My name is Melody and I’m an ethical vegan. That means I don’t use or consume animals or animal products for any purpose, including food, clothing, personal care, and entertainment.
I’m from Boston, but currently reside in New York. I work at a sanctuary for farmed animals as a caregiver, but I am also a veterinary technician, a pet sitter, a dog mom, and an active human and animal rights activist. I keep very busy, but I always try to make time to eat well and to feed and educate others about the importance of ethical veganism.
In the summer of 2010 I visited my first stockyard. It was an extremely depressing place. Attached to the auction house was a restaurant that served the remains of animals just like the ones breathing in the next room and looking in at the people eating from outside the restaurant windows. That struck me as bizarre and saddened and angered me greatly. Since then I’ve wanted to counteract the existence of that stockyard restaurant with a positive one: a farmed animal sanctuary of my own and on it, a restaurant that serves only vegan food. A place worthy of the respect of the animals at the sanctuary. That is the inspiration for the name of this blog.
For the record, like many vegan chefs and bakers, I have no formal culinary training. I just practice a lot and figure things out by experimentation. Many of the recipes I share here will be mine, but there will be some I borrow from vegan and nonvegan chefs that I will post at full credit to them. Please join me in creating a less violent, more just, healthy, and vibrantly delicious world!