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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  2. Amy Paige Condon

  3. Mark Bologna

  4. Julia Skinner, PhD

  5. Soom Sisters

  6. Jerry L. Wyckoff, Ph.D.

  7. Cynthia Graubart

  8. Angela Garbacz

  9. Haile Thomas

  10. Maria Hines

  11. Eventide Oyster Co.

  12. Bobbi Wegner

  13. Philia Kelnhofer

  14. Mark Masker

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  16. Elizabeth Sims

  17. Laura Bashar

  18. Matthew Prescott

  19. Karrie Truman

  20. Keith Pandolfi

  21. Todd Richards

  22. Sonya Sanford

  23. Shaye Elliott

  24. Michael Leviton

  25. Frank Carollo

  26. Amy Emberling

  27. Erika Council

  28. Leah Segedie

  29. Stephanie Weaver

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  30. Irena Chalmers

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  31. Derek and Chad Sarno

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  32. Daniel Olivella

    Daniel Olivella

  33. Caroline Wright

    Caroline Wright

  34. Norman Van Aken

    Norman Van Aken

  35. Ford Fry

    Ford Fry

  36. Sherrie Castellano

    Sherrie Castellano

  37. Maura Kilpatrick

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  38. William Woys Weaver

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  39. Rick Woodford

    Rick Woodford

  40. Ronnie Woo

    Ronnie Woo

  41. Virginia Willis

  42. Anne Willan

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  43. Craig Whitson

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  44. Dan Whalen

    Dan Whalen

  45. Jeff Weiss

  46. Katie Webster

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  48. Andreas Viestad

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  49. Barbara Unell

  50. Cherie Twohy

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  51. Toni Tipton-Martin

    Toni Tipton-Martin

  52. Lauren Keiper Stein

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  53. Ana Sortun

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  54. Natalie Slater

  55. Paula Shoyer

  56. Miyoko Schinner

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  57. Jeanne Sauvage

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  58. Amelia Saltsman

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  59. Yukari Sakamoto

    Yukari Sakamoto

  60. Matthew Rowley

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  61. Betty Rosbottom

  62. Jennie Ripps & Maria Littlefield

  63. Lisa Boalt Richardson

  64. A.J. Rathbun

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  65. Anne Quatrano

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  66. Susan Pridmore

  67. Kate Payne

  68. Neka Pasquale

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  69. Kim O’Donnel

  70. Brittany Nickerson

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  71. June Naylor

  72. Kathy Moore & Roxanne Wyss

  73. Irv Miller

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  74. Mary Helen McNally-Leonard

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  75. Jennifer McGruther

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  76. Patricia Pinner McAdams

  77. Charles & Julie Mayfield

  78. Evan Mallett

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  80. Yvonne Maffei

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  81. Ronni Lundy

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  82. Cindy Littlefield

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  84. Louis Lambert

  85. Allyson Kramer

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  86. Steven Kolpan

  87. Jennifer Justus

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  88. Raymond McCrea Jones

  89. David Joachim

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  90. Lisa Howard

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  91. beth hillson

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  92. Kathy Hester

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  94. Chris & Idie Hastings

  95. Julie Hasson

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  96. Kimberly Hasselbrink

  97. Will Harris

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  98. Sandra A. Gutierrez

  99. Craig "Meathead" Goldwyn

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  100. Linda Gassenheimer

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  101. Amy Friedman

  102. Lisa Fetterman

  103. Judith Fertig

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  105. Von Diaz

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  106. Sandy D'Amato

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  107. Hannah Crum

    Hannah Crum & Alex LaGory

  108. Fran Costigan

  109. John Coletta

    John Coletta

  110. Kelley Cleary Coffeen

    Kelley Coffeen

  111. Katie Cavuto

    Katie Cavuto, RD

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    Kristina Bucaram

  113. Ashley Blom

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    Maria Baez Kijac

  116. Nava Atlas

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  117. Elizabeth Andoh

    Elizabeth Andoh

  118. Toby Amidor

    Toby Amidor, MS, RD

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  120. Debbie Adler

  121. Kevin Gillespie


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