Cookbook Author Jack Monroe on Veganism After Veganuary: "It's Brilliant"
Jack Monroe, a UK-based best-selling cookbook author, announced they* made the decision to remain vegan after Veganuary, and is loving every minute of it.
Monroe stated in their article in The Guardian that they felt their relationship with meat was similar to one of an addict, as they kept “caving in” to “packets of cooking bacon in the supermarket, cans of sardines, the odd roast chicken.” However, after reading more about the Indian food that they love and about Ayurveda, Monroe made the decision, and said it was done without the typical gut-wrenching methods:
“And there, with no gory videos, no statistics, no shock-jock tactics, Panjabi quietly drew a line in the sand for me. I understood myself: the discomfort, the guilt, the addiction, the naughty thrill of a packet of bacon in the fridge, the promises to myself that it would be the last time. I behaved like an addict, with no thought for those I might have been hurting, just seeking my next high, my next slow-roasted pork belly, chicken skin Caesar salad, slow bone broth. I hung out with friends who would indulge me, encourage me. And I needed to stop. And I did.”
As a cookbook author, Monroe is already benefiting from the limitless options veganism provides. They write about all the exciting plant-based alternatives available for staple dishes, and how they are already working on two new cookbooks that will heavily reflect the new change in their perspective and diet, as one of them was already half-written before they went vegan.
Already prepared to take on the “where do you get your nutrients from” parade of questions, Monroe stated:
“‘Where do you get your protein from?’ people ask. From chickpeas, lentils, mushrooms, peas, beans. Iron from tinned tomatoes, spring greens, nuts, seeds, and beans and pulses. Calcium from spring greens and kale, among other dark green leafy sources.”
While Monroe states they will still be wearing leather items bought before the change, they will also not be buying any more. While they will not be on a mission to remove every single recipe ever published that included meat or dairy, they plan to eventually provide plant-based alternatives for most of the popular recipes, to reflect the new change. Monroe stated the goal simply:
“I’m doing my bit to encourage people to try vegan by making vegan food affordable and accessible and absolutely delicious. No hard-to-find ingredients, no complicated recipes, just doing what I’ve always done, but without the cooking bacon.”
*Monroe prefers plural pronouns
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