Jeff Chilton, Organic Mushroom Extracts
Jeff Chilton, raised in Pacific Northwest, studied ethno-mycology at the University of Washington in the late sixties and started working on a commercial mushroom farm in Olympia, Washington in 1973. During the next 10 years he became the production manager, responsible for the cultivation of over 2 million pounds of agaricus mushrooms per year and was also involved in the research and development of shiitake, oyster and enoki mushrooms which resulted in the earliest US fresh shiitake sales in 1978. In the late seventies he was a founder of Mycomedia, which held 4 mushroom conferences in the Pacific Northwest. These educational conferences brought together educators and experts in mushroom identification, ethnomycology, and mushroom cultivation.
During this period Jeff co-authored the highly acclaimed book, The Mushroom Cultivator, which was published in 1983. In the 1980’s he operated a mushroom spawn business and in 1989 he started Nammex, a business that introduced medicinal mushrooms to the US nutritional supplement industry. He traveled extensively in China during the 1990’s, attending conferences and visiting research facilities and mushroom farms. In 1997 he organized the first organic mushroom production seminar in China. Jeff’s company, Nammex was the first to offer a complete line of Certified Organic mushroom extracts to the US nutritional supplement industry. Nammex extracts are used by many supplement companies and are noted for their high quality based on scientific analysis of the active compounds.
LINKS mentioned in the program:
Register NOW for the 10th Annual Food Revolution Summit taking place April 24-May 3, 2021.

Skye Michael Conroy, Crafting Seitan, Creating Homemade Plant-Based Meats

Skye Michael Conroy began his journey as a vegan chef as a hobby but he evolved as he studied the culinary arts in depth, and in 2014 he received the plant-based professional certificate of completion from Rouxbe Cooking School taught by chef Chad Sarno. For more information visit the


Gretchen Primack, Kind
Gretchen Primack is a poet, educator, and indie bookseller living in New York’s Hudson Valley. She has taught and/or administrated with prison education programs (mostly college) since 2006. She’s the author of three poetry collections: Kind (Lantern Publishing), which explores the dynamic between humans and other animals in our time and place; Visiting Days (Willow Books), which imagines a maximum-security men’s NYS prison like the ones where she’s taught; and Doris’ Red Spaces (Mayapple Press), a more personal collection; along with a chapbook, The Slow Creaking of Planets (Finishing Line). She co-wrote The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals with Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary co-founder Jenny Brown (Penguin Avery). Her poetry publication credits include The Paris ReviewPrairie SchoonerPloughsharesFIELDPoet LoreThe Massachusetts ReviewThe Antioch ReviewNew Orleans ReviewRhinoTampa Review, and many others journals and anthologies. She’s also worked at the renowned indie bookstore The Golden Notebook for many years. Gretchen is a passionate advocate for the rights and welfare of non-human animals and lives with several of them, along with a beloved human named Gus. Reach out to her at
Hartglass & De Mattei talk about poetry and the Passover and Easter Holidays in the second part of the program.

Gary L. Francione, Why Veganism Matters, the Moral Value of Animals
Most people care about animals, but only a tiny fraction are vegan. The rest often think of veganism as an extreme position. They certainly do not believe that they have a moral obligation to become vegan.

Gary L. Francione—the leading and most provocative scholar of animal rights theory and law—demonstrates that veganism is a moral imperative and a matter of justice. He shows that there is a contradiction in thinking that animals matter morally if one is also not vegan, and he explains why this belief should logically lead all who hold it to veganism. Francione dismantles the conventional wisdom that it is acceptable to use and kill animals as long as we do so “humanely.” He argues that if animals matter morally, they must have the right not to be used as property. That means that we cannot eat them, wear them, use them, or otherwise treat them as resources or commodities.

Why Veganism Matters presents the case for the personhood of nonhuman animals and for veganism in a clear and accessible way that does not require any philosophical or legal background. This book offers a persuasive and powerful argument for all readers who care about animals but are not sure whether they have a moral obligation to be vegan.

Gary L. Francione is Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deBelleville Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University Law School and visiting professor of philosophy at the University of Lincoln (UK). He is the author of many books, including Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation. More at and

Josh Balk, Farm Animal Protection
Josh Balk is vice president of Farm Animal Protection for the Humane Society of the United States. He’s  led the country’s transformational legislative campaigns that criminalize factory farming practices, including spearheading the historic California Proposition 12 ballot measure, the world’s strongest law for farm animals. Since then he’s waged successful campaigns passing similar laws in Oregon, Washington, Michigan and Colorado. Josh also leads negotiations with the world’s largest corporations to enact animal farm welfare policies, including with McDonald’s, Walmart, Kroger and Denny’s. Prior to coming to HSUS, he worked as an undercover investigator exposing cruelties within factory farms and slaughterhouses.  He’s also a co-founder of Eat Just, a company the makes the Just Egg product.

