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Meat just tastes better 09/20/10

Tim Love stirs debate with his 5 reasons not to be a vegetarian.


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American chef Tim Love stirred up a lot of reaction recently on www.eatocracy.cnn.com when CNN posted his daily 5@5 ( 5@5 is described as “a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.”)

While most of it was a little tongue in cheek, it provoked some very strong reactions from readers.

Here is the list as it appears on eatocracy.cnn.com:

1. “Because meat tastes better than vegetables. Period. There are fantastic chefs like Jeremy Fox and José Andrés who have done amazing things with vegetables and even made me consider going vegetarian for a split second. But then I took a shot of tequila and came to my senses. I mean, really, which would you rather have – a grilled Texas ribeye, or a piece of squash? Which just made your mouth water?”

2. “Because when you walk into a steakhouse, you never hear anyone say ‘wow, doesn’t that creamed spinach smell great?’ Unless, of course, the spinach is made with bacon.”

3. “Imagine a restaurant full of preachy vegetarians. Enough said. I’m kidding, of course. Some of my best friends are vegetarians, but even they have a tendency to be a little on the holier-than-thou side. If I want to eat meat, let me eat it in peace. Nobody is forcing you to be a vegetarian, so why are you trying to force us?”

4. “Eating vegetarian may seem like the healthier option (and, probably, often is), but when it comes down to it, meat, in moderation, provides much needed protein, iron and amino acids. As long as you don’t go overboard and eat one of those 15-pound burgers you see on TV, you should be fine.”

5. “Because you’d get a lot of funny looks if you tried roasting a pumpkin at a tailgate instead of a pig.”

I doubt that he could have imagined the furore that this post would cause. It seems to have opened up a can of vegetarian debate worms as the comment’s section heated up and people spoke passionately about their beliefs.

There are two options here – get angry due to Love’s flippant manner of discussing a serious issue which ignores the ethics of vegetarianism completely, or simply take what he said with a pinch of salt and move on.

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Laura Cooke is the editor and creator of the Veggie Bunch website and community.


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