Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Veggie Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We call this "Spare the Turkey Day" – which does not mean having to sacrifice a wonderful meal shared with friends and family. Rather, we merely suggest preparing organic, sustainable, family-farm produced vegetables, grains and fruits!

Try an organic Acorn Squash!
Cut it in half and remove the seeds.
Spread a little organic Virgin Olive Oil on both sides.
Bake it at 425 for 40 minutes (or until tender with a fork),then sprinkle a little maple syrup, chopped nuts and dried fruits (your choice) into each cavity and then put it back in the oven for another 10 minutes!
This is a recipe that is so yummy and satisfying either as part of a main course, side dish or even dessert!

The Hippy Gourmet

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Hippy Gourmet on NBC News Friday, 11/23 at 6PM

For those of our fans in the San Francisco Bay Area,
you can watch us on Friday, 11/23 on NBC News at 6PM (Channel 11, or Channel 3 on Comcast cable)!
NBC is doing a story about how our TV series "Organic Living with the Hippy Gourmet" is helping to influence restaurants, catering companies, hotels and folks at home to go all organic.
The story will be filmed on location at the Vegetarian House Restaurant (, and will also include an interview with the folks from Veritable Vegetable ( - a women owned and operated produce distribution company that has been supporting organic, family farms since 1974!
We'll also have some tips for creating a more sustainable and organic holiday season, as well as discussing our on-going efforts to produce our TV series (weekends at 5:30P on TV20, cable 13 and on PBS nationally), and of course about our new cookbook "The Hippy Gourmet's Quick and Simple Cookbook for Healthy Eating" (Hachette USA).

Peace, Love and Organics!

The Hippy Gourmet

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

"Taking back the name Hippie"

By James Ehrlich  
November 16, 2007


We're taking back the name Hippie for all the positive and hopeful things it truly represents.


The recent story in the news about Senators Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer (D-NY) attempting to earmark $1 million for a museum in Woodstock, New York, could have been the first real public steps to reclaim the name Hippie in a positive light, while commemorating this historic location and events that categorically re-shaped our country in so many profound ways.


Unfortunately and predictably, this earmark was dropped like a hot potato not because of the modest amount of money being asked for, (a mere 1% of the overall budget), but because of the negative connotations surrounding one word, 'Hippie.'


It can be said that in 1967 the term Hippie was born out of a generation's desire for peace, love, community and environmental stewardship, amongst many other noble ideals.   But as early as 1968, just one year after the famed "Summer of Love" in San Francisco, the images of the peaceful flower-child were replaced with the dark stereotypes that sought to destroy the spirit of one of the most positive movements our nation has ever seen.


During the 1970's, Madison Avenue enjoyed portraying the colorful and and 'far-out' way to market products in a 'hippie-style,' even as a separate campaign to defame the name Hippie in mainstream media was already in full motion.


With the same gusto and enthusiasm that America was taught to despise communists in the 1950's, a similar concerted effort was placed on equating the name Hippie with anything dirty, detached from reality, and on the fringe of society. So 40 years later it's no wonder that by merely invoking the name Hippie, those who wish to marginalize others and deprecate their opinions and credibility can do so with one simple word.


The irony of course is that Hippie ideology brought us a renewed environmental awareness, after 70+ years of unchecked industrial revolution, reconnected us to healthy eating, by returning us to the roots of organics and sustainable crops and food sources, and can even be said to be the inspiration for everything from solar power, to hybrid vehicles, and even personal computers, and the Internet in many ways.


Hippies taught us how to leverage the creative freedom in music, blending the inspiration of folk lyrics with rock melodies, and turning up the volume for the world to hear. Hippie culture gave us pop art, edgy documentary films, and poetry (amongst a myriad of other art forms), to enable individuals with the power to experiment and convey stories, if only to offer a little perspective on what is truly important in life.


Now, nearly a decade into the new millennium and after the recent 40 th Anniversary of the Summer of Love in San Francisco, we're calling back the name Hippie to be defined as culturally American as Jazz, and to therefore be due all of its historical significance and status as the great American cultural movement that it deserves.


If the recent Green Festival in San Francisco proves anything, it's that there is a lot of money to be made from Hippie ingenuity as well.   Being called 'The World's Largest Sustainability Event,' the Green Festival is clearly a vibrant market place for folks looking for environmentally positive products and services to support. Literally tens of thousands of people attended the GreenFestival, where we witnessed first-hand with our TV cameras the fact that the green economy is flourishing. And yes, this is what we call very Hippie.


We were also struck by the number of young people who attended and volunteered at the Green Festival. The next crop of late teen and 20-somethings who identify themselves as Hippies, and how their interpretation of living Hippie is set to shape a whole new generation of positive thought and actions to come.


Like the word 'liberal' we can either stand idle and allow a vocal minority (and their powerful media alliances) to equate this word with being 'un-American' somehow, or we can stand up and be proud for what these words really mean to us in our own lives.


