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August 1, 2012 | By Russ Parsons
It kind of makes sense when you think about it, but I was still taken aback by the announcement that the launch party for Joseph Shuldiner's new cookbook "Pure Vegan" will be held at Lindy & Grundy . That, of course, is a butcher shop, albeit of a very particular type. Anyway, the party is Aug. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. It will be very interesting to see what is served. And will the meat cases be full or empty? This is not the time to proselytize, girls. Shuldiner is the founder of the Institute of Domestic Technology, a kind of new-age, back-to-the-roots home ec department.
April 4, 2014 | By Dana Sullivan Kilroy
Not milk? Choosing milk for your morning cereal or coffee used to be pretty simple: skim, low-fat or whole. These days, though, market shelves and refrigerators are crowded with an array of alternatives: soy, almond, rice, hemp and more. While some people opt for these beverages because they're vegan, they have allergies or because they're lactose intolerant, the beverages are increasingly popular for another reason too. "We're all being encouraged to eat a more plant-based diet, and some of these products fit that category," says Andrea Giancoli, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a policy analyst at the Beach Cities Health District Blue Zones Project in Hermosa Beach, an initiative to develop healthier communities.
November 26, 2009 | By Tina Susman
There was something about the chicken splayed across his plate that triggered Gene Baur's gross-out reflex more than 25 years ago. As quickly as you can say "Tofurkey," the Hollywood native swore off eating meat. This week, his Farm Sanctuary movement brought veganism to New York's Tavern on the Green restaurant to prove that Thanksgiving can be decadent without turkey, sausage stuffing and buttery mashed potatoes. That's no small feat for someone who once appeared in McDonald's ads and was known to toss dried noodles doused with butter into the microwave and call it dinner.
February 3, 2014 | By Betty Hallock
Chandra Gilbert is the executive chef of the newly opened vegan Mexican restaurant Gracias Madre. Gilbert moved to Los Angeles from the Bay Area, where she opened the original Gracias Madre in San Francisco with Cafe Gratitude founders Matthew and Terces Engelhart in 2009 in the Mission District. Before working with the Engelharts, she worked at the renowned San Francisco vegetarian restaurant Greens. She was also a pastry chef for Alice Waters' Café Fanny in Berkeley and was a cheese maker at Cowgirl Creamery.
April 30, 2010 | By Charlie Amter, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For a city that bills itself as the "media capital of the world," Burbank's neighborhood bars have been slow to catch up to increasingly discerning palates. Beloved yet dingy dives serving Bud Light for a few bucks, such as Rocky's III, still outnumber slightly more upscale neighborhood pubs such as the Snug, where the Chimay flows on tap. First-time bar owner Tony Yanow saw an opportunity to cater to new Burbank residents and nearby media industry workers, so the former CEO of music.
July 16, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge refused to order a New York City jail to serve vegan meals to three Jewish inmates who claim the diet is part of their faith. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the Rikers Island jail had not caused the inmates the "irreparable harm" required to grant their request. Vegans avoid all animal-based foods. The inmates said non-vegan diets conflict with Jewish mandates to preserve the welfare of animals.
February 29, 1996
In response to the letters re "Meaty Dispute" (Feb. 22): As usual, the antagonists use the full extent of their half-brained deflection technique when defending their lifestyle choices by attacking the vegetarian issue. "Vegan," by definition, is someone whose lifestyle choice is based on ethical consideration. As such, vegans abstain from all animal-based consumption, food and clothing, and avoid household and personal care products either tested on or containing animals. On the other hand, a vegetarian is someone who bases a lifestyle choice on personal health considerations and as such justifies consumption of animal products.
November 27, 2008 | Carla Hall, Hall is a Times staff writer.
At Karen Dawn's Thanksgiving feast, there will be yams and stuffing with cranberries and a dessert of pumpkin-pecan pie, all set out on a table for eight. And there will be turkeys, two of them actually -- Emily and Bruce (or possibly Brucilla -- it's a little unclear). The two 20-pounders will have most of the privileges of Dawn's other sentient guests -- a Pacific Palisades patio, a view of the ocean and vegetarian nibbles.
August 23, 2004 | Sharon Bernstein, Times Staff Writer
Is your car vegan? Actor Michael Bell's is. The 66-year-old Encino resident doesn't eat or wear animal products, and his hybrid car doesn't have a stitch of leather in it. If it had, Bell said, he wouldn't have bought the car, a 2001 Toyota Prius, despite its impeccable green credentials. In raw numbers, vegans such as Bell are so few that they barely register on surveys of consumer habits.
Milk, they say disdainfully, is liquid meat. Honey means the exploitation and sometimes death of bees. Sugar is processed with charred cattle bones. Leather? Dried flesh of a cow corpse, they say. Wool, down and silk? Ignominious results of the abuse of living creatures. These are not vegetarians, who merely abstain from eating meat and poultry. These are vegans, whose numbers range anywhere from 50,000 to 800,000, depending on which poll you choose to believe.
