It’s All About Food

Since 2009, It’s All About Food, a vegan podcast, has been bringing you the best in up-to-date news regarding food, our food system and the vegan lifestyle. Hosted by Caryn Hartglass, a vegan since 1988, the program includes in-depth interviews with medical doctors, nutritionists, dietitians, cook book authors, artists, poets, athletes, environmentalists, animal rights activists, farmers, food manufacturers, lawyers, food scientists and more. Learn how we can solve many of the world’s problems today and do it deliciously, here on It’s All About Food.

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Wednesday Mar 13, 2024

Emma Schwarz, International Vegan Film FestivalEmma Schwarz is an award-winning filmmaker, animal photographer, author, and dedicated vegan activist. Since becoming vegan in 2017, she has committed herself to using art as activism to advocate for the animals, the planet, and a more sustainable future for humanity.
In addition to her role at the International Vegan Film Festival, Emma is the Co-Founder of Veganography, a film production and media company dedicated to creating content which inspires the public to embrace a vegan lifestyle and empowers vegans in their own activism. Veganography specializes in 3D animation; their work synthesizes traditional filmmaking and 3D animation to create uniquely engaging content that advocates for a kinder world for all. Veganography’s films have been screened at dozens of international film festivals, and have garnered 10+ awards including “Best Documentary Short,” “Special Jury Changemaker,” and “Audience Choice.” Veganography’s work has also been featured on prominent streaming platforms and social media channels such as PBS, UnChainedTV, and Vegan FTA.
Previously, Emma served as the Director of Advancement for a large farmed animal sanctuary, where she oversaw the organization’s educational programming and contributed to fundraising strategy and donor stewardship. Before finding her true passion in vegan advocacy, Emma began her professional career as a classical cellist. In addition to advanced degrees in cello performance and pedagogy, Emma holds the Plant Based Nutrition Certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at Cornell University and has completed the Solutionary Micro-Credential Program from the Institute for Humane Education at Antioch University.
Driven by a passion to amplify the voices advocating for change, Emma is honored to serve her fellow filmmakers and artists at IVFF. Her passion lies in supporting innovative, creative approaches to advocacy, firmly believing that all forms of activism work synergistically to effect meaningful, lasting change.
More at the International Vegan Film Festival.

Wednesday Mar 06, 2024

John E. Lewis, Ph.D., Nutrition, Supplements and Brain Care
John E. Lewis, Ph.D. is the Founder and President of Dr Lewis Nutrition™ and past full-time Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He has been the principal investigator of over 30 different studies in his research career. During that time, he either directly raised or indirectly supported raising over $23 million in grants, gifts, and contracts for research studies and clinical trials and educational programs for medical students. Much of his research has focused on evaluating the effects of nutrition, dietary supplementation, and exercise on various aspects of human health and disease.
In addition to his research, Dr. Lewis has been an invited national and international lecturer at conferences and workshops and as a guest on television shows, where he discusses the findings of his research and provides guidance and recommendations as an expert in the field of health and wellness. He has over 180 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, where his work has first appeared in print, including some of the leading scientific journals, such as AIDS and Behavior, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of the International AIDS Society, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Nutrition and Cancer: An International Journal, Sports Medicine, Stroke, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, and The Gerontologist. He has also mentored many different students, from undergraduates to post-doctoral trainees, in how to conduct clinical research and how to apply the principles of health promotion into daily practice. His seminal publication in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease from his Alzheimer’s study not only spurred him to leave academics and pursue a science-based business career, but also enabled him to be selected for a widely-acclaimed TEDxMiami talk about how dietary supplementation can improve brain health.
Dr. Lewis earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Tennessee in business administration and human physiology, respectively, and he has a Ph.D. from the University of Miami in educational and psychological studies. His Medical Wellness Training Expert Specialty areas and Speaking topics include: plant-based (vegan/vegetarian) nutrition; optimal nutrition for health, wellness, and performance; exercise programming – from weekend warriors to athletes; dietary supplementation for health and disease prevention; designing and conducting clinical research interventions; technical writing and professional publishing and presentation; and evaluation of research studies and data. In addition to his professional accomplishments, he is a former athlete and competitive body builder, who maintains a very rigorous exercise training regimen, takes certain important dietary supplements, and has eaten a whole-food, plant-based diet for over 26 years.
Links mentioned in the post:
Raw Pecan Pie RecipeGena Hamshaw, Choosing Raw

