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Isa Chandra Moskowitz blogs at and is the author of 7 cookbooks, including Veganomicon, Appetite For Reduction and the brand new Vegan Pie In The Sky.
VeganMoFo Banners For Your Blog

VeganMoFo Banners For Your Blog

Psst..wanna’ buy a banner? Okay, I won’t freak you out by opening my trenchcoat. And besides, the banners are, like, free! Please put them all over your site and link back to us here at MoFo Headquarters: Once The Vegan Month Of Food starts, you can also use them in your posts to let people know that it’s a VeganMoFo post. But don’t forget to tag your posts VeganMoFo, too! That can help your traffic a lot if people are seeking out MoFo specific posts.

And now without further ado…the lovely banners designed by Amanda at Will Draw For Cookies! Just right click to download and use. The white ones look a little funny here because of the white background, but they’ll look great on backgrounds that aren’t so very white.

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Welcome to VeganMofo 2011!

Welcome to VeganMofo 2011!

Image from MyZoetrope

In the fall months our kitchens become a haven, and you can’t help but want to share that feeling. So isn’t it just perfect that you get to share it with 800 other bloggers who are just as obsessed as you are? It’s hard to believe that VeganMoFo is in its fifth year! We welcome it with a brand new site and a brand new URL plus plenty of great giveaways planned for the entire month of October.

But The Vegan Month of Food is about more than just recipes (although you can bet it’s about recipes, too!) — it’s also about community. This year saw so many wonderful events that really showcased just what a community we are. There was The Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, which raised more money than ever. And hundreds of us met at Vida Vegan Con, the first ever vegan bloggers conference. More and more people are coming into the fold everyday, whether it be from media coverage, films, pamphlets or bloggers like you. What better place to greet them than in our kitchens?

So thank you all for participating. It’s not always easy, but there’s help along the way (it’s that damn community thing again!) You can always turn to the PPK forums or the VeganMoFo Facebook page for inspiration or practical advice. We’re also on Twitter!

Some of the plans MoFos have got in store for you this year are a month of vegan tablescapes, an entire blog dedicated to creating True Blood menus, and plans to test out vegan creations on omnivorous palates. Of course, you don’t have to have a theme. If you’re new at this, check out our About section to see how it’s done. And if you’ve still got questions, we’ve got FAQs!

This year the cut-off date for signing up is September 28th. A little earlier than past years, but it makes it much easier for us to organize. So head on over to the form and sign up! There are some changes to the form to make things better than ever. We’re going to be making a few categorized lists to make browsing even easier. Want to read only gluten-free blogs? No problem!

And lastly, none of this would be possible without the help of our dedicated VeganMofo team! Amanda, Amey, Gabrielle, Jeni, Jess, Katie, Kittee, Lazy Smurf, Lisa, Luciana and Mo. These ladies completely rock! And a special thanks to Amanda at Will Draw For Cookies for the new design, now we can MoFo in style. So go forth and cook! And eat! And write! We’ll be here to cheer you on.

VeganMoFo Roundup 8: Places In The Heart

VeganMoFo Roundup 8: Places In The Heart

I’ve been feeling a little homesick lately, so this MoFo round up is an homage to missing things.

First up is the place I’m missing…Brooklyn! I lived there for for most of my life. I can remember a time when the only vegetarian restaurant in the borough’s most popular entree was plain lentils and rice. Oh how times have changed! Vegan à Montreal reviews Boneshakers, an establishment I’ve yet to visit. I’ll make sure to change that next time around. Oh, and if you don’t speak French, here’s the English translation in convenient link form.

If you grew up in Brooklyn, surely you’ve eaten mandelbrot, which is essentially Jewish almond biscotti. It means “almond bread” and it’s often called mandel bread in bakeries. This Vegan House veganizes her grammy’s recipe with glamorous results.

Most people don’t think of Brooklyn as being right by the ocean, but it is! I was a beach baby, hanging out at Brighton Beach almost daily, or in my teen years, nightly. I miss being able to take a short walk to the ocean, so Not A Rabbit‘s cute ocean tableau in teacups eases that heartache. These are all edible cupcakes!

Windy City Vegan covers a food that she’s been missing, packaged vegan mac & cheese. Joni to the rescue with a fabulous looking mix you can make yourself.

