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Healthy Enough and Vegan Enough: Dreena Burton on PYP 487

Dreena Burton's first appearance on this podcast was in May, 2013, before this even was a podcast. I was just interviewing my favorite vegan cookbook authors just for the fun of it – I hadn't even figured out that I could get their publishers to send me free copies!

Then we had another chat in 2015 when her game-changing book, Plant Powered Families, came out in 2015.

Well, that's a long time not to be connected with such a lovely person and amazing recipe-maker. So we talked again recently, about her latest book, Dreena's Kind Kitchen.

Rather than fanboy over the recipes, I wanted to explore the arc of Dreena's career as a cookbook author in the vegan/plant-based space. After all, she's been at this for 20 years now, and has witnessed (and contributed to) an astounding evolution in cooking and eating.

We talked about a bunch of stuff I was curious about:

  • What it was like to be a cookbook author before social media.
  • How she navigates the “kitchen appliance of the month” phenomenon and decides what's a useful addition and what's just a fad.
  • How the explosion in plant-based meat and dairy analogues have changed her world, both as a culinary influencer and a mom.
  • How she's navigated the conflict between the vegan and plant-based factions of the movement.
  • What's it's been like for each of us to meet our plant-based heroes (T. Colin Campbell, Neal Barnard, John and Ocean Robbins, etc.).
  • How she views her responsibility as a cook on the “front lines” of the plant-based movement.
  • How she navigates being a public persona for health and vitality, including portraits of herself on cookbook covers and blogs, with body image issues and aging.
  • The challenges in monetizing what has always been a “passion project,” especially in an online world where “information wants to be free.”
  • How Dreena went about conceptualizing Dreena's Kind Kitchen and how she decided which recipes to include.

Enjoy!

Links

Dreena's Kind Kitchen

DreenaBurton.com

Dreena Burton on PYP 011

Dreena Burton on PYP 110

Hey, those podcast episode numbers are the same as each other in reverse!

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