Navigating a Plant-Based Thanksgiving with Elspeth Feldman: PYP 236

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Elspeth Feldman is The Speedy Vegan. Combining a love of cooking with a stint in culinary school with a dedication to human health and love of all sentient beings, she teaches and coaches people on adopting a plant-based diet in a delicious and non-time-consuming fashion.

Elspeth is on the podcast today because she sent me a beautiful cookbook called (wait for it…) Pardon My Turkey. A lot of my coaching clients start clenching up as the holidays approach, bracing themselves for unpleasant interactions around food with family and friends. Pardon My Turkey is kind of a handbook for misdirection – make food this tasty and nice-looking, and the conversation about protein seems much less urgent.

We discussed:

  • Elspeth's childhood on a dairy farm in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)
  • learning to cook at age 12
  • backpacking through Europe and eating off the land
  • moving to the US and encountering processed foods
  • arguing with a 15-year-old vegetarian son (and, thankfully, losing)
  • finding Forks Over Knives
  • learning to cook with sugar, oil, and butter at culinary school
  • discovering healthy cooking with Chef AJ
  • the challenges of dealing with unhealthy family members
  • why she wrote Pardon My Turkey
  • suggestions for a peaceful Thanksgiving
  • “How to talk to Uncle Joe and Aunt Mary about veganism”
  • and much more…

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Links

TheSpeedyVegan.com and PardonMyTurkey.com

Forks Over Knives

Preview of Pardon My Turkey

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