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  1. Have you tried The Vegg? I haven’t, because what the heck does one do with a vegan egg yolk? I’ve gotten so use to life without eggs, I picked up a pack of The Vegg only to put it down again because I can’t wrap my head around the idea of a vegan egg yolk. Can you make omelets with it? Is it only for baking? Do I even like omeletes? I don’t have the answers (according to The Vegg’s website, it seems to be a very versatile product), but luckily for me and others just as curious about The Vegg, new vegan marketplace forAnima and Vegg creator Rocky Shepheard are teaming up to offer one SuperVegan reader a copy of Rocky’s new cookbook, The Vegg Cookbook, along with two packs of The Vegg. Let the experimentation begin!

    To enter, simply comment here and tell me what you’d make with The Vegg. 1 winner will be randomly drawn from the comments and announced here on this blog post tomorrow, July 9th. You have until midnight (EST) to enter, so what are you waiting for?


    For those who don’t want chance to decide whether or not they’ll get to try The Vegg and The Vegg Cookbook, you can purchase the book plus two packs of The Vegg for $20 on forAnima with free shipping (to the U.S. and Canada) until July 11th!

    UPDATE: The winner is Terri Cole. Congrats Terri!

  2. This coming Monday, January 14th, Dirt Candy maker Amanda, chef and owner of the only restaurant in NYC that is 100% things that grow from the ground update: committed to vegetables, but not in a mental institution sort-of way, is speaking at the New York Public Library. From Amanda, “Actually, all three of us who worked on the cookbook will be talking: I’ll be going on and on about vegetables and restaurants, my husband will be running his mouth about the history of vegetarianism and NYC’s legacy of lost vegetarian restaurants, and artist Ryan Dunlavey will be using interpretive dance to discuss graphic novels, cartooning, food, and where all three intersect. It’s free, and open to the public.”

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    Monday, January 14, 2013, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

    Mid-Manhattan Library (Map and directions)

    Check it out!

  3. A link to a PDF of the entirety of Salad Daze: The Hot Knives Vegetarian Cookbook is on the loose! And authors Evan and Alex seem to be condoning the situation, though who knows how long Random House will leave it unsecured.



    So I took a look. And you know what? This is a very, very nice looking book. And who wants to cook from a PDF? If you don’t have an iPad in the kitchen, maybe this is the perfect enticement to just buy the real book.

    Great photography, great writing, and a healthy respect for whole foods, all from guys who wear plaid shirts and say “Should we try frying the capers?” “Oh fuck yes.”

    Too bad it’s not matched by a healthy respect for animals. While it’s all vegetarian (except for maybe rennet?) there’s a lot of non-vegan stuff in here. I’d heard so much Hot Knives buzz from vegans that I’d foolishly assumed their stuff was all-vegan. Nope. Oh well. Steal their PDF anyway!


  4. Top to bottom: Renée French, Hazel Newlevant, Ben Snakepit, Liz Prince, and Sam Henderson, a few of the 55 contributors. Buy Digestate here and use code SUPERVEGAN12 for expedited shipping.

    Top to bottom: Renée French, Hazel Newlevant, Ben Snakepit, Liz Prince, and Sam Henderson, a few of the 55 contributors. Buy Digestate here and use code SUPERVEGAN12 for expedited shipping.

    If you’re looking for a great holiday gift, or your books-of-the-year list is a little thin, or if you just like thinking about food and you like to read (which probably covers anyone seeing this blog post!) then Digestate: A Food & Eating Themed Anthology is for you.

    While Digestate is available in some comic book shops, it’s not sold through the big online book stores like Amazon. The best place to buy it is directly from Birdcage Bottom Books. Usually they ship media mail only, but between now and December 25, use the coupon code SUPERVEGAN12 to get it shipped first class for the same price! (I promoted Digestate‘s Kickstarter campaign here back in June; I got my copy for supporting that.)

    Digestate is an anthology featuring 55 comics authors and illustrators. At nearly 300 pages, this is a big book, but quality doesn’t suffer on account of quantity. While the range is wide (fiction and nonfiction, comedy and tragedy; some stories are personal, some more documentary, and some outright surreal), the storytelling and illustration are excellent throughout. Clearly the contributors were genuinely inspired and excited by the concept here. And clearly editor J.T. Yost chose his contributors well!

