Whether you have a special diet by choice or due to a food allergy or intolerance, someone has had something to say about what you eat—or rather, what you don't.
“Bacon doesn't count, right?”
“Aren't you worried about getting enough protein?”
“Oh, your poor family. Do you cook meat for them?”
“But those animals are raised to be killed!”
“Too bad you can't have any of this. It's so good. Really, really good.”
“It's just got a little bit of chicken stock in it—that's okay, right?”
“Do you hate me because I eat meat?”
“Our teeth are designed to eat meat!”
“That's just how the food chain works.”
“I love animals, too. On my plate!”
“Wow, good for you. I, like, literally couldn't live without cheese.”
“My next-door neighbor's, sister's, friend's, boss' aunt got really sick from trying to go vegan and her doctor made her start eating meat again.”
“Do you think you're better than me?”
“You don't know what you're missing out on!”
“Yeah, get it. I get a stomachache when I eat ice cream, but I eat it anyway!”
“Oh yeah, that's so trendy right now.”
“So do you miss pasta?!”
“Ooh, I should totally try that!”
“In my time there was no such thing as a food allergy.”
“But really: What's the worst that could happen if you ate this slice of bread?”
“Haven't you heard? Vegetables feel pain, too.”
“What about mussels? They don't even have faces!”
“So you just eat a lot of salad then, huh?”
“Well then, what do you eat?”
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The Food52 Vegan Cookbook is here! With this book from Gena Hamshaw, anyone can learn how to eat more plants (and along the way, how to cook with and love cashew cheese, tofu, and nutritional yeast).
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