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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Editor: Davida Gypsy Breier
Volume 5, Issue 4
April 2001


  1. Notes from the Editor
  2. New Vegetarian and Vegan Products
  3. Free Samples from Edward and Sons
  4. Mother's Day Gift Packages
  5. New On the Web
  6. Recipe of the Month: Indian-Style Potato Dish
  7. May / June 2001 Vegetarian Journal Preview
  8. New Cookbook Available - Authentic Chinese Cuisine
  9. Upcoming Vegetarian Events and Conferences
    About the Vegetarian Resource Group
    About VRG-News


In recent weeks media in the US has been spotlighting Europe's problems with Mad Cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) and Hoof and Mouth disease. According to a CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll, about 30% of Americans are very concerned about Mad Cow disease becoming a problem in the US. We've received several calls from reporters wanting to know if people are clamoring for information about vegetarianism because of these issues. We've received a few calls and e-mails, and as knowledge of the problem becomes more widespread, I'm sure we'll receive more. Hopefully, many will choose to exclude all meats, not just beef. As always, VRG will continue to provide information for those interested in becoming vegetarian for whatever reason. If you have friends or family considering changes to their diet and would like to give them a copy of our brochure Vegetarianism in a Nutshell, please e-mail vrg@vrg.org with your request and mailing address or call (410) 366-8343 to obtain copies.


Waffle Heaven
I happened to pick up a box of Waffle Heaven's vegan, gluten-free waffles a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised. They are great for a quick breakfast or snack and can be heated in a toaster. They are available in Homestyle, Blueberry, and Multi-Flax flavors. I've found them in both a local health food store and a national natural foods supermarket. For more information contact:

OroWest Natural Foods
PO Box 428
Santa Cruz, NM 87567

Over the years I've shied away from perfumes because of the decidedly non-vegetarian ingredients used to make many of them. I was quite surprised when I was given a bottle of perfume made by a French company utilizing all plant extracts. They also use shea butter (from a tree native to Africa) for many of their products. For more information contact:

10 East 39th St.
Suite #8
New York, NY 10016
(888) 623-2011


Edward & Sons has created a new line vegan children's gummy vitamins. As with their other "gummy" products no gelatin is used. These chewable vitamins are made with organic fruit juices. Their multi-formula contains vitamin B-12, vitamin D, and zinc.

They are offering samples of the vitamin C formula this month. To receive a sample e-mail vegsample@aol.com with your name and mailing address.

For more information contact:
Edward & Sons Trading Co. Inc.
PO Box 1326
Carpinteria, CA 93014


Looking for something special for Mother's Day this year? How about one of our new Mother's Day gift packages? These special offers are primarily available to our web visitors. Packages include "The New Mother," "The Working Mother," "Just For Fun," and "The Traveling Mother." These package deals come with FREE shipping via Fed Ex Ground/Priority Mail and FREE gift wrapping.

To read more about the packages offered go to http://www.vrg.org/catalog/mother.htm.


A few weeks ago I received a request for a link from an online retailer, VegeCyber Inc., selling vegetarian products. I took a look at the site and was impressed by the unusual products, as well as the reasonable prices. They offered many Asian-style mock meats, such as "salmon," "shrimp," "crab," "fried eggs" (made from lotus root), and "black pepper steak." It appears about 75% of their products are vegan. I decided to go ahead and order a few things, curious to see if their customer service and shipping were as impressive. I was e-mailed within an hour about an out of stock item and the package arrived at my home the next day!

If you are looking for vegetarian products outside of the veggie burger norm, check VegeCyber out at http://www.vegecyber.com. If you would like 5% of your purchase to be donated to VRG enter the code 2037VR on the order form.


This recipe originally appeared in No Cholesterol Passover Recipes by Debra Wasserman

Indian-Style Potato Dish
Serves 6

4 cloves garlic, minced finely
2 teaspoons oil
1 large green pepper, chopped finely
3/4 cup shredded coconut
3 large potatoes, diced
3 ripe tomatoes, chopped finely
Pepper and salt to taste
1-1/2 cups water

Sauté garlic in oil over medium heat for 1/2 minute. Add pepper and coconut, and lower heat. Add potatoes, tomatoes, seasoning, and water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 40 minutes. Stir occasionally. Serve hot.

Total calories per serving: 202
Fat: 6 grams
Protein: 3 grams
Carbohydrates: 36 grams

For Passover and other Jewish holidays, you might wish to consult our books No Cholesterol Passover Recipes and The Lowfat Jewish Vegetarian Cookbook.

No Cholesterol Passover Recipes ($9) includes eggless blintzes, dairyless carrot cream soup, festive macaroons, apple latkes, sweet and sour cabbage, knishes, vegetarian chopped "liver," no-oil lemon dressing, eggless matzo meal pancakes, and much more.

The Lowfat Jewish Vegetarian Cookbook ($15) offers eggless challah, hamentashen for Purim, Chanukah latkes, Passover vegetarian kishke, mock chopped "liver," Russian charoset, eggless matzo balls, and Syrian wheat pudding.

To read more about these books go to: http://www.vrg.org/catalog. 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 prices include 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 May / June 2001 Vegetarian Journal articles include:


Vegan Cooking Tips - From Chef Nancy Berkoff: Rice is Nice, including quick and easy rice-based dish ideas

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

8) NEW COOKBOOK AVAILABLE - Authentic Chinese Cuisine

Authentic Chinese Cuisine, by Bryanna Clark Grogan, is a new vegan cookbook. It offers a short history of Chinese vegetarian cooking, a guide to ingredients, techniques and equipment, and suggestions for planning and serving a meal. Recipe chapters include "Mock Meats," "Savory Snacks and Appetizers - Dim Sum," "Dumplings and Breads," "Noodles, Soups, and Sauces," and "Sweets."

Authentic Chinese Cuisine (185 pages) is published by the Book Publishing Company and can be purchased from VRG for $17 (includes media mail shipping).

*ORDERING INFORMATION* 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 AUTHENTIC CHINESE CUISINE 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.



On April 23rd, 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


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 "May / June 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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