Something that you may not know about me is that I was a vegetarian for five or six years, including one of my pregnancies and some of the time that I was nursing my oldest son. I enjoyed being a vegetarian. I’ve never been a huge fan of meat, especially red meat, so it wasn’t that tough a transition for me to become a vegetarian. In fact, the transition back to omnivore was much more difficult for me. If we ever move from the Midwest Edge of Nowhere, I may become a vegetarian again. It is difficult to find other (not veggie burgers) proteins for a vegetarian diet where we currently live.
To this day I retain some vegetarian traits. I still eat veggie burgers when the rest of the family has hamburgers, because I prefer the taste of them to any meat burgers. I don’t eat meat that still has bones in it. This has created some interesting conversations between m’duine and I. He grew up in Texas, home of the ginormous rare steak. His mother once thought he was cutting ribs off the bone for one of the children, only to be educated on the entertaining ways that he had come up with to get protein in me. If it occurs to me that I am eating something that used to be an animal, I’m done. I won’t be able to finish. This is one of the reasons m’duine does 95% of the cooking in our house.
The title of this book caught my eye. I’m used to a good deal of “ribbing” (pun intended) about my former vegetarianism and my current pickiness about meat eating. I was hoping for a tongue-in-cheek perspective, and boy did this book deliver! I was laughing from cover to cover. The author even gives some helpful information for people who don’t know much (or anything) about vegetarianism. This would be a great gift to give a friend or family member who doesn’t quite seem to “get it.” It would also be a great book to give to a vegetarian friend with a healthy sense of humor.
There are “interviews” with dead vegetarians, performed by a psychic. There’s a vegetarian zodiac. There are definitions of “veg speak”, some truthful and some delightfully tongue-in-cheek. There’s a “day in the life of a new vegetarian” diary. There’s even a V.Q. (Veggie Quotient) quiz at the end of the book!
Without giving away too much, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was a quick read with constant entertainment. I can’t wait to see if the author comes out with more books.
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