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Archive for Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Food briefs

June 20, 2001

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Guide offers facts about vegetarian diet

Ever wonder whether wine is vegetarian? Where one can find vegan marshmallows? Why vegans don't drink milk or eat eggs?

To the meat-eating world, such questions are mostly academic. But to those who follow vegan or vegetarian diets and especially for those just starting out knowing the answers can make eating an animal-free diet a piece of (egg-free) cake.

The answers, along with those to several hundred other questions, have been gathered in a new book offered by The Vegetarian Resource Group.

"Vegan & Vegetarian FAQ: Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions" has the basic information new vegetarians need to explain their choices to others, as well as the depth of material to broaden the understanding of vegetable veterans.

"We are answering the questions people obviously want answers for," David Gypsy Breier, the book's editor, writes in the introduction. "This book is meant to make being a vegetarian even easier."

In addition to answers (only some wines are vegetarian and vegan marshmallows apparently are extinct), the book is packed with recipes and references to Internet sites and other publications where readers can get additional information.

"Vegan & Vegetarian FAQ: Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions" ($15, free shipping) may be ordered by mail from The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, Md. 21203; or by phone from (410) 366-8343.

For more information, see www.vrg.org.

Book helps fathers with the Dad detail

"The Little Big Book for Dads" (Welcome, $24.95) is handy, great-looking and full of practical items.

It's a compact but thick volume whose square pages glow with soft period colors and images. The texts include songs, fairy tales and other classic stories, plus rhymes, jokes and recipes.

Dad and the youngsters can make a batch of tacos together, then settle down to learn about knots or stars, read a poem or two, or make a twig raft.

t's in the family-friendly style of the same publisher's "The Little Big Book for Moms," which came out in 2000.

More shoppers find grocery savings online

While the majority of coupons are still clipped from newspapers, store circulars and mail packs, shoppers also are turning to the Internet for savings.

In fact, NCH, an Illinois-based firm that analyzes coupon usage, reports that the online couponing category more than doubled in 2000 to an estimated 220 million coupons available to consumers via the Web.

With Internet coupon services such as ValuPage.com, shoppers are able to choose the coupons they want.

Go to www.ValuPage.com and enter your ZIP code and the supermarket chain of your choice. Then print the ValuPage shopping list, which has savings in more than 240 product categories such as health and beauty, frozen foods and pet products.

The supermarket scans the UPC code on the printout and subtracts the savings from your total.

Books provide fodder for the specialist cook

Recent single-subject books that may focus on one of your favorite foods include:

"Sushi Made Easy" (Sterling, $12.95 paperback), by Michele Gomes, Noel Cottrell and Dirk Pieters.

"Sashimi" (Periplus, $18.95) by Hideo Dekura.

"The Great Potato Book" (Ten Speed Press, $15.95 paperback) by Florence Fabricant.

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