Becoming Un-Vegetarian

When I was twenty years old, I watched PETA’s “Meet Your Meat” in a rhetoric class and became a vegetarian. Seven years later, I decided to start eating meat again–for ethical reasons. And somewhere in between I decided to write a book, tentatively titled The Vegetarian’s Guide to Eating Meat, to try and explain that journey and all its complications, from the humane treatment of animals to labor rights and global poverty, from radical feminist cooking to local, sustainable, affordable recipes.

What I found along the way is that food has always been about community. Through food, I’ve forged connections with my family, with my neighbors, with my farmers, and with the land itself. Ultimately, the kitchen is the place where we all sit down together.

And now, the book that chronicles that journey, The Vegetarian’s Guide to Eating Meat, is forthcoming from Greystone Books in Spring 2017!

In the meantime, a segment of this blog and website will be devoted to exploring the ways in which my love of food and my love for literature have combined, an extended conversation that brings the issues raised in the book into the everyday. This means that some days, I’ll provide updates on the latest issues, controversies or successes in the sustainable food world. I’ll also write and photograph whatever healthy, local recipes I’m cooking up, whether with or without meat (all of which are also archived in the Recipes menu above).

Overall, you’ll get to see what it looks like when an awkward, clumsy no-good-in-the-kitchen Irish-Italian book nerd decides one day that her food is her most frequent political action. You’ll see how she makes that all work on a writer’s budget, with a writer’s voice. And hopefully, that will show you that you can make this kind of food life work, too.

Want to know more? I always welcome thoughts, questions, and requests for future post topics. Feel free to leave a comment, tweet at me, or drop me an email to let me know what you think!

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