There are plenty of dishes that don't have any meat and still taste good. Tofu is fine in its place, but it isn't a "meat substitute," and it has a hell of a lot of glutamaic acid in it, which is not all that peachy-keen for people who are sensitive to it. Cuban black beans and rice taste really good, and they can be made without any meat. Ratatouille, if I could spell it, tastes great, too. And if you accept milk products or eggs, you don't even have to work hard to make vegetarian food nutritious.
Nice chunks of tempeh, marinated in wine and soy with ginger and garlic, stir-fried with bok choy and leeks, are delicious. But they aren't a meat substitute, either. Falafel is just a hair short of ambrosia, if done right. Damn, I wish that Lebanese family were still running the local falafel place, or missing that, the Cafe Crimini in Leicester Square is pretty damn good. But it isn't meat.
There's one thing that really annoys me about vegetarians: if you go eat with them, and they cook something like eggplant parmigiana they just have to get in your face and ask, "Didja miss the meat? DIDJA MISS THE MEAT? HUH? HUH? DIDJA?" And they jump up and down until they get an answer. This is annoying. Maybe it's a lack of B-12 or something, but they all seem to do it.
Or, if you have the audacity to suggest that it's a good idea to eat a variety of foods, they start jumping up and down and wave their prematurely aged arms and say, "Hah! Food combining! That was discredited in 1908! You pathetic bastard!" And there's a lot more jumping up and down.
The truth may be out there, but lies are inside your head.--Terry Pratchett
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