Look for the first edition tomorrow, September 3!

James Lipton and Hugh Jackman, "Inside the Actor's Studio."  Photo Credit: The Hollywood Reporter

James Lipton and Hugh Jackman, “Inside the Actor’s Studio.” Photo Credit: The Hollywood Reporter

What?  “Vegan Q&A Tuesday”

A snappy 10-question online interview with vegan bloggers, cooks, authors and others involved in the vegan culinary world.  The format is slightly adapted from the one James Lipton developed for Inside the Actor’s Studio on Bravo TV.

To my way of thinking it is one of the best programs on T.V.: a slower-paced interview program that started as a craft seminar for students of the Actor’s Studio; a master class that allows each guest to engage in a dialogue with Lipton in a couple of side chairs on a stage.  They cease being celebrities and become artists and teachers.  The content is all craft, no gossip.  Near the end of the interview, Lipton conducts a Q & A adapted from French TV personality Bernard Pivot on his show “Apostrophes” after the “Proust Questionnaire.”

Who? My first six guests for the fall and winter line-up are Bryanna Clark Grogan (September), Robin Robertson (October), Caryn Hartglass (November), Nava Atlas (December), and Laura Theodore (January).

When?  The first Tuesday of every month.

Where?  Right here: The Blooming Platter of Vegan Recipes, mywebsite/blog devoted to vegan cooking with occasional lifestyle posts.

Why?  To connect people and ideas by revealing insights about each guest and his or her culinary points of view in a fun, fresh way.

What Else?

With each interview, I will publish one of my guest’s recipes along with a photo of the prepared dish and, of course, the guest.

What are the Interview Questions?

I stay true to Lipton’s Q & A with two caveats: I ask my guests to answer the questions from a culinary perspective, and I slightly adapted #7.

  1. What is your favorite word?
  2. What is your least favorite word?
  3. What turns you on?
  4. What turns you off?
  5. What sound or noise do you love?
  6. What sound or noise do you hate?
  7. *What makes you curse in the kitchen?
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
  9. What profession would you not like to do?
  10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

*Lipton’s question #7 is always “What is your favorite curse word?”–and the answers are always colorful– but I reworded it since this is a “family show.”

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