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birthday photoIt’s Michele Truty. I’m—gulp—40, and have spent the last 2/3 of my life cutting out animal-derived ingredients and products, starting that fateful day I caught a little piece on TV about the making of hot dogs. It’s been a slow and steady process—1980s Chicago, land of brats and lead-belly pizza, made vegetarianism a rough path—but I’ve been vegan for seven-ish years.

As a kid, I didn’t know of the evils of factory farming. It just wasn’t an issue while I was growing up. Thanks to my mom, I was brought up anti-fur and anti-veal, but that was the extent of it, really. But I made the connection between the cow at the petting zoo and the steak on the plate, and I just couldn’t do it anymore. My dad swore it was a phase and I was just being stubborn. That’s a 20-plus-year phase and counting.

I am not willing to eat beans and rice every meal. Food for me is more than a way to ingest nutrients. I love eating and I’m really good at it. And I want that food to be as enjoyable as possible. Never a fan of meat, I don’t do the fakey beef, sausage, or ham thing. And having rigid texture issues, I can’t bring myself to eat hummus, soft tofu, or most cooked beany things. You might think that limits me a bit, but there’s so much else out there that I get by just fine.

I’m hitched to a guy named Tom. Also from Chicago, he grew up eating German. He wasn’t a vegetarian by any means when we hooked up 15 years ago, but he’s slowly come along for the ride and now he is vegan too. He’s deathly allergic to tree nuts, so you won’t see any recipes using them on this site.

Oh, and I help organize Vida Vegan Con, so if you’re a vegan blogger or blog-curious, check it out.

And I feel stupid even mentioning this, but of course all content in this blog is copyrighted. I don’t use watermarks on my photos, but if you’d like to use them, just let me know. The ones on here are all low-resolution anyway.

12 thoughts on “relevant background

  1. I too have had a long journey from meat eater to vegetarian to new vegan and I’m also hitched to a guy who’s deathly allergic to nuts. I just wanted to say that I love reading your blog!

  2. JUST FOUND YOUR WEBSITE ON MY FAVORITES. IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME AND I’M SO GLAD TO HAVE STUMBLED ACROSS YOU AGAIN. WILL BE BACK WHEN TIME ALLOWS. I THINK THE PIZZA LOOKS GREAT! WOULD LOVE TO TRY IT.

    I MET YOU AND TOM AT TOM AND ELLEN’S HOUSE ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO. WE ARE ALL COUSINS……YOUR DAD AND I ARE FIRST COUSINS.

    I’LL BE BACK SOON!

    • Of course I know who you are. I remember meeting you–admittedly, it’s been a while.

      I’m afraid to tally up the times I’ve written about pizza. That’s what you get for growing up in Chicago!

  3. Hello there, Michele! I am slowly making my way through the countless vegan blogs and came across yours on Twitter (don’t ya love Twitter? I never thought I would). Anyway, it’s very well written and I look forward to reading more of it. I love that you have “texture” issues and a non-nut eating hubby, and I love that you are my age :-). I will try to find you at VidaVeganCon, which I just signed up for. That will be fun. Good eating and writing to you! Dawn

    • It shouldn’t be too hard to find me–I’m one of the organizers. In fact, I sent you your registration confirmation.

      I’ve found the conference, like VeganMoFo, has introduced us to so many new-to-us bloggers. Love it.

      See you on Twitter & see you in August!

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