A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, NOW IN TRADE PAPERBACK!
ESTHER THE WONDER PIG
• Maple Smoked Rice Paper Bacon (NEW!)
• Alfredo Sauce (NEW!)
• Cashew Dill Cheese
• Nutty Chocolate Ice Cream Bars
• Esther-Approved Cherry Cheesecake
• A Conversation With Steve & Derek (NEW!)
Grand Central Publishing is proud to present the New York Times Bestseller, ESTHER THE WONDER
PIG: Changing the World One Heart at a Time by Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter, with Caprice
Crane in trade paperback on May 30, 2017 — with two new Esther-Approved recipes and a Conversation
with Steve and Derek!
ESTHER THE WONDER PIG shares the heartwarming story of this titular social media superstar and
friend to all, and of how loving families really do come in all shapes and sizes. Esther has won the hearts
of people from many walks of life, amassing—with her parents’ love and support—over 1 million followers
across social media (and growing!) She is now declared a Global Influencer on Facebook in a special
partnership with the mega platform.
In the summer of 2012, Steve Jenkins was contacted by an old friend about adopting a micro piglet.
Though he knew his partner Derek wouldn’t be enthusiastic, he agreed to take the adorable little animal,
thinking he could care for her himself. Little did he know how that decision would change his and Derek’s
lives forever. It turned out that there was nothing “micro” about Esther, and Steve and Derek had actually
signed on to raise a full-sized commercial pig. Tiny Esther weighed just four pounds back then, but is now
a whopping 650 pounds. Esther quickly outgrew their small home—but not without some real growing
pains and a lot of messes. Esther voices her opinions, and boy does she have opinions!
When it became clear that Esther needed more space—and a lot of it—Steve and Derek made another
life-changing decision: they bought a farm and opened the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, where
they could care for Esther once she was full-grown and for other animals like her, in need of a safe haven
when there usually is none for them. The couple continues to rescue and rehabilitate abandoned and
abused farm animals there. Esther shares her life on the farm with lovable pigs, cows, birds, goats, donkeys,
horses, sheep, rabbits, and other canine and feline siblings!
Funny, heartwarming, and truly charming, ESTHER THE WONDER PIG follows Steve and Derek’s adventure
from reluctant pig parents to farm-owning advocates for animals. Esther is a true phenomenon with
an inspiring, love-filled message for the world.
Peace, Love & Esther!
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
In just three short years, Steve and Derek have cemented a place for themselves among the world’s
most wellknown and successful animal activists, accumulating hundreds of thousands of followers from
all over the globe. In 2014, Steve and Derek founded the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary in Campbellville,
Ontario, where they continue to rescue and rehabilitate abandoned and abused farmed animals.
Caprice Crane is an award-winning, internationally bestselling, five-time novelist, screenwriter, and
television writer. Caprice’s humor and satirical observations have earned her a wildly loyal social media
following and the distinction as one of the Huffington Post’s “50 Funny People You Should Be Following
“First, Jenkins and Walter opened their hearts to one very special pig, and now they are opening their
doors and letting us in, too. ESTHER THE WONDER PIG is a tender, funny story that manages to sneak
up behind you when you’re least expecting it and change your life. Be prepared to fall in love—with a pig.”
—Jasmin Singer, author of Always Too Much and Never Enough: A Memoir and co-host of Our Hen House
“Told with self-effacing humor and a sense of wonder at what life can bring, ESTHER is the story of
the transformative power of love between people and animals and how the decision to try to make a difference
on a personal level can effect positive change far beyond anything that might have been imagined.”
—Larry Levin, New York Times bestselling author of Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love
“Steve and Derek show us what we already know at Mercy for Animals-that farmed animals are just as
deserving of love and respect as the dogs and cats we share our home with-or, in their case, the pig they
share their home with.”
—Nathan Runkle, founder & president, Mercy for Animals
“An inspirational, enjoyable read, especially for animal lovers.”
“Written in a sincere, touching, and often quite funny voice, ESTHER THE WONDER PIG is a balm to
the soul . . . So far, definitely my favorite read of 2016.”
—Have Cake, Will Travel
“Funny, entertaining, enlightening, and touching, this book about an unknowingly influential little piggy is
a good read that also provides an education on the intelligence of pigs and their capacity for giving and
—Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)
Breaking News: Vegan Pizza
After working with Vegan Outreach, two pizzerias are experimenting with vegan cheese!
This week, popular Denver pizzeria Lala’s Wine Bar + Pizzeria added Daiya vegan cheese to their menu. And in even bigger pizza news, regional pizza chain WisePies Pizza & Salad is now testing out vegan cheese at their Tempe, Arizona, location!
