will only provide us with special atrium seating if we meet a 50- person guarantee. You must register no later than Saturday, March 11, 2000. Include your phone number and mailing address with your CHECK PAYABLE TO VSDC and mail to: Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD. 21203. If you have any questions please direct them to vrg@vrg.org. You may also call Drew at VRG at 410-366- 8343 M-F (9-5) with any questions or to purchase your tickets with a Visa or MasterCard.

Old Ebbitt Grill is located at 675 15th street, Northwest between F and G near the Metro Center Stop on the red and blue lines. Parking on the street may be difficult although there is no charge on Sundays at meters. The restaurant is across from the White House in Northwest Washington, DC.


9) JOB OPENINGS: EDITOR POSITION and REGISTERED DIETITIAN

EDITOR (P/T) to produce bi-monthly vegetarian magazine. Job is in Baltimore, Maryland. Desktop publishing and layout and editing experience necessary. Science background is helpful. Send resume with writing and layout samples to Editor Position, VRG, Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.


REGISTERED DIETITIAN
VRG is searching for an RD who is very knowledgeable about vegetarian diets and with a strong science background to research and write articles/books; answer media, consumer, and professional questions; and be a liaison with other groups. The job is in Baltimore, Maryland. Please send resume, cover letter, and writing samples to: The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.


10) VRG-NEWS READER SURVEY

The Vegetarian Resource Group receives numerous calls from the media and food companies developing new products asking about the make-up of our various readers. You could help us answer their questions by returning the survey below to The Vegetarian Resource Group at survey@vrg.org, or printing out and mailing a copy to The VRG, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203. Thank You!!!

PLEASE INDICATE ALL THAT APPLY:

ARE YOU A VEGETARIAN (never eat meat, fish, or fowl)?
Yes
No

ARE YOU A VEGAN (never eat any animal products including eggs and dairy products)?
Yes
No

ARE YOU A MEMBER OF VRG?
Yes
No

I HAVE A VEGETARIAN: Parent | Sibling | Mate | Child | Friend(s)

I HAVE BEEN A VEGETARIAN:
Under 1 year
1-4 years
5-10 years
11-15 years
16+ years

I AM A MEMBER OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS:

I READ THESE PERIODICALS (PLEASE INDICATE THE ONES YOU SUBSCRIBE TO):

I AM INTERESTED IN VEGETARIANISM BECAUSE OF: (please indicate all that apply)

Health | Ethics | Environment | Animal rights | Religion | Family/friends | Taste | Habit | Media reports | Economics | Doctor | Dietitian
Other:

PLEASE INDICATE THE ITEMS THAT YOU EAT/USE ONCE A YEAR OR MORE:

Red meat | Pork | Chicken | Turkey | Duck | Fish | Seafood | Dairy products | Eggs | Honey | Vitamin tablets | Legal drugs | Cigarettes | Wine | Beer | Hard liquor | Leather

A COMPANY IS DEVELOPING A NEW PRODUCT. I WILL MOST LIKELY BUY IT IF IT IS:
(please pick up to four)

Healthy | Vegetarian | Vegan | Convenient to use | Inexpensive | Kosher | Sold in supermarkets | Low- fat | Low-cholesterol | Low-sodium | Eggless | Tastes good | Sold through mail order | Nice looking packaging | Sold via internet | Without honey | Organic | Not genetically engineered
Other:

I WOULD DEFINITELY NOT BUY A PRODUCT IF IT CONTAINED THESE:
(please indicate all that apply)

Meat | Fish | Fowl | Eggs | Dairy | Honey | Excess packaging | Additives | Preservatives | Caffeine | Genetically engineered foods | White sugar
Other:

I SHOP AT NATURAL FOOD STORES:
Never | Seldom | Moderately | Frequently | Most of the time

I SHOP AT SUPERMARKETS:
Never | Seldom | Moderately | Frequently | Most of the time

I SHOP AT FARMERS MARKETS:
Never | Seldom | Moderately | Frequently | Most of the time

I SHOP THROUGH THE MAIL:
Never | Seldom | Moderately | Frequently | Most of the time

I SHOP OVER THE INTERNET:
Never | Seldom | Moderately | Frequently | Most of the time

GENDER:
Male
Female

AGE:
Under 15 | 16-19 | 20-29 | 30-39 | 40-49 | 50-59 | 60-69 | 70-79 | 80+

DEGREE:
High school | Some college | College degree | Masters | Ph.D.

PROFESSION:
Blue collar | White collar | Manager | Owner | Medical Doctor | Dietitian | Lawyer | Military | Veterinarian | Teacher | At home parent
Other:

RELIGION: Catholic | Protestant | Jewish | Unitarian | Mormon | Muslim | Hindu | Buddhist | Jain | Seventh-Day Adventist | No Affiliation
Other:

I AM POLITICALLY: Conservative | Liberal | Left | Apolitical | Center
Other:

Comments:

Thank you for taking time to fill out the survey!!!


11) ABOUT THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP

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 January/February 2000 Vegetarian Journal 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


12) ABOUT VRG-NEWS

VRG-News is the monthly e-mail newsletter of The Vegetarian Resource Group. This is an announcement list, so subscriber messages are not accepted by the list. If you have a technical question about the list, please contact the list manager, Bobbi Pasternak, at bobbi@vrg.org. If you have any suggestions, ideas, or corrections to VRG-News, direct them to vrg@vrg.org. Thanks!

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