(US/dc) Career Suicide Or Lifesaver? Why A Professional Foodie Went Vegetarian
- [NPR; audio at full story link]
It takes an adventurous palate to be a food journalist, who must
sample and judge from a wide world of cuisines. So it's understandable
why some chefs and foodies might be suspicious of a food editor who
decides to cut himself from a broad swath of eating possibilities by
Indeed, vegetarianism has drawn ire from celebrity chefs like Anthony
Bourdain, who called it "a persistent irritant to any chef worth a
damn" and "the enemy of everything good and decent in the human
spirit." So why did Washington Post food editor Joe Yonan risk such
wrath by coming out as a vegetarian this week?
"It's been a gradual process over the last few years, actually," Yonan
tells Weekend Edition host Scott Simon.
He was eating so many meat-centric meals on the job, he says, that he
found himself increasingly abstaining at home.
"It was partly health — probably initially health-driven — and then
certainly a sense of environmentalism a bit, too," Yonan says. "But I
really didn't set out to tell other people what they should or
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