The demand for vegan cheese options in pizza restaurants is growing, and we’re excited to be a part of the movement!
Joe Coleman: The Vegan Monk
Meet Joe Coleman—“The Vegan Monk”—a contemplative professional bodybuilder who’s defying pro-athlete stereotypes. Read his interview with VO Community Engagement and Events Manager Roxanne Hill to learn about his journey to veganism.
April Giveaway: Meatless Book
Hats off to our friend Kristie Middleton, Senior Food Policy Director for the Humane Society of the United States. She just released her first book, Meatless, and we’ve got the inside scoop—plus a giveaway!
If you were impressed with Wendy Gabbe Day’s kid-friendly pudding and smoothie recipes, you’re going to want to check out her easy and nutritious homemade snack bars!
Easy Vegan Pizza Pasta Bake
Vegan pizza—casserole-style! Get Gena Hamshaw’s recipe.
|Photo: © Gena Hamshaw / The Full Helping|
|Above (from left) is VO New England Outreach Coordinator Lana Smithson with volunteers Alex Bonfiglio, Sharon MacNair, and Margaret Arzon.|
Steady rain and snow all day at the University of Vermont didn’t stop a great group of volunteers from giving a voice to animals. Alex Bonfiglio is starting a veg group on campus and today she heard from a bunch of students interested in joining. Margaret Arzon is a grad student who helped for the second time (first time was last semester). Sharon MacNair has been active for years with a group called Green Mountain Animal Defenders. Olivia Marelic [below, right] and Emma Schoeppner [below, left] came by between their classes to give leafleting a try.
Sharon told me her group has had volunteers in the past who mentioned they went veg after getting a leaflet on campus. Alex heard from someone who said he still has his leaflet from years ago and it’s helped him be vegan ever since.
I’m so thankful for these volunteers making it a really great day!
—Lana Smithson, VO New England Outreach Coordinator,
Today I met DyJahashon [below], who is studying theater at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. After I gave him a Compassionate Athlete leaflet, he came back to tell me he’s going to start eating vegan. The leaflet from Vegan Outreach was the final push after he had seen a lot of people on Instagram who looked healthier by going vegan.
—Sean Hennessy, VO Greater Ohio Outreach Coordinator,
Gainesville Veg Fest •
Santuario de Karuna •
Indy VegFest •
Community Earth Day Fair •
Berkeley Vegan Earth Day •
VegFest Los Angeles •
Vegan Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to expose and end cruelty to animals through the widespread distribution of our booklets promoting plant-based eating and compassion for animals.
All donations are fully tax-deductible.
DOG BITES with Steve Brooks
The Perfect Book for Foodies & Dog Lovers!
Steve Brooks, Celebrity Dog Trainer and founder of SteveBrooksK9U, shares secrets to modifying canine behavior without the use of threats or force. Discover how to train your dog using gourmet, healthy dog bites as rewards for good behavior!
Steve Brooks (CPDT/KA) is a master of creative, positive, science-based reward training methods with terrific results and has been training dogs for over 20 years using “dog bites” to correctly train thousands of dogs with lasting results.
DOG BITES with Steve Brooks uses food as an effective training tool. In this book, you will discover what is safe and unsafe to feed your dog while learning how to modify your favorite meals to share with your pup! While Steve cooks recipes from Organic Turkey Meatballs, Sweet Pup-Tato Fries to Chicken Pup-Pie, he shares what is safe and delicious for canine consumption. He also demonstrates the health benefits and dangers of many human foods.
Discover how to modify K9 behavior with Steve’s Positive Training Tactics
Learn how to use food (and other rewards) to correctly train your dog
Teach your dog to: walk without pulling on the leash, come, stay, tricks…and more!
Reduce fear, food-guarding and aggression issues
Know which foods are safe and unsafe; foods that can heal or harm your dog
Train your dog to take food gently right out of your hand!
Steve Brooks is a world-renowned Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT/KA), a credential granted by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). He is a Canine Behavioral Expert and professional member of the APDT, Association of Pet Dog Trainers. He is a licensed presenter of Family Paws Parent Education, Dog & Baby Connection, Dog & Storks, and a proud member of Pet Professional Guild where he promotes force free training
Steve founded SteveBrooksK9U (www.SteveBrooksK9U.com) in Los Angeles in 1999. Since then, he’s been one of LA’s most sought-after dog trainers. Thousands of dogs have graduated from K9U. Steve’s clients include Hollywood celebrities such as: Sheryl Crow, Robert Downey Jr, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lori Alan, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, William Fichtner, Cheryl Tiegs, Dennis Dugan, William Peterson, Rick Rubin, members of the bands Chicago, and Earth Wind and Fire to name a few, as well as, thousands of everyday dog lovers.
