Wednesday, December 09, 2009

SAVE: Complete Book of Vegan Cooking


Save £6.00 on this new generation Cranks vegetarian cookbook now on Amazon for only £11.00 instead of £16.99 - a perfect Christmas present to help encourage friends to be kinder to their health and the planet

The Complete Book of Vegan Cooking: Everything You Need to Know About Going Vegan, from Choosing Ingredients to Advice on Health and Nutrition: Amazon.co.uk: Tony Bishop-Weston, Yvonne Bishop-Weston, Formerly Yvonne Bishop and Tony Weston: Books

Signed copies available here (at the full price) - Vegetarian Cookbooks Healthy Recipes

Vegan recipes are the new Nouveau Cuisine - the likelihood of a vegan dinner party guest is greater than any point in history - all your friends should have this vegan cookbook on their kitchen book shelf. A great first step for those who don't know where to start on Vegan diets.

Features great ideas for Christmas including Christmas cake recipe, stollen recipe and christmas pudding recipe

Beef Industry retaliate on Meat Free Mondays


Vegan and Vegetarian News Twonk of the week award goes to

UC Davis News & Information :: Don’t Blame Cows for Climate Change: "Mitloehner said. 'Producing less meat and milk will only mean more hunger in poor countries.'"

What? on the basis that if we stop producing so much, fuelled by massive govt subsidies , we'll have less to throw away and then companies will have less waste product to then take advantage of more grants to turn it into food that can be shipped off to Africa's starving.

Who funded this twaddle?

"Clearing the Air" is a synthesis of research by the UC Davis authors and many other institutions, including the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board. Writing the synthesis was supported by a $26,000 research grant from the Beef Checkoff Program, which funds research and other activities, including promotion and consumer education, through fees on beef producers in the U.S.

Oh I see

"The developed world's efforts should focus not on reducing meat and milk consumption," said Mitloehner, "but rather on increasing efficient meat production in developing countries, where growing populations need more nutritious food." he witters on

Or we could just cut out the middle man and grow and eat more nutritious plant based foods and exporting less McDonald's , milkshakes and essential nutrient free Dunkin Dough Nuts. That would also save electricity, water and the rain forests!

Every respectable health promotions authority in the world now recognises a formula of less saturated animal fat and more fruit and vegetables is the best route to reduce epidemics of chronic diseases such as diabetes.

Finally will someone please ask Twonk brain what he thinks his factory farmed efficient cows will eat? Yes! not factored that into your convenient Beef industry sponsored equation have you?

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Top 10 Food Trends for 2010

Nation's Restaurant News

top 10 food trends for 2010


Top 10 / top 20 food trends for 2010 - The NRN are, it's safe to say, fairly conservative, (their politics have been likened to a little right of the NRA) as you'd expect for a magazine whose readership are chefs who routinely think up new ways to kill animals and make dead rotting flesh taste nice.

The cliche of Chefs' animosity to vegetarians is perpetuated by chefs such as Gordon Ramsay - the only thing he says he hates more than vegans is traffic wardens.

So a good sign indeed that the National Restaurant News, NRN , one letter away from NRA, and their survey of chefs has come out with these encouraging results in their top 20 food trends for 2010 for the ethical environmentalists amongst us.

Exciting times ahead surely , good news for Vegetarian Visitor the UK Restaurant and accommodation guide and perfect timing for The Vegetarian Society's new campaign V Healthy that features leading London Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston's 7 ways to health

(Dec. 1, 2009)
  • 1. Locally grown produce
  • 2. Locally sourced meats and seafood
  • 3. Sustainability
  • 4. Bite-size/mini desserts
  • 5. Locally produced wine and beer
  • 6. Nutritionally balanced children's dishes
  • 7. Half-portions/smaller portion for a smaller price
  • 8. Farm/estate-branded ingredients
  • 9. Gluten-free/food allergy conscious
  • 10. Sustainable seafood
  • 11. Superfruits (e.g. acai, goji berry, mangosteen, purslane)
  • 12. Organic produce
  • 13. Culinary cocktails (e.g. savory, fresh ingredients)
  • 14. Micro-distilled/artisan liquor
  • 15. Nutrition/health
  • 16. Simplicity/back to basics
  • 17. Regional ethnic cuisine
  • 18. Non-traditional fish (e.g. branzino, Arctic char, barramundi)
  • 19. Newly fabricated cuts of meat (e.g. Denver steak, pork flat iron, Petite Tender)
  • 20. Fruit/vegetable children's side items
Source: The National Restaurant Association's What's Hot in 2010 chef survey.

Note 11: Purslane is not a fruit but a succulent herb a bit like a cross between cactus and watercress that has huge amounts of omega 3 essential fats - Chefs obviously still have some way to go but really exciting it's on their radar.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Sir Paul tells EU: 'Less meat means less heat' - Climate Change, Environment

Meat Free 5 A Day Day Campaign: As Sir Paul McCartney jets off to theEuropean Parliament today to try to get them to see sense of reducing meat consumption to save the planet and improve health a London Businessman, Nitin Mehta MBE explain why we all need to examinine the facts on diet and consider them.

Croydon has been nominated the unhealthiest Borough in London and local support groups are struggling to find a way to stop rising the rising rates of childhood obesity and diabetes in Croydon.

Nitin Mehta is convinced Paul McCartney has the answer, an answer that is thousands of years old