My New Book! Stellar Vegan Salads

My New Book! Stellar Vegan Salads

Share my joy! I’m SO excited to share with you this new 2-minute video for my new book, Stellar Vegan Salads! This book was so much fun to put together, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. This book is for everyone — vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike. Enjoy! To view a sample and purchase for your iPad, click HERE. To purchase the print version on Amazon, click HERE.    ...
Whale Watching, Cape Cod

Whale Watching, Cape Cod

During my travels, I’m always looking for ways to interact with animals — whether it’s by visiting a local animal sanctuary, hiking through the woods, or walking along the beach. When in Cape Cod, one is almost certain to feel the pull of the whale watching opportunities. I was just a young girl the first time I experienced the thrill of the whale watch, with my family during a a stay on the Cape. A little later in life, I would be privileged to receive a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities to spend the better part of a summer researching and discussing with a select group the different aspects of Herman Melville’s work — Moby Dick, of course, a focal point of our work. The magnificent white whale. Mythic. Epic. And, just as in literature, sighting a whale is among the  most mesmerizing and humbling experiences in life. Responsible Whale Watching: WhaleSense.org We know too much about the horrors of Sea World or other similar entertainment parks to partake in those kinds of interactions. However, it’s also important to do a little homework before signing up for a whale watch. As always, the idea is that we want to observe wildlife without being disruptive; and whale-watching is largely a self-regulated industry with few laws looking out for the welfare of the mammals. I was happy, then, to discover Whale SENSE, an organization whose mission is to ensure the safety and well-being of the whales and other sea animals while allowing us to enjoy these commercial whale watches. Participating companies agree to: Stick to responsible whale watching...
My Husband’s Film for Farm Sanctuary

My Husband’s Film for Farm Sanctuary

Happy New Year! Perhaps you’ve already seen Farm Sanctuary’s new short film “What Came Before” starring actor/comedian Steve O. It just so happens that this film was produced and edited by my husband Seth. We’re so excited that people are watching and responding so positively. The stories of Nikki the pig, Symphony the chicken, and Fanny the cow are happy endings that can give us all hope as we move into 2013 and look towards another year of victories on behalf of animals everywhere. If you haven’t seen this film yet, I urge you to watch and share (note: some footage from undercover investigations that is difficult to watch). You also can catch Steve O on the Jane Velez-Mitchell show this Friday, January 4th, talking about the film.   Thank you to Farm Sanctuary, and to all the individuals and other organizations that contributed to the film and are helping animals every...
Sharing YOUR Favorites

Sharing YOUR Favorites

It’s summer vacation! I’ll be traveling quite a bit during these next few months, and I also want to make the most of the time I have left with my family here in Tucson before moving back to New York, so this post will be the last for a while. Nevertheless, our CFF community can still enjoy finding out about cool cruelty-free stuff… Sharing on Facebook Although I’m taking a break from blogging, I’ll be posting all sorts of goodies on the Cruelty-Free Faves Facebook page (and re-posting some old faves, too!). If you haven’t checked it out yet, I hope you will visit the page, “like” it, and use it as a way of discovering and sharing favorites of your own. I love hearing about your faves… and reading everyone’s comments that follow. It’s so quick and easy to share a photo of something you’ve cooked up in the kitchen, or a  link to a favorite product. With our blossoming FB community (4600+ and growing!), possibilities are endless for learning together about new cruelty-free alternatives. Cruelty-Free Faves Archives With 260+ posts accumulated over the last few years, the Cruelty-Free Faves site can be a resource for anyone looking for alternatives as the need arises, either by browsing the categories or using the search feature. Please remember to share the blog with friends, especially those just starting to make cruelty-free a priority in their day-to-day. Keeping it easy and fun is the surest way to keep it going. Have a wonderful summer, everyone! And let’s continue making those little choices each day that add up to a BIG difference for animals, people,...
Summer Reading

Summer Reading

For me, poolside reading in the summertime is one of the ultimate pleasures in life. Whether in the serenity of one’s backyard, in the midst of mingling families at the local pool, or lying in the sand with the sound of ocean waves and sea gulls in the background — just give me a good read in the sunshine, and I am blissful. So if you’re like me, and you’re looking for some great books for the upcoming months, here are a few recent reads that I recommend adding to your summer reading list. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer Some of you may be familiar with Foer’s other works, such as Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. In this book,  as Foer faces becoming a parent, he is considering his own eating habits and how they reflect his values. It’s a thoughtful piece, rather than a preachy one. A good one to share with omnivore friends to shed light on the realities of industrialized farming and the lives animals in agriculture endure just to end up on dinner plates. The Bond by Wayne Pacelle I’ve had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Pacelle, CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, speak on numerous occasions. While he always  is quick to point out that there is still so much more work to be done on behalf of animals everywhere, he also always leaves you feeling fired up by his stories of the victories on behalf of animals that demonstrate just how generous humanity can be. This book examines the bond we have with all kinds of animals — companion animals, farmed animals, and wildlife...
Movie time!

Movie time!

I have so many favorite movies, several that feature animals and tell stories about our bond with them. Key to my enjoying such films is knowing that they have been made without exploiting the animals themselves. Here are a few films I highly recommend. Big Miracle Is there anyone out there who doesn’t have at least a little crush on Drew Barrymore? She’s as cute as ever in this film based on a true story about efforts to save a family of whales trapped under the sea ice in Alaska. And that guy from The Office is pretty likable, too. This recent film does a great job of showing how people with very different interests can still come together to help animals in need. Greenpeace and oil companies working together?! Yes, it’s an uplifting film that’s perfect for “date night”; or the whole family can enjoy this one together, and it should stimulate some thoughtful discussion afterwards. Watch the Trailer:   Chimpanzee This one just hit the theaters a few weeks ago, coinciding with the 2012 Earth Day celebration. Kudos to DisneyNature for making a donation to the Jane Goodall Institute for every ticket sold during the film’s opening week. I was among those who went opening weekend — a great Sunday matinee experience with my husband Seth and my parents. In just 78 minutes (that goes by very quickly), the audience gets a glimpse into what life is like for chimpanzees in their natural habitat.  The baby Oscar will melt your heart, and the film does a good job of showing how these animals bond with each other as extended...