I do not need to explain tofu's bad rap. And admittedly, part of it—soggy, flavorless fried cubes; possibly still-frozen chunks in a college cafeteria's salad bar; the punchline of every joke about vegetarians ever—is deserved.
But I'll come out and say that I love tofu (though not as much as this woman). Even raw. And tofu has come so far since its murky college salad bar days (haven't we all?). Prepared well, it can convince even the most ardent of tofu-haters to reconsider it; here are 8 reasons to start reconsidering tofu now: