PYP 133: Kathy Hester on Beans, Oats, Slow Cookers, and Just Having Fun

kathy-hesterKathy Hester is the author of five vegan cookbooks (more if you count the Halloween ebook), including the new Easy Vegan Cookbook: Make Home Healthy Cooking Practically Effortless and OATrageous Oatmeals: Delicious & Surprising Plant-Based Dishes From This Humble, Heart-Healthy Grain.

I discovered to my delight that she's also a neighbor, and now, after a lunch date, an interview, and a family dinner gathering to which she brought an amazing dessert, she's become a friend.

Usually, I scribble notes during these interviews to make it easier to write these show notes. It's harder when my guest is live in the studio (by which I mean my office with a few hundred dollars of recording equipment, most of which I can run only on the most rudimentary level).

And when my guest is Kathy Hester, I just sit back and enjoy the conversation and forget to take notes at all.

So rather than go back and listen to the whole thing again (which I could do, but it's Friday and I have three upcoming events to which nobody has RSVP'ed yet, and I've gotta do something about that), I'll just tell you that the conversation was a blast.

It included:

  • becoming a food “mad scientist” due to 1970s “food in a box” culture
  • having a dog as a best friend, and needing to pet baby animals
  • having Republic parents and donating all her money to the Democratic party when she was 9
  • a French horn (or was it a tuba or a Sousaphone?)
  • New Orleans
  • learning to cook as a poor student feeding other poor students
  • developing recipes
  • crock pots and pressure cookers
  • and so much more… (maybe listeners can share bullet points to comments, and I'll add in the ones that ring a bell 🙂

Enjoy, add your voice to the conversation via the comment box below, and please share – that's how we spread our message and spread our roots.


Kathy's author page

The Instant Pot electric pressure cooker

Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening – the book I'm going to try out


The Plant Yourself Podcast theme music, “Dance of Peace (Sabali Don),” is generously provided by Will Ridenour, a kora player from North Carolina who has trained with top Senegalese musicians.

It can be found on his first CD, titled Will Ridenour.

You can learn about Will, listen to more tracks, and buy music on his website,

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  1. Thank You says:

    Howard, Thank You for another information packed podcast. Keep them coming 🙂

    Thank You

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