And last but not least, VeganMoFo roundupper AndyDufresne has a really fun theme this MoFo, “Veganizing Family Recipes.” What a fun idea and just a perfect anecdote for homesickness! Check out In My Vegan Life for the recipes. Today’s is Dad’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Bon Bons.

Happy MoFoing!

Going Vegan Giveaway

Going Vegan Giveaway

I have no scientific study to back me up, but it seems like more people go vegan around Thanksgiving than at any other time of year. Maybe because that dead bird in the middle of the table starts to seem like…a dead bird in the middle of the table? Check out the Vegan Vine’s 10 Revealing Facts About Turkeys for some info on these amazing birds.

With that in mind, we’re giving away a few books from the Book Publishing Company. If you’re vegan already, and know it all, then pass a book along to a friend (with some cookies as bribery, of course).

First up is the most comprehensive book about vegan health and nutrition that I’ve ever read. Or maybe the only one I’ve ever read. In any case, Becoming Vegan by Vesanto Melina and Brenda Davis, is a great reference and full of answers to questions like “Where do you get your…calcium?” (You thought I was gonna’ say protein!)

And next we have two copies of Vegan in 30 Days by Sarah Taylor. The author herself went vegan after Thanksgiving, too! See what I’m saying? This looks like a fun and easy approach to an animal friendly life. Read Bianca at Vegan Crunk’s review.

To enter the giveaway just answer this simple question, what first got you interested in veganism? You can answer this whether you’re vegan or not, I figure. You’re obvs interested if you’re here. Or maybe this post is the first thing that got you interested! Your answer doesn’t have to be long, maybe it was another person, or an organization, a book or some sort of wizardry.

We’ll pick 3 winners at random at around 8pm EST.

Winners are:
christina who said…
mostly, my health. I afraid of dying young from diabetes. coupled with my already weak stomach when it comes to meat, veganism sounded like a natural place to go. I’ve only just begun but I’m really excited and passionate and cant wait to learn as much as I can.

You’ll get Becoming Vegan, christina. And the two Vegan in 30 days books go to:

Kip who says…
A vegetarian I knew randomly talked about how she’d go vegan if it wasn’t for her husband’s love of dairy, followed by a brief overview of Skinny Bitch. Weeks later I listened to my father explain to my mother how milk was obtained. Light went on, end of story.


Jamie who says:

First it was the fear of mad cow disease…then having pieces of animals on my counter when I got married and started cooking for my husband. A little research and here I am….a Vegan! Oh…and having a cow make eye contact from an animal trailer also had a huge impact. Cows have such beautiful eyes!

Please email veganmofoblog at gmail dot com and let us know who you are and where to send the books!

It's called VEGAN MoFo for a reason

It's called VEGAN MoFo for a reason

This is just a reminder that the VeganMoFo feed is for posts about vegan food only. We just don’t want to read about crap that bums us out. It’s a time to celebrate vegan food. So if we see non-vegan food pop up in the feed we are going to delete you. No offense and no judgment, you’re obviously free to do what you want, just not on our precious feed!

MoFo TGIF Giveaway – Fun Stuff From Little Otsu

MoFo TGIF Giveaway – Fun Stuff From Little Otsu

The weekend is upon us! Have you got some big cooking projects planned? We at MoFo Headquarters have been loving all the posts – from the crazy innovative stuff to the grand failures. And to thank you we plan to give you lots of prezzies! Starting with today’s giveaway from Little Otsu.

Little Otsu is a vegan-owned publisher of comics, zines, cards and books. And they don’t put out crap, either – all of their stuff is beautifully designed. Even flipping through their books makes me lazy, everyone just puts so much work into everything.

Today we’re giving away 3 giftpacks from Little Otsu, which include artist Allison Cole’s Tour Diary, along with Jennie Smith and Jessica Seaman’s postcard book. Look how beautiful they are!

Vegan companies and vegan artists, Fridays and giveaways, these are all things that make us happy. Now to enter into the contest just tell us which VeganMoFo post has made you happy this week! Post a link in the comments and tell us why you loved it, and we’ll pick three winners at random, tonight at around 6pm EST.

Please also check out Little Otsu’s site and keep them in mind for the holidays! I know I sound like an infomercial, but they have the cutest stuff that would make the bestest gifts.

Edited: Winners have been chosen!

mackenzie (sweet potato gnocchi)
Jackie Smith (Mo’s show)
and Aaron (Minneapolis)

Winners: please email with your name and address to claim your prize.

