Vegan Potato Latkes

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins at sundown. In the story, during the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE, consecrated olive oil that was only supposed to last for only one night, miraculously burned for eight nights. Hence the tradition of lighting Hanukkah candles for eight nights and eating foods fried in oil like doughnuts and potato latkes.

A few years ago, we first tried Robin Robertson’s vegan potato latkes and LOVED them! Over the...

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Where's Allison's Gourmet?

In 1997, I founded the first online vegan bakery and confectionary. Over the years, the business grew into something I was so proud of. When my daughter was born in 2006, it was the perfect fit for me to be able to choose my own hours, run the business from home (we had a separate commercial kitchen for production), and explore my entrepreneurial DNA.

Ultimately, the business grew beyond the size that was joyful for me, and I wasn't able to spend as much time with my family. It was...

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Animal Advocate Powerhouse Lee Hall

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How lucky we all are in the animal movement to have someone like Lee Hall on our side! Lee has been active in animal advocacy for nearly 30 years. Lee's dedication and wisdom bring a unique perspective to the movement, often bringing into the discussion ideas about tailoring animal rights or welfare to fit with the respective animal—an idea that reminds us all that we need to respect all individuals who are working to make the world a kinder place for animals to live in.  Lee...

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Vegan Cheese Queen Miyoko Schinner

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Miyoko Schinner is an amazingly creative and dynamic force in the world of food. A veteran vegan chef, she's been both an entrepreneur and bestselling cookbook author for many years, and she's a hero of mine. Her most recent inspiration has been revolutionizing vegan cheeses and people everywhere are going wild for her Artisan Vegan Cheese recipes; everything fresh mozzarella to wine-brined aged cheddar. UPDATE: You can now order Miyoko's cheeses to be shipped directly to your...

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All About Slow Cookers with Kathy Hester

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Kathy Hester believes in making meals healthier, one slow cooker at a time. Not only can slow cookers create delicious and nutritious plant-based meals for any number of people, they also create more relaxed and happy cooks with spare time on their hands. In this way, Kathy says, slow cookers can help create mental well-being as well as physically healthy food. Kathy is the writer and chef behind the blog Healthy Slow Cooking, and she's the author of The Vegan Slow Cooker which came...

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Choosing Raw's Gena Hamshaw

Gena Hamshaw, a plant-passionate writer, certified clinical nutritionist and aspiring doctor behind Choosing Raw, shares her vegan and raw vegan recipes while pursuing a pre-med post-bacc at Georgetown University. Through her writing and stellar photography skills, Gena offers a fun, down-to-earth approach to healthy eating. Having overcome a personal history of disordered eating, Gena finds inspiration in her own journey and health revolution—and wants to share it with others to help...

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Elizabeth Kucinich: Champion of Peace, Compassion and Healthy Food

A remarkable advocate for peace, animals, the environment and organic food, Elizabeth Kucinich is an inspiration. She's worked on regional development in a rural Tanzanian village, volunteered with poor children in India, directed public affairs for the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, co-produced an anti-GMO film, and I could go on! If there was ever a woman who would make an exceptional First Lady, in my mind, it would be Elizabeth!

Allison Rivers Samson: First of all,...

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John Robbins: Bestselling Author, Social Activist, and Humanitarian

John Robbins has unequivocally bettered more human and animal lives than any other author. For years, I have admired him and his dedication to advocating for compassionate and sustainable living. The first time we met was in 1997, when I first started my company, (then called Allison's Cookies). Today, I am honored to call John a mentor and friend. With our ultra-busy schedules, it took the better part of this year for us to coordinate this interview. It was definitely worth the wait! I'm...

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Michael Webermann, Farm Animal Rights Movement Executive Director

Since the age of 14, Michael Webermann, Executive Director of Farm Animal Rights Movement has been making a difference for animals. We met at the NAVS Vegetarian Summerfest in 2012, and I quickly recognized Michael as an incredibly motivated human being. Now, as the leader of FARM, he oversees the organization's public education and grassroots activism, such as their 10 Billion Lives tour, World Day for Farmed Animals, Great American Meatout, Meatout Mondays, and Live Vegan website. FARM is...

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John Schlimm: Award-winning Author, Speaker, and Activist

Named one of the “Vegan Men We Love” by VegNews, John Schlimm is an activist, Harvard-trained educator, artist, and the international award-winning author of such books as The Cheesy Vegan, Stand Up!: 75 Young Activists Who Rock the World, And How You Can, Too!, Grilling Vegan Style, The Tipsy Vegan, and Twang: a novel. John came out on The Ellen DeGeneres Show as a pro-meatless, pro-vegetable loving kind of foodie, expressing the sentiment that “no living...

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