Derek Walter and Steve Jenkins didn’t know what they were getting into when they welcomed Esther the “micropig” into their home. Smart and full of mischief, Esther quickly turned her bacon-eating guardians into vegans. And as she grew — and grew and grew — the little Facebook page Derek and Steve had set up to share Esther’s adventures with their friends started to garner worldwide attention. Stories poured in from people who had reconsidered their diets after reading about Esther or meeting other pigs.
Now, just 2 years after meeting Esther, Derek and Steve are preparing to take their lives in a radical new direction: buying a farm and starting an animal sanctuary. Still, they insist they are merely “accidental activists” and that “it’s her that’s changing people.”
Then, we welcome back Chris and Jon, creators of the YouTube sensation cooking show, The Vegan Zombie. Their fans clamored for a cookbook, and Chris and Jon delivered: The Vegan Zombie: Cook & Survive features 85 recipes (some never seen before) plus a Vegan Zombie adventure in comic book form. Chris and Jon will tell us how the cookbook project happened, share tips for wrangling difficult ingredients like seitan and agar, and reveal their most traumatic childhood food memories!
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