VegKitchen, the next generation: Building our mobile and tablet app

Asian flavored quinoa wraps

With exploding interest in plant-based foods, a VegKitchen.com app is being planned. Help us make vegan meals easier and more fun for even the busiest of cooks! Visit our Indiegogo campaign for details. Cool rewards at every donation level. more→


Mother’s Day Book Giveaway: A trio of books to help mom go vegan!

Never too late to go vegan; I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to eat it any more; quick-fix vegan

This giveaway is now closed … thanks to all for having entered! Are you interested in helping your mom — or wife, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt, or esteemed friend (or even for yourself!) — enjoy a more plant-based diet? Here’s a giveaway featuring three books that will help immensely to that end. And even if it’s someone who doesn’t want to go full-on vegan, these books will help them achieve a healthier lifestyle. more→


Nava’s Fall 2013 Speaking and Exhibit Schedule

Unlike this past spring, when I traversed the US from one end to another, this fall’s talks and appearances will keep me close to my slightly upstate NY home. I’ll be wearing all my various hats for these events — nonfiction writer, vegan cookbook author, and artist, so I’m really looking forward to that.

Friday, Oct. 4 – 26 – Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY – Opening reception for I Do? — a group exhibit about marriage equality. Alas, I won’t actually be at this opening, but it promises to be a fascinating exhibit exploring this hot-button issue. My most recent limited edition book, Why You Can’t Get Married: An Unwedding Album, will be part of this exhibit.


Saturday, October 5 – Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties, NY – CAS’s annual Shindig will be filled with farm animals, food, speakers, demos, and lots more. I’ll be demonstrating how to tame kale, from Wild About Greens at 2:30.

31923_10151467498174859_1910602025_nOctober 14, 2013 – February 21, 2014 – University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, WA: “Under the Wings of  Artemis: Scholars, Artists and the Places Between.” This beautifully titled of exhibit of artists’ books from the U of W special collections will include one of my signature pieces, Sluts & Studs,which will also be discussed in a book that accompanies the exhibition. I don’t know if there will be a formal opening for the exhibit, but, since I’ve already traveled to the west coast twice this year, chances are I won’t be attending.

Friday, November 1 – Oblong Books, Rhinebeck, NY – A reading by several of the contributors to the anthology A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley. I’ll be reading my essay, “Self-Acceptance: A Hard-Fought Battle.” I believe this event begins at 7:00 but please confirm at Nava’ Fall Speaking and Exhibit Schedulecloser to the date.

Wild About Greens by Nava AtlasSunday, November 3 – Pine Plains Library, Pine Plains, NY – This will be my only solo talk this fall; an in-depth but fun demo of recipes and tips from Wild About Greens. The event runs from 2pm to 4pm.

Saturday, November 9 – Millbrook Winery, Millbrook, NY – Sip & Sign, a local author booksigning event. Sample local wines, and get a little tipsy while exploring books by Hudson Valley authors. I’ll be there with several of my titles, including Wild About Greens,  Vegan Holiday Kitchen, and The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life.


The Next Big Thing: A Cookbook Authors’ Blog Hop

Chocolate Peanut butter truffles

Wild About Greens by Nava AtlasI was invited by the wonderful and prolific Robin Asbell to participate in this game of cookbook author tag, in which we each choose a few of our colleagues and answer the same questions about our foodie lives. Such fun to be in this great company! Aside from working on a new cookbook, I’m also traveling around like a crazy person, still promoting my previous two cookbooks, Wild About Greens and Vegan Holiday Kitchen; working on some juicy art projects which include my limited edition artist’s books (I’m excited and honored to be speaking on the subject at Duke University’s Perkins Library later this month); I just relaunched The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life web site; and when I’m finished with my next cookbook manuscript I want to get back to an engrossing nonfiction project I’ve been working on forever. more→


Nava’s Spring and Early Summer Speaking Schedule

Wild About Greens by Nava AtlasThis spring you will find me all over the map, traveling to various venues to speak about my personal work as well as to demo the joys of healthy plant-based food. Please join me if you are in the California bay area, suburban NYC, Raleigh-Durham NC, slightly upstate NY, or Portland, OR:

February 10-13, Richmond, CA: Codex International Book Fair

March 3: NY VegFest, NYC (past)

March 10, Great Neck Library, Great Neck, NY: A plant-strong plan for the spring holidays — a demo and discussion of Vegan Holiday Kitchen  and Wild About Greens– 2 pm.  (past)

March 23, Raleigh, NC: Wild About Greens — food demo, discussion, and potluck, co-sponsored by the Kadampa Center and the Triangle Vegetarian Society. 6 pm.

March 25, Durham, NC: Presentation and talk for the academic community and public at Duke University:  Clarissa Sligh and Nava Atlas in Conversation: Race, Gender, and Identity in Artists’ Books. 6:30 pm, Perkins Library, room 318.

April 12-14, New Paltz, NY: Mohonk Mountain House — Healthy Living: Culinary Tips for a Plant-Based Palate, a weekend of food demos and tastings with Nava Atlas, Fran Costigan, Leslie Cerier, and Whitecliff Winery. My demos will feature recipes and tips from Wild About Greens.

May 24-26, Portland, OR: Vida Vegan Conference — I’ll be speaking on several panels at this annual vegan food and lifestyle blogger’s event.

