Ellen Jaffe Jones, author, “Eat Vegan On $4 A Day”

Ellen Jaffe Jones–a personal trainer, running coach, cooking instructor (including a stint for The Cancer Project) and author of “Eat Vegan On $4 A Day: A Gameplan For The Budget Conscious Cook,” a guide and cookbook–discusses how a medical scare (a colon blockage), and carefully considering all the breast cancer and heart disease that several family members had contended with, served as a catalyst to drastically change her diet 30 years ago, toggling between vegetarian & vegan for most of those years, locking in to strictly vegan about seven years ago; she also notes that then and now, virtually no one in her family followed suit with the dietary change.


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Jones also explains her research methods in preparing “Eat Vegan On $4 A Day” and objectives and hoped-for outcomes in writing the book, alongside the actual outcomes about six months after it was published. She addresses what she considers to be the biggest misconceptions about vegans and what they eat, noting that people commonly wonder how/if vegans get sufficient protein in their diet and acknowledges–in response to one of the listener questions–that the only element actually lacking from a vegan diet is vitamin B12, for which she and others takes supplements. She cites some of her favorite recipes in the book (chocolate mouse, sweet potato muffins), and as this conversation took place the day before Thanksgiving, mentions how she’ll spend the day and what her menu will consist of. (www.VegCoach.com)

COMEDY CORNER: Shane Mauss’ “Mushrooms, Vegan (portion)” (www.ShaneMauss.com)

MUSIC: Laura Veirs’ “Little Lap Dog Lullaby,” The Ditchflowers’ “In Bird’s Eyes,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: David Bowie’s Cat People (Putting Out The Fire)”

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About the author
Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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