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Hello. I am Joni Marie Newman, self appointed QUEEN OF VEGGIE BURGERS!



I started a personal blog in 2006, and before long my posts became increasingly focused on vegan food.  So, in January of 2007, I started this blog, as a way to showcase my posts that were about, "Just the Food."  As I kept experimenting with "food porn" and different recipes from cookbooks, other bloggers, and, of course, veganizing old family favorites, it donned on me that I could probably write a cookbook.  Being a DIY type of gal, I set up a makeshift photo studio on top of my old pool table, and got to writing and testing recipes.  Cozy Inside was the self-published end result.  It was a hobby.  Who could have known that little book would lead to so much more? 

I was testing new recipes for a new book all about veggie burgers (which got shelved until 2010!) and had hired fellow vegan food blogger and amazing photographer Celine Steen to take the pictures.  As luck would have it, Celine was looking for a partner in crime for a little project known as 500 Vegan Recipes which was published by the fine folks over at Fair Winds Press.  After 500, the two of us went on to write The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions and Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites.  In between those books, I was finally able to put the finishing touches on the burger book, and The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet was released, which of course, is filled with beautiful photos taken by Celine.  My newest book, Vegan Food Gifts,  came out in November, 2012 and also features Celine's gorgeous photos and illustrations by Kurt Halsey.  My newest book, Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen, is now available and features soe breathtaking photography by Wade Hammond.  My next book, Going Vegan, is a collaboration with Food Science and Nutrition expert, Gerrie Lynn Adams and features some more fabulous photos by Celine.  It is expected to be released in late 2014.

But really, I am just a regular gal who loves to cook and bake...ESPECIALLY for friends and family.  Self taught, and still learning, I spend most of my spare time in the kitchen.  When I am not in the kitchen, I really enjoy knitting, painting, wasting endless hours on the internet, hiking with my husband and the girls, traveling, reading, and most of the other stuff regular gals enjoy.  I am currently residing in Orange County, California, but before you go all "Real Housewives of OC" on me, let me tell you that I live in a small cottage, with my two rescue mutts and my extremely delicious husband, in one of the last rural towns in Southern California. It is in this cottage that I create delicious and cruelty free delicacies for the world to enjoy. Through my food, I hope to help people to understand that it is not necessary to murder or torture another living creature in order to have a tasty supper.




These are my babies.  Top, Maxine, a boxer who was going to be left behind by her owners when they moved. It is obvious to me now, that she indeed enjoys this sofa more and more often then I ever will.  Bottom, Annie, a Wheaton Terrier Mix, a stray who jumped into my car after I almost ran her over in the street.  This picture captures her personality perfectly.  Sweet and crazy.  I cannot imagine how anyone would not have wanted to have and love either one of these amazing lovers in their lives.  They are both so sweet and loving and have the most amazing personalities.  Their love is unconditional.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Joni,
    Fab site! I'm cooking up vegan stuff to see how I get on with it. I have a bit of a dis-affinity with tofu and soya milk so might plump for vegetarian, another reason being...

    I'm from Europe (now living in US) and grew up in small city in England surrounded by farmland with cows, sheep etc. Admitted these were mostly expecting grisly deaths, but if people just drank milk, ate cheese & eggs and had woolly jumpers, wouldn't that minimize the grisly deaths while letting us have trad farms and farm animals (all kept in humane conditions, of course)? Is the future of farmland discussed in the vegan community, do you know?

    Thanks for the site, all the best, Peter

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    1. In theory, you are correct! Sadly, this is just not the case with 99.99% of farmland. Especially in the US. There is much talk about this subject in the community, for sure, yet as of this time there just hasn't been much progress towards the "happy farm" utopia you describe!

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All recipes written by me, Joni Marie Newman, unless otherwise noted. Please feel free to refer to or link back to any of my recipes, but please ask for permission, or remember to give credit when reprinting recipes in their entirety. I do provide links to affiliate programs (such as Amazon) in which I receive a small commission for items purchased. I do not provide paid reviews. All reviews done on products or books are of my own unsolicited opinion. On occasion I may receive a book or product to review. I will note when this is the case, but rest assured, it will not affect the authenticity of my review. Thanks!--Joni