Join Me at Dun-well Doughnuts! #Vegan #Brooklyn #Donuts!



Come meet The Skeptical Vegan and order a dozen vegan doughnuts! June 16th from 1-2 pm at Dun-Well Doughnuts in Brooklyn. You can grab a copy of The Skeptical Vegan ($20), get it signed (or bring your copy to get signed), meet me, eat donuts, sip coffee, and not talk politics! This will be my only NYC appearance this year!

I’m SO excited to host my first New York City book signing event at Dun-Well Doughnuts! 1) I love doughnuts; 2) see 1. ALSO, I am super-excited that I will also have copies of my NEW book The Smart Parent’s Guide to Raising Vegan Kids.

Share the event with all your NYC vegan (and veg-curious) friends! June 16th. 1-2 pm. Dun-Well! You can see the Facebook event here.


Join Me at Albany VegFest! June 2, 2018!



I’m so excited to be a featured speaker at the 10th Anniversary of Albany VegFest! I will take the stage at 1:30 pm (through 2:15) and talk about the “Business of Ethics.” How I went from a very unlikely vegan to an ethical vegan to a vegan business owner to the Director of Marketing for Compassion Over Killing.

Then, after my talk, I head over to the VIP tent to spend time with fellow speakers and VIP (very important vegans) and round out my day with a book signing at 3:00!

SO much more information below (check out the other speakers, entertainment, sponsors, and vendors. The event is FREE (suggested $5 donation at door) but The Skeptical Vegan (signed) will cost $20 (show special price). I’m also selling the very popular Mind Your Peas and Cukes coffee mugs ($10).

Also, Compassion Over Killing will be tabling! If you’re interested in volunteering, please let me know!

So, join me Saturday, June 2nd from 10AM-5PM {9AM early entry for VIP ticket holders} at the Polish Community Center in Albany, NY!

*** SPEAKERS ***



Bob Comis (The Last Pig documentary)
Susie Coston (Farm Sanctuary)
Kathy Stevens (Catskill Animal Sanctuary)
Rache McCrystal (Woodstock Animal Sanctuary)
Cydney Cross (Out of the Pits)


Sarah Preston
Cam F Awesome
Jamie Robinson



Stranger at Home (3-piece acoustic newgrass band)
Don Ferlazzo (vegan singer/songwriter)


3 Chicks and a P
Aba’s Falafel
Albany KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center
Albany Vegan Lady Gang + Anonymous for the Voiceless
Albany Vegan Network
Alexander’s Bakery
Allstate: The Ferlazzo Agency
Arbonne International + ‘vegan makeup corner’ by distributor BJ Pierce
Beirut Restaurant
Ben & Jerry’s of RPI & Madison Ave. Albany
Berben and Wolff’s
Black Metal Chef
Broome Animal Sanctuary
Burning Books
Catskill Animal Sanctuary
Coalition for Healthy School Foods
Compassion Clothing Company
Compassion Over Killing
Dust Bunny’s Boutique
EverYoung Natural Foods
Farm Sanctuary
Field Goods
Filfil Foods
Green Mountain Energy
Handbag Heaven & More
Hanna’s Meatballs
Happy Pits Deodorant by Woods & Whimsy
HippieCakes Vegan Bakery
Honest Weight Food Coop
HorseRacing Wrongs
Hudson Solar
Hudson Valley Vegans
Larry’s All Natural
Lundberg Family Farms
Maya Gottfried, author
Natural Awakenings
Neal’s Yard Remedies
Merv’s Meatless
New York State Humane Association
North American Animal Liberation Press Office
NY Farm Animal Save (NYFAS)
Out of The Pits
Parlor City Vegan
Pasta Dreams
Pho Yum
Pingala Cafe, The Broccoli Bar
Pride Enjoy
Pure Elements an Organic Salon
Rad Soap
Red Robin Song Animal Sanctuary and Beaver Rescue
Seed Solar & Engineering
Sisters Vintage Aprons
Skin2ition Skin Care
Skylands Animal Sanctuary & Rescue
Sloppiest Joe
Sound Earth
Stay Vocal
The Vegetarian Resource Group
Vital Eats
V Marks the Shop
Whole Clarity
Woodstock Farm Sanctuary
Woodstock Herbal Products
Yeah Dawg
Young Living Essential Oils


