My dad announced the other day that he is going vegetarian.
He saw Forks over Knives and immediately exhorted us all to abandon meat.
To be clear, this is a guy who has been eating bacon since the Roosevelt administration. I’m a) impressed and b) very, very curious to see how this goes.
I’ve been thinking about meat myself these days, because I’m reading a delightfully un-earnest invitation to go vegan, Feeding the Hungry Ghost: Life, Faith, and What to Eat for Dinner.
Ellen Kanner is a writer who used to interview authors for BookPage back when I was editor. A call from Ellen was always a daymaker.
Her new book is like the best conversations I remember having with her: wide ranging, informed, and always entertaining.
In the case of “going vegan,” it’s not really about food as much as nourishment. She explains: the title comes “from the Tao concept of restless souls still hungry, still seeking, even beyond the grave. In ancient Buddhist scrolls, hungry ghosts are edgy, depicted as bug-eyed, big-bellied, and fierce.”
Definitely feeling bug eyed and big bellied over here.
The recipes and their sometimes unfamiliar ingredients remind me that there is a lot of food to explore. The thing is, we live in a wonderland of ingredients these days–pomegranate molasses is as easy to find, maybe easier, than blackstrap molasses.
I’m sending Dad a copy of Feeding the Hungry Ghost. It is so cheerful and persuasive that I think it will keep him away from the Benton’s bacon for at least a week longer than the week that I’m predicting he can last as a vegetarian.