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- Nov. 2002 - 

Dear Friends:

It's that time of year again when we gather with friends and family to celebrate and give thanks for all the good fortune we have in our lives.  Thanksgiving is such a meaningful holiday that is, unfortunately, tainted by the slaughter of thousands of helpless turkeys.

Thanksgiving should be a celebration of life, not only our own, but that of all living creatures.  So, it doesn't make sense to me to celebrate it with a dead bird in the middle of the table.  Furthermore, stuffing ourselves with a fiberless, high calorie meat packed with cancer-causing agents seems to be a strange way of giving thanks for our good health.

The good news is that there are natural, healthier alternatives that have become wildly popular and taste so good you won't miss your turkey a bit.  The two most popular brands, Tofurky (1-888-TOFURKY) and UnTurkey (1-800-335-1959) are now available in many stores, or from calling their toll-free numbers.

There are many other less traditional vegan "Holiday Items" that you can serve as well, such as: BBQ Seitan, Spice Roast, Thanksgiving Casserole, Thanksgiving "Meat" Loaf, and a Holiday Lentil Loaf,  to name just a few.  Thanksgiving is a great time to explore many different vegetarian delights and to make the food preparation a celebration that involves the whole family.

I can understand that a big holiday gathering might not be the easiest time for dietary experimentation.  So don't take my word for it.  Try out a vegan turkey beforehand and see how you like it.  I think you'll be truly surprised at how delicious they are.  At the very least, please give it some thought.  If not this year, maybe next and if Tofurky or UnTurkey doesn't do it for you, try one of the other delicious recipes I've enclosed as either a side dish or a main course.

We all have our own ways of celebrating the holidays and I certainly don't want to force mine on anyone. But if you've ever wondered whether there was a more humane way to celebrate, I want you to know there is.And you can make a difference.

I wish you all a safe and healthy Thanksgiving!

Alicia Silverstone

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