Thinking About Animals and The Alternative Vegan

We connect with John Sorenson, professor of Sociology at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario. He’ll tell us about the upcoming conference “Thinking About Animals: Domination, Captivity, Liberation” happening from March 15-16, 2007. We’ll find out about the state of animal studies today, the creation of the new Concentration and Minor in Critical Animal Studies at Brock, and some of the flash points the conference hopes to explore. (As in, get excited about the conference! Submit an abstract! Plan to attend!) As the call for papers states, “We are all at a critical moment. The existing order of global capitalism and industrialization is unsustainable, directly linked with global warming and massive extinction of species. New social movements offer an alternative future and require a different consciousness about our place in the world. The animal liberation movement, once dismissed as a ‘single-issue’ cause is increasingly recognized as the logical step in a broader emancipatory struggle.”

Then, we speak with Dino Sarma, author of the soon-to-be-released cookbook Alternative Vegan, which “provides a fresh take on vegan cooking that eschews omnivorous substitutes and encourages readers to experiment, innovate, and expand their cooking repertoire.” This enthusiastic and inspiring book offers friendly advice for the new vegan, the vegan-curious, and the vegan skeptic. Drawing on his mother’s cooking repertoire and years of honed wisdom, Dino lovingly shows the reader all the necessarily little tips to make your spices pop and your mouth sing. Dino teaches you not “what to cook, but how to cook”.

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