July '10
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In This Issue
Heat Wave
V in the News
VegNews India Adventure
What's Hot on VegNews.com
Event Showcase
Vegan Spare Ribs
Vegan Sour Cream
10th Anniversary Issue
VegNews Book Club
Blowout Sale
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 Heat Wave

We’re not sure how it’s already 2010’s half-birthday, but when July brings simmering afternoons spent sunning by the pool, we’re not super inclined to ask questions. No, we have much more important things to do, like celebrate VN’s 10th anniversary! It’s hard to believe it’s already been a decade, and we’re commemorating the occasion in style with our special July+August Anniversary issue—the largest edition in VN history! It’s such a fantastic time to be veg; and we’re reveling in the meat-free revolution. In June, vegan milestones abounded, with The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper announcing he is vegan, and Chef Chloe Coscarelli officially becoming the first vegan to win a Food Network cooking competition. Yes, veganism is hotter than ever, and yes, we're totally ok with that.

 V in the News

2010 Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities
In case you didn't already know, vegans are hotter than ever. On June 29, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) named celebrity trainer Bob Harper and actress Olivia Wilde Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2010. Harper is famous for helping contestants shed pounds on NBC's The Biggest Loser, and Wilde charms television audiences as Dr. Remy Hadley on Fox's House. In early June, Harper shared with VegNews that he went vegan after reading The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD. Wilde recently launched a new website including details on her vegan lifestyle.

EU Vegan Labeling
Recently, the European Parliament passed a motion requiring that food labels document ingredients' origins, including a condition recognizing vegetarians and vegans as people who do not consume animal products. The same provision also states that meat and its derivatives should never be mistakenly labeled as vegetarian, and the term vegan “should not be applied to foods that are, or are made from or with the aid of, animals or animal products.” The legislation makes the European Parliament the first world governing body to officially recognize veganism through enforcing stricter food labeling practices.

Hen Protection Passes
In a huge win for animals, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed AB 1437. The bill will extend the protections guaranteed for egg-laying hens by 2008's Proposition 2 victory—namely the ability to stand up, turn around, and extend their wings—to all the eggs sold in California, even those imported from other states. The new law will go into effect in 2015, at the same time as Prop. 2.

 VegNews India Adventure

Just announced: VegNews Second Great Adventure to India! Due to the amazing response to our first trip—which sold out in just six days—we've planned another epic journey. Join VegNews editors Colleen Holland and Elizabeth Castoria as they host the journey of a lifetime from February 6 to 18. The intimate group of VegNews readers will explore the fascinating state of Rajasthan along with India's capital, New Delhi, and the breathtaking wonder, Taj Mahal. Reserve your space today!

 What's Hot on VegNews.com

You know what's hip? The internets. Here are our top five picks for hot VegNews.com stories you should probably check out right about now.

1. Chloe's Cupcake Wars Vegan Chef Chloe Coscarelli’s desserts take first prize on Food Network’s cooking competition Cupcake Wars, and VN gets the inside scoop from Chef Chloe herself.

2. Vegan Fashion With tank top season officially in full swing, there's no time like the present to revamp your summer wardrobe with these eco-conscious, cruelty-free fashions.

3. Book Preview Take a sneak peek inside John Robbins' latest book, The New Good Life: Living Better Than Ever in an Age of Less.

4. Vegan Tea Party Enjoy a well-deserved break from the scorching summer heat by planning a vegan tea party, complete with cucumber sandwiches and Earl Grey tea, thanks to this fun English tradition.

5. Savvy Southern Getaway Head to Georgia for down-home diners, animal-friendly parks, and all the live music you can handle with VN’s guide to the very best vegan eats South of the Mason-Dixon Line.

+Bonus! This Week's Giveaway: Summer Bronzing Kit

 Event Showcase

Veggie Dog Month
July marks the kick-off of the fifth annual National Veggie Hot Dog Month, and that means a whole lot more than fantastic cookouts. Compassion Over Killing is helping spearhead events all across the country—why not plan a veggie dog-eating contest in your neck of the woods!

Veg Summerfest
Enjoy stimulating workshops, sage speakers, tasty eats, and so much more at the 36th annual Vegetarian Summerfest held in Johnstown, Pa. The event runs from July 7 to July 11 and boasts an all-star roster of speakers including VegNews columnists Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and Terry Hope Romero.

Race for the Animals
Need an excuse to pencil in a workout? There’s no better motivator to step up your cardio than helping save animals. Sign up for Northwest VEG’s first annual Race for the Animals event on July 10 in Portland, Ore., and run or walk this 5K and 10K race benefiting local vegan education and outreach programs.

