French fries are the vegetarian’s last resort. When all the sandwiches on a menu contain meat and even the side of Brussels sprouts is fried in bacon, trusty fries are there like a port in a storm. Unless they’re fried in beef tallow.
Vegetarian and vegan cooking should celebrate vegetables rather than forcing them into a meat-shaped box. I’ll take “oh damn, I didn’t know I liked eggplant” over “this is surprisingly tasty, but I’d rather eat real bacon” any day of the week.
I quit eating meat in the mid ’90s, back when vegetarian options at most restaurants where I grew up in rural Michigan were limited to mac ‘n’ cheese and those baskets of crackers that come with soup. There were no veggie burgers (much less “bleeding” ones) or chick’n tenders or any of the other exciting meat analogs…
Just don’t call it bacon. That’s the position some European politicians and meat industry groups have taken as they’ve recently called on vegetarian “meat” companies to, for the love of brisket, please stop branding their products as meat.
In How Do You Take Yours?, The Takeout solicits staff and outside expertise for their secret tips on improving one dish.
Charles Manson died late Sunday at the age of 83 after decades of being a racist murderous psychopath. Manson’s life has been reported on ad nauseam over the years, but some food facts have emerged from the obits today. We thought you’d like to know.
I don’t think vegetarians feel they are “missing out” on the experience of eating turkey, but I do think they miss out on some of the decadent pageantry. Thanksgiving should have a big reveal, but that reveal doesn’t have to be a dead animal.