On Thursday, GirlieGirl Army posted about holistic health counselor Jackie Topol's "Tips for Cooking Healthy Meals on a Budget." All of this helpful, practical advice is applicable to vegetarians and vegans. Some of it might seem like common sense, but in the way that all the tips are compiled together, this is wonderful food for thought. Also check out Topol's 2007 heebnvegan guest post, "My Experience as a Farmer and Why I've Decided to Go Vegan."
Jewy indie/punk band The Shondes, who are hard at work recording a heartbreak-themed album, will be playing at Hartzveytik: A Heartbreak Survival Society Social on November 14. Terry Hope Romero, co-author with Isa Chandra Moskowitz of the upcoming Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar (as well as Veganomicon and Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World), will be on hand with vegan treats. The show is at Southpaw in Brooklyn and also features Soft Power, Royal Pink, and The Low & The Lowsome.
Alicia Silverstone's Favorite NYC Vegetarian Restaurants
The Kind Diet author Alicia Silverstone recently blogged for Grub Street about visiting her favorite vegetarian restaurants in New York City. Silverstone also made a video of her restaurant adventure, which included a stop at vegan bakery Babycakes with GirlieGirl Army's Chloé Jo Berman and "the greatest Reuben" at Sacred Chow.
Spira-Inspired Tips for Animal Activists
Earlier this month, The Vegan Dietitian featured "Ten Tips for Animal Activists Based on the Life of Henry Spira." The late Spira was a Jewish animal rights activist who was pivotal in ending the kosher meat industry's use of shackling and hoisting in this country. Read Peter Singer's Ethics in Action for more information about his campaign.
Kosher Cheese Controversy
Toobro LLC, a halav yisrael cheese company in Hewlett Neck, N.Y., has so far avoided having its plant shut down after it reportedly failed to pay rent, utility bills, and downpayments in a timely manner. Under its previous owners, the kosher plant was shut down by state officials earlier this year because "continued operation and distribution of its products could pose a serious danger to the public's health, safety and welfare." The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets said that the plant had "excessive levels of bacteria and coliform, as well as containing non-food grade oil" and that the "facility and equipment [we]re in extreme disrepair, posing further potential contamination." (Source: Failed Messiah)