Stir the Pot, Recipes for Manifesting Change

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Food justice activist and chef Bryant Terry has a new book out called The Inspired Vegan. Like his previous cookbooks it’s a compilation of good food, food justice, music, and healthful tips.

One review on Amazon stated that, “This book is better described as a manifesto on how to re-imagine the growing, preparing, and eating of creative, nourishing, compassionate food as transformative activities that propel us toward individual and communal flourishing. Expect to be dazzled as you leaf through [Bryant’s] gorgeous recipes that are somehow still simple to prepare, his micro-essays that expose the intertwined oppressions of animal exploitation and institutional racism without a whiff of self-importance, and his selection of musical accompaniments that enable one to hit that kitchen-prep groove without ever losing sight of the fact that eating is always already a political act–that the autonomy that one realizes (or does not realize) through good cooking is a big part of the difference between striving and barely surviving in someone else’s system and experiencing material and spiritual fulfillment on one’s own terms.”

I have yet to read the book, but based on that review I’m already sharpening my kitchen knives and recalling the great recipes in Grub and the Vegan Soul Kitchen.

To get a whiff of what the Inspired Vegan offers, check out the following interview from North Oakland News, which includes one of Bryant’s recipes, Molasses, Miso and Maple-Candied Sweet Potatoes. 

Read through The Inspired Vegan

Quoted text from review on for The Inspired Vegan by Bryant Terry


Oakland-based chef, author and activist Bryant Terry has a way with food. In his newest cookbook, “The Inspired Vegan,” he continues a longtime quest to bring flavor-intense but nutritionally rich eats to a larger audience, and to have a little fun while he’s at it. Terry’s books contain stories from his life, “pairings” for each dish in the form of music and books, and a distinct call to social justice that has become his hallmark. “I want people to exercise their rights and work for justice, but I also want them to have fun, eat good food, and enjoy the pleasures of the table,” he told Oakland North.

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For more information on Bryant Terry’s books and food, visit his website,

Original article, “A conversation with Oakland chef and activist Bryant Terry,” written by Karmah Elmusa for Oakland North, February 16, 2012.

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