Michael Anthony—Executive Chef of Gramercy Tavern and Untitled restaurant in New York City, James Beard Outstanding Chef of 2015 and author of V is for Vegetables—took a time out from the kitchen to chat with VT about making vegetable-centered meals, the one cooking skill all vegetable-lovers should master, how to vegify cookbook recipes, and more.
I like to buy products with homegrown raw materials when I can, and it’s nice when U.S. authorities help not hinder that from happening. I’m thinking hemp oil, hemp milk, hemp apparel, and (if I ever build my dream house) Hempcrete. Hemp raw materials have to be imported, because a special DEA permit is required to grow the crop. Why? The DEA classifies industrial hemp with marijuana as a Substance I narcotic, though hemp contains at most 0.3 percent of the active ingredient THC—the chemical in pot that gets a person high—a trace amount that won’t even cause you to fail a drug test, points out Linda Booker, producer, director, and editor of the documentary Bringing It Home: Industrial Hemp, Healthy Houses, and a Greener Future for America. Here, Booker answers questions about hemp’s benefits and the movement to allow U.S. farmers to grow it.
Summer’s not just for reruns anymore, it’s a TV season all its own. Actress Dylan Gelula can be seen in two new series launching in June: TV Land’s Jennifer Falls, debuting June 4, and ABC Family’sChasing Life, starting June 10. Gelula’s been meat-free for most of her 20 years.
Juice cleansing is a conscious effort to reduce your intake of toxins while increasing your intake of nutrient-rich foods.
You might recognize Kimberly Elise from her roles in films with Denzel Washington and Oprah Winfrey. This summer, Elise is featured in VH1's new scripted series Hit the Floor, which takes viewers behind the scenes of what she calls the "Mad Hatter world" of pro basketball dance teams. She portrays a former member of a dance team whose daughter signs up for the squad, putting mother and daughter at odds.
Q: How did you get your head around the world of dance teams?
You might not know her name yet, but you probably recognize Canadian actor Jud Tylor from roles on Mad Men, Beautiful People, and That 70’s Show. This year, she stars in the feature film 42, about famed Brooklyn Dodgers hitter Jackie Robinson, in theaters April 12th. The film resurrects midcentury America: segregation, civil rights, and the way national sports can pull a nation together—or divide it in two. Tylor, a committed vegetarian and loving dog-mom, took time out of her busy life to talk food, films, and life in Hollywood.
Q: Should I avoid no-stir peanut butter? Is natural-style nut butter that separates more healthful for me?
Crafted by Robb and Lydia Turner on their woodland farm in New York's Hudson River Valley, Crown Maple Syrup qualifies as a sustainably produced, certified-organic sweetener. We talked with the Turners in anticipation of maple-tapping season, which runs from mid-February to early April, the peak time of year for sap flow. The sap supplies the raw material for the Turners' artisanal syrup varieties, from roasted-nut-and-salted-caramel-tasting light to brown-sugar-and-almond-flavored dark.
Nellie McKay's keen wit sharpens the singer-composer's performances in concert halls and on her five albums, most recently Home Sweet Mobile Home. Her pop-cabaret songs also have been heard on film and TV sound tracks, including Grey's Anatomy and Weeds. Veg since age 8, McKay is an outspoken advocate for animal rights. While gearing up to tour her musical revue I Want to Live! she spoke with VT from her Manhattan home.
If you've ever seen an episode of HLN's Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, youre familiar with the TV journalist's outspoken style. A long-time vegan and animal rights activist, Velez-Mitchell takes the same tough stance when confronting America's food addictions.
Q In your book Addict Nation, you talk about America's addiction to unhealthful eating. Why do you think we're so hooked?
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