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What the Hell Is a Vegan? Life Before Raw Food Existed

 Once upon a time, I had never heard of a raw food diet.

 

It’s strange that I honestly never even thought about vegetables or fruit being involved. I guess that I had been forced to hazard a guess as to what it was, my ideas would have hovered around sushi and steak tartar. Or maybe food you hadn’t cooked and shouldn’t even think of eating.  But honestly? I was clueless. My friend, Alisa, changed all of that for me. She alone is responsible.

I operated a Bed and Breakfast in Santa Fe, NM for 16 years and I had only once run into guests that were living with what I then believed to be the limitations of a vegan diet. Notice that I’m not even getting into the raw diet thing. Usually the first thing I do after securing a room reservation is to inquire of my future guests whether they have any dietary restrictions or if there are things they simply can’t stand (to which I usually get the answer ‘liver’ , a dish that fortunately never had its place on my breakfast menu). On this occasion I recall having heard  the word ‘Vegan’. I remember my honest inquiry, “so, what can’t you eat?” and the responding litany: “ no eggs, no milk, no cheese, no butter… no dairy of any kind, no animal products of any kind, no honey. As shell shocked as I was about the dairy aspect, I was floored by the honey thing. Why the hell not? What’s wrong with honey? Later someone would inform me that it was because honey is made by bees, thus an animal product. I pondered on this for a long time.

 What was I going to make these people for breakfast?

Cooking For Vegans