The #Vegan Web Series Based on the Book Based on the Blog. #GoVegan


Coming Friday, August 17th (with a sneak peek video being posted on Tuesday, August 14), subscribe to the new YouTube series that’s based on the book based on the blog. The Skeptical Vegan is the NEWEST vegan variety show and, trust me, you don’t want to miss one minute.

DIY recipes, easy vegan fast food hacks, hilarious commentary, and black coffee. Hosted by me (The Skeptical Vegan), I promise that you’ve never seen anything like this before.


PS – Go here. Click SUBSCRIBE and the click the little bell icon so you get notified when new episodes are added!

DC VegFest 2018! See You There! #GoVegan



Come see me at DC VegFest this year on Saturday, September 15th (11-4)! This one-day event held in Yard’s Park in Washington DC draws in as many as 20,000 vegans and veg-curious and I want to see YOU there this year! Oh, and I’d also be incredibly grateful if you helped support this amazing annual vegan venture!

Compassion Over Killing (COK) hosts this unparalleled day of vegan speakers, vendors, vegan food, fun, cooking demos, music, and ME … cartooning for the kids (more on this below). But, they can’t keep doing it without your help and support! Give $1 or $10 or $100 to keep DC VegFest happening! Every dollar counts and every dollar goes straight back to the event!

To donate, click here. See? That was easy!

Now, back to the event! Hosted once again by Grey (who will be featured in a Facebook Live Broadcast with me this Monday, August 6th from the DC VegFest Facebook page), this event also features:

  • Tracye McQuirter
  • Chef Nikki
  • Carol Adams
  • Dr. Neil Barnard
  • Jerri Evans
  • Jo Yonan
  • Ginny Messina
  • Beverly Kumari
  • … and SO many more!

In addition to the main stage events there’s also a Kids’ Zone! And … that’s where you’ll find me. Hanging out with the kids teaching them how to draw farm animals. Cartooning Animals 101 with The Skeptical Vegan! If THIS isn’t incentive enough … I don’t know what is!

Remember, to donate, click here. Not in the DC area? Be sure to share this blog post and invite your DC-area friends!

Go Vegan.


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)


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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.


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 …


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.





The Animal Lyrics Project: A #Vegan Exhibition


Presenting: The Animal Lyrics Project: A Vegan Exhibition

One thing about being vegan and owning a business is you soon discover that all vegan businesses, even those that may consider each other “competition,” work together. Ultimately, we are all on the same mission and anything we can do to make each other successful — leads to an stronger vegan network.

This is why ThankTank Creative invited more than a dozen vegan graphic designers to enter designs into the first Animal Lyrics Project: A Vegan Exhibition. An online gallery of memes (posters) dedicated to music, graphic art, and veganism. Herein is the result of this invitation.


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Represented in this first round of designs:

“Boris The Spider” ~ The Who


“Octopus’s Garden” ~ The Beatles

DESIGNER NAME/COMPANY: Shannon Claire Hickman / / Instagram: @anotherhungryvegan

“Barracuda” ~ Heart

DESIGNER NAME/COMPANY: Jennifer Adler / Survival By Design / / @SBDCards / FB/survivalbydesigncards

“Blackbird” ~ The Beatles

DESIGNER NAME/COMPANY: Laurie Johnston/Two Trick Pony | | @LauriePony | Instagram: TwoTrickLaurie We are on FB and Pinterest as well

“Crocodile Rock” ~ Elton John


“White Rabbit” ~ Jefferson Airplane

DESIGNER NAME/COMPANY: Anna Magombe Creative Thinking / / FB/AnnaMagombeCreativeThinking | / @annamagombe

“I Am The Walrus” ~ The Beatles

DESIGNER NAME/COMPANY: ThankTank Creative / Teenus McManus

“Karma Chameleon” ~ Culture Club

DESIGNER NAME/COMPANY: Carmella Lanni, The Food Duo / / / @thefoodduo

“I Like Birds” ~ The Eels

DESIGNER NAME/COMPANY: ThankTank Creative / Teenus McManus

“The Lion Sleeps Tonight” ~ The Tokens

DESIGNER NAME/COMPANY: Elana Lavine / Klean-Slate @klean_slate /

“Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey” ~ The Beatles


“Piggies” ~ The Beatles

DESIGNER NAME/COMPANY: Holly Mae Taylor: Motion, Digital, Print, and Web Design /

“When Doves Cry” ~ Prince

DESIGNER NAME/COMPANY: Carmella Lanni, The Food Duo / / FB/thefoodduo / @thefoodduo

“Wild Horses” ~ Rolling Stones


“Year Of The Cat” ~ Al Stewart

DESIGNER NAME/COMPANY: Eric C Lindstrom / ThankTank Creative /


Each of these above graphics are optimized to be shared (clicking brings up the source file) as well as proportional to most smartphone screens (they make excellent wallpaper). Promote veganism … promote the vegan lifestyle.

