Shout outs

In light of the ridiculous news that VegNews is using stock photos of meat and trying to pass them off as vegan, I think today would be a lovely day to point you all in the direction of some other vegan blogs, sites and photographers.

I have a lot to say about what went down with VegNews but I think it’s pretty much been covered, so I’ll be brief. Using stock photos for completed recipes is just wrong in itself, let alone using images of non-vegan food. For that matter, I don’t know why anyone would want to read a magazine that uses stock photography on the cover under any circumstances. It just shows that the magazine doesn’t care about what they are publishing. I don’t know why they would then expect us to care enough to visit their site or buy a subscription. A magazine is not just about text, it’s a complete product.

But let’s move on…there are so many other vegan resources for you to check out besides this magazine, so here are a few of my favorites (in no particular order).

Quarry Girl – Have to give a major shout out to the blog that broke the news about this whole scandal. Go here for restaurant reviews and sass.

Post Punk Kitchen – The godmother of vegan recipe blogs brought to you by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.  Innovative takes on the classics and inspiring new recipes all rolled into one.

Vegansauraus – Vegan news and fun around the internet. Great writing and totally amusing.

Your Vegan Mom – Reliably good recipes that are uncomplicated and mouthwatering from Trina, accompanied by witty storytelling.

C’est la Vegan – Wonderful recipes especially for desserts and appetizers, with great ideas for entertaining guests.

Little Vegan Planet – I like this blog so much I married the guy. Seriously though, fun stuff and amazing photos.

These are just my top few of today. It’s always changing. Here’s a whole list of awesomeness.

Since the controversy really comes down to photos, I thought I’d share some talented vegan photographers as well.  VEGNEWS, MAYBE YOU SHOULD CONTACT THESE GUYS:

Nicole from Bonus Round

Sara from Simply Stardust

Ryan of Suckatash Productions

Nora from Pride and Vegudice

Shawn of course (yes I’m listing him again, I’m totally allowed to do that).

Not to mention, when I asked for a vegan photographer on twitter, I had tons of responses, ranging from newbies willing to take photos for free to established working photographers.

I’m working on compiling a list for the future so if you’re a photographer that would like to be included, or have someone to add, please let me know.

11 Responses to “Shout outs”
  1. Sara says:

    Sincere thanks for the shout out, Alix. I have heard a lot of buzz about the creation of a vegan stock image site- and I’m hoping that it’s not just talk. I’m hoping that it actually happens. There are a lot of talented photographers out there and we can create stock product for vegan and vegetarian publications to use as well.

    • miss alix says:

      i think the vegan stock photo idea is great and totally doable. don’t wait for someone else to start it, spearhead it yourself!

  2. Nicole says:

    Many thanks for the shout-out, Alix!

  3. Meagan says:

    This news about VegNews is seriously disturbing. It’s unbelievably insulting to those that are making a conscious decision to NOT use animal products in their meals. It’s such a sign of the times that one of the leading vegan recipe mags is duping its customers and completely going against what they claim to be their own ethical values to save a buck.

  4. Lex says:

    i think you should just team up with qg and start your own magazine, i’ll buy it.

  5. Sara says:

    What I find bothersome (also) is a lot of vegans are saying, “What’s the big deal?” etc, etc. =\

    I mean, I’m not expecting everyone to be outspoken and outraged or boycotting, but come on. To not understand why some of us are bothered? On some level you have to know what they did isn’t right. Even my dad, who isn’t vegan, said it was a “disgusting lack of journalistic integrity”.

    (Obviously “you” is really “they” or “them” and not directed at you. I like what you said.)

    • miss alix says:

      i totally agree. if it were just a few incidences of stock photos in articles, i don’t think it would be as big a deal. they would just be symbolic. instead it is widespread and intentional (photoshopping the bones out of the ribs for instance). i also think that recipes with images that haven nothing to do with the actual recipe are misleading and illustrate that the recipes have probably not been tested at all.

      furthermore, they could have just apologized and pledged to fix, the problem. instead, they gave excuses and gave no indication they would remedy the situation.

  6. Sara says:

    Wow, I was trying to reply to what Meagan said! Sorry, Alix!

  7. Nora says:

    Thanks so much for the shout-out, Alix! I’m not really comfortable posting about this topic (too complicated), but if I were to make a similar list, you and Shawn would obviously be on it! Way to speak out for what you believe!

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