DOG BITES with Steve Brooks is available now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, most online bookstores and at www.SteveBrooksK9U.com
Steve’s talents have garnered him media exposure in both national and international markets. He has appeared regularly as the dog expert on training and safety for Fox News in both San Diego and Los Angeles and NBC news in Palm Springs. In 2009, Steve was featured as the dog training expert in Marley & Me (Blu-Ray DVD). He has appeared in programs such as Animal Planet, National Geographic Channel, as well as, appearing on CBS’ “World’s Funniest Pets”,TBS’ “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” and the nationally syndicated newsmagazine Inside Edition. Steve was the trainer of Presley, the rescue Boxer and winner of “The Greatest American Dog.” Many international broadcasters in Japan, Canada and Australia have also profiled Steve and his work as a professional trainer. Steve has been featured on a multitude of radio shows such as Pet World Insider and KPCC 89.3 Public Radio. He is a regular contributor to numerous publications and an ongoing writer for Fido Friendly magazine.
DISCUSSION TOPICS WITH STEVE BROOKS
A Feast For Fido - Sharing Holiday Meals With Your Dog - Creative, safe and healthy meals you can share with your dog during the holidays.
Keeping Your Home Safe For Your Dog - Ways you can ensure your home is safe for the new Christmas puppy. How to avoid dangers that may be lurking in your home that could endanger your dog.
Holistic Help For Your Dog - Natural ways to care for your dog to enhance good health.
No Kibble Needed - Throw together a healthy meal for your dog with ingredients right from your refrigerator.
Feeding Fido On the Go - On the road with no kibble, Steve shares surprising healthy fast food options you can feed your dog.
Holiday Manners For Your Pup - Quick tips to keep your pup "party polite."
PUP-tality! – What you can do NOW to help your dog live a longer life with vitality!
Superfoods For Your Dog – Turn your dog’s diet from good to great with superfoods!
First Aid For Your Dog – Learn how to handle emergencies, such as poisonous foods and choking, with techniques that could save your dog’s life.
Fido Fitness – Exercise tips for your dog at every age!
EVERY DAY WITH RACHAEL RAY APRIL ISSUE
Spring is on the way!
Spring has sprung in the April 2014 issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray. It’s a time to lighten up our diets, clean our houses and revive our routines after a long, cold winter. Let’s encourage spring along in the kitchen and on our plates with lean meats on green salads, lots of fresh peas and green onions, asparagus and baby vegetables, seafood and light soups.
The New Mediterranean Diet (p. 108)It’s not just from Italy anymore! Bring this healthy, delicious cuisine home, with easy tips from chefs and a nutritionist.
30-Minute Meals (p. 92) Dig in to spring with the season’s freshest ingredients: asparagus, peas, lamb and more!
Money Talk (p.78) Save more than $1,000 in a year with eco-expert Danny Seo’s green tips for cutting waste and cost!
Word of Mouth (p. 45) April Fools’ Day restaurant pranks, futuristic forks, beauty products made from foodie leftovers, bold new breath-fresheners and concerts in the air.
Waste Not, Want Not (p. 48) Oddly enough, certain by-products of the food- and booze-making world are great skin savers in disguise—and they’ve been upcycled into some of our favorite new beauty finds.
Service with a Smile (p. 45) Eat, drink and be wary: Restaurants love a good April Fools’ Day joke! Read on for the funniest, from mock menus to nationwide advertisements of, well... see for yourself.
On the Cover: Mac & Cheese Makeover (p. 4) This ingenious recipe makes a simple dish even simpler: You don’t boil the pasta; it bakes in the creamy sauce. You’ll save around 15 minutes, plus that’s one less pot to clean!
Taste Test – Hooray for Hummus (p. 88) Three cheers for chickpeas! We picked our five fave hummus brands.
Month of Sensational Soups (insert) This month, get five classic recipes (chicken, potato, black bean and more!) and super-easy additions that will turn them into 25 different healthy and delicious meals.
Kristin Chenoweth’s Cooking Cred (p. 136) We’ve always thought the Tony- and Emmy-award winner was super sweet. When Kristin let us into her kitchen, we found out that her appetite leans to the sugary side, too!
