World Chefs: Overcoming skepticism about meatless meals

Tue Aug 9, 2011 4:42pm EDT
 
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - As the granddaughter of a butcher who ate a standard American diet as a child, cookbook author Sarah Matheny may not seem to be the most likely promoter of a vegetarian diet.

The Oregon-based former divorce lawyer started questioning what she ate when she was pregnant with her first daughter. After leaving her job to become a stay-at-home mother, Matheny started a blog that eventually led to her first cookbook "Peas and Thank You: Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love," which is published this month.

"Everybody can be happy and satisfied eating this way," she said.

Matheny spoke to Reuters about making tasty meals, getting enough protein without eating meat and why a vegetarian lifestyle is accessible to everyone.

Q: Why did you decide to become a vegetarian?

A: "I had a moment when I become a parent. The realization came upon me that the same animals I was teaching my children to be kind to were basically the same animals that were ending up on our plates. That double message I was sending to my kids made me more conscious of how I was going to feed my family."

Q: How did you go from being a divorce lawyer to a cookbook author?

A: "It was quite the jump. As soon as I became a mom I always knew I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. When I become pregnant and decided to stay home with my oldest daughter I was looking for an outreach in a way to have a sense of community and interacting with other people. That was when I started the blog peasandthankyou.com.   Continued...

 
<p>Cookbook author Sarah Matheny is pictured in an undated file photo. As the granddaughter of a butcher who ate a standard American diet as a child, cookbook author Sarah Matheny may not seem to be the most likely promoter of a vegetarian diet. The Oregon-based former divorce lawyer started questioning what she ate when she was pregnant with her first daughter. After leaving her job to become a stay-at-home mother, Matheny started a blog that eventually led to her first cookbook "Peas and Thank You: Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love," which is published August, 2011. REUTERS/Brie Mullin/Handout</p>