Miyoko Schinner

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Welcome to the Artisan Vegan Life! I’m Miyoko, and for decades I’ve delighted in cooking and feeding people, mostly omnivores. My goal is to put artistry into the vegan lifestyle. Good food is simply good food, and if it’s vegan, it’s even better.

I believe that the best food is natural, handcrafted, and made with love (for those who eat and those who don’t get eaten)! Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, omnivore, or hardened meat-eater, I hope that my books, DVDs, blog, videos, classes, and recipes can inspire you to step into your kitchen, roll up your sleeves, and embrace the joy of cooking real food, slow food, beautiful food – vegan food.  Here you’ll find new ideas, new spins on old takes, and new flavors that make you say, “Wow!” Let me know what’s going on in your kitchen!

I converted to vegetarianism at 12, against my parents’ will(!). At age 15, I fell in love with my parents’ collection of the now-classic Time-Life series “The Good Cook,” reading every page of every edition, whether about pastries or meat, learning the difference between sauté, braise, and stir-fry. I cooked for my family and held bake-offs at my house. My spare time has always been about food, glorious food.

In my 20s, I lived in Japan, which prides itself in adopting–then improving upon–the best of other cultures. Within a three-block radius of my house were French restaurants, pastry shops, and Indian food exceeding anything I’d experienced in the U.S.: a taster’s heaven. When I started to transition to veganism in my mid-20s, I had to find a way to capture all of those rich, complex flavors I had learned to love. I began to experiment, inviting friends every Friday night to enjoy and comment on 10- to 15- course tasting menus.

I started to teach cooking, wrote articles for Japanese magazines, and even wrote a vegan cookbook in Japanese. That book was never published, but back in the U.S. I translated it myself into English, and produced my first cookbook, The Now and Zen Epicure (Book Publishing Company, 1991). I’ve owned a vegan restaurant, natural food company, and even produced vegan cookies for United Airlines.  I’ve written for numerous publications, including Vegetarian Times and VegNews, and have given talks and demos around the country to thousands of people.

Miyoko’s latest book, The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples, published in June 2015.

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  1. Mark Bologna

  2. Julia Skinner, PhD

  3. Soom Sisters

  4. Jerry L. Wyckoff, Ph.D.

  5. Cynthia Graubart

  6. Angela Garbacz

  7. Haile Thomas

  8. Maria Hines

  9. Eventide Oyster Co.

  10. Bobbi Wegner

  11. Philia Kelnhofer

  12. Mark Masker

  13. hot for food

  14. Elizabeth Sims

  15. Laura Bashar

  16. Matthew Prescott

  17. Karrie Truman

  18. Keith Pandolfi

  19. Todd Richards

  20. Sonya Sanford

  21. Shaye Elliott

  22. Michael Leviton

  23. Frank Carollo

  24. Amy Emberling

  25. Erika Council

  26. Leah Segedie

  27. Stephanie Weaver

    Stephanie Weaver

  28. Irena Chalmers

    Irena Chalmers

  29. Derek and Chad Sarno

    Derek and Chad Sarno

  30. Daniel Olivella

    Daniel Olivella

  31. Caroline Wright

    Caroline Wright

  32. Norman Van Aken

    Norman Van Aken

  33. Ford Fry

    Ford Fry

  34. Sherrie Castellano

    Sherrie Castellano

  35. Maura Kilpatrick

    Maura Kilpatrick

  36. William Woys Weaver

    William Woys Weaver

  37. Rick Woodford

    Rick Woodford

  38. Ronnie Woo

    Ronnie Woo

  39. Virginia Willis

  40. Anne Willan

    Anne Willan

  41. Craig Whitson

    Craig Whitson

  42. Dan Whalen

    Dan Whalen

  43. Jeff Weiss

  44. Katie Webster

    Katie Webster

  45. Sherri Brooks Vinton

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  46. Andreas Viestad

    Andreas Viestad

  47. Barbara Unell

  48. Cherie Twohy

    Cherie Twohy

  49. Toni Tipton-Martin

    Toni Tipton-Martin

  50. Lauren Keiper Stein

    Lauren Keiper Stein

  51. Ana Sortun

    Ana Sortun

  52. Natalie Slater

  53. Paula Shoyer

  54. Miyoko Schinner

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  55. Jeanne Sauvage

    Jeanne Sauvage

  56. Amelia Saltsman

    Amelia Saltsman

  57. Yukari Sakamoto

    Yukari Sakamoto

  58. Matthew Rowley

    Matthew Rowley

  59. Betty Rosbottom

  60. Jennie Ripps & Maria Littlefield

  61. Lisa Boalt Richardson

  62. A.J. Rathbun

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  63. Anne Quatrano

    Anne Quatrano

  64. Susan Pridmore

  65. Kate Payne

  66. Neka Pasquale

    Neka Pasquale

  67. Kim O’Donnel

  68. Brittany Nickerson

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  69. June Naylor

  70. Kathy Moore & Roxanne Wyss

  71. Irv Miller

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  72. Mary Helen McNally-Leonard

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  73. Jennifer McGruther

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  74. Patricia Pinner McAdams

  75. Charles & Julie Mayfield

  76. Evan Mallett

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  77. Perre Coleman Magness

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  78. Yvonne Maffei

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  79. Ronni Lundy

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  80. Cindy Littlefield

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  81. Phoebe Lapine

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  82. Louis Lambert

  83. Allyson Kramer

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  84. Steven Kolpan

  85. Jennifer Justus

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  86. Raymond McCrea Jones

  87. David Joachim

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  88. Lisa Howard

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  89. beth hillson

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  90. Kathy Hester

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  91. Bob & Mary Lou Heiss

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  92. Chris & Idie Hastings

  93. Julie Hasson

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  94. Kimberly Hasselbrink

  95. Will Harris

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  96. Sandra A. Gutierrez

  97. Craig "Meathead" Goldwyn

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  98. Linda Gassenheimer

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  99. Amy Friedman

  100. Lisa Fetterman

  101. Judith Fertig

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  102. Carol Fenster

    Carol Fenster

  103. Von Diaz

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  104. Sandy D'Amato

    Sandy D’Amato

  105. Hannah Crum

    Hannah Crum & Alex LaGory

  106. Fran Costigan

  107. John Coletta

    John Coletta

  108. Kelley Cleary Coffeen

    Kelley Coffeen

  109. Katie Cavuto

    Katie Cavuto, RD

  110. Kristina Bucaram

    Kristina Bucaram

  111. Ashley Blom

  112. Stacie Billis

    Stacie Billis

  113. Maria Baez Kijac

    Maria Baez Kijac

  114. Nava Atlas

    Nava Atlas

  115. Elizabeth Andoh

    Elizabeth Andoh

  116. Toby Amidor

    Toby Amidor, MS, RD

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  118. Debbie Adler

  119. Kevin Gillespie


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