Hello. I am Joni Marie Newman, self appointed QUEEN OF VEGGIE BURGERS!

I started a personal lifestyle blog in 2006, and before long my posts became increasingly focused on vegan food.  So, in January of 2007, I started this blog, as a way to showcase my posts that were about, just the food. (see what I did there?)  As I kept experimenting with "food porn" and different recipes from other's cookbooks, bloggers, and, of course, veganizing old family favorites, it donned on me that I could probably write a cookbook. Being a DIY type of gal, I set up a makeshift photo studio on top of my old pool table, and got to writing and testing recipes.  Cozy Inside was the self-published end result.  It was a hobby.  Who could have known that little book would lead to so much more? 

I was testing new recipes for a new book all about veggie burgers (which got shelved until 2010!) and had hired fellow vegan food blogger and amazing food photographer Celine Steen to take the pictures.  As luck would have it, Celine was looking for a partner in crime for a little project known as 500 Vegan Recipes which was published by the fine folks over at Fair Winds Press.  After 500, the two of us went on to write The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions and Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites (now known as Home Cooked Vegan Comfort Food)  In between those books, I was finally able to put the finishing touches on the burger book, and The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet was released, which of course, is also filled with beautiful photos taken by Celine.  My next book, Vegan Food Gifts,  came out in November, 2012 and also features Celine's gorgeous photos and illustrations by Kurt Halsey. I stepped outside of my "comfort food" shoes (kind of) to write Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen which features some breathtaking photography by Wade Hammond.  Going Vegan, is a collaboration with Food Science and Nutrition expert, Gerrie Lynn Adams and features some more fabulous photos by Celine, next came, The Complete Guide to Even More Vegan Food Substitutions, which is a follow up volume to the original,with new and improved techniques and recipes for turning any classic into a vegan favorite. And in the summer of 2016,  another collaboration with Celine (Can you tell we love each other?) called Vegans Go Nuts! (Spoiler alert: It's all about nuts!) was released.  It is now available where ever books are sold!

I am currently taking a break from book writing (I have a few more in me, but 10 books in 10 years is a schedule I just can't keep up with!) and focusing on grassroots vegan activism. I'm volunteering for events, teaching cooking classes, giving tours at Tanaka Farms, and I just recently began posting recipes using very specific guidelines for vegans (or those trying to eat vegan) living in a food desert. You can check out my first two entries here and here.

But really, I am just a regular gal who loves to cook...ESPECIALLY for friends and family.  Self taught, and still learning, I spend most of my time in the kitchen. When I am not in the kitchen, I really enjoy knitting, painting, wasting endless hours on the internet, walking around downtown and down by the water in my hometown of Long Beach with my delicious husband and our adorable furbaby, Annie, traveling, reading, and most of the other stuff regular gals enjoy. 

I am currently residing in North Long Beach, California. Through my food, I hope to help people to understand that it is not necessary to murder or torture another living creature in order to have a tasty supper.

This is my baby.  Annie, a Wheaton Terrier Mix, a stray who jumped into my car after I almost ran her over in the street.  This picture captures her personality perfectly.  Sweet and crazy.  I cannot imagine how anyone would not have wanted to have this amazing lover in their life.  She is so sweet and loving and has the most amazing personality. Her love is unconditional.
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All recipes written by me, Joni Marie Newman, unless otherwise noted. Please feel free to refer to or link back to any of my recipes, but please ask for permission, and remember to give credit when reprinting recipes in their entirety. I do provide links to affiliate programs (such as Amazon) in which I receive a small commission for items purchased. I do not provide paid reviews. All reviews done on products or books are of my own unsolicited opinion. On occasion I may receive a book or product to review. I will note when this is the case, but rest assured, it will not affect the authenticity of my review. Thanks!--Joni