Ellen Ecker Ogden, The New Heirloom Garden, Designs, Recipes, and Heirloom Plants for Cooks Who Love to Garden
Ellen Ecker Ogden is a Vermont writer and the author of The Complete Kitchen Garden and other books on food and gardens. She cofounded The Cook’s Garden seed catalog, introducing cooks and gardeners to European specialty vegetables, herbs, and flowers. She graduated with a degree in fine arts, and attended cooking school with Marcella Hazan in Venice, Italy, and at the Ballymaloe School in Shanagarry, Ireland. Her articles and kitchen garden designs have appeared in numerous national publications, including The New York TimesMartha Stewart LivingBetter Homes and Gardens, and Country Gardens.

In Part 2, Hartglass & De Mattei share their garden dreams and stories.

Dan Pucci and Craig Cavallo, AMERICAN CIDER: A Modern Guide to a Historic Beverage
Dan Pucci is one of the nation’s leading cider experts. He was the founding beverage director at Wassail, New York City’s first cider bar and restaurant, and has since traveled the country in a continued pursuit of cider education, awareness, and research. He is a partner in Wallabout Hospitality, a New York City-based consulting and hospitality company.
Craig Cavallo lived in New York City for thirteen years, working in restaurants, blogging about food trends, and writing for Saveur. His work has been published in Condé Nast Traveler, GQ, New York magazine’s Grub Street, Thrillist, and Vice Munchies. He left New York City for the Hudson Valley, and when he’s not at Golden Russet Cafe & Grocery, the café that he owns and operates with his wife, Jenny, he can be found picking fenceline apples and dabbling in his own cellar cider experiments.
Interested in trying some ciders? Go to

Omowale Adewale, Brotha Vegan, Black Men Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society
Omowale Adewale is an activist and organizer, and the founder of Black VegFest, a network of African American festivals celebrating veganism, wellness, social justice, and resilience throughout the United States. A former athlete in bodybuilding and track and field, he is certified both in plant-based nutrition and as a USA boxing coach. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. His website is

In 2010, Lantern published Sistah Vegan: Black Women Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society, a landmark anthology edited by A. Breeze Harper that highlighted for the first time the diversity of vegan women of color’s response to gender, class, body image, feminism, spirituality, the environment, diet, and nonhuman animals. Now, a decade later, its companion volume, Brotha Vegan, unpacks the lived experience of black men on veganism, fatherhood, politics, sexuality, gender, health, popular culture, spirituality, food, animal advocacy, the environment, and the many ways that veganism is lived and expressed within the Black community in the United States.
Edited by Omowale Adewale—founder of Black Vegfest, and one of the leading voices for racial and economic justice, animal rights, and black solidarity—Brotha Vegan includes interviews with and articles by folks such as Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Doc (of Hip Hop is Green), chef Bryant Terry, physicians Anteneh Roba and Milton Mills, DJ Cavem, Stic of Dead Prez, Kimatni Rawlins, and many others. At once inspiring, challenging, and illuminating, Brotha Vegan illustrates the many ways it is possible to be vegan and reveals the leading edge of a “veganized” consciousness for social renewal.
Listen to the IT’S ALL ABOUT FOOD interview with Omowale Adewale in 2013.

Caryn Hartglass and Gary De Mattei discuss their Valentine’s Day menu and how to celebrate Mardi Gras virtually. They comment on the recent On Being Podcast with Alain de Botton entitled The True Hard Work of Love and Relationship‪s‬. They also cover a recent report on high dose Vitamin C and Zinc supplementation’s impact on COVID-19.
Links mentioned in the program:
Effect of High-Dose Zinc and Ascorbic Acid Supplementation vs Usual Care on Symptom Length and Reduction Among Ambulatory Patients With SARS-CoV-2 Infection
Alain de Botton, The True Hard Work of Love and Relationship‪s
French Onion Soup
La Baguette
Almond Mozzarella Cheese

Rosa Abreu-Runkel, Vanilla
Dominican born and raised in the United States, Rosa Abreu-Runkel is currently an assistant professor at New York City College of Technology (CUNY), Hospitality Management Program. She has held various mid and executive level management positions in Food and Beverage with, among others, Marriott International, Millennium Hotels, Highgate Hotels and IHG International Hotels.
Hartglass & De Mattei talk about recipes they love with vanilla, as well as some with chocolate, for Valentine’s Day or any day you want chocolate.
LINKS mentioned in the interview:
James Hemings Society
RECIPES mentioned in the program:
Risotto Veganese
Orange Creamsicle Ice Dream
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Pumpkin Mini Cake

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