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Gristle, a Book by Moby

[Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

Richard Melville Hall, more widely known as Moby, has a celebrated career as a musician.

A DJ fixture in New York City's hip-hop scene during the 1980s, he evolved into an international artist. His 1999 album, "Play," sold more than 10 million copies, making it the biggest-selling electronic album.

The 44-year-old also has written two books. Both aim to educate about a vegan diet, which Moby has followed religiously for 20 years.

The first, published in 2005, contains meat- and dairy-free recipes used at Teany, a tea shop he formerly co-owned on Manhattan's lower east side. He co-authored "Teany Book: Stories, Food, Romance, Cartoons and, of Course, Tea" (Penguin, $16.95) with co-owner Kelly Tisdale.

His new book is "Gristle: From Factory Farms to Food Safety (Thinking Twice About the Meat We Eat)." Published by the New Press ($14.95), the book is a collection of essays about food written by contributors including Whole Foods founder John Mackey, Small Planet Institute founder Frances Moore Lappé and triathlete and vegan Brendan Brazier.

With Miyun Park, the executive director of Global Animal Partnership, Moby edited the essays. He also wrote the book's introduction.
Q. You've probably heard of a new movement called "Meat-Free Mondays," where participants vow to eat a vegetarian meal every Monday. Do you feel this is a step in the right direction toward awareness of the variety of meat-free foods?

A. Even cutting down on meat consumption a little bit is going to improve people's health and the health of the environment.

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