Vegan Chews & Progressive News {1-16-15}

Farmers Market Vegan’s “Vegan Chews & Progressive News” series strives to promote artful vegan food and progressive discussion of social issues—both of which prove necessary in fostering a society that prioritizes the well-being of all creatures (not just the rich, white, or human) over the continuous striving for profit/resource accumulation.

Welcome to your third Vegan Chews & Progressive News (# NewsandChews) of the year! This one’s got some mouthwatering grub featuring the almighty Crispy Potato and a ridiculously fast, simple, and flavor-packed side dish. For stories, I’m focusing on the hypocrisy and anti-Muslim racism rapidly circulating in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre (which was obviously an awful, awful attack, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t critically question how we respond to it). Then! An ahhh-maaa-ziiing project that highlights the voices of those with marginalized identities who also have histories of disordered eating. Today’s a good one, folks!

Favorite Newly Published Recipe

Country Hash
Via Everyday Vegan Eats by Zsu Dever, republished at Vegan Heritage Press

Photo via Vegan Heritage Press.

Photo via Vegan Heritage Press.

Crispy potatoes. Chewy tofu. Savory herbs. All cooked up in one cast iron skillet for a seriously satisfying brinner (breakfast for dinner, if ya’ll don’t know). Plus! This recipe provides an optimal venue to experiment with my newly acquired black salt (an Indian salt, actually tinted pink, that lends a sulfurous flavor to foods and thus makes them taste “eggy”…without all of the reproductive exploitation).

Best Recipe I Made This Week

Brussels Sprouts with Onions and Pecans
Via In Sonnet’s Kitchen

Photo via Sonnet Lauberth.

Photo via Sonnet Lauberth.

A phenomenally simple, 5-ingredient dish bursting with succulent flavor from caramelized onions, tender brussels sprouts, and buttery pecans. Try this one on for size on those nights when you can’t bear to think about spending more than 15 minutes in the kitchen.

Must-Read News Story

Unmournable Bodies
Via Teju Cole at The New Yorker

Photo via Dursin Aydemir / Anadolu / Getty

Photo via Dursin Aydemir / Anadolu / Getty

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, a ton of hypocrisy and anti-Muslim sentiments have been circulating among various punditry venues. This brilliant article by Teju Cole unpacks the event’s fallout, and reminds us that we must “defend the right to obscene and racist speech without promoting or sponsoring the content of that speech.” Additionally, Cole points to the longstanding attack on journalists by such Western countries as the United States as indicative of our propensity to blame the Other (in this case, followers of Islam whom we’ve long targeted) before taking a good hard look at ourselves.

Favorite Podcast Episode or Video

“‘Circus of Hypocrisy’: Jeremy Scahill on How World Leaders at Paris March Oppose Press Freedom
Via Democracy Now!

Photo via Democracy Now!

Photo via Democracy Now!

More on the hypocrisy rampant in the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo, this time from The Intercept co-founder Jeremy Scahill.

Book Recommendation Awesome Projects That You Should Totally Check Out

Via Melissa A. Fabello & NEDA

Photo via Melissa A. Fabello.

Photo via Melissa A. Fabello.

I’m in love. I love this project. Please spread this project far and wide.

“When you think of eating disorder stories, most of them are told from the same perspective: young, white, able-bodided, middle-class women living in a Western, English-speaking country who suffer a restrictive eating disorder, eventually seek in-patient treatment, and find the road to recovery.

“And while these stories are important and absolutely need to be told, they simply aren’t giving the public (including the professional eating disorder world) an honest account of how eating disorders are experienced by a wide range of people. …

The #marginalizED project is a joint effort between the National Eating Disorders Association and writer, activist, and Managing Editor of Everyday Feminism, Melissa A. Fabello. Disparaged by the lack of diverse voices in eating disorder memoirs, they decided to join forces to curate an anthology of narratives speaking to marginalized experiences in eating disorder suffering and recovery.”

In solidarity, Ali.

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