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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Editor: Davida Gypsy Breier
Volume 4, Issue 7
July 2000


  1. Notes from the Editor
  2. Vegetarian Slide Presentation Available
  3. Free Sample Offer from Mama LaGuardia
  4. New Books Available from the VRG Catalog
  5. More Ways to Support VRG
  6. Recipe of the Month: Watermelon Gazpacho
  7. July/August 2000 Vegetarian Journal Online
  8. Opinions on Movies with Pro-Veg Themes
  9. Intern Positions Open at VRG
  10. David Brower Youth Awards
  11. About the Vegetarian Resource Group
  12. About VRG-NEWS


VRG food service expert, Chef Nancy Berkoff, will be holding a book signing for her new book Vegan In Volume. 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 contact 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.

Don't forget about these upcoming conferences:

Animal Rights 2000 June 30th to July 5th, in Washington, D.C.
Please visit the VRG table if you are attending. For more information go to the Animal Rights 2000 website at: http://www.animalrights2000.org


Vegetarian Summerfest 2000 July 5th to 9th, in Asheville, North Carolina
VRG's Jessica Dadds and Jeannie McStay, will be attending the conference. For more information go to:


34th World Vegetarian Congress July 10-16, 2000 in Toronto, Ontario
Speakers include VRG's own Charles Stahler and Debra Wasserman. For more information go to the World Vegetarian Congress 2000 website at http://www.veg.on.ca/wvc2000/


The VRG now has a slide show for rent or sale called "Vegetarianism - A Lifestyle You Can Live With." Jim Dunn, one of our volunteers extraordinaire, created the slides and text. This presentation covers the many benefits of vegetarianism for health, the environment, and the animals. If you would like to give a talk about vegetarianism at your school, local library, or office, this slide show is a great way to introduce the topic. There are 34 slides and a ten-page speakers guide. The presentation is about an hour in length, but that depends upon the speaker and topics covered. You can rent the slides for $20 for one month plus a $130 deposit. If you would like to purchase the presentation, the cost is $150. For more information, please contact Jeannie at (410) 366-8343 or via e-mail at jeannie@vrg.org.


Mama LaGuardia is offering a free sample of their Apple Butter Mix. The mix is vegan and contains 25 calories. According to Mama LaGuardia, in addition to having a long shelf life, it is all natural, and made without preservatives, artificial additives, yeast, eggs, wheat gluten, or animal by- products. It is also great for camping, as you just need to add water. It is made with apple flakes, brown sugar (beet), and spices. The offer is limited to just one sample per address. To request your sample send an e-mail with your name and mailing address to: mama@ezfoods.net You can also visit their website at: http://www.mama-laguardia.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.


Of the cookbooks I've reviewed, this is the first that made me start laughing and keep reading for entertainment's sake. Dishes like "Johnny Reb Dirty Rice," "Frogmore Gumbo," "City 'Chicken' Legs," and "Black-Eyed Peas and 'Fatback'" are usually vegetarian anathema, but in this instance all are vegan. Additional recipes include Half Moon Pies, Tofu 'Fish' Sandwiches with Tarter Sauce, Jambalaya, Billy Bob's Hors d'Oeurves, and Company's Comin' Cheeze Puffs. Chapters include East Tennessee Favorites, Cookouts, and Trailer Park Specials. And to top it all off, she starts the book with a lesser-known quote by Alice Walker. This has become a personal favorite. Cookin' Southern Vegetarian Style (191 pages) is available for $15 (includes special standard shipping). *See ordering information below*


We currently have about 30 slightly damaged copies of Simple, Lowfat, and Vegetarian available for $6 each. Simple, Lowfat, and Vegetarian , by Suzanne Havala, MS, RD is a guide for those wishing to make simple changes to reduce the fat in their meals. In addition to hints on how to eat wisely at Chinese restaurants and amusement parks, there are 50 lowfat recipes by Mary Clifford, RD. The before and after charts show how to cut the fat without cutting out taste. The book has temporarily gone out of print and these are some of the last copies we currently have available.