Atlantic Natural Foods
Beirut Restaurant
Follow Your Heart
Foundation Youth
Green Energy Times
Happy Pits
Healthy Living Cafe
Herbivore Clothing
Little Anthony’s
Nutrition Facts
Natural Awakenings
North East Paranormal Society
Parlor City Vegan
Peaceful Fruits
Primal Spirit Foods
Raw Revolution
Sanavi Water
Sevia Soda
Tess Challis
Trader Joe’s
The Herbivore Clothing Co.
Vegan Cuts
Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG)
Will Travel for Vegan Food
Woodstock Farm Sanctuary
Young Living
Zippy Cook

Their aim is to bring together the global health benefits of green sustainable living, environmental awareness, and compassion for animals and all beings. Learn more:

Vendor registration IS FULL. VIP tickets are SOLD OUT.


“Give Peas A Chance” NEW @YouTube #Vegan Cooking Show!


Prompted, in part, by the July 2018 release of my new book Mind Your Peas and Cukes: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Vegan Kids, (available now on pre-order) I’ve produced a vegan cooking show on YouTube (official premiere is February 1 with new episodes every Friday! SUBSCRIBE today on YouTube so you don’t miss a single minute!

The show features Claire Peters, vegan chef, and wait until you see her super-simple, delicious recipes that are perfect for the whole family! To watch some teaser videos and subscribe, visit:


“Mind Your Peas and Cukes: The Ultimate Guide to Raising #Vegan Kids” – July 2018



IN case you haven’t heard, The Skeptical Vegan‘s success opened the door for my “follow up” tome, Mind Your Peas and Cukes: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Vegan Kids. If I was excited about the first book, I may be twice as excited about this one.

Picking up where the first book left off, this funny, practical book about raising vegan kids features, well … our vegan kids. And vegan dog. It also features contributions from some of the leading names in plant-based nutrition and anecdotes from numerous other parents who have had to deal with the challenges of just trying to give their kids a healthy, and compassionate, head start.

This book covers so much more than food and snacks and all the important things we put inside our little ones, it also features the true essence of veganism: ethical veganism. Being vegan for the animals. Since … animals are not food.

Coming out July 2018 from Skyhorse Publishing … and I need to get back to writing.


PS – Please pick up a copy of The Skeptical Vegan. Sold wherever books are sold.

Savory, Crunchy, Crispy (Rice Paper) #Bacon Recipe [The Skeptical #Vegan]


For those of you so kind to have purchased The Skeptical Vegan: 1) thank you!; 2) there is an error in printing for one of the more popular/requested recipes: Rice Paper Bacon. The column with the ingredients for the marinade/sauce somehow got lost between the PDF and the printers but, no worries, you can download the full recipe on The Skeptical Vegan website or watch this short video!

Get fryin’!

In the meantime, please stop over to the official The Skeptical Vegan Facebook page and click the EVENTS link to see where I have scheduled book signings and speaking events! Hope to see you/meet you in person … soon!


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Instagram: @anotherskepticalvegan

They LOVE me (so far)! Advance reviews for “The Skeptical Vegan” are coming in …



As a first time author I have NO idea how my words will be received by vegan, and the veg-curious, readers from around the world. So far? So good. The initial reviews on GoodReads are all favorable and the few reviews so far on Amazon … are also great (and the book has gone from #1 New Release in Vegan Diets to Cooking Humor since its release)! I am so grateful!

Of course, I want to sell books but, more importantly, I want to spread the word about going vegan (especially to those people who are looking toward their “golden years”). It’s never too late to go vegan and The Skeptical Vegan proves this in every chapter.