Animal Rights Conference
Don’t miss the Animal Rights 2010 National Conference on July 15 to July 19 in bustling Washington, DC. This yearly VN-sponsored event is the world’s oldest animal-rights conference, featuring 100 sessions with 90 speakers from 60 different animal protection groups. Make friends, gain knowledge, and help save animals.

Taking Action For Animals
Workshops, lectures, exhibitors, cooking demos, compassionate celebrities—what more do you want in an animal outreach conference? The sixth annual Taking Action For Animals weekend conference runs from July 23 to July 26 in Washington DC, and is sure to educate and inspire both new and seasoned activists.

 Get Cookin'

Vegan Spare Ribs

Here at the VNHQ, we devour these savory, sauce-covered spare ribs as often as possible. VN Assistant to the Publisher Frankie McGee tweaked a recipe from Simply Heavenly by Abbot George Burke to create these tangy, to-die-for treats. There’s no time like the present to make a batch of these baked beauties for cookouts and summer picnics. Of course, slathering them in Frankie’s homemade Barbecue Sauce is the essential last step. One bite and friends and family will be as hopelessly addicted as the rest of us.

Serves 8

What You Need:
1½ cups onions, chopped
1½ teaspoons non-hydrogenated margarine
&frac13 cup nutritional yeast
½ cup tahini
2 tablespoons paprika
2 teaspoons salt
4 cups seitan, roughly chopped and divided
2 cups Frankie's Barbecue Sauce

What You Do:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and lightly oil baking sheet. In a medium pan, sauté onions in margarine until soft. In a medium bowl, combine nutritional yeast, tahini, paprika, and salt. Add onions and margarine and combine well.

2. In a food processor, combine half of the seasoning mixture and 2 cups of seitan and blend together, adding seitan gradually. Set aside and repeat with the other half of the seasoning mixture and seitan.

3. Form mixture into 1-inch-thick patties, and place in rows on prepared baking sheet. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes. Pour 2 cups of barbecue sauce over patties, and increase heat to 375 degrees. Bake for 20 minutes or until well done. Serve with extra barbecue sauce on the side.

Don't miss all the summer recipes you can handle at VegNews.com!

 Product Review

The geniuses at Wayfare Foods, who brought us the delicious, all-vegan We Can’t Say It’s Cheese line, have another spreadable trick up their sleeve: silky, smooth, and zesty We Can't Say It's Sour Cream That’s right, dollops of this dairy-free dip are sure to change everything from sprucing up baked potatoes, to topping off grilled veggie burgers, and cooling down spicy vegan burritos. We’re also big fans of Wayfare Foods' simple soy- and wheat-free ingredients, using only whole grain foods including oats, beans, and rice to create its rich, velvety dips.

 10th Anniversary Issue & Announcement!

We can barely contain our excitement at the VNHQ—our amazing, oh-so-celebratory 10th anniversary issue is on newsstands! With two incredible commemorative covers, our Hot List of 10 must-know vegans, more recipes than ever before, the best veg cities in the country, and fun lists galore, you don't want to miss it.

In just one quick decade we've grown from a black-and-white newspaper to an international print and digital media company with an award-winning magazine, website, blogs, newsletters, events, vacations, and more. And we're just getting started! We have ideas... BIG ideas. Yet as an independent media company, we need your help. In order to take VN to the next level, we're proud to announce the exclusive VegNews Publisher's Circle. As a charter member of this group, you will receive a lifetime subscription to VegNews, 10 gift subscriptions for the recipients of your choice, our freshly redesigned signature oversized tote bag, a personalized thank you from VN's publishers, first notice of upcoming VN events, and the satisfaction that you've invested in the growth of a successful vegan media company. This offer is available for only a short time, so we hope you will join the VegNews Publisher's Circle today—an exciting and unique opportunity to be a part of the future of veganism!

 VegNews Book Club

Dust off your library cards: VegNews has launched its first-ever book club! We will be reading and discussing both fiction and non-fiction works, hosting discussions, and chatting with superstar authors. We'll read one book per month with a new discussion each week, and build our knowledge of the lifestyle we all know and love! We are in the first week of reading Mad Cowboy, and next month we'll pick up Skinny Bitch followed by The Jungle. Jump in now and say hello to Lyndsay, our fantastic book club hostess.

 Brand New Tote!

That's right, we've totally redesigned our signature, oversized tote bags! The sleek, modern new look will carry us into the next 10 years of VegNews. Get your hands on these portable pieces of art in the VegNews Store!

 Preview: August VegNewsletter

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