Not so long ago, there was a certain image associated with being
vegetarian. It usually involved Birkenstocks, lentil loaf and an agenda.
still are plenty of all three in the meatless movement, but a growing
number of Americans are finding they can have cauliflower and kale at
the center of the plate without a side of ideology.
because at the same time people are eating less meat, vegetables have
gained respect as worthy ingredients in their own right, not just as the
garnish for a steak. And perhaps most telling, the word “vegetarian”
has moved from the center of cookbook covers to the margins, if it’s
seen at all.
always struggled with the ‘vegetarian’ label,” said Deborah Madison,
whose cookbook “Vegetable Literacy” is the most recent in her 30-year
career of writing about vegetables. “When I began writing, it was so
much about a lifestyle. You were or you weren’t, and people didn’t cross
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