Something else I wasn’t prepare for was seeing my book on the shelves at retail locations (including and AMAZING full window display at our local bookstore, Buffalo Street Books). To think that this is the book based on the blog based on the bet is now a gorgeous hardcover book sharing shelf space with the hundreds of vegans I have admired for years. It’s all so surreal.

And I thank you all.

From here, I am working in preparations to attend the Animal Rights National Conference in Washington DC (August 3-6, 2017) and then back home to get back to writing my next book, Mind Your Peas and Cukes: A Guide to Raising Vegan Kids. You know, all in my spare time.

Here are some recent articles and links worth checking out (also, be sure to follow The Skeptical Vegan on Facebook to keep tab on speaking and signing events):

Please share. Comment. Buy the book. Leave a review. And, most of all …


Movie Marketing Madness: Okja


Chris Thilk

Set in South Korea, the latest Netflix original film Okja is also the latest movie from director Bong Joon Ho, he of Snowpiercer, The Host and more. Okja is the name given to a massive mysterious beast that looks like an elephant crossed with a manatee and a pig who is the closest companion to Mija (An Seo Hyun). The two are always together in an idyllic life being lived with Mija’s family far-removed from much of civilization.

That all comes crashing down when Okja is taken by the Miranda Corporation, owned and run by Lucy Miranda (Tilda Swinton). The company has big plans for Okja, including using it as the basis for a revolution in meat production. Mija isn’t ready to see her friend permanently disappear, though, and sets out to rescue it, variously helped and hindered by individuals who have their own reasons for wanting to see Okja…

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The Wait is Over! “The Skeptical Vegan” has arrived! #GoVegan



Just over a year from finishing (draft 1 of) the manuscript for my first book, The Skeptical Vegan, it is finally here … arriving in mailboxes this week! Shipping right now (according to an email I got this morning) from online retailers (and likely to appear in your local bookstore this coming week)!

I have so many people to thank for this (most of whom are listed in the back of the book) and want to thank Skyhorse Publishing for their incredible support and willingness to publish my story: part memoir/part vegan survival guide. 100% cruelty-free!

I really want to thank the many (how many … I have no idea) people who preordered the book and helped it pop to the top of the #1 New Release in the Vegan Diet category on Amazon! THAT was an on-again-off-again thrill!

Also, get it for your Kindle or Nook and read it on your digital device! The price right now for both the Nook version and a hardcover on Barnes & Noble is not to be missed!

If you purchased it and are expecting to receive it this week, please let me know! Post your photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (use hashtag #theskepticalvegan) so I can find you and thank you again! Also, there are a number of book signings and appearances happening starting in August! Check out the event link on for more information! Hope to see you there!

I am truly grateful.





Let thy Food Delivers #Vegan Goodness! [@letthyfood #veganfood]



I was delighted a while back to see a rather large box from Denver, Colorado knowing that it could be a special gift from the good people at let thy food. And it was. Every so often a new vegan product pops up on the market that changes what people’s perception of “vegan food” is. let thy food‘s products fit this category.

Creamy. Smooth. Cheesy. Tasty. Versatile. 

Five words that are oftentimes not associated with vegan food, let alone vegan dips and spreads.

The shipment (that also contained a beautiful hand-written note from the owners), included their Boulder Ranch and Green Chile Ranch dressings and the Queso Blanco and Hatch Valley Queso dips (could also be sauce for pasta) and arrived just in time for a special wedding weekend where I knew vegan options might be limited (and this wedding would also provide me an opportunity to delight omnivores with delicious vegan foods). Everything I brought was a huge hit.

Creamy. Smooth. Cheesy. Tasty. Versatile. 

… and, the dips? Oh, so spicy! I brought the Ranch dressing to pour over salads and we dipped vegetables in it until it was gone. Then we opened the Queso and dipped pretty much everything else in it. The attendees loved it all!

If you have a chance to get your hands on some … do it now. If you can’t find it at your local grocer or co-op, let thy food has you covered with a huge online assortment (including a selection of SuperFood Parm)! To start shopping, click here.

