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Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Moskowitz in Omaha, Nebraska, 2010
Born (1973-02-03) February 3, 1973
Brooklyn, New York
Culinary career
Cooking style Vegan

Isa Chandra Moskowitz is an American author, magazine columnist, and former host of community access cooking show Post Punk Kitchen. She has authored several best-selling cookbooks,[1] including Vegan with a Vengeance, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, Veganomicon, Vegan Brunch,Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar and Appetite for Reduction.


Raised in Brooklyn, New York, and having dropped out of The High School of Music & Art, where she majored in fine art, Moskowitz found herself drawn toward the punk rock scene of the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the late 1980s, embracing first a vegetarian diet, then veganism.[2] The experimentation and adaptation required for her new diet led to developing her skills as a cook and as an inventor of her own recipes. She volunteered with Food Not Bombs,[3] an anarchist organization that provides free vegan meals to the homeless and needy.

The inspiration to create her own cooking show came while watching the Food Network and wondering to herself why there were no vegan shows.[4] According to Moskowitz the show used the title The Post Punk Kitchen to signify the feeling of being "older and facing the conundrum of growing up and making compromises that their eighteen-year-old selves might hate them for".[4] The show was popular for its laid-back approach and unscripted dialogue. Bands played on the show, and even helped out with the cooking. The Post Punk Kitchen was co-hosted by Terry Hope Romero and aired on community access television in both Manhattan and Brooklyn between 2003 and 2005.

The success of The Post Punk Kitchen led to the compilation of a cookbook, Vegan with a Vengeance, in late 2005.[5] The recipes, rather than relying on expensive and heavily processed meat substitutes, use readily available and inexpensive ingredients. The book also includes multiple references to the punk-rock subculture with Moskowitz visibly sporting a t-shirt from British anarcho-punk band Crass on the book's cover.

In 2006, Moskowitz and her former co-host, Romero, created a cookbook consisting entirely of vegan cupcake recipes, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, which was named Cookbook Of The Year by VegNews magazine. 2007 saw the release of yet another book, Veganomicon, which bills itself as the "ultimate vegan cookbook." Moskowitz has since written five more books, Vegan Brunch (2009), Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar (2009), Appetite for Reduction (2010), Vegan Pie in the Sky (2011), and Isa Does It (2013).

In April 2008, she relocated from New York to Portland, Oregon, then to Omaha, Nebraska, in 2010, where she is currently in the process of opening a restaurant.[6]


Moskowitz at a Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti event

Moskowitz is vocal opponent of "humane meat",[7] promoting animal rights through what she calls "Culinary Activism" or "Baketivism":[8]

"I think that activism isn't what you decide to do but how it affects people. So if someone says, I'm going to become an activist! I'm going to stand on a street corner and preach about veganism! And then they go ahead and do that but no one listens and no one becomes vegan, then is that activism? On the other hand, maybe there's a girl in the middle of nowhere who loves animals and decided to bake vegan. And then people taste her cupcakes and are like “What the hell, I'll go vegan, too." Obviously I think the latter is more effective, but I guess people might not see it as activism".[9]

In 2008 she founded the organization Apron Activists ("four courses for causes") to raise money for local Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary to raise money through cooking.[10] After the 2010 Haiti earthquake Moskowitz posted on her blog a call for vegans to host bake sales in their home cities to fundraise for relief[11] which resulted in over $75,000 being raised.[9]

In July 2011, Moskowitz, along with Anna Dorfman, Leigh Ellis and John McDevitt created The Teal Cat Project to raise money for cat rescue groups across the country that participate in Trap-Neuter-Return programs. Moskowitz and the crew collect old ceramic cat figurines, upcycle them with a coat of teal paint, and number them for authenticity. T-shirts are also sold to offset the cost of supplies.


Moskowitz is currently a Bust magazine columnist, where she writes a column called "Nickel and Dined", which focuses on cooking on a limited budget and has written for Vegetarian Times, Time Out NY, Natural Health and VegNews. Moskowitz also starred in a short-lived podcast with Herbivore Publishing's Josh Hooten called Naked Vaygun in late 2007. In Omaha, she has appeared on KMTV in 2011 and 2012.[12] She presented at the first Austin, Texas VegFest in 2012, and in 2013.[13][14][15]


  • Vegan with a Vengeance. 2005. ISBN 1-56924-358-1
  • Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, with Terry Hope Romero. 2006. ISBN 1-56924-273-9
  • Veganomicon, with Terry Hope Romero. 2007. ISBN 1-56924-264-X
  • Vegan Brunch. 2009. ISBN 0-7382-1272-5
  • Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, with Terry Hope Romero. 2009. ISBN 1-60094-048-X
  • Appetite for Reduction. 2010. ISBN 978-1-60094-049-1
  • Vegan Pie in the Sky. 2011. ISBN 978-0-7382-1274-6
  • Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week. Little, Brown. 2013.  


  1. ^ Hanson, Liane (2008-01-06). "Secrets of the Ultimate Vegan Cookbook" (MP3, transcript). Weekend Edition Sunday (NPR). Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  2. ^ Moskin, Julia (2007-01-24). "Strict Vegan Ethics, Frosted With Hedonism". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  3. ^ "Vegan Baking & Vegan Cooking". Post Punk Kitchen. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  4. ^ a b Moskowitz, Isa Chandra.Vegan With a Vengeance. Marlowe & Company, 2005, p. 3.
  5. ^ Kramer, Rachel (2005-11-03). "Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Creator, Post Punk Kitchen, Author, Vegan With a Vengeance". Gothamist. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  6. ^ Baker Hansen, Sarah. "Local chef opening Omaha's only vegan restaurant". Omaha World Herald. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  7. ^ Moskowitz, Isa Chandra (2007-05-14). "It's Wrong to Kill Meat-Eaters". Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  8. ^ Moskowitz, Isa Chandra (June–July 2007). "Vegan Culinary Activism in 10 Yummy Steps". Satya. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  9. ^ a b Castoria, Elizabeth. "Vegan MoFo Returns". Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  10. ^ Doe, Jane. "Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary". Coolspotters. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  11. ^ "Vegan Bake Sales For Haiti". Post Punk Kitchen. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  12. ^ "Cookbook Author Isa Chandra Moskowitz". 2011-01-05. Retrieved 2013-04-14
    "Isa Chandra Moskowitz". 2011-03-08. Retrieved 2013-04-14
    "Isa Chandra Moskowitz". 2011-11-08. Retrieved 2013-04-14
    "Cookbook author Isa Chandra Moskowitz". 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2013-04-14
  13. ^ "2012 Speakers: Isa Chandra Moskowitz". Texas Veg Foundation. 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-14
  14. ^ Haupt, Melenie (2012-03-30). "Veg Out! There's no better place than Austin to branch out into meat-free eating". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-04-14
  15. ^ Alvarez, Alayna (2013-03-26). "April in Austin (Part 1)". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-04-14

External links

  • The Post Punk Kitchen Website
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