SG537: All Together Now: How Anna Thomas Creates Dinner for Everyone at the Table with Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore

Anna Thomas is one of the most versatile and talented women I’ve had the pleasure to interview.  An academy award nominated filmmaker and imaginative home cook, she is the author of several incredible cookbooks including The Vegetarian Epicure and the James Beard Award–winning Love Soup.  Her latest book, Vegan, Vegetarian, Omnivore welcomes all types of food eaters and in Anne's warm and lively style, she shows us how to cook for the family table; with over 150 recipes for all tastes, and menus for every occasion.

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Interview Questions

Share a little bit about yourself.

Time Stamp: 10:10

How did The Vegetarian Epicure get its title?

Time Stamp: 19:00

Could you share the story of the encounter in Union Square that led you to write Vegan, Vegetarian, Omnivore?

Time Stamp: 34:40

People have a stronger need than ever to spend time together, do you think that is drawing people to your work?

Time Stamp: 43:15

You have to share the story of The Great Pumpkin!

Time Stamp: 48:40

Do you think the younger generations is less meat-centric?

Time Stamp: 52:40

You were invited for drinks with this lovely retired couple in Lumiere and the host said something so moving. Can you share that story?

Time Stamp: 55:20

Could you walk us through your Mezze table menu and share some tips for gardeners in terms of adding seasonal harvests in simple ways?

Time Stamp: 58:10

Polenta! What is it and how can we make it?

Time Stamp: 1:09:30

Walk us through how you make your Farmer's Market Tomato Salad. 

Time Stamp: 1:13:45

Can you share your White Gazpacho soup with cucumbers and grapes recipe?

Time Stamp: 1:16:25

You offer some fantastic ideas for pesto: Mojo Verde pesto, Carrot-Top pesto, and that Garlic Cannellini spread.

Time Stamp: 1:20:20

Is risotto hard to make?

Time Stamp: 1:26:35

What are some of your favorite desserts?

Time Stamp: 1:29:30

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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