Herman Thrust on cookbooks

The new issue of The Green Goat, a vegan zine, is out and it has a fun article by our buddy and yours, Vegan Porn‘s Herman Thrust. The article is titled “Cookbook Archeology” and discusses vegetarian cookbooks of old and how people in the future will view our vegetarian cookbooks:

In the future we’re faced with two possibilities. In what we’ll call Evil future, all cookbooks will be meaningless because so many plant species will have been wiped out due to rampant strains of genetically modified crab grass (animal-based cookbooks will have similar problems with extinction). In Good future, people won’t have any trouble finding the products mentioned in today’s cookbooks because they’ll be all that people eat. Hey, we never said how far we’re going into the future! In fact, the real puzzle may be over comments like “this tastes a lot like chicken,” because people will figure that’s just a sick joke, like “this tastes a lot like grandma.” Let’s take a moment to be thankful that the grandma phrase never showed up in the books of the past, shall we?

Herman’s all over the place these days. In addition to VP, he writes columns for both The Green Goat, Herbivore, and his own blog. I suspect there’s some sort of plan for world takeover in the making, but I can’t prove it yet.

Dogs v.s. Hogs: Lose your faith in humanity

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If there was ever any doubt that some people just don’t deserve to exist: Dogs go hog wild: Some object to event pitting canines against feral pigs.

The Feliciana Hog Dog Festival, like other “hog dog rodeos” across the South, features one-on-one confrontations between feral hogs and dogs trained to hunt them in the wild.

Most of the dogs entered in the competition appear to be pit bull terriers or pit bull mixtures. The hogs’ tusks are removed with bolt cutters to lessen the chance of injury to the dogs.

Vegetarian Gladiators (not a new game show)

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An interesting link culled from Vegan Porn: apparently evidence shows that Roman glaidators were vegetarian, and possibly vegan:

Karl Grossschmidt, a forensic anthropologist at Vienna University, used chemical testing on the bones [of more than 70 gladiators recently found near Ephesus, the Roman capital of Asia Minor] to reveal that gladiators stuck to a diet of barley and beans to bulk out.

It was a boring diet, he admitted. “They got enough of this food every day to make them very fat and strong,” he said. He concluded that they devised the diet primarily to protect themselves from slashing wounds and damage to nerves and blood vessels, with the layer of fat supplementing their scant armour.

So much for the stereotypical image of skinny, weak vegetarians!

Tofurky’s sausage line: they’re all good

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As I mentioned earlier, I really enjoyed the new Tofurky Kielbasas. In the last few weeks, I also tried their Italian Sausages and Beer Brats.

We chopped up the Italian Sausages, lightly browned them and then heated them with a store-bought marinara sauce before pouring the mixture over some whole wheat pasta. The sausage tasted outstanding: nice and meaty with just enough spice, a perfect compliment to a nice, garlicky tomato sauce.

Last week, I had the Beer Brats on a roll with some organic sauerkraut (who knew such a thing was so readily available?) and Dijon mustard. Now, when I ate meat I never had bratwurst, so I can’t really judge the authenticity of the taste and texture. All I can say is that, damn, they tasted really good in that sandwich. I’m thinking I might have one tonight for dinner…

So, all-in-all, I’m a big fan of Tofurky’s new line of sausages. They’re vegan and don’t have a list of ingredients longer than your arm… and they taste good, to boot. Color me sold.

All the varieties run somewhere around $4 for a pack of four and are available from large retailers like Whole Foods or through your local health food store (remember: they love special orders!).