June 15, Guilderland, NY: Guilderland Public Library — Demo and discussion featuring Wild About Greens as part of Guilderland LIbrary’s Tastes Good/Get Healthy Series. 11 am

July 3-7, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, PAVegetarian Summerfest, at the grande dame of Veg Conferences, I’m a mere part of this amazing line-up of experts in the field of veg cuisine and nutrition.


VegKitchen is Seventeen Years Old!

Spanish vegetable stew

Veggies2smIt just dawned on me that VegKitchen.com went live in January, 1996 — seventeen years ago, and ancient history in internet terms. Of course, it started small, but that’s how things usually start, right? And it has changed and grown ever since. I remember chatting with Mollie Katzen back then, comparing notes, as we seemed to be among the first food authors to go online with our own sites. We marveled at the prospect of having 500 visitors per day; now VegKitchen receives more than 5,000 visitors per day on average, and much higher in the fall due to the popularity of the vegan Thanksgiving area. The numbers continue to mount as interest in healthy, plant-based eating grows.

The biggest change to VegKitchen happened in November 2010, when we switched to the WordPress platform and went from vegetarian to vegan (lagging way behind my actual lifestyle change, as I had gone vegan in 2001). Not that I’m doing a commercial for WordPress, but it made it so much easier to grow the site rapidly and edit at will. We also began incorporating a lot more contributors from the food world, who share articles and recipes on the site, adding other voices to this fast-growing area. And by the way, when I say “we,” I’m basically referring to myself, my webmaster Allen Jezouit at Berkshire Direct, and my assistant, Rachael Braun, who tends to the site almost daily. I thank them for their contributions to VegKitchen’s recent growth.

VegKitchen is but one of three major careers I juggle simultaneously — the others include writing cookbooks and other non-fiction; and visual art (mostly text-driven — I guess I really like words!). It has become a great way to connect with others in the healthy food and vegan communities, and a platform for sharing information that people are seeking these days. It still boggles my mind that VegKitchen is seventeen, and I look forward to celebrating twenty years online in just three years from now.


Signed copies of Nava’s books — great holiday gifts!

I have a good supply of Vegan Holiday Kitchen on hand, so I’m putting them on sale here for the same price you’d pay on Amazon, with the shipping. In addition, I just received a batch of my 2009 book of humor, Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife, at a bargain price. These orders go securely through PayPal. You’ll see a space there for a message, where you can list to whom you’d like the books inscribed, or if you want them simply signed. So, here’s what’s on sale! These prices include shipping on U.S. orders; for Canadian orders, please add an additional $5.00 for shipping.


Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava AtlasVegan Holiday Kitchen: More than 200 Delicious, Festive Recipe for Special Occasions

With more than 200 mouthwatering recipes, Vegan Holiday Kitchen is your go-to resource for recipes and menus for major holidays. Vegans can at last celebrate the holidays with gusto and enjoy every course of the meal—from appetizers to desserts. What’s more, these lovingly crafted dishes will satisfy everyone who loves great food, no matter what their culinary preferences. There’s no reason to wait for a special occasion to enjoy these recipes—they’re healthy and uncomplicated enough for everyday fare. Read more about Vegan Holiday Kitchen.


secret recipes for the modern wife by nava atlasSecret Recipes for the Modern Wife: All the Dishes You’ll Need to Make from the Day You Say “I Do” Until Death (or Divorce) Do You Part 

Flavored with frustration, simmering with rage, and iced with affection, these “recipes” will make you laugh as you multitask your way through the challenges and joys of matrimony. Enveloped in them are the secrets — delicious, distressing, and everything in between — that accompany women on their marital journeys. Please note, this is NOT a real cookbook! But it IS a perfect gift for newlywed, newly divorced, and those in it for the long haul. And for anyone who loves retro art and imagery. Read more about Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife.


Shopping Organic on a Budget

Organic farming first emerged out of the natural grocer movement that arose early last century. In the last twenty years, the word organic seems to have permeated every level of consumer society. The term organic foods describes consumables grown without synthetic hormones, fertilizer or pesticides. Lately, it has also come to mean foods that are not genetically modified, irradiated or abused with non-nutritive food additives.

Organic food is the most rapidly growing element of the American grocery business. In the US, organic groceries grew 20% a year over the last five years. It had the strongest growth among the fruits and vegetables department. The very selective and careful nature of organic growing coupled with the rising demand for organic grocery items means that organic groceries are often more expensive than non-organic food. It becomes very important to save money while pursuing good health. Three ways to save organically include:

1. Bulk-buy at an organic grocery store or in the organic section of a standard grocery store. Organic fruits and vegetables often have very specific seasons. Bulk buying followed by a good bout with canning can help a family take advantage of cheap organic prices during sales. They can then store the products for use at a later time.

2. Farmers Markets – One of the great new renaissance features of urban and suburban life, farmers markets often have lower priced organics, and save you gas, you don’t have to make the trip to a local organic farm. Again, the best credit cards come in handy when cash is low, provided the vendors accept plastic. Preservation methods help the buyer enjoy their savings throughout the low availability seasons.

3. Neighborhood gardens – Another wonderful resurgence has come about with the rediscovery of neighborhood gardening. There are many community plots that are tended by groups of gardeners, many who grow organically. Pitching in and helping with the local organic garden project can be a wonderful, healthful hobby by itself, as well as way to save money on organics.

With a little creativity and ingenuity, organic food can become a part of a family’s regular grocery habits without the family going broke in the process.