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Meat Analogues, High-tech Protein, and Balancing Life, Work, and Art: Nava Atlas on PYP 457

Nava Atlas' first cookbook, Vegetariana, has introduced perhaps hundreds of thousands of people to the creative possibilities of the meatless life since its publication in 1984.

Now, more than three decades later, Atlas is still combining plants, words, and art in her ongoing sacred dance of service and self-expression.

In this episode, Atlas and I talk about her most recent book, Plant-Powered Protein.

Essentially, it's a produce-heavy Joy of Cooking featuring meat alternatives. Her goal was to help people transition not just from beef to Beyond Beef, but from a packaged and uninspired cuisine to one replete with fresh flavors and home cooked care and love.

We discussed her feelings about the high-tech meat analogues, and the whole gamut of plant-based options from tofu and tempeh to lab-grown and fermented meats.

We compared notes about our relationship to real and fake meat from our suburban Northeastern Jewish childhoods, and how we think about including highly processed foods in our current diets.

We spoke about Atlas' art, and I got to see sneak peaks of some of her drawings of famous revolutionaries (Che Guevara, Karl Marx) that will adorn her new edition of Vegetariana.

And we talked about classic women's literature, and how descriptions of non-vegan meals in those books really don't bother her.

And we spoke about the accelerating pace of plant-based change in the world, from the plummeting price and increasing availability of plant-based meat analogues, to the fact that you can easily eat vegan in places like Iceland and Brazil.

Enjoy the conversation, check out Plant Powered Protein (if you don't mind lying to omnivorous loved ones, this book will come in very handy – just make sure you hide it well), and while you're at it, take a gander at Atlas' online universe at TheVeganAtlas.com.

Links

TheVeganAtlas.com

LiteraryLadiesGuide.com

Plant-Powered Protein: 125 Recipes for Using Today's Amazing Meat Alternatives

Five Ingredient Vegan

American Harvest

Vegetariana

The Good Food Institute

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

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Gratitudes

Thanks to Plant Yourself podcast patrons – Kim Harrison – Lynn McLellan – Brittany Porter – Dominic Marro – Barbara Whitney – Tammy Black – Amy Good – Amanda Hatherly – Mary Jane Wheeler – Ellen Kennelly – Melissa Cobb – Rachel Behrens – Tina Scharf – Tina Ahern – Jen Vilkinofsky – David Byczek – Michele X – Elspeth Feldman – Leah Stolar – Allan Kristensen – Colleen Peck – Michele Landry – Jozina – Sara Durkacs – Kelly Cameron – Janet Selby – Claire Adams – Tom Fronczak – Jeannette Benham – Gila Lacerte – David Donohue – Blair Seibert – Doron Avizov – Gio and Carolyn Argentati – Jodi Friesner – RuthAnn Funderburk – Mischa Rosen – Michael Worobiec – AvIvA Lael – Alicia Lemus – Val Linnemann – Nick Harper – Bandana Chawla – Martha Bergner – Molly Levine – The Inscrutable Harry R – Susan Laverty the Panda Vegan – Craig Covic – Adam Scharf – Karen Bury – Heather Morgan – Bonnie Lynch of Plant Happy Oregon – Sabine Kurtzhals – Nigel Davies – Marian Blum – Teresa Kopel – Julian Watkins – Brid O'Connell – Shannon Herschman – Linda Ayotte – Holm Hedegaard – Isa Tousignant – Connie Haneline – Erin Greer – Alicia Davis – Heather O'Connor – Carollynne Jensen – Sheri Orlekoski of Plant Powered for Health – Karen Smith – Scott Mirani – Karen and Joe Crabtree – Kirby Burton – Theresa Carrell – Kevin Macaulay – Elizabeth Rothschild – Ann Jesse – Sheryl Dwyer – Jenny Hazelton – Peter W Evans – Justine Divett – Joshua Sommermeyer – Dennis Bird – Darby Kelly – Lori Fanney – Linnea Lundquist – Valarie Hummel – Emily Iaconelli – Levi Wallach – Rosamonde McAtee – Dan Pokorney – Stephen Leinin – Patty DeMartino – Mike and Donna Kartz – Deanne Bishop – Bilberry Elf – Marjorie Lewis – Tricia Adams – Ian Cramer – Nancy Sheldon – Lindsey Bashore – Gunn Marit Hagen – Tracey Gulledge – Lara Hedin – Meg from Mamasezz – Stacey Stokes – Ben Savage – Michael K – David Hughes -Coni Rodgers – Claire England – Sally Robertson – Parham Ganchi – Amy Dailey – Brian Tourville – Mark Jeffrey Johnson – Josie Dempsey – Caryn Schmitt – Pamela Hayden – Emily Perryman – Allison Corbett – Richard Stone – Lauren Vaught of Edible Musings – Erin Hastey – Sean Owens – Sagar Naik – Erika Piedra – Danielle Roberts – Michael Leuchten – Sarah Johnson – for your generous support of the podcast.

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