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Author of Vegan Pressure Cooking and co-author of Vegan for Her, I am a vegan lifestyle coach and educator, Food for Life instructor, co-creator of Real World Vegan Meal Plans, kitchen coach and personal chef, career coach, and a corporate consultant offering wellness training, brand representation, and strategic planning services.

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Vegan Pressure Cooking

Say goodbye to long cooking and preparation times. With a pressure cooker, you can cook filling, nutritious meals in under an hour and with little mess or cleanup. It's not only delicious, but easy too! With Vegan Pressure Cooking, you'll learn all of the ins and outs of pressure cooking--including why there's no need to be scared of trying something new! From choosing a pressure cooker that suits you best to understanding the ingredients that are perfect for pressure cooking - including beans, grains, hearty vegetables, and more.

Vegan for Her

Vegan for Her, a blueprint for optimal health and wellness at any age, will show you how to: lower your risk for breast cancer and heart disease; manage conditions like arthritis and migraines; diminish PMS and cramps; build strong bones for life; enhance fertility; make an easy transition to a vegan diet; and incorporate principles of both fashion and compassion into your home and wardrobe.

Meet Bonnie Goodman and Live and Let Livingston

by JL Fields on January 31, 2015

A week from today I’ll be in Montana! During the Vegan Pressure Cooking book tour I’m introducing you to the activists in the communities I’ll be visiting. Today meet the phenomenal Bonnie Goodman, fellow vegan lifestyle coach and educator and founder of The Live and Let Livingston Potluck 

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Howard Lyman.  Eco Elvis.  Gary Yourofsky. 
And now, Montana welcomes… JL Fields!

I’m mainly a food activist – sharing recipes and delicious samples is my bag, baby. When people taste something yummy and see how easy it is to prepare, that’s when they think  “Hey, I could go veg!”  (I know that’s what happened for me the first time we had Tofutti Sour Cream on enchiladas — thank you very much, Tracy Martin!!)

That’s why our group Live and Let Livingston is constantly sharing food and recipes: through monthly potlucks that are open to the public and feature short cooking demos, by participating in The Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, by offering vegan treats with recipes at The Livingston Art Walks, giving away kale or quinoa salad at health fairs, leafleting PCRM materials at cancer research fundraisers…it seems like we are always working on the next project.

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Jen Nitz from West Yellowstone and Melisa Syness from Helena, helping out at the 2014 Park County Fall Health Festival.

So when JL announced a tour for her new book, Vegan Pressure Cooking: Delicious Beans, Grains and One-Pot Meals in Minutes, I just had to invite her to visit Montana! It’s a big state, with not a lot of people, so we have planned multiple stops in multiple cities; a vegan road trip to reach as many people as possible. Working on these events has made me reflect on the wonderful friends I have made here, and the rapidly growing vegan community in Montana.

The beloved speaker, joyful vegan, and author of The 30 Day Vegan Challenge,  Colleen Patrick-Goudreau recently produced a podcast episode called  Seeking a Sense of Community & Belonging: (Stage 6 of What Happens when you Stop Eating Animals)

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I don’t mean to be bossy, but get this book. And listen to this podcast!

It was during this stage that Melisa Syness searched online to find local veg groups in Helena, and discovered Vegan Outreach.  When she asked if there were any vegans in Montana, they sent her the names of 3 people:one in Billings (Lisa Kemmerer), one in Livingston (me), one in Missoula (Sue Eakins). I will be forever grateful for those introductions, because those people soon became my treasured friends. Next week, JL will meet them all except dear Sue Eakins, who we recently lost to cancer. Sue had the sanctuary New Dawn Montana, and we are happy to say that all of her animals found safe homes with caring individuals and other sanctuaries before she passed.

So our first stop in this Montana road trip will be in Billings, where JL will teach a cooking class at Natural Grocers and afterwards we will visit Lisa Kemmerer  and her dogs.  Lisa is a professor at MSU and author of several books, the most recent called Eating Earth: Environmental Ethics and Dietary Choice.   Lisa just returned from India where she was working to help end water buffalo racing.  We are eager to hear of her accomplishments there.

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Lisa Kemmerer’s latest book – a must read for anyone who cares about the environment!

The next day we’ll drive to Livingston. (JL’s visit is inspiring all sorts of overdue home improvements at our house. For instance, we are finally installing a medicine cabinet in the bathroom and my hubby is fixing that 5 foot section of stair railing that’s been broken for 10 years, woo hoo!) Safety in the house, yo!!  Methinks we need company more often.

On Saturday there will be a cooking class/book signing at The Wheatgrass Saloon, which is famous for their juice bar and their raw lunch bowls.  They have been wanting to add hot food to their winter menu, so it’s a perfect time for JL to show them how to use a pressure cooker!

Next on the agenda, is an all-day event for me: our monthly Live and Let Livingston potluck!

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Live and Let Livingston potluck, pics by Robert Howell Photography

I’m hoping JL will take a moment to relax while we set up at a brand-new location for this potluck – the newly built Livingston Food Resource Center, which features a gorgeous commercial kitchen and beautiful meeting room for the community.  The theme for this potluck is “Potato Lover’s Month”…  I’m thinking sweet potatoes in the pressure cooker will hit the spot.  JL will be our featured guest, with either a small cooking demo or a mini-version of one of her Veg-Fest speeches!

Monday we’ll drive over the hill to Bozeman, for a book signing at The Country Bookshelf, followed by a stroll downtown, and another cooking class at the spectacular new Bozeman Library. On Tuesday we’ll travel to see Main Street Vegan Academy alum Melisa Syness in Helena – which is now home to Sue Eakin’s beloved Molly Brown, the famous cow who escaped the slaughterhouse in Great Falls in 2006. I hope to meet Andrea, the activist who took in Molly and her friend Mike; we are so grateful that they will live the rest of their lives in peace.

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The Unsinkable Molly Brown’s 2006 escape from a Great Falls slaughterhouse.

A book signing at The Montana Book Company in the scenic Last Chance Gulch will be followed by yet another cooking class at Helena’s Natural Grocers. [click to continue…]

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