We*Meat*Again and Becoming Un-Vegetarian
When I was twenty years old, I watched PETA’s “Meet Your Meat” in a rhetoric class and became a vegetarian. Seven years later, I decided to start eating meat again–for ethical reasons. This blog is about that journey and all its complications, from the humane treatment of animals to labor rights and global poverty, from radical feminist cooking to local, sustainable, affordable recipes. But most of all, it’s about community, about the kitchen as the place where we all sit down together and eat.
On this blog, you’ll find the ways in which my love of food and my love for literature have combined to form the delicious creation that is my book–tentatively titled The Vegetarian’s Guide to Eating Meat–and this blog, an extended conversation that brings the issues raised in the book into the everyday. The blog’s title should let you know that, while I believe food is important, I try not to take myself too seriously.
This means that some days, I’ll provide updates on the latest issues, controversies or successes in the sustainable food world. I’ll also write and photograph whatever healthy, local recipes I’m cooking up, whether with or without meat. If you’re lucky, you may even get to experience the hilarity of a video post wherein I entertain you all with my kitchen clumsiness. I’ll try to include profiles and reviews of restaurants and producers. On other days, I might just write creatively, musing on food, culture, community & identity.
Overall, you’ll get to see what it looks like when an awkward, clumsy no-good-in-the-kitchen Irish-Italian book nerd decides one day that her food is her most frequent political action. You’ll see how she makes that all work on a writer’s budget, with a writer’s voice. And hopefully, that will show you that you can make this kind of food life work, too.