Patti Breitman: Book Publisher, Animal Advocate, and Expert on Saying “No”

Patti Breitman is an animal activist who has been sharing a message of compassion for many years through book publishing, food demos, and her involvement in the Dharma community. Her latest book, Never Too Late To Go Vegan; The Over 50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving On a Plant Based Diet, received significant praise and shining reviews. Patti talks to us about saying "no," how nutritional needs change after 50, and what vegan dishes she finds are best received by food demo audiences.

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Vance Lehmkuhl and “V for Veg” Brings Vegan Issues to the Headlines

You might have noticed that vegan topics have moved into the headlines of one of the country's largest newspapers: The Philadelphia Daily News! This development was the result of a long journey by journalist Vance Lehmkuhl, who has been writing about vegan food topics in Philadelphia for over 10 years. Vance sees firsthand the role that media plays in furthering animal rights causes.

Allison Rivers Samson: You've been a significant media champion for animals for many years! How did you...

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Making the Biggest Impact for Animals with Activist Josh Balk

Meat and dairy consumption in the U.S. is on the decline! And we have many powerhouse organizations and activists to thank for that—one of whom is the Humane Society of the United States' superstar Josh Balk. After being one of Compassion Over Killing's first employees, Josh joined HSUS' farm animal protection team in 2005. Since then, the team has achieved significant milestones for farmed animals and reduced the suffering of millions. I'm grateful Josh took the time to talk...

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Soulful Vegan Writer Ellen Kanner

With a book titled Feeding the Hungry Ghost: Life, Faith and What to Eat for DinnerI just had to learn more about the woman behind the creative title—Ellen Kanner! And I'm so glad I did. Ellen is poetic, insightful, compassionate, and so welcoming. She is exactly the type of person who changes hearts and minds about plant-based living. Here's how she's doing it.

Allison Rivers Samson: As an award-winning author and syndicated columnist for The Miami Herald and Huffington...

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Passionate Wellness Coach and Chef Tess Challis

Ever meet someone who seems to absolutely radiate passion and positive energy? Vegan chef, cookbook author, and wellness coach Tess Challis is one of those individuals. Tess focuses on becoming the best version of herself, and it's clear her life's work is helping others thrive too. I'm thrilled I had the opportunity to interview Tess!

Allison Rivers Samson: Since 1991, you’ve been vegan. How did you get started, and what did your own personal journey to health look like?

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Author, Singer, Performer, Chef, and Much More... The Impressive Laura Theodore!

She can sing. She can perform. And she can cook! She is the fabulous Laura Theodore (aka, the Jazzy Vegetarian)! Laura is a widely recognized television personality, and her current show–the Jazzy Vegetarian–airs on PBS nationwide, with an accompanying podcast. I was lucky to have the chance to talk to Laura about the show, building such an amazing career, and of course, living in the Big Apple!

Allison Rivers Samson: First of all, congratulations on being inducted into the...

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Spice Up Your Life: Richa Hingle Talks Indian Vegan Cooking

If you love spices and bold flavors as much as I do, you have to try Richa Hingle's recipes! A cookbook author and popular blogger, Richa has been sharing delicious vegan Indian food recipes for years. I talked with Richa about her social media techniques (she has over 320,000 followers!), her cooking, and who she would most like to share a vegan dinner with!

Allison Rivers Samson: You’ve talked about your love for fostering rescue dogs and how that led you to living...

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Dianne Wenz of Chic Vegan Dishes About New Projects!

Ambitious and filled with a passion for helping others go vegan, Dianne Wenz is simply extraordinary. Dianne runs the website Chic Vegan, along with coaching, hosting cooking classes, and offering nutrition counseling—all with the goal of inspiring and helping others go vegan. Hailed as the original "VeggieGirl," Diane is clearly making the world a much more compassionate place. I am so glad I had the opportunity to talk with Dianne about past work and some exciting new projects in...

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Catching Up with “spabettie” Kristina Sloggett

From managing spas, logging hours of culinary classes, and even spending a summer making fresh pasta for a restaurant, Kristina Sloggett's broad range of experiences have brought her to where she is today -- running a successful food website! Kristina's bright personality comes through in her cooking and writing. I caught up with her recently to talk about her passions and love of Portland!

Allison Rivers Samson: How did you conjure up the catchy name “spabettie?”

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Bonzai Aphrodite's Sayward Rebhal

Sayward Rebhal, the creative mind behind the blog Bonzai Aphrodite, is one fun, truth-telling, loving mama. Author of The Vegan Pregnancy Survival Guide, Sayward provides support, guidance and community to other vegan mothers.

Allison Rivers Samson: From food to cruelty-free fashion and chicken-rescue, your blog covers so many important veg topics! When did you start blogging, and what is your mission with your blog?

Sayward Rebhal: I started my blog at the very beginning of 2009 –...

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