Danielle Bussone

Danielle Bussone

I’ve been cooking from the time I could climb into a chair and reach the top of the stove. I remember the first dish I prepared was an attempt to make french fries. I think I was about five years old when I observed my mother cooking  them in a clear liquid. So, when I hankered for some  fries, I cut up a couple of potatoes, plopped them into a pot and covered them with water. I scooped them out of the boiling water and was surprised to find the potatoes weren’t crisp but instead were soft. Confused but determined, I mashed them with a fork, added butter and a little milk and invented mashed potatoes! Who knew they had been around for ages!!

Danielle Bussone

Danielle Bussone

Co-founder and editor of Veggin’ Out and About!, Danielle writes restaurant reviews, profiles and interviews of people making a difference in plant-based community as well as book reviews (non-fiction as well as some fiction and poetry) relevant to plant-based nutrition and animal welfare. She is married to Rich Bussone, who became vegan along with Danielle. Rich is a retired Dentist and co-founder of Veggin’ Out and About! He handles of much of the social media and all of the technical website issues.

Danielle is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, and as an artist has attended the University of South Alabama, The Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore and École Albert Defois in France. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, in Europe and Japan. The art on the Veggin’ Out and About! website is Danielle’s original work. She is a graduate of eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Foundation’s Plant-Based Nutrition Program and is certified through Wellness Inventory as a wellness coach.

Until recently, Danielle wrote a book review column for All About Women Magazine in North Carolina. Recently one of her book reviews was published in Mountain Times of Boone, NC.  She was also press coordinator for High Country Writers of Boone, NC.  Danielle’s new book is a primer for transitioning to a plant-baed lifestyle.  Time For Change: Whole Foods For Whole Health! is a resource for anyone wanting to improve their life through healthy eating.

Danielle’s region is SW Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina and anywhere she happens to stop for sustenance along the road. Contact Danielle directly to share your restaurant finds, to make comments or just to say hello at danielle@vegginoiutandabout.com.


  1. Ray Hancock

    Danielle , you should check out Amelie’s Bakery in Charlotte NC . French bakery with a great ambiance . The co-owner Bill Lamb, couldn’t be nicer . Also, holy crap, you and Rich haven’t changed at all! Ray

    • Danielle Bussone

      Hi, Ray! Talk about a voice from the past!! Is Amelie’s a vegan bakery?? We’ll definitely check it out. We’ll be going to Charlotte soon. Great hearing from you. Connect with us on email. We’d love to catch up with you and Madonna. danielle@vegginoutandabout.com PS. We’ve changed more than you might imagine 🙂

  2. Danielle, when you get a chance you should check out the Sweet Pea Garden Pantry in Jellico, TN. Mostly vegan,delicious, a real gem my son and I discovered on a road trip!

    • Danielle Bussone

      I looked them up on Facebook. Certainly a place we’d like to share. Looks like a road trip is in order. Thanks for the find!!

  3. Helen Phillips

    Danielle, do you still have a way to add restaurant — well, in this case, a bakery — recommendations. I was just in New Orleans and happened upon the most amazing vegan bakery; also serves things such as vegan sandwiches and breakfasts. My eyes popped! They have some non-vegan things but mostly vegan and mostly all organic and a lot of locally grown.
    Miss seeing you at VegBoone! Best, Helen

    • Danielle Bussone

      We would certainly love to hear about your bakery find. Tell us more!!

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