(first in an occasional series)
I’m often asked why I’m a vegan. Or to list the things I can’t eat. Or my favorite, “What do vegans eat anyway?”
The implication of the odd looks accompanying this question imply polite withholding of the rest of the question: “Roots, bark and twigs, right?” Or, as Andrew Jones asks Jamila in Violet’s e-comic “Why Are You a Vegan?”: “Does your mother make you eat raw seaweed and swallow your apple pips?”
While I find the questions mildly annoying, I try to use them as a teaching opportunity. I try to find the best in people and like to assume that the questions I get about veganism are out of genuine curiosity and interest.
Gourmet answers to the question “What do vegans eat anyway?” can be found all over the Web. Unfortunately, many of them require ingredients unfamiliar to me such as agave nectar or tamari. And virtually all of them assume at least a basic ability to cook. In other words, they are inapplicable to one such as myself who can barely boil water. Fortunately, both my wife and mother-in-law generously prepare basic vegetarian items for me on a regular basis. Other dishes I have learned to prepare on my own with the aid of our trusty microwave.
So without further ado, I present to you a small sample of what this vegan eats.