Simple, Lowfat, and Vegetarian (368 pp.) normally sells for $15. To order please follow the instructions below. However you chose to order, please mention this is the "VRG-NEWS SLV" special offer to receive your discounted price. The $6 price even includes special standard shipping.


To order either 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.


We will be exhibiting at The American Dietetic Association (ADA) Annual Meeting this fall in Colorado. The ADA meeting enables us to reach over 10,000 dietitians and healthcare professionals with vegetarian information they can share with their clients. Doing booths such as this require an expenditure of about $6,000. On a smaller scale $10 will enable us to distribute copies of our I Love Animals and Broccoli coloring books to 100 students. In an effort to give our supporters more ways to assist The Vegetarian Resource Group, we've added a Donation section on the VRG website. You can go directly to the secure site https://www.givedirect.org/donate/?Action=GC&CID=1561 to donate with a Visa or MasterCard or you can go to the Donation index page http://www.vrg.org/donation/donation.htm to read more about our projects and various ways to give. Thank you once again for your support!


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

This recipe is "fire and ice," spicy hot yet cool at the same time.

12 pounds watermelon, seeded
2 ounces fresh lime juice
2 each fresh chili, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 ounces fresh mint, minced
1 1/2 lbs. zucchini, diced
1 lb. bell pepper

Puree (in blender or food processor) melon (without rind) until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Return 8 ounces of puree to blender and add lime juice, chili, and garlic. Blend until smooth. Add to large bowl and mix. Slowly add mint, zucchini, and pepper, and mix to combine. Serve chilled.

Total calories per serving: 82
Fat: 1 gram
Protein: 2 grams
Carbohydrates: 18 grams
Iron: 1 mg
Calcium: 30 mg
Sodium: 6 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) JULY / AUGUST 2000 Vegetarian Journal ONLINE

The July/August 2000 Vegetarian Journal articles online include:

Deli Salads by Rachel Haley Himmelheber
The Audrey Fluke Vegetarian Award
Product reviews: Guide to Chips, Pretzels, and Other Snack Foods
Notes from the Coordinators

To read these articles go to: http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2000jul/

Additional Feature articles include:

The Stone Fruits of Summer by Debra Daniels-Zeller
A-Maize-Ing Endings with Corn by Chef Nancy Berkoff
Fine Fare on the High Seas by Vesanto Melina
The Vegetarian Cinophile by Emanuel Goldman

Regular features include:
Nutrition Hotline: Vegetarians may reach menarche later and menopause earlier than omnivores
Scientific Update and Notes from the Scientific Department
Veggie Bits
Vegetarian Action: The Maryland Salem Children's Trust
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


Recently young Samuel Stahler went to see the new movie "Run Chicken Run." Although he's only seen a few films in a theater, this one, with its dark cinematography and sinister themes seemed to scare him. At two, he already grasps that he doesn't eat animals, but did he fully grasp the scenes set in a slaughterhouse? That got us wondering about the children, and also adults, that have been affected by movies geared toward kids with vegetarian and animal rights themes, such as "Run Chicken Run," "Babe," "Bambi," and "The Rats of NIHM."

Please send your experiences and thoughts on the subject to vrg@vrg.org for inclusion in a possible article.


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.


The David Brower Youth Awards are for student activists between the ages of 13 to 22 and are presented by the Earth Island Institute. The Brower Youth Awards recognize the outstanding and innovative leadership efforts of youth across the country that are working on environmental conservation, preservation, and restoration. The cash prizes are intended to assist the recipients in their future environmental work. There are no restrictions on the use of the award, and the recipients are generally encouraged to use the prize to assist in their own education or to further their environmental work. Six awards are presented each year. Deadline for application is August 4, 2000.

For more information about the award go to: http://www.earthisland.org/bya/index.htm


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 2000 Vegetarian Journal online 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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