December 15, 2013
Re "FDA to phase out antibiotic use by farms," Dec. 12 Not giving antibiotics to healthy animals is a good first step, but not raising animals for food is an even better solution. Antibiotic-free or not, meat tends to be high in cholesterol and saturated fat; much of it contributes to heart disease, cancer and other life-threatening conditions. And as long as farmed animals are raised in cramped, feces-filled factory farms, harmful superbugs will flourish. It's unlikely that factory farmers will voluntarily stop giving animals growth-promoting antibiotics, but everyone can choose to eat tasty vegan foods, which don't naturally harbor harmful bacteria, rather than meat, eggs and dairy products.
December 4, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Jay Z and Beyonce are giving themselves the gift of health for the rapper's birthday. The musical power couple are challenging themselves to a 22-day vegan diet.  The "Magna Carter Holy Grail" rapper, who turned 44 on Wednesday, made the announcement on his Life + Times blog Tuesday, letting fans know that he and his wife are undergoing a major lifestyle change in an effort to become more spiritual. "Psychologists have said it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. On the 22nd day, you've found the way," he wrote . PHOTOS: Beyonce and Jay Z "On December 3rd, one day before my 44th birthday I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!
November 29, 2013 | Mary MacVean
On Thanksgiving, the folks at Cafe Gratitude feel that everybody else has finally caught on. Plates are printed with the question that goes around many holiday tables: "What are you grateful for?" And each day, there is a question of the day -- a practice some find too precious for words and some take as a nudge to live mindfully. Thursday's question was the obvious: "What are you grateful for?" "We're supposed to be grateful 365 days a year," said Ryland Engelhart, one of the owners of the chain of Cafe Gratitude restaurants and the company's chief inspiration officer.
November 16, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Mike Tyson made a n unexpected splash on Broadway last year with his one-man show, "The Undisputed Truth," directed by Spike Lee, written by Tyson's wife, Kiki, and inspired by Chazz Palminteri's "A Bronx Tale. " A film version of the play, taped this summer in New York, premieres Saturday night on HBO. As Times critic Mary McNamara notes in her review, "The Undisputed Truth" is, despite its title, not really about coming clean -- Tyson, for instance, issues a curt denial of the rape charge that sent him to prison for three years in 1992.
October 7, 2013 | By Nita Lelyveld
The inflatable puppy in a hot dog bun was designed to turn heads and stop traffic. And no doubt it would on so many other corners, in so many cities other than this one. Even at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, it was a bit odd to see a bunned, 10-foot-long dog lying on its side, with big black eyes and a belly striped with ketchup and mustard. But was it any odder, really, than to walk through a web of Spider-Men - one rail-thin, one chubby, one wearing a bulging fanny pack?
September 27, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
Nearly 3,000 miles already separate Casa Diablo from Newark City Hall. But this week, Cory Booker strove mightily to increase that distance. After word leaked out that the ambitious young Newark mayor had held a brief Twitter flirtation with a comely exotic dancer here, his Senate campaign in New Jersey issued a statement downplaying the incident. "The only mildly surprising thing about this story is the news that there's a vegan strip club in Portland," Booker's campaign said, indicating that the bachelor mayor knew neither Portland nor Casa Diablo, where one kind of flesh is happily embraced and another strictly prohibited.
A 26-year-old vegan who refused to eat jail meals while incarcerated for her participation in a May Day clash with Long Beach police last year has been released to home arrest. Sarah Roberts of Los Angeles said she subsisted mostly on fruit and lettuce during her 10-day stay in the mental ward of Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles and was "skeletal" by the time jail officials released her May 31.
November 1, 2004 | From Associated Press
For telephone company Chief Executive Norm Mason, a vegan and lifelong animal lover, there was never any doubt what he'd offer at his company cafeteria. Soy steaks and soy sloppy joes, veggie burgers, nachos and other meatless, eggless, butter-free delicacies are cooked daily using heavy bags of texturized vegetable protein. If that doesn't sound so great, consider this: It's all free.
August 24, 2013 | Rene Lynch
A vegan diet: That's what Santa Monica College track coach Joshua Garrett credits for helping him traverse the famed Pacific Crest Trail and possibly setting a record doing it. The rugged 2,650-mile trail runs from the border of Mexico to Canada, crossing some of the most scenic wilderness in the world. It's a once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment for hikers, many of whom cover the distance in chunks over the course of several years. And then there are endurance athletes such as Garrett, 30, of Pacific Palisades, who tackled it all at once.
July 2, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Alicia Silverstone is helping to prove what we already know, with a new twist: You can get just about anything online. Including a hookup to vegan mamas' breast milk. The "Clueless" actress, well-known for her vegan lifestyle and sometimes unusual baby-feeding habits , has started the Kind Mama Milk Share program via her blog, the Kind Life. It's aimed at pairing vegan women who cannot breast feed their babies with other like-minded individuals who have more "clean, mean, glorious breast milk" than they need.
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