    If you don’t like a huge portion of what’s in here, you’re probably one of those idiotic ingrates who doesn’t deserve books at all. Or food.

    Yost is a vegan himself, and while there are several other vegan contributors, plenty more are not. Some of the pieces are even defences of eating animal products. But don’t let that put you off, vegan reader. The honesty of the authors (even when they’re ethically misguided) coupled with the high level of the work, gives this book signifiant intellectual and emotional weight which would be missing from a compilation of vegan propaganda and cheerleading. Digestate‘s diversity of perspectives is it’s biggest strength. This book doesn’t try to convert anyone, nor does it preach to the choir—because of its bredth and inclusiveness, it can’t.

    Also, by not having a unified pro-vegan message, this book is going to appeal to a lot more people. Anyone reading it will be forced to think about where our (and other peoples’) food comes from, and that’s never a bad thing. The focus is overwhelmingly on the emotional and ethical aspects of food, how it makes us feel in the mind and soul, and who else is impacted by our food choices.

    In a clever touch, Digestate‘s index indicates the dietary preference of each author: “vegan”, “vegetarian”, “omnivore”, “carnivore”, and some more specific: Ayun Halliday is a “lapsed aquariumatarian, current omnivore”, Dan Piraro is an “ethical vegan (as opposed to ‘health vegan’)”, John Kerschbaum is a “pretzel-enthusiast, etc.”, Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg is an “omnivore who loves soy jerky”.

    A lot of my favorite pieces in here are endorsements of non-vegan eating. And I suppose that’s how it should be: we share the world with non-vegans, and some of them are great storytellers. James Kochalka and K. Thor Jensen and (“omnivore”s alike) both contribute excellent and rather sweet stories about why they eat meat even though they know it’s wrong. “Successful Slaughter!” by Marek Bennet (“temperate woodland omnivore”) was just great storytelling and great comics; you’d have to hate reading to dislike it. And “How to Eat Chicken” by Sophia Weideman (“om-nom-nom-nivore”) is the least vegan thing in the world, but its themes of family, memory, responsibility, care, and love still make it totally affecting. Continue Reading…

  5. Cartoonist Ethan Young

    Cartoonist Ethan Young

    Cartoonist Ethan Young is a superhero vegan. So frankly, it’s about time that we interviewed him here. On top of that, Ethan’s new book, Tails: Book 1, is out in stores as of this week. If you don’t know Ethan, or if you only know him through reading his online comic, Tails, then read on, for your life isn’t quite complete until you learn about the life of one of the most well known vegan cartoonists there is. Hilarious and fearless, Ethan isn’t even afraid to be self-deprecating while advertising his own work.

    SuperVegan: For newbie readers, tell us what Tails is about. And I’m talking, is it about you? A part of you you’re afraid to show the world? A part of you that you had to tame down because you know you have a wife watching your comic?

    Ethan: Yes, Tails is about my life, give or take. I’ve always referred to it as the story of a vegan hippie with super powers. The comic incorporates comedic semi-autobiographical stories combined with epic fantasy. My cartoon facsimile is a bit of a dick at times, but my wife already knows that about me. More importantly, Tails is about arrested maturity, and the struggles of becoming a real adult. It just happens to have super-heroes and kittens. And then some super-kittens.

    SuperVegan: I know you’ve done work a lot more raunchy than Tails. Tell us how you went on your strange journey and how Tails serves as the outlet for your angry superhero vegan side.

    Ethan: Ha, I don’t know how much I should actually divulge. Well, my raunchiest art gig was illustrating gay porn. It was fun, to say the least; never a dull moment. I can’t remember any other period in my life where my ability to draw cute girls was utterly useless. Other than that, my professional art career is fairly perfunctory, which is why Tails exists for me to explore some zanier artistic endeavors.

    I started self-publishing Tails back in 2006. At the time, I was a disgruntled worker at an animal shelter; being an aspiring cartoonist while fostering a dozen cats is generally a recipe for frustration. Not to mention the usual 20-year-old problems like relationships, family issues, and low self-esteem. I channeled all of it into Tails, and it was fairly well-received. I later reworked Tails as a webcomic and now it’s back in print, courtesy of Hermes Press.

    Continue Reading…