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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Doggy Bag: Vegan-on-Vegan Violence

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 6:08 PM

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Our favorite morsel from the blogs.

Talk about losing your audience: Is vegan cooking tasteless, clunky, or just plain freaky sometimes (emphasis on the sometimes)? And if you say so are you a big old hater? Those are questions Anrica Deb must be asking right about now, after Part One of her guide to cooking vegan for the holidays hit Mission Loc@l. Deb rolls out a couple of tasty-sounding cruelty-free recipes -- no controversy there. But in her intro, she talks about changing the perception of vegan cooking from amateurish to accomplished. Here's a taste:

Let's face it, vegan food can be bland, weird, or just plain inedible. Part of this mediocrity comes from (some) vegan chefs' unforgivable penchant for using inappropriate foods to "substitute" for non-vegan components. For example, replacing protein-y eggs with completely unrelated substances like applesauce or cornstarch... Furthermore, vegans tend to be unreliable when it comes to recipes. Being desperate for food options, they'll rave about sub-par fare.
Uh-oh. Out of five posted comments, four expressed insult. Take deva: "the first couple of paragraphs were pretty insulting. are you vegan?" Read the rest (including Deb's recipes) here.

And uh, remember: We're just the messenger.

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