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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Editor: Davida Gypsy Breier
Volume 4, Issue 6
June 2000


  1. Notes from the Editor
  2. Upcoming Conferences
  3. Free Sample Offer from One World Chocolate
  4. New Books Available from the VRG Catalog
  5. Success at the National Restaurant Association Conference!
  6. Recipe of the Month: Seitan/Potato Knishes
  7. July/August 2000 Vegetarian Journal Preview
  8. Calling All Vegans - What's Your Story??
  9. Intern Positions Open at VRG
  10. VRG Vegan Dinner in Colorado on Monday October 16, 2000, 6:30pm
  11. About the Vegetarian Resource Group
  12. About VRG-NEWS


It came as quite a surprise recently when we learned that Beano, a product touted for its gas relieving abilities, was made with fish gelatin. The gelatin, used as a processing aid and enzyme stabilizer, is an ingredient in both the liquid and tablet forms of the product. It seems odd that they would use an ingredient that would exclude their possible vegetarian customers.

Wegman's Food Markets, a supermarket chain in upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania, has recently updated its booklet A Vegetarian's Guide to Healthy Eating to help shoppers with their questions about vegetarianism. This guide was a collaborative project with The Vegetarian Resource Group. Thanks to Reed Mangels, PhD, RD, one of VRG's Nutrition Advisors and Wegman's nutrition program. You can access the guide online at http://www.wegmans.com/kitchen/diet/veggie/index.html.

As our continuing investigation into food ingredients expands, so does our need for more and more research materials. If you have any reference books related to food chemistry, technology, and ingredients that you would be interested in donating to VRG, please contact davida@vrg.org.


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

This four-day program will feature nearly one hundred speakers, representing every faction of our movement. There will be four plenary sessions, 75 workshops, 30 campaign reports, and 15 '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 2000 website at: http://www.animalrights2000.org

Or contact The Farm Animal Reform Movement (FARM) at: PO Box 30654 Bethesda, MD 20824 Ph: 301 530-2011 farm@farmusa.org http://www.farmusa.org


Vegetarian Summerfest 2000 July 5th to 9th, in Asheville, North Carolina http://www.navs-online.org/fest00/index.html

Speakers will include VRG Nutrition Advisor Suzanne Havala, Ken Bergeron (award-winning vegan chef), T. Colin Campbell (medical researcher), Robert Cohen, Bryanna Clark Grogan (author), Louise Hagler (author), Ruth Heidrich (triathlete), Howard Lyman, Dr. John McDougall, Jennifer Raymond, and many, many more.

For more information go to the Summerfest 2000 website at http://www.navs-online.org/fest00/index.html

Or contact The North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS) at: PO Box72 Dolgeville, NY, 13329 Ph: 518-568-7970 Fax: 518-568-7979 navs@telenet.net http://www.navs-online.org/


34th World Vegetarian Congress July 10-16, 2000 in Toronto, Ontario

For the first time in its 90 year history, the World Vegetarian Congress will take place in Canada. Each World Congress is promoted by the International Vegetarian Union (IVU) to publicize and develop interest in the vegetarian cause and to give opportunities for vegetarians to meet. This year's event is being hosted by the Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA) at the Toronto Colony Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Toronto.

There will be workshops, cooking demonstrations, group discussions and formal lectures on topics such as health, being vegetarian, global issues, vegetarian activism, ethics, ecology and food planning and preparation. They are aiming for over 70 speakers. All sessions and meals will take place at the hotel.

Speakers include: VRG's own Charles Stahler and Debra Wasserman, Carol Adams (author of The Sexual Politics of Meat), Rynn Berry (author of Food For The Gods: Vegetarianism and the World's Religions and others), Alex Bourke (co- author of several vegetarian travel guides), T. Colin Campbell, PhD (co- author of The China Project), Brenda Davis, RD (co-author of international best-seller Becoming Vegetarian), Tina Fox (chief executive, Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom), Amie Hamlin (speaking on similarities between the tobacco and meat industries), Mitsuru Kakimoto, DDSc, PhD (president of Japan Vegetarian Society), Roberta Kalechofsky (speaking on Judaism and vegetarianism), Maxwell Lee (chairperson of the International Vegetarian Union and president of VSUK), Jim Mason (author of An Unnatural Order: Why We Are Destroying the Planet and Each Other, and co-author of Animal Factories), Vesanto Melina, RD (co-author of Becoming Vegetarian and Cooking Vegetarian), Ingrid Newkirk (co-founder/chair of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), and Joanne Stepaniak, MSEd (author of The Uncheese Cookbook).