Wednesday Feb 21, 2024

Annabel Abbs-Streets, SLEEPLESS, Unleashing the Subversive Power of the Night SelfAnnabel Abbs-Streets is a writer of highly researched, award-winning fiction as well as both narrative and practical non-fiction. Her non-fiction includes Windswept: Walking the Paths of Trailblazing Women, 52 Ways to Walk, and The Age Well Project. Abbs-Streets also wrote the novels The Joyce Girl, the story of James Joyce’s daughter Lucia, and Miss Eliza’s English Kitchen, an international bestseller optioned by CBS Studios. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in London and Sussex with her family.
Links mentioned in the program:
Remembering Steve Wise.Steve Wise was Founder and President of the Nonhuman Rights Project, NhRP. The NhRP is the only civil rights organization in the United States dedicated solely to securing rights for nonhuman animals. He passed away on February 15th after a long illness. The NhRP posted about this sad loss.
Here are three interviews with Steve Wise on IT’S ALL ABOUT FOOD.Steven M. Wise, An American TrilogySteven M. Wise, Nonhuman Rights ProjectSteven M. Wise, Nonhuman Rights Project, Expanding Mission and Work Beyond the Courtroom

Wednesday Feb 14, 2024

Yecenia Currie: Sweet & Savory Life, Simple, Flavor-Filled Plant-Based Recipes to Nourish Mind, Body, & Spirit
Yecenia Currie has followed a plant-based diet for over 13 years. Her heart for healthy living is modeled by her commitment to honoring her temple and treating it with the utmost care and reverence in order to live a full, vibrant, “Sweet & Savory Life”! Yecenia successfully completed a holistic nutrition and culinary training to further her knowledge and incorporate the healing benefits of conscious cooking. In 2014, she became a certified yoga instructor to deepen her daily practice and help support others on their mind-body wellness journey. She and her husband, Roger, have traveled to over 45 countries to date, and those travels have inspired many of her creations in the kitchen. Yecenia is from Upstate New York and currently resides in Los Angeles. Sweet & Savory Life is her first cookbook. For more info, visit her website,

Friday Feb 09, 2024

Sid Garza-Hillman, Ultrarunning for Normal People, Life Lessons Learned On and Off the TrailSid Garza-Hillman is the author of published works, Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto; Raising Healthy Parents: Small Steps, Less Stress, and a Thriving Family; and Six Truths: Live by These Truths and Be Happy. Don’t, and You Won’t. He is a public speaker, podcaster, certified nutritionist and running coach, and an Oxygen Advantage® breathing instructor. He is the Stanford Inn & Resort’s wellness programs director, founder of Small Steppers, and race director of the Mendocino Coast 50K trail ultramarathon. Links mentioned in the program:Baked Falafel Burger recipe

Wednesday Jan 24, 2024

Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is a board-certified family physician, seven-time New York Times best-selling author and internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing. He specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional methods. Dr. Fuhrman is the President of the Nutritional Research Foundation and on the faculty of Northern Arizona University, Health Sciences division. He coined the term “Nutritarian” to describe a nutrient-dense eating style, designed to prevent cancer, slow aging, and extend lifespan. For over 30 years, Dr. Fuhrman has shown that it is possible to achieve sustainable weight loss and reverse heart disease, diabetes and many other illnesses using smart nutrition. In his medical practice, and through his books and television specials, he continues to bring this life-saving message to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Other IT’S ALL ABOUT FOOD interviews with Dr. Fuhrman:Joel Fuhrman, Fast Food GenocideJoel Fuhrman, MD, The End of Heart DiseaseJoel Fuhrman, MD, The End Of DiabetesJoel Fuhrman, MD, Eat to Live RetreatJoel Fuhrman, Eat To Live

