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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 7
June 1997


1) Books can now be ordered on VRG web site
2) VRG exhibits at American Booksellers Association annual meeting
3) Latin American Resource Guide Online
4) Preview of July/August Vegetarian Journal
5) What's New page and Announce page online
6) Spring 1997 VRG Update online
7) VRG to exhibit at Jain Conference in Toronto
8) Raising a Vegetarian Family online
9) Help people go vegetarian
10) Vegetarian Journal's Foodservice Update Product Guide online
11) Recipes of the Month
12) About The Vegetarian Resource Group
13) About VRG-NEWS


1) You can now order books from our online catalog with our secure order form at https://skyport.net/vrg/order.htm using your Mastercard or Visa. If you get an error using the secure server, you can still use our standard order form at http://www.vrg.org/catalog/orderstandard.htm. Choose from any of the books in the catalog (http://www.vrg.org/catalog), including Conveniently Vegan, Simply Vegan, The Vegan Handbook, The Peaceful Palate, Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Food Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada, or The Vegetarian Way.

You say you've already got these books? Then give one to a friend or your local library. For questions about online ordering, contact Brad Scott at brad@vrg.org.


2) In our continuing effort to bring vegetarian books to mainstream bookstores, The Vegetarian Resource Group had a booth at the American Booksellers Association (ABA) annual meeting in Chicago in early June. The ABA meeting is the largest bookseller gathering of its kind in the US. Once again, we saw a high level of interest in our books. Debra Wasserman did a book signing for her new book Conveniently Vegan. Thanks to volunteer Jim Dunn of Chicago for helping staff the booth.


3) VRG's Latin American Resource Guide is now available on our web site at http://www.vrg.org/travel/larg.htm. This guide includes restaurants, health food stores, and local contacts throughout Latin America. Please let VRG know about additional restauarants, health food stores, and local contacts that should be included in future editions of this guide by filling out the form at http://www.vrg.org/travel/largupdate.htm.


4) The July/August 1997 issue contains articles on:

If you are not currently a subscriber to The Vegetarian Journal, why not join today. You can find subscription information online at http://www.vrg.org/journal/subscribe.htm


5) Now it is easy to find out what has changed on the VRG web site. Just check out http://www.vrg.org/announce/whatsnew.htm to see the recent changes. Check out http://www.vrg.org/announce for any announcements.


6) The Spring 1997 issue of VRG Update is now available at http://www.vrg.org/vrgupdate. Check out the articles on Jeanne Bartas (author of the Aquaculture articles), avoiding taxes while supporting VRG financially, and an update on out Meals on Wheels program.

The Vegetarian Resource Group is successful because of our volunteers and financial supporters (the web site was built completely by volunteers). The purpose of VRG Update is to let supporters know more about The Vegetarian Resource Group so they can see how valuable their support is, and to personalize the faces behind all the work. If you would like to receive the paper copies of this semi-annual mailing, please email Brad Scott at brad@vrg.org. A tremendous thanks to all the people who make VRG possible!


7) The Vegetarian Resource Group will have a booth at the annual Jain Conference in Toronto this Fourth of July weekend. The Jains are a religious sect that teaches avoiding harm to all creatures. However, the children growing up in America often stray from these teachings. Debra Wasserman and Charles Stahler, co-directors of VRG, will show both the adults and children how easy and tasty it is to eat a vegetarian diet. Our past booths at this conference have been mobbed, with lots of kids asking questions.


8) The new Raising a Vegetarian Family section is now available at http://www.vrg.org/family/. You can find articles on everything from Vegan Pregnancy to traveling with vegetarian kids, recipes, books for families, and nutrition articles.


9) Are you frustrated by trying to convince your friends to go vegetarian, but they just won't listen? Here's your chance to help people who are anxious to know more about vegetarianism get the information they seek.

You can volunteer your html building expertise? Contact Brad Scott at brad@vrg.org if you're interested in helping with:

a) 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.

b) Are you a graphics expert? We know the site could use some well-placed graphics. You could add your personal touch to the site.

c) There are always new articles or guides, such as our Vegetarian Vacation Sampler that need to be converted to html. This is an easy way to help out, without a long term commitment.

d) 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 because of visitor feedback.


10) Know of a hospital, business cafeteria, school or university that wants more information on quantity vegetarian cooking? Vegetarian Journal's Foodservice Update has the answers (see http://www.vrg.org/fsupdate).

The Vegetarian Resource Group has produced a list of over 140 companies which offer vegetarian items for schools, restaurants, hospitals, and other institutions. These businesses produce meatless foods in large serving sizes which are easy to use by food services.

This list is a valuable resource for any chef who wants to serve more meatless meals, or any consumer who wants to let their favorite eating spot know about healthy foods they can offer. And the list is now available online.

See http://www.vrg.org/fsupdate/productssubject.htm to view the list sorted by subject (Beans, Bread, Cereals, etc.)

See http://www.vrg.org/fsupdate/productscompany.htm to view the list sorted by company name.

See http://www.vrg.org/fsupdate/productsresources.htm to view a list of additional resources for quantity cooking information, including publications, organizations, consultants, trade groups, and professional cooking schools and teaching chefs.


11) Stay cool this summer with these quick and easy beverages from Simply Vegan by Debra Wasserman.

Tropical Fruit Smoothie

(Serves 2)

2 kiwi fruit, peeled
3 oranges, peeled and seeded
1 banana, peeled
6 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Variations: Substitute different fruits such as pineapple, strawberries, or grapes.

Total calories per serving: 192; Total fat as % of daily value: 2%; Protein: 3 gm; Carbohydrates: 48 gm; Fat: 1 gm; Calcium 102 mg; Iron 0.7 mg; Sodium: 5 mg; Dietary Fiber: 6 gm.

Fruit Whiz

(Serves 2)

1 cup soy milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large oranges, peeled and sections
1 large banana, peeled
5 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Variation: Substitute 3 peeled tangerines for the oranges. Make sure to remove all seeds before blending.

Total calories per serving: 192; Total fat as % of daily value: 6%; Protein: 7 gm; Carbohydrates: 36 gm; Fat: 4 gm; Calcium 98 mg; Iron 1 mg; Sodium: 66 mg; Dietary Fiber: 4 gm.

Blended Delight

(Serves 4)

2 bananas, peeled
1 peach, peeled and pitted
6 strawberries
4 cups orange juice

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Chill and serve.

Variation: Substitute blueberries for strawberries and/or different juices for the orange juice.

Total calories per serving: 178; Total fat as % of daily value: <1%; Protein: 3 gm; Carbohydrates: 44 gm; Fat: <1 gm; Calcium 29 mg; Iron 1 mg; Sodium: 3 mg; Dietary Fiber: 3 gm.

Simply Vegan is available by mail order, through the VRG's website, and in The Vegetarian Store in America Online's Vegetarians Online (keyword VEGAN on the AOL service). For assistance with purchases through the web site, contact Brad Scott at brad@vrg.org. For assistance with The Vegetarian Store, contact Bobbi Pasternak at bobbi@vrg.org. For information on mail order, call (410) 366-8343 or e-mail vrg@vrg.org.


12) 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

Or you can subscribe online at http://www.vrg.org/journal/subscribe.htm


13) 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, quick links to vegetarian websites and USENET newsgroups, and an interactive store which features products from The VRG. AOL members can use keyword VEGAN to visit Vegetarians Online. Whether or not you are an AOL member, you may subscribe to the 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 bobbi@vrg.org.

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

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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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