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Show Notes: Main Street Vegan Podcast 080715: Jainism’s Spiritual Cuisine and the Revolutionary Work of Alley Cat Allies

I was totally unprepared for the giant spiritual wallop I got from listening to the sweet, strong voice of Pramoda Chitrabhanu, Jain spiritual teacher and acclaimed chef in the Gujarati tradition. She was on the show to discuss her latest cookbook, Rainbow Food for the Vegan Palate, available from On the show Chitrabhanu discusses ahimsa, the dynamic harmlessness at the root of the Jain tradition, as well as the Jain dietary philosophy. But the truth is, she could have been reciting the alphabet and you’d have a spiritual experience just from hearing her voice.

After the break, we brought on my longtime friend and a woman I admire immensely, Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies ( The nation’s only advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, Alley Cat Allies pioneered trap/neuter/release twenty-five years, allowing thousands of feral cats to live out their lives in safety and comfort on their own terms, and prevent million of other “strays” from being born to suffer. National Feral Cat is coming up on October 16 with events in every state in the U.S.

AND we announced on this episode that the Main Street Vegan Podcast just won a “Vegan Media Outlet of the Year” from Thanks for the recognition; doing this show is a joy and a privilege.