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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 5
April 1997


1) New travel bulletin board on www.vrg.org
2) New Restaurant Update form on www.vrg.org
3) DOS/Mac Vegetarian Game available for download
4) Articles coming in May/June Vegetarian Journal
5) Web volunteers needed
6) March / April Vegetarian Journal excerpts now online
7) Coming soon: Conveniently Vegan, a new book by Debra Wasserman
8) VRG Offers Interactive Sales on America Online
9) Recipe of the Month
10) About The Vegetarian Resource Group
11) About VRG-NEWS


1) Do you have a favorite restaurant you want others to know about?
Did you just return from a terrific cruise (with lots of veg options)?
Was the view fantastic from the window of the veg-friendly bed and
breakfast you just discovered? You can let the world know about your
experiences on the new VRG Travel Bulletin Board at
www.vrg.org/travel/travelbb.htm. The format is the same as the
Feedback page www.vrg.org/feedback, but the topic is travel and
restaurants. So let everyone know what a wonderful time your kid had
at a vegetarian summer camp.


2) Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S.
and Canada (www.vrg.org/catalog/guide.htm) contains over 2,000
restaurants, juice bars, and deli's. Also included are listings of
vegetarian inns, spas, camps, tours, travel agencies, and vacation
spots. We continually update the guide based on readers'
recommendations. Now you can submit changes, deletions, or new
additions online at www.vrg.org/travel/restupdate.htm. If available,
we also appreciate you sending us a copy of the menu via fax at (410)
366-8804 or via mail at The Vegetarian Resource Group, PO Box 1463,
Baltimore, MD 21203.


3) Want to play VRG's Vegetarian game without a web browser? You can
now download a DOS or Macintosh version of the game from the game page
at www.vrg.org/game. We encourage you to give a copy to friends or
relatives, or even better, take both versions into your local school
to teach children or teens (or the teachers) more about vegetarianism.

Yes, we know the DOS version looks a bit outdated, and we really ought
to have a Windows version. Would you like to write one for us? It
would be great to add some cool graphics. E-mail Brad Scott at
brad@vrg.org if you would like to convert the game to Windows.


4) The May/June issue of Vegetarian Journal will be out soon. Look for
articles on these topics:

Gifts Children Can Make from Your Own Kitchen
Rachel Himmelheber has some creative ideas for kids in the kitchen

Conveniently Vegan
A sneak preview of Debra Wasserman's upcoming cookbook

Wrap It Up!
Nancy Berkoff, R.D., delights the taste buds with burritos and salsa

Family Matters Bonus Insert
The second of three bonus family inserts includes articles on
traveling with vegan children, a list of children's books with
vegetarian or animal rights themes, baby food alternatives, more
winners of VRG's children's essay contest, how your liver functions,
and sharing vegetarianism with family and friends

Aquaculture: An Overview
Jeanne-Marie Bartas pens the first of a two-part series on modern fish farming

The Vegetarian Cinophile
Emanuel Goldman analyzes the film "Andre" from the vegetarian

Plus the regular columns on nutrition, products, and vegetarian


5) Want to volunteer your web site building expertise? Contact Brad
Scott at brad@vrg.org if you're interested in helping with: a)
Converting our Spanish version "brochures" to HTML. We also have a
Latin American Resource Guide that is written in both English and
Spanish that needs conversion. b) Indexing our Vegetarian Journal
articles for the travel section. The Vegetarian Journal often contains
articles on travel. We would like to add references to these articles
from the travel page. c) Creating a Family section. With the 1997
Vegetarian Journal inserts on raising vegetarian kids, combined with
previous articles on vegetarian families, we can provide a lot of
useful information. But we need someone to organize it in a way that
will make it easy for people to find what they are looking for. d)
Kids games. Have you seen VRG's I Love Animals and Broccoli Coloring
Book or I Love Animals and Broccoli Children;s Activity Book? We think
these would be a good basis for interactive games for kids. Or maybe
you have a better idea on what works for kids. e) Are you a graphics
expert? We know the site could use some well-placed graphics. You
could add your personal touch to the site. f) Other suggestions? Brad
Scott at brad@vrg.org would love to hear your thoughts on what the VRG
web site should include. After all, the web site contains what it does
now based on visitor feedback.

