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Q & A with Michael Anthony, Executive Chef of Gramercy Tavern

Michael Anthony—Executive Chef of Gramercy Tavern

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.

Movie on a Mission: Bringing It Home

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.

Midcentury Marvel: Q & A with 42's Jud Tylor

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.


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