Well, it's obvious that Anthony Bourdain is not a vegan, at least if you ever had the misfortune to watch his show, which we did once or twice in our pre-vegan life. But Jane and I both found Mr. Bourdain to be a bit too pretentious. It's one thing to be sure of yourself, it's another to be waaay sure of your cool.
"Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans, are a persistent irritant to any chef worth a damn. To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living. Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, and an affront to all I stand for, the pure enjoyment of food."
- Anthony Bourdain, "Kitchen Confidential," p. 70
Their (Hezbollah Tofu) goal? To "fork" Bourdain for charity. They plan on creating veganized versions of Mr. Bourdain's "masturbatory, blood-oozing recipes" compiling these recipes and selling them, all proceeds will be donated to vegan outreach organizations in the name of Mr. Bourdain. What an excellent idea.So we challenge you to take up the call and send your recipes in to them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As for my response to Mr. Bourdain... Not all vegans are militant, nor are we necessarily "an irritant to any chef worth a damn" as is evidenced by all the new vegan cookbooks out there, and the proliferation of vegan restaurants, at least in many urban centers.
Most people understand that our choice to be vegan, is simply that, our choice. If you factor in the benefits our way of eating has to impacts on the environment and the sustainability of life on earth, there really is no other way to eat. And if my opinion is of no consequence, here's a quote from arguably one of the most intelligent human beings to ever walk the earth, Albert Einstein:
"Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."