How can anyone who loves Indian food say that he's rarely had a vegetarian meal that ranked above 3 on a scale of 10? India's vegetarian cuisine is the cream of the crop, universally loved by vegetarians and vegans, and the rest of the crop can be excellent as well. Indian food can be as quick as a pot of kitcheri with a side of raita and dollop of raw chutney from a blender. And vegetarians have their flavor-packed foods as well, like tempeh or marinated seitan. Even paneer.
As for chili, there's an entire cookbook devoted to vegetarian chilis, and as a side benefit they can help reverse heart disease-- the number one killer in the US. Omnivores, the real mass murders, killing you with their food one mouthful at a time. If you want to see documentaries about doctors reversing heart diease with plant-based diets, go to hulu.com or netflix and watch FORKS OVER KNIVES or CHOW DOWN (hulu only).
The only accurate thing you said in this article is that you are a bigot, perhaps understandable considering your age. I've found that people reared in the 1950s have completely warped attitudes about the need for meat and dairy both in terms of taste and of nutrition. By the time I was growing up in the 1970s, Diet for a Small Planet was a cultural phenomenon and small health food stores were everywhere, as was lacto-ovo-vegetarian food. And in the 80s and 90s Whole Foods popped up, making organics mainstream. My guess is that kids growing up in the 2010s and 20s will think that vegan food is a mainstream part of their diet, no matter how strict they are about it, and rates of heart disease, hypertenstion and diabetes rates will drop even further than they have with vegetarianism, and as they have around the world when there is a shift in food availability. Even Julia Child gave up eating veal when she saw how cruelly the baby calves were being treated.
P.S. The restaurant Native Foods plans on opening 200 new vegan restaurants by 2017! The times they are a-changing!
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Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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