Thanks for playing everyone, and look for more giveaways soon!

VeganMoFo Round-Up 2: You Caught My Eye

VeganMoFo Round-Up 2: You Caught My Eye

Wow, over 700 blogs have signed up. And we won’t have an RSS feed until tomorrow! So the MoFo blog roll is like an unwieldy cat that you’re trying to give a bath. Or something. So I just went with the blog titles that caught my eye.

In The Mood For Noodles got me in the mood to organize my spices. A ziplock bag filing system? Of course I’ll never do it, but color me impressed.

There are some decked out peanut butter cups at Hungry Hungry Hippie. I’m a little skeptical about the nooch in the peanut butter filling, but I’ve been wrong before. Like, once maybe.

Having just visited Milwaukee, I was curious as to what was going on over at Milwaukee Vegan Bake Sale. It turns out quite a lot! I’m a sucker for Japanese food and pea shoots, so this was right up my alley. Pea Shoot And Tofu Gyoza! Lots of photos, too.

Is it possible to not click on a blog called Vegan Bunz Of Cinnamon? Not in my world. And I’m glad I did! I love to hear about killer vegan options in unexpected places, like a cheese shop in Wisconsin!

Oh Cauliflowerhead had me at “cauli.” Check out this Singapore blog for Thick Rice Noodle Fried Fish Soup. There’s no fish in there, dummy, it’s Vegan MoFo!

Stephan over at Vegan Stephan is my real life friend, so of course you have to check in and see what your friends are up to. Maybe I was thinking he hadn’t blogged at all and I would get to chastise him, but no dice. He’s made a fantastic looking soup from Terry’s Viva Vegan Potato Kale Soup with Sizzling Chorizo.

If you like to be comforted by apples AND whiskey then get thee to It Ain’t Meat, Babe, where a scrumptious looking crisp awaits you.

Vi?t Nam ?n Chay is written in, duh, Vietnamese! Thank heavens for Google translations. I plan on visiting Vietnam next year so I will be following this blog closely. Maybe she’ll have some of this Mushroom Spaghetti waiting for me when I land.

Well that was a fabulous day 2 of MoFo, thanks for all the great reads, everyone! And hopefully it’s been a nice distraction from election madness. I prefer the kind of tea party that has sandwiches, not bigot witches.

VeganMoFo's Own Kittee in VegNews & Other Fun

VeganMoFo's Own Kittee in VegNews & Other Fun

Only five more days until the most important event in the world. Check out Kittee speaking to VegNews about MoFo. If it doesn’t get you psyched up and in the kitchen snorting nutritional yeast like that scene in Goodfellas (or Blow, or any movie like that), then nothing will.

We’re also all set up on the MoFo boards at the Post Punk Kitchen, sharing ideas and gossiping, so head over there for some fun. And of course the round-ups will begin on November 1st. Try to get our attention with your awesomeness. Or play hard to get, we like that, too.

MoFo LoGos!

MoFo LoGos!

We’ve got a new logo! Thank you to Amanda Chronister (Will Draw For Cookies) for upping our MoFo style by about a million percent. Everyone definitely do send her cookies!

Add the MoFo logo to your posts and link back to this here blog to help us spread the word. We’ve got logos in all the hottest shapes and sizes. You know, like circle, rectangle and square.

Vegan MoFo 2010 Is In The House This November!

Vegan MoFo 2010 Is In The House This November!

Wow, seems just yesterday MoFo was a baby tadpole swimming about the pond, searching for vegan tadpole food and banging her little tadpole head on everything. Now look at her, all grown up, hopping around, ribbiting and breathing air. Vegan MoFo 4 is a veritable Kermit!

So this year we have a great form that will enable us to update the MoFo feed a whole lot more efficiently. The MoFo feed will ultimately be here on the group blog, but we’ll also have an RSS feed as well as a file that you can import into your favorite reader. We’ve thought of everything. Except for t-shirts! We’ll do t-shirts next year.

Thanks to Kittee and Mary for setting this survey up! Please double check for typos as there is no way to change anything without emailing us if you make a booboo. OK have at it! And let’s make this the strongest Vegan Month Of Food yet! You have until November 2nd to sign up. Remember, you don’t HAVE to sign up to participate, but we do recommend it!

The Vegan MoFo form survey, sign up here!