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Vegetarianism 101

Posted: August 28, 2005
by: T.Alexander

Chefs that are skilled in preparing delicious meals without meat are true masters. Some of the most exquisite cuisine I've ever enjoyed was vegetarian and vegan. If you are inclined to learn more, I recommend you master the definitions first.

But first did you know that these famous celebs are vegan...Bryan Adams (Canadian rock star), Gillian Anderson Gillian (best known as FBI Agent Scully from the X-Files), Drew Barrymore, Linda Blair, Woody Harrelson, and kd lang. Athletes include track and field star Carl Lewis and recently Scott Jurek. Scott won the Badwater Ultramatharon, a grueling 135 miles through 115 degree desert heat from the lowest point in the US to one of the highest, Mount Whitney. Impressive. Read on.

Vegan (pronounced VEE-gun) is someone who chooses to avoid using or consuming animal products. While vegetarians choose not to use flesh foods, vegans also avoid dairy, fish and eggs.

Vegetarianism includes veganism and is defined as the practice of not eating meat, poultry or fish or their by-products, with or without the use of dairy productds or eggs.

Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian is the same is vegan, but these folks also eat eggs and milk products. This is the most popular form of vegetarianism.

Lacto Vegetarian is the the same as vegan, but also consumes milk products.

Veggie is a nick name for vegetarian and often includes vegan.

Strick vegetarians were originally vegans, but now can mean vegan or vegetarian.

So there you have it. If your boss comes to dinner and you're warned first that his wife is lacto vegetarian what kind of dish might you serve? A beautiful salad with simple oil & vinegar dressing is always appreciated by the vegetarian. For this guest I would recommend a pasta, perhaps cheese tortellini topped with a cream based sauce like sundried tomato alfredo sauce. GourmetStation might have the answer for you in their vegetarian gourmet food gift collection.

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