November 2021

Celebrate!  It’s November! 

Celebrate!  It’s November! 

Suddenly, the whole holiday thing is upon us. It feels weird. It feels wonderful! Starting today, World Vegan Day, then Diwali, Thanksgiving, and on and on until the new year, it’s time to celebrate.  Hallelujah, because I’m overdue. Imagine it — getting happy with other humans, not virtually but for real, all of us together after so much pandemic postponing and pull-back.  I know my interpersonal skills have taken a hit, but gimme a chance, I’m ready to get back in the game.  

How about you?  What are you celebrating? And how?

In this month of thanks, I want to thank you for being part of Broccoli Rising, for following me, for hanging in there, saying hi, making my recipes, and connecting in a hundred wonderful ways.

Remember to breathe. Nourish. And get a little something for yourself.

Buy a copy of my award-winning book, Feeding the Hungry Ghost: Life, Faith and What to Eat for Dinner as a gift — for a friend, for yourself— and get a free download of my e-book, Conscious Cookery. To claim your free eBook, just email me your proof of purchase and I’ll send you the link and password to download Conscious Cookery.

November 1 World Vegan Day.   It’s always a great day to be vegan.  

November 2 Election Day  Exercise your Constitutional right as an American — vote.

November 3-7 Seed Food and Wine is live and back for its seventh stupendous year.  Join Bryant Terry, Pinky Cole, Dr. Michael Klapper, Jenny Stojkevic,  . . and me at November 5 at Seed Summit, presented by VegNews (thanks, guys).

Other Seed highlights include 

  • November 3 Dinner with Bryant Terry SOLD OUT 

  • November 4 the beloved Burger Battle

  • November 6 Tasting Village

November 4 Diwali — Step into the light.  Diwali, a Sanskrit term for a gathering of lamps, celebrates the triumph of good over evil, of light over darkness. It’s all about joy, and everyone can play. 

November 11 Veterans Day — God help me, at first I typed Vegetarians Day.  A huge thanks to all who serve our country.

November 14-21 Miami Book Fair, the city’s weeklong literary celebration, is back for its 38th year. You read that right. Meet hundreds of your favorite authors, including Amor Towles, Anita Hill, and Alan Cumming and that’s just the As, plus the street fair of books and authors.

November 25 Thanksgiving — Thanksgiving in person beats last year’s family Zoom Thanksgiving  — heartfelt but also kinda pathetic. Watch for my HuffPost story on creating a Thanksgiving feast, hold the turkey. However you’re celebrating, carve out a moment of grace and remember gratitude is the secret sauce that makes everything taste better.

November 29 Hanukkah begins at sundown and continues through December 6.  Different from Diwali, and yet the same, Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights, a time of gathering with joy and remembering miracles are possible. 

Wishing you a joyful November.