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I can talk about cooking vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian dishes. I can also talk about nutrition.

Experience in the area

I was vegan for two years and a strict ovo-lacto vegetarian for 15 years.


EE Times, Electronic Design, IEEE-USA Today's Engineer, IEEE Spectrum


My degree is in communication from William Paterson University.

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What do you like about this subject?

It's great to be able to help new vegetarians and vegans (or people who might just be interested in the topic) get a handle on eating in a healthy way without missing out on flavor.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I'm always looking for tasty new dishes.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

That whole protein thing is a myth. We probably eat way more protein than we need on any given day.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

I'm just in it for health. Although I don't agree with animal testing at all.

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Robert01/28/12101010Thanks; since I asked the Q., I .....
Robert11/30/11101010many thanks!
John12/10/09101010Thanks Deb. Happy Holidays.

Recent Answers from Deb Schiff

2012-11-08 Chicken and seafood.:

Dear Barry,    Thanks for taking the time to write. Congratulations on your weight loss and improved digestion.     There are many arguments both for and against poultry and seafood. I tend to favor a

2012-01-27 burritos:

Hi Robert,    I'm not sure what your likes and dislikes are, so I'm just punting here, but if you'd like to follow up with more information, I would be happy to help.    OK. Here's a list of what I think

2011-11-28 add flavor:

Dear Robert,    I can recommend a few ways to add flavor and moisture to your vegetarian selections. First, when cooking, use vegetable broth (I prefer homemade, but store-bought or made from bouillon

2009-11-04 dairy and egg substitutes:

Hi Richard,    Thanks for your questions. They're great ones. I'd love the recipe for the leek-wrapped mushroom loaf. It sounds fantastic!    I'm not sure I'd use coconut milk for the cream because of

2009-09-28 Living with a meat eater...:

Hi Nicole,    I think it's a legitimate question. If you are serious about your plastic ware, don't let it be used for anything other than your items.     As far as cleanliness goes, if you use baking


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