PS –  PLEASE follow them on social media! Especially on their Instagram account. Some of the most amazing and tempting and gorgeous photos you will ever see!


DON’T FORGET: Preorder The Skeptical Vegan from Skyhorse Publishing! Drops in July but right now it all about preorders!

NuGo Nutrition and the New Vegan



Five years ago this month I started working for Woodhouse, a timberframe company, as their Vice President of Marketing and Communications. This point in time, and its significance in my life, appears throughout my forthcoming book, The Skeptical Vegan.

It was my first week of being vegan.

During my initial meeting and interview with the company president we had a lunch meeting that would be the very first time I ate out as a vegan (see Chapter Two for more details). Also, an ill-fated trip as a new vegan to a Minneapolis steakhouse with a group of burly builders made for some interesting off-menu ordering (see Chapter Three) and it was during my hour and a half commute to my office in Pennsylvania when I first made “the connection” while staring down a hillside of cows (see Chapter Four).

January 2012 was when it all began.

In case you’re looking for product placement in this blog post, you might think it’s my forthcoming book, The Skeptical Vegan, which is available for preorder NOW (comes out in July) and which I keep mentioning. However, the real product placement for this chapter of my vegan journey belongs to: NuGo.


NuGo Nutrition is an Oakmont, PA-based protein bar manufacturer whose “Chocolate Pretzel with Sea Salt” pretty much kept me alive for that first year of being an on-the-road vegan, driving to and from Woodhouse.

As a new vegan I was struggling to find something I could grab quick on the road (after dropping our foster twins off at daycare) that was nutritious, delicious, filling, and satisfying (and available at 7:30 am on my way out of town).

My regular stop took me to Wegmans (on the way) and for the first two weeks I would buy a soy vanilla latte and a couple bananas. Then I would expand into more fruits with the latte but it never felt like I was eating a “meal.” I craved more. A few failed attempts at finding a vegan AND gluten-free protein bar finally led me to NuGo. And I’ve been a fan of all their products ever since (still most in love with the pretzel, FWIW).

They have Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Coconut, Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Mocha, Peanut Butter Cup and more! Getting hungry? Then don’t click here.

Each delicious bar features:

  • REAL dark chocolate for vegans with a sweet tooth
  • High protein for vegans who think about things like protein
  • Low fat for vegans who want to lose some weight
  • Vegan for vegans
  • Pareve for vegans who look for this kind of thing
  • Certified gluten-free for GF/Vs
  • Certified Kosher for Jewish vegans
  • Antioxidant rich for vegans who need more antioxidants!
  • … and their bars are non-GMO-certified!

Every morning I would buy two bars (pretzel) and my latte and listen to satellite talk radio, trying to make all three last me an hour as I drove into northern Pennsylvania to my office. Since I currently live just an hour from the Pennsylvania border, I recently mapped to see how long it would take to get to the NuGo factory so I could stop in and act like Charlie at the chocolate factory but, alas, it’s 5 1/2 hours from home.

Next time I am in the Pittsburgh area … I will hopefully have a chance to stop in and thank the good people of Nugo for helping me become (and stay) vegan.



LOOK for The Skeptical Vegan from Skyhorse Publishing this July and PREORDER now at Amazon or Barnes and Noble!

Healthier BeyondMeat Meets GlutenFree Vegan Risotto all Day Long


risotto with spinach

For the new year Jen and I decided to kick up our vegan diet a notch and go full-on, whole-food plant-based (WFPB). Being vegan was just becoming too easy (also, I had to wean myself from french fries somehow and this seemed like a great time). We’re sticking to this every day of the year with the exception of the first of the month and special events (potlucks) and holidays (Groundhog Day, Arbor Day, etc.).

So far, we’ve successfully made it through Day One with the help of this delicious and very simple risotto. This creamy recipe is 100% WFPB (until you add the optional, but totally worth it, BeyondMeat chicken strips at the very end).