Wednesday Jan 17, 2024

In 2011, Susan and Dave Kenney are the founders of Emergo Academy. They saw a need and opened a private residential recovery and wellness program. This innovative program centered around a brain-first approach to lasting recovery. Leading a team of nearly thirty professionals they worked with and impacted more than two thousand families. They are putting out a new book in February 2024, Actualized Recovery – It’s Not About the 12 Steps – Recovery is a Brain Thing.
Emergo Academy’s mission is to continue to provide the gold standard in Recovery and Crisis Coach Certification and education programs worldwide. The academy is committed to transforming the lives of one million people by inspiring and supporting a thousand coaches, each impacting a thousand clients. This ambitious goal is set to be achieved by 2026.

Wednesday Jan 10, 2024

Featured on Today, CNN, FOX, and other major media outlets, Ruby Roth is the leading author-illustrator of a series of vegan books for kids. Her media clips have garnered millions of views and her books have been translated into multiple languages and are distributed around the world.
Ruby Roth’s work today is defined by the female form and depicts the inner lives of women through emotionally visceral representations of the bodies they inhabit.
For the past several years, amidst a radical transition from a decade of familial life as a best-selling children’s book author-illustrator to self-determined independence as a single female artist, Roth has explored the deep end of the feminine spectrum and its archetypes.
Roth’s work often features solitary women navigating inner and outer wildernesses. In vast emptiness, surrounded by hints of nature, her wild women and “girl gods” find their way through physical and spiritual dimensions of darkness and light, bondage and freedom, apocalypse and utopia, life and death, transmuting nourishing or toxic forces into usable means.
Roth has been a keen observer of the body since childhood, having been diagnosed with scoliosis, which required 13 years of aggressive and painful treatment. Rooted in academic anatomy and pop surrealism, her artwork——often created in live-model sessions——exaggerates and distorts female forms to reflect them as vessels of powerful, feminine processing.
Roth is based in Los Angeles, CA. More at and

Wednesday Dec 20, 2023

Hartglass & De Mattei, Happy Festivus, Let the Airing of Grievances BeginIn this end-of-the-year episode, Hartglass & De Mattie air their grievances in the Festivus spirit of the season. They review the films Chicken Run (2000) and the new sequel Chicken Run, Dawn of the Nugget and discuss the upcoming release of Christspiracy. Grievances include cashmere, whole milk, and food waste. They end on a sweet note, with cookies!

Tuesday Dec 05, 2023

Caravan of Dreams was founded by Angel Moreno in 1991 as the place where the Spanish expat could combine his passions for food, health, music, arts, and community. Since then it has served the East Village in particular — and New York City in general — with all organic, all vegan, kosher verified, and extensive live food options, plus a fully stocked bar, nightly entertainment, and occasional educational seminars and events.
Built plank-by-plank and brick-by-brick by Angel, Caravan of Dreams became the vanguard of a new mode of living, and has since become one of the established stalwarts of the East Village scene and a symbol of the Zeigeist.
Caravan of Dreams is for people that appreciate the quality of things and — like Angel — have a deep respect for the elements. This can be found in the restaurants commitment to the freshest organic food ingredients, structured water, energy-saving lighting, and more. The purity of Angel’s vision and dedication fostered an on-going and evolving community of participants who embrace better living.
The restaurant is now the home for that community, a place where Angel and others reach out to countless people to develop new ideas for a greater world based on the Caravan of Dreams tenet: good food and health, music and dance, friends, family and lovers. These are the indigents to the wellspring of happiness Angel has always envisioned and actively shares.

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