So we're taking the name Hippie back, and are proud of all that it means and conveys!



James Ehrlich is the Producer and Director of The Hippy Gourmet, a national PBS TV cooking, travel and lifestyle series and Organic Living with the Hippy Gourmet, a commercially broadcast TV series featuring all things organic and sustainable, and is also Co-author of "The Hippy Gourmet's Quick and Simple Cookbook for Healthy Eating" (Hachette USA).

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Over 35 million Americans faced hunger in 2006: USDA

Reuters News Reports

By Christopher Doering Wed Nov 14,

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government said the number of Americans who went hungry in 2006 was held in check at 35 million people from the prior year, but food advocacy groups said on Wednesday more needs to be done...." - full article here

Exactly one week before Thanksgiving we learn that roughly 10% of all Americans (or 35 million people) are going hungry each and every day!

This, coupled with the report that 1 in 4 homeless in our country are veterans, many of them returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan only to find their jobs, benefits, marriages and homes have disappeared.

The FDA terms millions of people going hungry as 'food insecurity' - meaning that after the rising costs of housing, fuel and food, and with people earning less and having to work more, many families (and especially children, 12.63 million of them to be exact) are going without proper nutrition.

This is not political, neither red or blue, conservative or liberal, this is our neighbors and a good portion of our communities going without food and basic sustenance.

Please contact your local food bank, charity, or spiritual organization to see what each of us can do to donate, volunteer and otherwise pitch in to help others in real need.

Thanksgiving is nothing if not about feeding others before ourselves, and for finding ways to prioritize our society toward the goal of curing hunger wherever it pangs.

More to come on this and more...

Peace, Love and Food for All!

The Hippy Gourmet

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

HUGE success at the GreenFestival in San Francisco !

Thanks to everyone who came out to see us at the GreenFestival in San Francisco this past weekend -

We really want to extend a special thanks to Cody's Books (Melissa, Rick, Constance and others) who helped us to literally sell out all of our books in the first day of the 3-day expo!
A warm thank you also to Brandy, Mathew and Jack from TV20, for creating such a beautiful booth space at the festival that featured our "Organic Living with the Hippy Gourmet" TV series!
Most of all, we want to send our love to the folks at GreenFestivals, Global Exchange and Co-Op America for building the world's largest sustainability festival and exposition!  You just won't believe the numbers of people who not only came to the GreenFestival in San Franciscol, but who used their wallets to support all the amazing green companies and businesses that exhibited there.
Very soon we'll be posting fresh YouTube clips from the expo, including interviews with people shaping a better environment and world! So stay tuned!
Peace, Love and Organics!

The Hippy Gourmet

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Book Signing Today (Saturday 11/10) at the GreenFestival in San Francisco!

Hi All!

If you're in San Francisco today, come on down to the annual
GreenFestival at the Concourse Pavilion!

Besides being the world's largest sustainability expo, and being
packed full of wonderful companies and organizations (giving away a
ton of free samples and goodies), The Hippy Gourmet will be in
attendance signing our new book "The Hippy Gourmet's Quick and Simple
Cookbook for Healthy Eating" (Hachette USA) starting at 12 noon!

We'll be at the GreenFestival bookstore located on the main floor
(toward the south end of the concourse).

You can also come visit us at the TV20 booth, where we're giving away
all kinds of awesome promotional items.

Don't forget, we're on TV20 Weekends at 5:30P (channel 20, cable 13)
and also national on PBS coast-to-coast on weekends typically (check
your local listings).

Peace, Love and Organics!

The Hippy Gourmet

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Sunday, November 04, 2007

40th Anniversary of the Summer of Love TV special

Dear local San Francisco, Bay Area fans...

Channel 20 is airing a 2 hour special on  "The Summer of Love 40th" in San Francisco, on tonight, Sunday November 4th at 8pm on TV20. Channel 20 is also on Cable 13 in the SF Bay Area.

The special includes the highlights of the event along with many of the speakers. If you missed the event there were 32 bands form the 60/70's 23 Speakers, Beat Poets, political activists. Over 5,000 people were back stage, 600 media credentials, hundreds of musicians and an estimated 100,000 people attended this Free event. For more info on who played please go to .

If you were not their here is you chance to feel the magic. The event is being called Woodstock SF and is considered of historical importance. It was a reunion of the "who's who's" of the San Francisco music scene.

The Hippy Gourmet was there too! We were making solar powered foods, talking about our new cookbook "The Hippy Gourmet's Quick and Simple Cookbook for Healthy Eating" and of course filming the event from our perspective (with segments to come from the wonderful day in the park).

Don't forget to catch "Organic Living with the Hippy Gourmet" every weekend at 5:30P on TV20 (cable 13) as well as PBS nationally!

Peace, Love and Organics!

The Hippy Gourmet