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. Michele Song

  3. Judi Leib

  4. Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD

  5. Crystal Wilkinson

  6. Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack

  7. Pam Victor

  8. Frankie Gaw

  9. Katherine Martinelli

  10. Brian Noyes

  11. Lori Shaw

  12. Alejandra Schrader

  13. Matthew Raiford

  14. Amy Paige Condon

  15. Mark Bologna

  16. Julia Skinner, PhD

  17. Soom Sisters

  18. Jerry L. Wyckoff, Ph.D.

  19. Cynthia Graubart

  20. Angela Garbacz

  21. Haile Thomas

  22. Maria Hines

  23. Eventide Oyster Co.

  24. Bobbi Wegner

  25. Philia Kelnhofer

  26. Lauren Toyota

  27. Elizabeth Sims

  28. Laura Bashar

  29. Matthew Prescott

  30. Keith Pandolfi

  31. Todd Richards

  32. Shaye Elliott

  33. Erika Council

  34. Leah Segedie

  35. Stephanie Weaver

    Stephanie Weaver

  36. Irena Chalmers

    Irena Chalmers

  37. Derek and Chad Sarno

    Derek and Chad Sarno

  38. Norman Van Aken

    Norman Van Aken

  39. Ford Fry

    Ford Fry

  40. Sherrie Castellano

    Sherrie Castellano

  41. Maura Kilpatrick

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  42. William Woys Weaver

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  43. Rick Woodford

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  44. Anne Willan

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  45. Dan Whalen

  46. Jeff Weiss

  47. Katie Webster

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  48. Sherri Brooks Vinton

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  49. Andreas Viestad

    Andreas Viestad

  50. Barbara Unell

  51. Toni Tipton-Martin

    Toni Tipton-Martin

  52. Lauren Keiper Stein

    Lauren Keiper Stein

  53. Ana Sortun

    Ana Sortun

  54. Natalie Slater

  55. Miyoko Schinner

    Miyoko Schinner

  56. Jeanne Sauvage

    Jeanne Sauvage

  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

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  64. Neka Pasquale

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  65. Kim O’Donnel

  66. Brittany Nickerson

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  68. Kathy Moore & Roxanne Wyss

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  70. Jennifer McGruther

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  72. Evan Mallett

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  73. Perre Coleman Magness

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  74. Yvonne Maffei

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  75. Ronni Lundy

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  76. Cindy Littlefield

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  77. Phoebe Lapine

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  78. Allyson Kramer

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  79. Steven Kolpan

  80. Jennifer Justus

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  81. David Joachim

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  82. Lisa Howard

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  83. beth hillson

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  84. Kathy Hester

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  85. Bob & Mary Lou Heiss

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  86. Chris & Idie Hastings

  87. Julie Hasson

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  88. Will Harris

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  89. Sandra A. Gutierrez

  90. Craig "Meathead" Goldwyn

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  91. Lisa Fetterman

  92. Judith Fertig

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  93. Carol Fenster

    Carol Fenster

  94. Sandy D'Amato

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  95. Hannah Crum

    Hannah Crum & Alex LaGory

  96. Fran Costigan

  97. Kelley Cleary Coffeen

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  98. Kristina Bucaram

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  99. Ashley Blom

  100. Stacie Billis

  101. Maria Baez Kijac

    Maria Baez Kijac

  102. Nava Atlas

    Nava Atlas

  103. Elizabeth Andoh

    Elizabeth Andoh

  104. Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, FAND

  105. Karen Adler

    Karen Adler

  106. Debbie Adler

  107. Kevin Gillespie


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