Vegetarian Stuff

I’ve been up and down in my life regarding vegetarianism; my wife has never eaten meat, and her parents have been vegetarians for maybe 60 years. I have lots of vegetarian cookbooks, some 40 years old, others newer, from places like the old Horn of the Moon restaurant in Montpelier, VT (where I often ate when a pastor in that city) and Moosewood in Ithaca, NY. I also have lots of international cookbooks with vegetarian options. Houston is a very easy city for a vegetarian, with several Whole Foods Markets, H.E.B. Central Market, and a number of vegetarian restaurants (including lots of ethnic options)–The Hobbit Cafe is a family favorite, as is Baba Yega in Montrose.

I’ve been cutting down on meat (I no longer eat out as often as I once did, and that helps) and on coffee (I’m only having a couple of decaf Americanos at Starbucks each week now, down from eight cups or more a day), but it’s time to take a bigger step.

So I’ve been Googling to try to get some further inspiration.

Here’s a webpage put out by my old friend Ted Phelps, who was one of the groomsmen in our wedding: Becoming Vegetarian: Why You Should Do This and How to Make the Transition.

Here’s a fun page: Vegan Lunch Box (she also has a book). At one point the author went to an Adventist cooking school, and she got so excited by the idea of different dinner loaves that she created the Magical Loaf Studio.

7 thoughts on “Vegetarian Stuff

  1. Bill,
    I suggest that very few vegetarians or vegans adopt the lifestyle due to health concerns. In my opinion, most do so out of a misplaced concern about animal rights, etc. You may disagree.

  2. There are lots of motives. Adventists who are vegetarians do so for reasons of health. Hindus who are vegetarians (and there are millions) do so for other reasons. Folks associated with PETA do so for the reasons you suggest.

  3. Not precisely. The Hindu concern is both a matter of a philosophy of ahimsa, or non-violence (to make sure you get good karma, you might say), as well as acknowledgment of the common Atman, or soul. It isn’t a concern for animals, as westerners might define it–it is, to put it rather crudely, the awareness that could be your grandmother. Or, after this life, it could be you–especially if you do things like this. So that’s why I put Hinduism (and Jainism, and Buddhism, etc.) in a separate category.

  4. I’m not a vegetarian (what? give up sushi? never!) — but my wife has been for years. She recommends Vegan Cupcakes Will Rule the World.

    I’m not sure if I would write off concern for the animals as being ‘misplaced.’ I’m certainly not opposed to a good steak or cheeseburger every now and then, but reading Fast Food Nation and other accounts of the way we come by our meat has made me reconsider some of my dietary habits.

  5. This looks interesting: Hot Damn and Hell Yeah! Recipies for Hungry Banditos and the Dirty South Vegan Cookbook

    “Two great vegan cookbooks combined: an anthology of Vanessa’s “The Dirty South”, issues 1-3 and Ryan Splint’s Australian masterpiece “Hot Damn and Hell Yeah”. HD&HY is a finely illustrated and designed collection of recipes that aren’t afraid of spices but are suited for those into easy to find ingredients that don’t taste like sawdust. The Dirty South is a unique take on southern cooking, vegan style with some tasty delectibles, especially for those not afraid of garlic or baking. We are really excited to unleash this new vegan cooking onslaught onto the world.”

    Doubt you’d be venturing into my neck of the woods, but if you’re ever in New York city — like I said, I’m not a vegetarian by nature, but Red Bamboo makes some of the best fake “Creole Soul Chicken” I’ve ever had.

  6. but reading Fast Food Nation and other accounts of the way we come by our meat has made me reconsider some of my dietary habits.

    Good for you!!

    I became vegetarian primarily for ethical reasons but have found the health benefits very satisfying.

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