Vegetarian meat is a divisive issue. It gets crap from omnivores because it doesn’t taste like “the real thing,” and purists in the veggie camp often claim to be grossed out by the concept of soy masquerading as animal flesh. But for many compassionate cooks, vegan versions of burgers, chicken, and even seafood are lifesavers when the hankering for comfort food rears its hungry head – especially in wintertime.  Animal rights activists ... Read More
When I attended the inaugural session of Willie Mae Ladies Rock Camp back in 2006, the experience literally changed my life. Over the course of three days, I played the drums for the very first time, collaborated on my first song, performed for a live audience, and formed an all-girl band that went on to record and play the N.Y.C. club circuit for the next three years. In the time since then, hundreds of other women have had similar experiences. And now the rad ... Read More
Here in N.Y.C., the winter chill has come down hard on us this week, as if to rub it in everyone’s faces that the warm, toasty holidays are over and it’s time to face our frigid commutes again. When plunging wind-chills make me feel like my strength is being sapped, it’s tempting to turn to tea or soup as a pick-me-up. But this year, I discovered that a perfectly-chilled glass of green juice in the morning before I head out the door keeps me ... Read More
I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for The Amazing Kreskin, the world’s greatest mentalist. I remember first being mystified by his mind-reading tricks during one of his 61 appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in the ’70s. And when I discovered earlier this year that Hulu had made multiple episodes of his ’70s Canadian TV show The Amazing World of Kreskin available online, I devoured all the conversations on the occult he ... Read More
I always love Indian food, but winter is my absolute favorite time to eat curry. Maybe it’s because there’s a magical spice blend called garam masala often used in South Asian cooking that never fails to warm me from my tongue to my toes. There are a million different variations on this heady mixture of aromatic spices, but most include peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, and cardamom. For a real flavor adventure, I recommend visiting your local ... Read More
Thanksgiving can be a tricky time of year to be a vegan. Oftentimes, people make distinctions between “normal” food and plant-based food, when in actuality, there’s plenty of traditional holiday fare that can be made vegan-friendly with a few cruelty-free substitutions. In the following video, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, award-winning author of such books as The Joy of Vegan Baking, The Vegan Table, Color Me Vegan, and Vegan’s Daily ... Read More
Beloved plant-based chef Terry Hope Romero’s latest cookbook, Vegan Eats World: 300 International Recipes For Savoring The Planet arrived at BUST HQ at the perfect time. I’m gearing up for my third Thanksgiving as a vegan, and though I usually can get very elaborate, preparing multiple cruelty-free offerings to share with my family from the comfort of my mom’s kitchen, this year I need to find a dish that can be made ahead of time, travels well, ... Read More
There’s something about fall that makes orange food taste even better. Pumpkin-flavored goodies are offered at every coffee shop. Candy corn is calling from the shelves of every drug store. And butternut squash soups like this one from the new release The Karma Chow Ultimate Cookbook: 125+ Plant-Based Vegan Recipes for a Fit, Happy, Healthy You by Melissa Costello are simmering on many a stovetop. I was drawn to this particular recipe because Costello’s soup ... Read More
When the movie Bachelorette was pre-released online two weeks ago, it rocketed to the number one slot on iTunes, buoyed by the promise of a great cast (Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, Rebel Wilson, James Marsden, and Adam Scott) and a plot reminiscent of the naughty nuptial franchise The Hangover. Now that that film is opening in theaters, however, a broader audience will soon be buzzing about what writer/director Leslye Headland’s “comedy” ... Read More
Raw food gets a bad rap. People think you have to have lots of complicated equipment to make it and that it takes days to prepare anything out of a dedicated raw food cookbook. But chef Amber Shea Crawley is helping change minds and delight palates with her new collection Practically Raw. In recipes cleverly designed with variations, substitutions, and even cooked options, Crawley frees the reader to play around with living cuisine at her own pace. Crawley’s ... Read More