Friday, August 22, 2008


I'll just come right out and say it: I read People magazine. I enjoy the escapism, the crossword puzzles, the book reviews, and more. While I very rarely have the chance to actually read it cover-to-cover as I did while I was in college, I still flip through my weekly issue.

Today, the September 1, 2008 issue arrived (I've never understood why they're dated about 10 days in the future) and I had a few moments to read it. You could imagine my surprise upon finding 2 separate and positive mentions of veganism.

The first was a letter from a reader who proclaimed her fierce love for Pamela Anderson. The reader listed Anderson's PETA work and the fact that she is "one of the animal world's staunchest allies" as the reasons for this love. I think it's pretty awesome that this reader wrote in to recognize an animal activist (ignoring her personal drama) and that People decided to print this letter when they could've easily ignored it.

The wedding of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi was the cover story of this issue. Inside, the article mentions (twice!) that the couple's red velvet wedding cake (made by L.A. bakery Sweet Lady Jane's*) was vegan and states that all the wedding food was vegan ("miniature 'beef' sliders" and veggie spring rolls got shout outs). The couple also discussed their penchant for rescuing animals and their desire to someday live on and run an animal rescue farm.

Thanks for the nice surprises, People!

*Obviously, celebrities get special treatment on a regular basis, so I wasn't shocked that Sweet Lady Jane's created a vegan wedding cake for DeGeneres and de Rossi. However, it's my understanding (and please correct me if I'm wrong), that vegan baked goods are not a regular part of Sweet Lady Jane's repertoire (their online menu doesn't mention vegan options at all). My office has often purchased cupcakes and cakes from Sweet Lady Jane's for birthday celebrations and I am always sitting on the sidelines without dessert (which is fine with me; I'm just illustrating with personal experience). I thought I'd better explain that in case you were to start thinking that this was a vegan (cup)cake mecca, which it's not.


Vegan_Noodle said...

I was meaning to check out that article. Thanks for the heads up!

quarrygirl said...

that's way cool that vegans are being represented in a major publication! So, I myself have a birthday coming up...does anyone have some recommendations for a totally awesome and decadent vegan cake in LA? MAybe I will call sweet lady janes and see if they will make vegan cake for normal people like me!

The Cooking Lady said...

I had no clue Ellen was a vegetarin, let alone a vegan. It always gives me a bit of a lift to see others out there fighing for a cause.

They have their name in lights so they get more recognition, and that is a good thing.

Love the title of your blog!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Ok, I am a closet People-reader as well ;o). Sure, I subscribe to Newsweek and Time... but sometimes ya gotta read some mindless gossip!

And wow, I am in shock that Ellen and Portia's wedding was completely vegan, especially since neither of them is a vegan! Good for them!!!

VeganCowGirl said...

Its OK - we still love you!!! Hey, I have loads and loads of SHAPE and FITNESS in my house that I am addicted to. Isn't it funny that educated, intelligent women have a desire to hide this little 'naughty' ingestions of 'pedestrian' society. I say we embrace our desire to be curious and, goodness forbid, mundane. Here's to People, Shape, and everything else that isn't The New Yorker!!!

I too heard about the Lady Jane Cake....sounded really yummy. Yah for Portia and Ellen, who have many fans, for being so open about vegan food and their love for animals.

Anonymous said...

I'm not even a little into reading mags which are about celebrities, or wanna be celebrities, but thanks for showing me that they can be a great tool for the vegan propaganda wagon! I also love that People showcased a non-hetro and vegan wedding. Maybe it's not so bad after all!