For more information go to the World Vegetarian Congress 2000 website at http://www.veg.on.ca/wvc2000/

Or contact The Toronto Vegetarian Society (TVS) at: 2300 Yonge Street, Suite 1101 PO Box 2307 Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4P 1E4 (416) 544-9800 wvc2000@veg.on.ca http://www.veg.on.ca


Stuart Doblin, food entrepreneur, has created vitamin and mineral enriched organic...chocolate! The Vitamin Mineral Truffles, "the truffles with a hidden agenda," contain 20% of the adult daily requirement of Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D, E and 10% of pantothenic acid, biotin, folic acid, magnesium, copper, iodine, iron, zinc and calcium. In addition to the Vitamin Mineral Truffles, there are Vegan, Non-dairy Organic Chocolate Truffles for those who choose not to use animal products or those who are sensitive to dairy or dairy products. The current vegan flavor is a mango- papaya mixture and Stuart is working on additional flavors that will be on the market shortly.

The first 100 subscribers who contact One World Chocolate will receive a 2 pack sample of either the Vitamin-Mineral or the Vegan Truffle, depending on their request. Send your request and mailing address to mortonseven@earthlink.net. Given our past sample response rate, I am guessing the sample truffles will be gone in a matter of hours, if not sooner.

The Truffles come in 2 and 4 pack sample sizes and deluxe boxes of 6 and 15. The 15 Truffle box sells for $22.50 and the 6 Truffle box sells for $9, plus shipping and handling of $5 up to three boxes. Their website (still under construction) is at http://www.intelligentchocolates.com/. One World Chocolates can be reached at: Ph: 1-888-715-2011 Fax 1-847-784-0044 E-mail: mortonseven@earthlink.net


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.


Incredibly Delicious: The Vegan Paradigm Cookbook, is from Gentle World, the same publishers as The Cookbook for People Who Love Animals, Vegan Nutrition (Dr. Klaper) and Pregnancy, Children and the Vegan Diet (Dr. Klaper). This overview of veganism offers chapters on nutrition, practical cooking instructions, recipes (include raw foods), and living as a vegan. There are also sections on vegan gardening, sprouting, vegan companies and mail order source, and recommended kitchen appliances. The recipe section offers everything from basic soy milk and yogurt to Maui Baked Beans and Potato Wellington. Incredibly Delicious (304 pages) is available for $25.50 (includes RPS shipping).
*See ordering information below*


We currently have about 40 slightly damaged copies of The Vegan Handbook available for $8 each. The Vegan Handbook, edited by Debra Wasserman and Reed Mangels, PhD, RD, is a vegan cookbook and more.

The Vegan Handbook is a needed guide for the novice and long-time vegetarian. It contains extensive information for vegans, including:
* Dietary Exchange Lists for Meal Planning
* Sports Nutrition for Vegetarians
* Vegan Meal Plan and One-Week Menu
* Senior's Guide to Good Nutrition
* 30-Day Menu for Those Who Don't Like to Cook
* Shopper's Guide to Leather Alternatives
* Business, Ethics, and the Environment
* Vegetarian History
* Online Resources for Vegetarians
* And much more!

The Vegan Handbook (224 pp.) normally sells for $20. To read more about the book go to: http://www.vrg.org/catalog/veganhandbook.htm. To order please follow the instructions below. However you chose to order, please mention this is the "VRG-NEWS VEGAN HANDBOOK" special offer to receive your discounted price. The $8 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 recently attended the National Restaurant Association Convention in Chicago thanks to Veat http://www.veat.com/, a company that produces meat analogues, who generously donated their $2400 booth. This opportunity brought us in contact with thousands of food service professionals. Many restaurants want to add more vegetarian options, but need help finding the resources, products, and recipes to make the necessary changes. If you are interested in aiding us in important outreach such as this, please consider making a donation. You can call (410) 366-8343 or email vrg@vrg.org for more details or send a check to The VRG, Donations, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203. We couldn't have done this event without the fantastic help from volunteers Jim Dunn, Maggie Dunn, Dina Aronson, RD, Dan Aronson, Jeff Olichwier, and Stephanie Schueler.

