A Few Days Left to Give Part Time Vegan for Christmas!

We’ve been blown away by everyone’s generous support for this project in the past few weeks. And we’ve started seeing a few tote bags out in the wild. If you’ve gotten yours, be sure to share it on Instagram with #parttimevegan.

The holidays are almost here! That means it’s time to get those gift orders in. The last day to place orders for Christmas arrival is this Friday, December 11th. We’ll continue to ship throughout the month but make no guarantees on USPS arrival time.

Stay tuned for January when we’ll have some special part time vegan resolutions.

Things we like…


  • Salud! Bitters: Beautifully designed small-batch bitters, handmade in Austin using local Texas herbs and fruits. I brought a bunch back from my recent trip, and it killed me to give so many of them away as gifts. We have the fragrant Floral flavor and I can’t stop putting it in my seltzer. Good thing they’re now shipping!
  • I survive winter on a version of the classic Italian ‘greens and beans’ with kale and cannellini beans, but I’d never thought to blanch the greens and reserve the water, the way this Bon Appétit non-recipe suggests. Tried it and I can safely say I’m never going back to the old way. (Oh yeah, and, it’s vegan!)
  • The Man in the High Castle: If you’ve talked to me since Thanksgiving, I’ve probably recommended you watch this excellent new Amazon show based on a Philip K. Dick novel about an alternate history where the Axis powers won World War II. I binge-watched it in two days and now need someone I know to finish it so we can talk.


  • Crossroads: Extraordinary Recipes from the Restaurant That is Reinventing Vegan Cuisine by Tal Ronnen: I spend a good portion of my workday editing articles about cookbooks, but it still takes a lot to make me actually add one to my library. There are some challenging recipes in this title, to be sure, but the majority are completely accessible—a rarity with vegan cookbooks.
  • Flax & Twine’s Blanket Kit: I’m a knitter and have been dying to make a chunky blanket perfect for cozying up on the couch. This kit from Flax & Twine just might be my January project.
  • “A Very Murray Christmas” on Netflix: We watched this last weekend, and I would be happy to watch it again this weekend. Bill Murray is delightful and the guest stars are fantastic. I think this is a new holiday tradition.

Yours in mostly meat-free living,
Kate & Kristin

Hi from the Part Time Vegans, Kate & Kristin


part time vegan tote bags

We’ve had a running joke in our apartment for the past year or so that even though we both love non-vegan foods, we’re actually part time vegans. Spurred on by the popularity of the Beyoncé KALE sweatshirt (all hail Queen Bey), we decided that part time vegan was a moniker we wanted to wear. And because #putitonatotebag is the new #putabirdonit, we’re happy to introduce the part time vegan tote bag, which, incidentally, you can pre-order now.

Part Time Vegan Tote Bag

Why do a soft launch when you can kick things off in Bon Appétit? Many thanks to the editors for including us in their 2015 Holiday Gift Guide.

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Things we like…


  • Yotam Ottolenghi’s crushed puy lentils with tahini and cumin: Ottolenghi can pretty much do no wrong in my book, and these lentils are like crack. Best of all, you can easily lose the butter to make them vegan!
  • Adrian Chen’s “Unfollow” in The New Yorker, a long-read about how social media made a woman born into the Westboro Baptist Church decide to leave her community. See, social media is good for something.
  • Youth: The new film from Paolo Sorrentino (of The Great Beauty) and my favorite movie at the Austin Film Festival. Word is that, at a press screening at Cannes, half the theater cheered and half booed. I cheered through sobs.
  • These thin gold bands from Feliz in Brooklyn: I’ve been gradually adding them to my ring stack. Planning to pick up at least one more, but with a different texture. Someone will have to stop me before I fill up my whole hand.
  • Geeking out about the Maillard Reaction: It’s the reason your roasted veggies, caramelized onions, and steak (for the meat eaters) taste so good. In layman’s terms it’s the science behind the crispy bits.
  • Shutterbean’s roasted Brussels sprouts and butternut squash: I make this recipe again and again all winter long. It’s time to put that Maillard reaction to work.
Yours in (mostly) meat-free living,
Kate & Kristin