Weekend Reading | The Full Helping

For all of my (probably very irritating) talk lately about how much I heart winter, I can’t say that it wasn’t a joy to wake up this morning, step outside, feel the sun on my face, and realize that it was nearly 70 degrees in New Orleans. I’m here in Crescent City visiting my bestie, Chloe, and her husband, Knud. My trips here are always really special–not only a chance to spend quality time with people I love, but also a chance to enjoy this wonderful, unique city. I’ve been snapping lots of photos and making some tasty food today, so I’ll have some recaps soon. For now, though, weekend reading.


If you liked my raw linzer cookies this past week, don’t miss Ashlae’s raw almond linzer cookies, which feature a cherry chia jam and much, much better photos.

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A collaboration between three of my favorite vegan bloggers! Kristy and Chris from Keepin’ it Kind featured scrumptious vanilla almond fig granola parfaits over at Vegan Yack Attack.

Minty Pea and Potato Salad

A recipe that hints at the coming of spring! I loved this minty pea and potato salad at Vegalicious.


…But if you’re still in winter comfort food mode, Isa’s vibrant black eyed pea curry looks incredible.


Finally, I am so intrigued by Rika’s bok choy and shiitake mushrooms with gochujang vinaigrette–like all of her recipes, it sounds intensely flavorful (and is lovely to look at).


1. I had never heard of mendahen until I read this very illuminating and somewhat troubling article about the fish that is caught more than any other, by volume, in the continental United States by volume (and are used widely in Omega-3 fish oil supplements.

2. Props to Keri Kronin for writing about a growing trend of taxidermy in restaurants and stores. Unfortunately, this blatant celebration of the objectification of animals seems to be increasingly hip (it somehow reminds me of another trend I’ve seen, which is for young, popular restauranteurs to be posing with dead animal hides or carcasses in their arms). The article, featured on Our Hen House, is direct and insightful.

3. An article about refusal of doctors to give transplant organs to HIV patients. It’s wrapped around the story of Lamont Valentin, a 29-year-old man who was born with HIV in 1984, and was refused a lung transplant to manage his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Sad, and forceful.

4. Short, useful explanation of hyponatremia, also known as water overdose. The condition, which results from severely excessive hydration, can be fatal.

5. I loved Laika Magazine’s interview with Kathy Stevens, of Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Kathy (whom I’ve met at a few speaking events/conferences is a tireless activist and animal rescuer, but she is also very dedicated to helping to draw out and foster compassion for animals among children. The article focuses on her work in this arena. A small excerpt:

…we’re an emergency rescue organization, but just as importantly, we’re a center to open hearts and minds—a place where people get kissed by cows in one moment, and in the next learn the horrifying realities of the beef and dairy industries. Epiphanies happen every weekend. A 2,500 pound steer licks a man’s face just as he’s learning why that steer is so huge, and how virtually all of the steer’s friends were killed either shortly after birth or at a few months of age. The steer and I are a…team: I present the disturbing realities of animal agriculture, the steer, acting just like a loving puppy does, forces the man to question a whole lot of assumptions. We encourage him to grow beyond his cultural conditioning.

It’s the same with children. In terms of our programming for them, our intention is to encourage the goodness that’s already in them, just as it was for the man and the steer. Our age-appropriate curriculum rewards and celebrates children’s compassion, commitment, and courage. It says, “You love animals?! We do, too!! What a great job you’re doing for them! Here’s how you can do even more for your animal friends!”

What a nice way to sum up the power of animal sanctuaries in general. It brought me back to my own very powerful experience at Woodstock FAS a few years ago (and the beginnings of my involvement with animal rights).


Hope you enjoy the reading, of course. I’ll check back from the Big Easy soon.