This is Julia Child’s Where’s the Beef?! Bourguignon from Vegan Valentine! It looks so damn good and the recipe isn’t too intimidating so I think I’ll try it. I’ve come to realize as death draws closer (old!) that I’m much more a chef than a baker. I think this is because I’m way more into savory foods than sweets. Don’t get me wrong, I won’t kick a vegan cupcake out of bed, but I’d much rather eat a bowl of kale, quinoa, and black beans covered in Yumm Sauce. Or not covered in Yumm Sauce, I love that shit straight up. In fact, Mark likes to makes fun of my bland palate because he’s a little asshole.
Now, a mini-rant: People like to blame the fact that there are fat vegans on vegan junk food. Well, vegan junk food might be the reason someone is carting around an extra 10 to 20 pounds of compassionate chub, there are lots of fat vegans who eat a mainly whole-foods diet and who are STILL FAT. Losing weight is all about calories, and lots of whole foods have lots of calories. You can restrict your consumption, or you can have a naturally smaller appetite (GENETICS) or a faster metabolism (GENETICS), or not be on birth control that fucks with your body (BEING A WOMAN) and that’s all good but me, I like to eat bean soup and kale salad until I’m full, and I’m not into restricting myself because we live in a totally fat-phobic society.
I mean, I eat about the same, if not a little less, than my boyfriend and exercise more often and I’m fat and he’s not! How do you explain that?? Oh yes, SCIENCE. Everyone’s body is different and fat and healthy is not an oxymoron. Also, it’s pretty fucking easy to be both when you eat a mainly whole foods vegan diet and also a few cupcakes when you want ‘em. That’s what works for me, I don’t know what works for you, but I’m cool with it, cause you gotta do you and I gotta do me, and honestly, I don’t give a shit what you look like because we’re not boffing! If we were, then I’d probably have a lot to say about your haircut and your shoes. SO FUN!
Anyway, make the recipe! That’s what you came here for! You always get a little extra awesomeness/crazy when you come to Vegansaurus; we make you work for your dinner.
Roger Ebert reviews Forks Over Knives! »
Roger Ebert has a review of Forks Over Knives up that’s worth reading. There are some truly insightful bits, but I really really really hate this part:
Hey, I’m not going all holier-than-thou on you. Think how fat I was for years. I knew the solution, I was weak and lazy. Over 12 years I was eventually able to lose about 70 pounds with a proper diet, but my current weight and superb physical condition can be attributed to my illness. I am unable to eat or drink anything, and my (therefore) perfect diet of canned nutrition has given me an ideal weight and incredibly good blood numbers.
Fat people aren’t “weak and lazy,” they’re JUST FAT. That’s all. Lots of fat people are quite healthy, just how lots of skinny people are quite healthy, and lots of “average-sized” people are quite healthy. Losing weight isn’t a health panacea that suddenly means you’ll live forever and be a better person and win the lottery, it’s just LOSING WEIGHT. That’s GONNA COME BACK ANYWAY. Sometimes the weight loss helps with certain health things, sometimes it doesn’t. Same with gaining weight! The deal is, your body will reset itself to the weight it wants to be eventually. I mean, how many people do you know who have tried to lose a large amount of weight (I’m talking more than 20 to 30 pounds) were able to keep it off for five years or longer? I bet that number is VERY small, if you can even think of anyone. Ebert is in the unique position of not being able to eat food—that sucks and is the worst and I completely feel for him, and it also makes it pretty easy to stay at goal weight, knowwhatimsayin?? Many of can eat anytime we’re hungry—that’s why there are fat vegans and skinny vegans and fat meat-eaters and skinny meat-eaters. If we have access to the amount of calories our bodies want, we’ll get as fat as our bodies wants to get. In fact, fat people are fairly awesome because if there’s ever a food shortage, our shit is gonna live way longer than the skinnies. Fat apocalyptic dance party, y’all!
Anyway, I’m off track, but the importance of a film like Forks Over Knives is that eating a plant-heavy vegan diet is healthier than eating the garbage that passes as “food” today. It’s a much more complicated issue than EAT AN APPLE, FATTY. Our entire food system—including food availability—is set up to fail our health, the health of the planet, and certainly the health of animals. Every step a person can take towards eating a diet less filled with animal products and more filled with fruits, veggies, and grains, the better. Let’s leave it at that, and quit making it a weight thing. I know GET SKINNY FAT-ASS is what motivates people to consume consume consume and cash is king and blah blah blah but I’ll still get upset every time I see shit like this and I hope you do, too. ALSO, I’m bummed to hear this from Roger Ebert, who I thought was a friend to fatties. Well, I guess I knew he was a self-loathing fatty when he gave fucking Shallow Hal a good review, but then I thought he came around! He’s got an ADORABLE chubbers wife and he’s always defending Gabourey Sidibe. I don’t quite understand his whole thing. Someone help me. Ludditerobot, you got anything?
Anyway, the rest of the review is right on, and he’s even switching to a liquid vegetable and fruit diet now, and that’s awesome. Roger Ebert is vegan, y’all. Maybe he’ll even write an all vegan version of his AWESOME rice cooker cookbook?? That would be neat.