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From: Leslie (
Subject: The only thing I find difficult about being vegetarian . . .
Date: September 4, 2004 at 10:56 pm PST

In Reply to: being a vegatarian! posted by Cara on August 15, 2004 at 11:37 pm:

is eating in restaurants, because they have no imagination whatsoever that food can be wonderful without animal products. If you cook at home, as I do, you literally can make ANYTHING vegan. Yes, I mean vegan, not just vegetarian. You probably eat cheese and milk, I have to say that it is such an easy thing to substitute milk, I use Silk plain and to me (and to all the unsuspecting people who eat it at my house) it tastes just like I remember milk tasting -- it's been ten years since I drank cow's milk. If you do not like meat for ethical reasons, you may want to rethink eating cheese, it is actually NOT a vegetarian product, it is curdled with enzymes from the stomachs of baby calves and lambs. Also, all dairy is inextricably entwined with the veal industry, without a baby cow there can be no milk from a mother cow, and humans get rid of the babies so they can drink the milk that rightfully belongs to that baby.

You might want to do some reading on all of this, I find John Robbins books very good at explaining why dairy is as or more cruel than the meat industry, and he also have wonderful recipes in some of his books, I have the Diet for a New World book with excellent recipes. You will also find recipes -- excellent ones -- from New Veggies, Bryanna Clark Grogan is such an awesome cookbook writer, she has saved me many times!

As far as what other people think, i couldn't care less about what they think. I do what I do because it makes me feel good, even though I know the world goes on in it's cruelty anyway. I find myself psychicly disconnected with this world anyway, I find it much too full of cruelty to really bear, and have no illusions about life -- but all I can do is follow my own heart. That means more to me than any follow the leader cult that other people feel compelled to join -- I know in many ways I'm out of step with most people and the world, but I am proud to be out of step with a world that is unbelievably cruel and completely indifferent to suffering. I wouldn't have it any other way, and along the way, the food can be so great -- just get cooking!!

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