And once again, thanks to volunteers Jeanie Freeman and Rob Eccles for
converting Journal articles and other pages so they are available to


6) Excerpts from the March/April issue of the Vegetarian Journal are
now available on the web site at <www.vrg.org/journal/vj97mar>. Two
items of particular interest are:

a) The review of "The Vegetarian Way: Total Health for You and Your
Family" By Virginia Messina, M.P.H., R.D., and Mark Messina, Ph.D.
<http://www.olympus.net/messina> and the review of "The Dietitian's Guide to
Vegetarian Diets" by the same authors. The VRG URL is

b) Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Sodas By Reed Mangels,
Ph.D., R.D. <www.vrg.org/journals/97mar/973soda.htm>

Thanks to volunteers Brad Scott and Jeanie Freeman for converting these
articles to HTML.


7) The Vegetarian Resource Group will publish "Conveniently Vegan" by
Debra Wasserman this summer. Learn how to prepare meals with all the new
natural foods products found in stores today! This cookbook contains 150 vegan
recipes using convenience foods along with fresh fruits and vegetables.
"Conveniently Vegan" will be available this summer for $15. To request an
autographed copy, send payment to VRG, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203 by May 25th, 1997.


8) The Vegetarian Resource Group is the first participating vendor in a new
interactive store in America Online's Cooking Club. The store offers
subscriptions to the Vegetarian Journal and our most popular books, including
The Vegan Handbook, Simply Vegan, Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Food
Restaurants in the US and Canada, The Lowfat Jewish Vegetarian Cookbook,
Simple Lowfat, and Vegetarian, Leprechaun Cake and Other Tales, No
Cholesterol Passover Recipes and our "Be Kind to Animals...Don't Eat Them"

Bobbi Pasternak, VRG's online coordinator, worked very hard to get this set
up (thanks, Bobbi!), and it has been quite successful. In addition to
exposing lots of people to the books, many are actually buying them.

The Cooking Club's forum for vegetarians, Vegetarians Online, offers a
separate entrance to the store which features only the vegetarian products.
To visit The Vegetarian Store, use AOL keyword "vegan" then click on the
"Vegetarian Store" button. To visit The AOL Cooking Club, use keyword


9) This month's recipe, from "The Lowfat Jewish Vegetarian Cookbook" by Debra
Wasserman, is appropriate for Passover. It's a favorite of VRG volunteer
Bobbi Pasternak and her husband Dave who plan to serve it at their vegetarian
seder this month.

Passover Vegetarian Kishke
(serves 12)

This vegetarian kishke (stuffing-like mixture) is sure to please your guests
at your next Passover seder.

4 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, grated
2 onions, peeled and minced
2 cups water
1/4 cup oil
4 cups matzo meal
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the ingredients together in a large
bowl. Spoon 1/4 of the mixture onto a large piece of aluminum foil. Roll
mixture in foil into an 8 inch cylinder. Do the same with the remaining
mixture to form 4 8-inch cylinders. Place cylinders on cookie sheet and bake
in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Turn cylinders over and bake 45 minutes
longer. Remove foil and serve kishke sliced and warm.

Total calories per serving: 226; Fat: 5 gm; Total Fat as % of Daily Value:
8%; Protein: 5 gm; Iron: 0.3 mg; Carbohydrate: 40 gm; Calcium: 13 mg; Dietary
Fiber: 2.2 gm.


10) 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. 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.
Membership in the VRG costs $20/year in the US, $30/year in Canada and
Mexico, or $42/year for the rest of the world. Accepted forms of
payment, all in US funds, are Visa, Mastercard, checks drawn on US
banks, and postal 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. Membership
requests should be directed to:

The Vegetarian Resource Group
PO Box 1463
Baltimore, MD 21203
Phone: (410) 366-8343
Fax: (410) 366-8804
E-mail: vrg@vrg.org


11) VRG-NEWS is distributed as a volunteer service of Vegetarians
Online, the forum for vegetarians on America Online. Vegetarians
Online offers message boards, live chats, downloadable files,
informational content, and quick links to vegetarian websites and
USENET newsgroups. AOL members can use keyword VEGAN to visit
Vegetarians Online. Whether or not you are an AOL member, you may
subscribe to the monthly VEGUPDATE newsletter. To do so, send an
e-mail message to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM. Your message should read
SUB VEGUPDATE followed by your first and last names. For more
information, please contact Vegetarians Online host Bobbi Pasternak at

If you wish to cancel your subscription to VRG-NEWS, send an e-mail
message to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM with the following message:

If you wish to subscribe to VRG-NEWS, send an e-mail message to
LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM with the following message: SUB VRG-NEWS
{your first and last name}

Do not include the {} when you enter your name. The newsletter will be
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Contents of VRG-NEWS are copyright 1997 by The Vegetarian Resource
Group. The newsletter may be freely distributed in electronic or print
form provided its contents are not altered.

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