6) RECIPE OF THE MONTH: Seitan/Potato Knishes

This recipe appears in Conveniently Vegan, by Debra Wasserman.

(Makes 12)

These delicious knishes (potato-stuffed pocket sandwiches) make a terrific lunch or snack.

3 pounds white potatoes (4 large), peeled and chopped
4 cups water
Medium onion, finely chopped
8-ounce package seitan, drained and finely cubed
2 teaspoons oil
1 teaspoon turmeric
Salt and pepper to taste
3 cups unbleached white flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

Cook potatoes in boiling water in a medium-size pot for about 20 minutes or until tender. Drain.

Saute onion and seitan in oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.

Mash cooked potatoes and divide mixture in half. Stir half the mashed potatoes with the sauteed seitan/onion mixture. Mix the remaining mashed potatoes with the turmeric, salt and pepper, flour, and baking powder to create a dough. Knead dough for a few minutes. Then, roll dough out on a floured surface until 1/4-inch thick. Cut dough into twelve 4" x 4" squares. Place 1/12th of potato/seitan/onion mixture on each square. Fold corners of dough in and pinch dough tight in center.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place knishes (pinched side down) on lightly oiled cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Serve warm with mustard.

Total calories per serving: 226
Fat: 1 gram
Protein: 8 grams
Carbohydrates: 14 grams
Iron: 2 mg
Calcium: 59 mg
Sodium: 188 mg

There are over 150 recipes in Conveniently Vegan (208 pages), as well as product listings and mail order sources. Recipes include Spinach Lasagna, Sweet Fava Beans, and Bread Pudding. The book is just $15 (including shipping). To read more about Conveniently Vegan visit the VRG website at http://www.vrg.org/catalog/convvegan.htm.

You can order a copy of Conveniently Vegan 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.

7) JULY / AUGUST 2000 Vegetarian Journal PREVIEW

The July/August 2000 Vegetarian Journal articles include:

The Stone Fruits of Summer by Debra Daniels-Zeller
Deli Salads by Rachel Haley Himmelheber
The Audrey Fluke Vegetarian Award
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
Product reviews: Guide to Chips, Pretzels, and Other Snack Foods
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


Would you like to share your experience of veganism with people around the world and see your name and true-life stories in print? Then join a special project. Vegan Stories is the working title of a new book, currently being compiled by Vegan Society council member, Julie Rosenfield, and authorized by The Vegan Society. We are inviting vegans everywhere to contribute their own true-life stories about veganism, whether uplifting, amusing, happy, inspiring, sad or poignant to this exciting new book. The book's aim is to increase awareness of veganism, raise money for The Vegan Society and above all to be a celebration of the vegan lifestyle and all things vegan!

As one of the main aims is to raise money for The Vegan Society, they are unable to offer payment to the book's contributors, but you will have the thrill of seeing your name and story in print in a very special book which will be treasured by vegans for many years to come.

So what's your story? What could you write about? Some ideas might include: how and why you became vegan; funny incidents relating to your vegan lifestyle; maybe you've found or lost the love of your life through being vegan; perhaps you've had to change your job or even move house? And what about all your experiences of travel and ordering vegan food? Maybe you've got some charming stories about vegan children or perhaps you have an unusual hobby?

They would also be very interested to hear about vegan day-to-day life in as many different parts of the world as possible. These are just some ideas but you're welcome to think up any more of your own. They would love to receive your original illustrations, photos, poems, cartoons, and jokes too. Please spread the word and invite all your vegan friends to join us in this project too.

Hope that's enough vegan food for thought to get you started. For more information, please send a large stamped addressed envelope to:
Vegan Stories
c/o Julie Rosenfield
5 Great Bushey Drive
Totteridge, London
N208QN, UK
call 0208 446 3480
visit the website at http://www.veganstories.freeserve.co.uk
e-mail julie@veganstories.freeserve.co.uk.


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.


During The American Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, VRG will hold a dinner for members and others in Denver at the Mercury Café. To register, send $18 including tax and tip by October 1st to VRG, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203. For more info, call (410) 366-8343.


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 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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