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Meet Vegan Mashup’s Toni Fiore, Chef & TV Veteran

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Toni Fiore is the author of Totally Vegetarian: Easy, Fast, Comforting Cooking for Every Kind of Vegetarian. She is also the host and co-creator of Delicious TV’s Totally Vegetarian cooking show, and the VegEZ podcast (featured as a Top Ten podcast on iTunes for over four years). She has a knack for creating easy, delicious adaptations of culinary classics, and her relaxed and accessible presentation is especially popular with viewers who have only recently adopted a plant-based diet.

Who was the last person to cook for you?
My husband was the last in home person to make dinner for me…and he did a great vegan job of it too!

What cookbook are you most looking forward to coming out soon, excluding your own?
I am fine tuning my new ebook. My head is so full of ideas that I really don’t look much at new cookbooks…that said, I think the more plant-based books hitting the market the better!

What do you want people to get from your new cookbook?
That transitioning to a complete plant based diet from a diet based on average traditional food norms is easier than you may think, and cheaper all around. Anyone can do it! Really!

Are you already working on your next cookbook? Can you tell us anything about it?
My new book leans heavily on the 10-to-40 minute recipes from my podcast VEGEZ. All of the recipes are easy, uncomplicated, and many are “classic re-dos” using mainly traditional ingredients while also introducing some vegan staples like nut creams, tofu, tempeh, and seitan. These 100+ recipes are designed to appeal to the average home cook who may be looking to incorporate more plant based menu options into their busy lifestyles.

What 2014 VegFests or events can people come say Hi to you at?
I am planning to speak and demo at Vegfest UK London September 27th and 28th – very excited!

What’s REALLY exciting you in vegandom right NOW?
That more mainstream organizations are beginning to endorse veganism perhaps, hopefully, addressing the necessity to reduce the negative global environmental and ethical impact of a predominantly meat based diet, and I think that’s a good thing. Truly, this planet has no choice – it’s sink or swim at this point!

What Spring garden goodie are you anticipating most?
Asparagus – love it however it’s prepared!

What food/ie trend has captured your attention?
Raw food. I’m always intrigued by raw food.

Where is your favorite vegan dessert from?
From me! For Easter I made my deliciously rich and creamy vegan Basmati Rice Pudding, my Mom’s favorite.

Would you rather be taken to vegan lunch at a taco OR noodle bar?
Tacos! I love noodles but love tacos more!

What one question did you want us to ask that we didn’t?
What do you think is impeding our progress toward widespread acceptance of compassionate and fully humane lifestyles?

My personal opinion is that the majority of average meat eaters are somewhat excluded from what we vegans look at as popular trends. Everyone can and should adopt a vegan diet, however, if we don’t address the “traditional” concerns and habits of the meat eating animal exploiting majority, I fear we will simply keep coming up with interesting and exciting options for the already converted. The audience we, or at least I, am trying to impact are those people who are heavy consumers of burgers, cheese, pizza, and ribs, meat and potatoes people…salt of the earth and all that implies…if I wish to succeed, whatever options (dietary and lifestyle) I present must be easy, affordable, and contain ingredients that can be purchased at the local market. It’s a complex question that requires more time for a thoughtful answer, but I believe it’s at the heart of weather we succeed or fail in our desire to create change.

See more of Toni on Vegan Mashup‘s first AND second seasons.