“The moment I began to understand what was going on with the treatment of animals, it led me more and more in the way of the path I am [on] now, which is a complete vegan.'”
~ Bryan Adams

You can read more about the project and designers here as well as browse the full gallery of images in another format on the ThankTankCreative website. Thank you to all the designers who took part in this exhibition and thank you for all you do for the animals.

Please share and comment below and support these designers as they produce beautiful work … for the animals.

Go vegan.

I’m Vegan and I’m Better than You …



I’m vegan and I’m better than you. Not really but kind of. Vegans have a reputation for being judgmental about everything. Somehow thinking we are better than the 97% of Americans who are omnivores (and vegetarians). Of course, vegans aren’t better than 97% of Americans but, really … we are.

Being vegan means you’re trying to suck less. In everything you do. You take the time to make decisions that are good for your health, the well-being of animals, and the sustainability of our planet. You are thinking about all your actions and how they impact the environment (meaning personal environment as well as the world). That seems better.

Being vegan means you’re making smart food choices. A large part of being vegan is the plant-based diet that doesn’t include meat (or fish), dairy, or eggs (or honey). This means that every meal is planned out and thought through. There is no such thing as just stuffing food in your mouth at an all-you-can-eat Chinese Buffet (if someone opens a vegan Chinese Buffet, I will be first in line, by the way). Vegans, like myself, can get caught in a vegan junk food spiral but still the food choices are far better for our health than eating animals, drinking milk, and consuming eggs (all the evidence you need is right here).

Being vegan means you truly care for all creatures on the planet. Not just Aunt Janet. We care about all animals and want to end suffering and torture and brutal, senseless murder. Vegans do this by not eating animals and by not supporting industries that torture and kill animals. Vegans won’t wear leather, wool, or silk as a result of these beliefs. Still sounds better.

Being vegan means you have more money for fun things, like vegan vacations. Believe it or not, vegan shopping is far less expensive than shopping as an omnivore. It’s said we “shop around the edges.” Meat costs add up and a plant-based diet leaves you with more money to tuck away or spend on a fabulous vegan vacation (we just returned from London and Paris and ate at every vegan restaurant we could find).

Being vegan means you are healthier. I know some might think we are suffering from a lack of protein and B12 but we really aren’t. All scientific evidence has proven that a plant-based diet is better in the fight against all diseases (including cancer and diabetes), obesity, cholesterol levels (vegan diets are 100% cholesterol free), and our arteries are not clogged with animal fat. Our arteries are like luge tracks. In fact, our blood flow is so great, vegan men don’t suffer from E.D. That’s always a good thing.

Being vegan means you look great! Sure, some vegans are skinny and don’t look healthy at all. Oh, and some vegans are fat. But we all have great skin and great hair and nails! Also, we can wear pretty much anything we want since there is no vegan dress code (old, torn t-shirts with the word “VEGAN” across the front and vegan sandals with socks are fine). Okay, maybe the fashion is lacking but at least it’s 100% cotton.

Being vegan means your appreciation for the little things increases. You have no idea how excited vegans get when they taste a vegan cheese or ice cream that actually tastes good. I mean really, get out much? Palettes become much more sensitive to different flavors, textures, and combinations and, as a result, we really do savor well-prepared food more than most people.

Being vegan means you care. You really do. Care about our own health and well-being, the health and well-being of other humans, the health and well-being of animals, and the health and well-being of planet Earth. This translates to a better world for everyone.

So, if helping to create a better world for everyone doesn’t make you a better person … what does?

Go better …

Go Vegan.

I really like this article about going vegan published last year in The Plain Dealer.


39th Annual Vegetarian Summerfest


Arrived at Johnstown, PA, for Vegetarian Summerfest. Started the weeklong event at a (get this) potluck. Met so many wonderful people already and am looking forward to the programs starting tomorrow (Wednesday).

Had a last minute project of designing some “Vegan” badges to hand out and they are a hit! Will probably wish I made more.

Will hopefully have time nightly to report on the sessions I attend and recap each day’s activities. I know I am going to learn so much about being vegan!

~ Meaty Vegan