Originally Posted by Spicy Chef
Do you find food to be limiting or creative?
I think just the opposite. I eat such a variety of things that most meat eaters will never try. You probably understand this being a culinary student, but so many recipes from other cuisines (mainly indian, middle eastern, asian and pacific islanders) are vegetarian and incorporate things like vegetables, tofu and tempeh into every meal. Most meat eaters are afraid of vegetables! They won't try new things, especially ethnic dishes that are vegetable based.
In our meat centered culture, we tend to forget about others around the world that exclude animal products for religous reasons or that can't eat meat because it is too costly. Most of the world uses rice, beans and veggies as staples.
Please also remember that someone that doesn't eat meat, doesn't eat meat. That means any way in any form. And veg*ns do their homework! we know more "hidden" animal products than you will ever learn in school.
Check out a book called Animal Products: A-Z i think you will be very suprised. They sell it on Amazon.com
Also, I don't know if anyone mentioned this, but vegans also don't consume honey. And in most countries, sugar is refined with bone char, so that is also not consumed. That means making dessert with fruit jiuce, mollases or maple syrup.
There is such a market for vegan food and noone wants to address it. I am not sure if it is simply overlooked or perhaps seen as being too hard to satisfy.