Jeff and I have decided to cook around themes each weekend, in order to learn more about different cuisines and to cook and eat foods we might not otherwise try. So, last weekend, everything I cooked was Mediterranean inspired and this week, I decided to narrow the focus a bit and cook Greek dishes.
All of the recipes on the menu this weekend come from the same website: Closet Cooking. I’ve blogged a little bit about this website and blogger before–and I can’t say enough about how much it inspires me to try something new each time I visit the site.
From this website I’ve chosen:
Baked Shrimp and Feta Pasta
Lemon Roasted Potatoes
I’ll post the process and progress either today or tomorrow.
Oh, one last thing: As many of you know, I used to be a vegetarian. Now, I’m not. I haven’t really posted any sort of explanation or given much of you insight into this change. I don’t intend to do that here and now, but I do have an idea for you to consider. I have been reading Anthony Bourdain’s new book Medium Raw and Jeff and I religiously watch No Reservations on Netflix. I love, love, LOVE Anthony Bourdain. His opinion of vegetarianism is pretty clear. He writes, in his book Kitchen Confidential:
“Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans … are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit.”
He later rants:
“To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living.
Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, an affront to all I stand for, the pure enjoyment of food. The body, these waterheads imagine, is a temple that should not be polluted by animal protein. It’s healthier, they insist, though every vegetarian waiter I’ve worked with is brought down by any rumor of a cold.
Oh, I’ll accomodate them, I’ll rummage around for something to feed them, for a ‘vegetarian plate’, if called on to do so. Fourteen dollars for a few slices of grilled eggplant and zucchini suits my food cost fine.”
He has also said that choosing the path of vegetarianism is a “first world luxury.” This idea struck a chord with me. I don’t know if I agree with his sentiments, but from a Marxist point of view, is he right? Are “first world” vegetarians classist? Imperialist, even? Looking down upon their meat eating peers in their own country and abroad?
Most of the world’s population eats what they can afford and whatever is in season. Period. They eat what they have access to. Most of the world cannot afford to be vegetarian.
So, if you can afford to, should you?