Inspiration from a Lifelong Vegetarian
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Marie Oser

Marie Oser

I first heard of Marie Oser, best-selling author, writer/producer and host of VegTV 15 years ago. I’d been a vegan for only a few years, and bought one of her vegetarian cookbooks called Luscious Low-fat Desserts to learn how to make sweet things without dairy or eggs.

The mission was accomplished, and years later Oser continues to impress with all her pursuits!  She has written more vegetarian cookbooks — Soy of Cooking, More Soy Cooking and The Enlightened Kitchen — and has been a columnist for Vegetarian Times Magazine and other publications.  As President of VegTV for the last 10 years, Oser has  interviewed famous vegetarians including Persia White, Alec Baldwin and Alicia Silverstone, and has traveled to India and beyond.

Currently VegTV is in production with The Enlightened Kitchen, a popular webisode airing in 2010 on a major cable network. Oser is writing her fifth book and is a primary blogger for, a green lifestyle website. She also has plans to launch vegan and Fair Trade Certified products called “Marie Oser’s Lean and Green” through Smart Planet Kitchen.

To boot, she’s an organic gardener and works with Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue. Is there anything this woman does not do?

When asked what fuels her to do so many veggie-friendly projects, Oser said, “I am driven to influence consumers to consider a plant-based vegetarian diet through my books, features, blogs, products, videos and TV projects. I hope to strike a chord with my readers and viewers with clear and concise reasoning, great-tasting meals and information about new and exciting plant-based products. VegTV mantra:  Good for you; Good for the planet.”

Oser continued, “Mainstream consumers are interested in eating vegetarian more often, these days. It is less expensive than a meat-centered diet and they have heard that vegetarians weigh less and are more healthy. I am confident that this trend will continue and that consumers will become increasingly aware of what their food actually is and where it originates. It is my hope that, not too far into the future, eating animal products will be a thing of the past.”

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