You’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice (risotto rice)
  • One 38 oz. container of vegan vegetable stock
  • 1/2 sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • One 6 oz. package of triple washed organic baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (nooch)
  • One package of BeyondMeat grilled “chicken” strips (defrosted)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a large non-stick cooking pan add 1/4 cup of the vegetable stock and bring to a boil (you can also use a tablespoon of EEOV here but that’s not on our diet … damn it). Add the chopped onions, garlic, and mushrooms and sauté until soft (about five minutes, stirring). Stir in the arborio rice and cook for an additional five minutes over medium-high heat, coating the rice (you’ll start to hear popping sounds … since this recipe is poppin’).

Pour in one cup of the vegetable stock and lower the heat to medium. Stir constantly and with purpose. From here on out you’re going to be feeding the rice the vegetable stock and stirring (adding ingredients along the way). It’s an excellent arm workout.

Once the first cup of liquid has been absorbed, add a second cup (see what I mean?). After the third cup, add the chopped basil and the spinach (the spinach is going to look huge in the pan but will cook down as you introduce it to the rice and stock). See what I mean?


Once the spinach has been completely incorporated, add another cup of vegetable stock. This entire “feed the risotto vegetable stock” process will take approximately 40 minutes (and you will end up using the entire carton of stock). After the final drops of vegetable stock have been added, stir in the nooch until full incorporated (you should have a creamy, cheesy texture at this point). If it seems like it needs more liquid, add a little water or squeeze a half a lemon into it (citrus gives any dish a burst of flavor and freshness).

Test the texture of the rice (perfect, isn’t it?) and finish off by stirring in the whole package of torn BeyondMeat chicken strips into the finished risotto. Heat for an additional five minutes until the BeyondMeat has warmed up. Salt and pepper to taste. If you want … top with some vegan parmesan and a sprig of basil. Your friends are going to be so impressed by you: 1) You made a delicious gluten-free vegan risotto; 2) You topped it with a sprig of basil which is called “garnish” and you’ve never done that before.

They’re all impressed and, after dining on this dish, they’ll all want to #GoVegan.


LOVE this recipe? Want more like it? Pre-order The Skeptical Vegan NOW! Available at and Barnes and Noble! More than 25 of my favorite meaty dishes … veganized and made simple!

I’ve Joined the FARMily!


As 2016 comes to a close and I reflect back on my own vegan journey over the past few years (more on this available this Fall in graphic detail in my forthcoming book, The Skeptical Vegan), I’m amazed at how many doors have been opened for me as I dig deeper and deeper into the animal rights movement.

Having gone from unapologetic meat eater, to herbivore, to vegan, to ethical vegan and then evolving my business interests in the same direction, I’m excited to announce that since mid-October, I’ve been on board as full-time Marketing Director for Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM).

Who is FARM? I’ll explain that in a bit but for now, watch this video (it’s well-worth the 7 minutes):

This 40th Anniversary video, that premiered at a New York City event this past October, says more than I could ever say about this amazing organization that was founded by Alex Hershaft. Since 1976 (started as the Vegetarian Information Service), FARM has been committed to saving farm animals through a wide-array of programs: 10 Billion Lives, Vegan Support, Fast Against Slaughter, Seasonal Days of Action, and the Animal Rights National Conference to name just a few.

Started in 1981, the Animal Rights National Conference is the world’s largest and longest-running animal rights event. With 100 speakers and 60 organizations represented, the conference is open to a diverse array of viewpoints on animal liberation. Conferences are held each year, alternating between the East and West coasts and bring together over 1,500 caring people each year to network, share wisdom and learn new skills. It will be held in Alexandria in 2017 and I’m looking forward to finally attending.

This opportunity working with FARM has allowed me to take my over twenty years experience in marketing and communications, and further apply it to my personal mantra: Animals are not food.

As 2016 comes to an end, I would like to encourage you to support FARM moving forward. Each donation this year will be matched by a very generous donor so every dollar you give is given again toward saving more animals. Click here to give.

Finally, someone asked me the other day what I’ve been up to and I replied with two meaningful words: “Saving Animals.”

One vegan at a time.

