I don’t even know you anymore!
I think I am having a bit of an identity crisis today. Yes I am a vegan. Yes I live gluten-free to support my husband. Yes I make mistakes. Yes I’ve eaten something non-vegan by mistake.
Something has changed in the past year. It’s probably partly to do with living abroad for six months and having no choice but to be less strict with veganism. But now that I am back in Canada my perspective of vegan and me has changed.
What I considered my ‘Vegan Training Manual’ was a book called Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. I wrote about this book in one of my first blog posts here. I kind of thought they were awesome and knew it all. I thought they had this vegan thing down and knew how to entertain me while I was learning all about it.
Guess what? I’ve changed my mind.
Last weekend I got a few books out of the library. (I’m on a budget and rather than buying books at will, I’ve dusted off the ol’ library card and made a few withdrawls.) I found Skinny Bitch and Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, along with a few other vegan baking and cookbooks and the newest Stephanie Plum in paperback.
I have read Skinny Bitch before so yeah maybe that has something to do with why I felt it was boring this time around. But mostly what I was left with, was something … uninspired. And reading Skinny Bitch in the Kitch was lame. There’s no other word for it. If I wanted to be a supermarket pre-made vegan junkie then why would I ever need to pick up a cookbook?!?! Seriously, they had a recipe for burgers … pre-made vegan patty, whole wheat bun and veg. Not rocket science – no recipe required girls.
So, how I was previously chanting their wisdom and ability to change lives … now I feel just … meh.
I think I figured out what it is. They’re great for beginners. They’re a good fit for early adopters. But before long, you’ll outgrow them and need to move on. That’s what I did.
Well, that’s all I got to say about that!