About Every Day With Rachael Ray
Launched in 2005, Every Day With Rachael Ray and its partner website, RachaelRayMag.com, deliver a fresh, keep-it-real approach to food, travel, entertaining, beauty, style and home that helps readers take things off their to-do lists and have fun while they're doing it. Every Day With Rachael Ray is published 10 times a year by Meredith Corporation [NYSE: MDP], with a rate base of 1.7 million and an audience of 7.4 million readers. Every Day With Rachael Ray was named AdAge’s 2006 Magazine Launch of the Year, and also landed on the publication’s “A List” of Top 10 Magazines in 2007.
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YOUR DOG’S DINER ANNOUNCES THEIR ON-AIR RADIO APPEARANCE ON TALKIN PETS RADIO SHOW WITH JON PATCH.
Tampa, Florida, USA., September 17, 2013 – Rachael Johnson, co-owner of Your Dog’s Diner, announced today that she will be interviewed on-air Saturday, September 21, 2013 on Talkin Pets Radio with Jon Patch at 6:30 p.m. EST.
Your Dog’s Diner is a family owned and operated pet food manufacturing company. Nathan and Rachael Johnson started a dog blog in 2011 documenting their two rescue dogs’ adventures known as 2 Traveling Dogs. While their fan base grew, they realized a unique platform they had to shed light on the homeless animals across the country. Being involved in “everything dog”, they took their love of dogs and cooking to create Your Dog’s Diner after all the pet treat recalls.
About Your Dog’s Diner:
Rachael and Nathan Johnson’s love of dogs with a lifelong love of cooking is a dream come true. They know you will enjoy the experience of cooking for your dogs and the peace of mind you will have knowing where your dog’s treats come from. It’s time to “Turn Your Kitchen Into Your Dog’s Diner,” said Rachael Johnson
Mutt Meatballs Treat Mix and Mutt Soup Mix are available to the public now on YourDogsDiner.com and in select retail stores across the country. Mutt Meatballs Treat Mix retails for $7.99 and Mutt Soup Mix retails for $10.99. Their Mutt Pancakes Treat Mix will be released in November.
Talkin Pets Radio with Jon Patch airs Saturdays from 5-8 p.m. EST. To find a station near you, or listen online, visit www.talkinpets.com
Health Promoting Meals From
the TrueNorth Kitchen
By Ramses Bravo with Dr. Alan Goldhamer
Foreword by T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Coauthor of The China Study
“I highly recommend this book and its recipes—they can save your life.”
—T.Colin Campbell, from his introduction
The human passion for high-calorie, carbohydrate rich, salty, fatty foods is not driven by a lack of will power; it’s programmed into our genes. In the ancient past, people who ate high-calorie foods and sought out scarce salt and fats increased their chance for survival. However, in these modern times of plenty, that survival strategy no longer helps us: today it works against us, undermining our health and shortening our lives. Sugar, oil, and salt are the enemies of weight loss and overall health, and eliminating them is transformative.
In BRAVO! (Book Publishing Company; April 2012; 9781570672699), chef Ramses Bravo shows home cooks how to put life-changing habits into practice with his collection of delicious, vegan, SOS-Free recipes (no sugar, oil or salt), that will satisfy your passion for flavor and the need for essential nutrients. These nearly 100 recipes were developed by Ramses, whose background includes the Kenwood Inn and Spa in Sonoma, for the TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California, which has helped over 8,000 people heal from hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, and other chronic illnesses.
Inside you’ll find:
- SOS-Free recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, desserts, dressings, sauces, and snacks
- Dishes to satisfy your whole family, such as Polenta Crust Pizza, Grilled Ratatouille with Pesto, Black Bean Tamale Pie, Bravo Chili, and sweet Peach Blueberry Crisp
- Two weeks of daily meal plans
- Tips for storage, stocking your kitchen, and fundamental techniques for vegan, SOS-Free cooking
With an introduction by Dr. Alan Goldhamer, the founder of TrueNorth, BRAVO! is an inspiring, practical guide to getting your health and weight back on track, deliciously! Take your health into your own kitchen, with BRAVO!
About the Authors
Ramses Bravo has been the executive chef at TrueNorth Health Center since 2007. He has also worked in numerous hotels and restaurants in California, Hawaii, and West Virginia, including the Kenwood Inn and Spa in Sonoma. His extensive professional experience prepared him for his unique position managing America’s most wholesome kitchen.
Dr. Alan Goldhamer is the founder of TrueNorth Health Center, a state-of-the-art facility that provides medical and chiropractic services, psychotherapy and counseling, and massage and bodywork. He is also the director of the Center’s groundbreaking residential health-education program. He is the coauthor of The Pleasure Trap and the author of The Health Promoting Cookbook. For more information, visit www.truenorthhealth.com.