More on that Whole Vegetarian Thing ...
However, I am not particularly fond of the column's title -- "The Accidental Vegetarian" -- nor am I charmed by the statement that the writer "loves meat but believes that when done well, vegetarian dishes can be just as exciting and interesting." This new endeavor, I fear, is geared toward the reluctant vegetable-eater rather than toward those who have already pursued their vegetal passions with lusty abandon. Rather than enticing hard-core meat eaters with luscious -- and unapologetic -- descriptions of meals loaded with fresh, local produce, I worry that once again we will be reading a plea for how to learn to love the vegetable.
Still, this paragraph gives me hope:
"I've culled ideas from those years, and the recipes in this column will reflect the seasons, Bay Area produce and a penchant for whole grains and natural foods. I'll delve into beans under pressure, fancy dinner party fare, raw food for hot summer days and even follow a vegan diet for a month. I'll watch for trends, scour restaurant menus and keep up the dialogue with chefs and farmers."
Vegan recipes in a major newspaper? That will be something indeed -- but it is the Bay Area, after all.