A Vegetarian Then and Now

I have been a vegetarian for a long time. I wish I could remember the exact day I decided, but all I can remember was that it was around the time I graduated from high school in 1975. I also wish I could remember why I decided to become one. I’m sure it had something to do with animal rights and nutrition, but since I was a complete idiot then (I was eighteen) I doubt I could have intelligently articulated my reasons.

Becoming a vegetarian in 1975 in a small midwestern town was difficult. I had an elderly aunt who asked me at every holiday gathering, “Are you still on that diet?” The worst part was finding something to eat. There was one health food store in town (I guess I was lucky…sort of), and the so-called food was nasty. A lot of cans containing loafy-looking things looked gross and tasted worse. Eating out was treacherous. If a restaurant didn’t have grilled cheese I had to be careful. It’s surprising how difficult it is for people to understand the question “Does it have meat in it?”

I’ve been a vegetarian for decades now. It’s still an important part of my life. As a writer I often have vegetarian characters in my novels.

Vegetarian food has become mainstream and is widely available. I’m thankful for that but often wish I could read a review or two before deciding to purchase an item.

The purpose of this blog is to write reviews of vegetarian food. I’m also interested in hearing from others about good and not-so-good vegetarian products.

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