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Episode 144: “And you can’t walk the walk, in the world of our future, in the world ahead of us, in the world of our children, NOT eating a plant-based diet.”

By Jasmin and Mariann — October 13, 2012

Welcome to the 144th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Del Sroufe, with a special appearance by Ari Solomon.

In today’s episode, we talk about everything from the airplane-like motor on our Vitamix, to the gallant gentleman who asked Jasmin to dance at a swing club (approximately 20 years too late), to feelings of gluttony associated with having too much living space. We also talk about how choosing to cook without oil has nothing to do with veganism (and why we do it anyway), we compare NYC and Portland, we tell you about the half-marathon that Jasmin completed last weekend, we ruminate on how we almost went for a swim in our kitchen, and we tell you about the new piece of clothing that is effectively calming down our sometimes-anxious pup. We also ramble a bit about light things like moral imperatives, compassion, and self-prescribed blinders. In the segment “The Professor and Mariann,” Mariann will update us on the goings-on in her farmed animal law class and her animal law fundamentals class.

Joining us today is Del Sroufe, the mastermind and master chef behind Forks Over Knives — the Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year. Del, whose food journey has led him to lose 200 pounds, will talk to us about how he got there. He’ll also talk about the Forks Over Knives phenomenon, and he’ll give us a glimpse into some success stories from people who have transformed their health by going from the Standard American Diet to a whole-foods based vegan one. He’ll talk recipes, too, and answer questions about the healthiest kinds of fat to incorporate into our diets, what his favorite grains are, and why he encourages people to make their own sauces and spreads as opposed to buying them in the store. Don’t miss this incredibly inspiring chef, and the unique wisdom he has to offer.

For our review, Our Hen House’s darling Ari Solomon will give us his take on Forks Over Knives – the Cookbook. Ari took his turn at making several of the recipes, and he’ll talk about his favorites, as well as give us the skinny on some revelations he had while knee deep in vegan macaroni salad. As always, Ari will entertain and enlighten, so don’t miss the incredibly colorful perspective of one of our favorite guys.

All that, vegan banter, and of course, current events from the world of animal rights.

This week’s news items include:

“And you can’t walk the walk, in the world of our future, in the world ahead of us, in the world of our children, NOT eating a plant-based diet.” – James Cameron

The Our Hen House podcast is sponsored by The Seed: A Vegan Experience, bringing you events, conferences, and happenings that raise awareness about the many delicious, cruelty-free alternatives to animal products. Learn more at

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