Recently, at Whole Food’s (Devon, PA) 18th Anniversary, we had the pleasure to interview Fran Costigan, the queen of vegan desserts. Fran is a nationally recognized culinary instructor, author, consultant, recipe developer and innovative pastry chef who marries healthy eating with sumptuous tastes. Fran’s latest book, More Great Good Dairy Free Desserts Naturally, offers a complete course in exceptional desserts that are vegan by design, not by taste! Fran’s recipes use organic minimally processed ingredients to make rich, moist cakes, flaky pie crusts, delightful cookies, puddings and more. All are trans fat and cholesterol free and absolutely delicious.
Fran was at Whole Foods doing one of her famous dessert demos, which attracted quite the crowd. There were so many local, vegan personalities that the event turned out to be a mini Vegetarian Summerfest. We’ve been very fortunate to hang out with her on several occasions and have seen what a generous heart she has. She’s always eager to connect the vegan community and make it one big happy family. We love Fran!
During our interview Fran mentions The Price of Sugar, a documentary narrated by Paul Newman that unveils the truth behind sugar production. Many of the same labor issues apply to cacao and coffee production, hence the importance of buying fair trade products and supporting their producers. Vote with your dollars and help diminish human slavery.
The Price of Sugar synopsis
In the Dominican Republic, a tropical island-nation, tourists flock to pristine beaches unaware that a few miles away thousands of dispossessed Haitians have toiled under armed-guard on plantations harvesting sugarcane, much of which ends up in U.S. kitchens. They work grueling hours and frequently lack decent housing, clean water, electricity, education or healthcare. Narrated by Paul Newman, “The Price of Sugar” follows Father Christopher Hartley, a charismatic Spanish priest, as he organizes some of this hemisphere’s poorest people to fight for their basic human rights. This film raises key questions about where the products we consume originate and at what human cost they are produced.
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