I am now at the forefront of a world that respects and recognizes animals as sentient beings, a world that fully understands that our own environment is at risk, and a world that understands that nearly every major disease can be controlled, reversed, or cured with a plant-based diet.

Being a part of the FARMily has opened more doors for me to help more animals to be free.



Watch for the release of The Skeptical Vegan from Skyhorse Publishing in fall 2017! Pre-order The Skeptical Vegan NOW! Available at and Barnes and Noble! More than 25 of my favorite meaty dishes … veganized and made simple for simple people. And smart people, too … like you!

2017: The Year of the Vegan Book


V“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Toni Morrison

The number of vegan book titles available these days is just incredible and this list is expanding at an amazing rate each year. Just over the last few years some of the most anticipated books, by some of the most respected names in veganism (Gene Baur, Jason Wrobel, Mary Mattern, Jackie Sobon, Ruby Roth, and so many more), were released and this upcoming year is going to prove to be one of the most exciting years yet. Everything from ethical veganism to plant-based cuisine to Dave Loves Pigs, there is a wide selection of books for every taste to round out your own personal collection.

Or, better yet, get some of these books into the hands of your friends to spread the word!


Below is my own list (so far) of titles you can expect to see. If you have any to add, please comment below so I can update the blog post and we can keep this current through the coming months!

From the good people at Vegan Publishers, 2017 is going to prove to be a very exciting year with new titles like:

  • Farm to Fable by Robert Grillo. This book, written by the director of Free From Harm, who formerly worked in the advertising industry, is about the many fictions we are taught about non-human animals.
  • The Skinny on Soy by Marie Oser. This book counters a massive amount of misinformation about soy that has been put out there by those with connections to the meat and dairy industries.
  • Millennial Vegan by Casey Taft. My next book will be a guide for younger vegans that provides support, tips for navigating in a non-vegan world, and tips for advocacy.
  • Dave Loves Pigs by Carlos Patino. This is a follow up to the popular Dave Loves Chickens, and is about a monster from outer space who can’t believe that humans eat these amazing animals we call pigs.
  • Libby Finds Vegan Sanctuary by Julia Feliz. As far as we know, this is the first every vegan-themed board book for young children. It’s about a turkey who is rescued and brought to a vegan sanctuary.

And from BenBella Books, expect:

  • PlantPure Kitchen from the same people who brought us the amazing PlantPure Nation film, cookbook, PlantPure Summit, and so much more.
  • The China Study Family Cookbook from the same people who brought you the China Study film, cookbook, and so much more. Someone should come out with a Campbell’s soup or something.
  • Kushi Institute Cookbook founded in 1978 by Michio and Aveline Kushi, Kushi Institute has offered guidance and support to thousands of individuals, families and organizations. The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company is among those organizations which have engaged Kushi Institute to instruct and guide their chefs in creating healthful macrobiotic menu choices which meet the Institute’s  guidelines.

And from Book Publishing Company, check out these titles:

  • ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS and RECIPES: Using the Power of Plant Foods to Heal and Prevent Arthritis, Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Chronic Pain  by Beverly Lynn Bennett
  • HERBAL ANTIVIRALS: Strengthen Your Immunity Naturally by Sorrel Davis

From Skyhorse Publishing:

Other upcoming titles include:

  • NYC Vegan by Michael Suchman and Ethan Ciment (VeganMos): NYC Vegan brings New York’s fabulous foods to the plant-based table. The book was written by native New Yorkers as a tribute to the city they love. From the diners and delis of Brooklyn to the traditions of Little Italy and Chinatown, the foods of New York are the foods of the world.
  • The Vegan Air Fryer: Healthier Versions of Your Favorite Comfort Foods by JL Fields
  • 15 Minute Vegan by Kate Beskow
  • Now available!MeatLess: Transform the Way You Eat and Live–One Meal at a TimeGo Vegan by Kristy Middleton
  • No Meat Athlete Cookbook from Matt Frazier. From the founder of No Meat Athlete: plant-based recipes packed with nutrition to help athletes perform better and recover faster! ORDER here!


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