Tuesday, May 10, 2011

My May Project Begins

It is May 8th and tomorrow my May Project shall begin.  My plan is to spend the next month reading, researching, and being vegan.  Reading and blogging with my reaction to the books is the easiest thing to organize.  Tomorrow I will read “Animals Like Us” by Mark Rowlands.  On Tuesday it will be Carol Adam’s “The Sexual Politics of Meat.”  My books get longer every day.  On Wednesday I will start tackling “The Bloodless Revolution: a cultural history of vegetarianism from 1600 to modern times.  It is by Tristram Stuart.  Of course these books are not about veganism so much as they are about meat and vegetarianism. But there are many more vegetarians than vegans, and I hope to learn from the former.  Each day I plan on writing a reaction blog to the book or thoughts I have encountered.  I am saving a dense history book “Vegetarianism: A History,” by Collin Spencer, for later in the week or for next week.  My reward will be the popular book “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer.  He is also the author of “Moonwalking with Einstein.”  That is a best seller about the author’s venture into the world of memory championships, I suppose I could try some of those tricks in order to commit my menus and shopping lists to memory.

I have already learned that most pastas are egg free, and thus available to me in my run as a vegan.  I will be careful not to eat the kind with squid ink.  I plan tomorrow to have my first vegan meal and in that way take my first step towards notes on “how to be vegan in Chicago.”  I am guessing that my strategy will involve a decent bit of Whole Foods - where I plan to visit on Wednesday.  I will also start looking at websites in order to find restaurants and other places in Chicago to make my vegan adventure a fun one.
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