GUEST: Marissa Landrigan, assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown where she teaches creative, professional, and digital writing. Her essays have appeared in numerous publications including The Atlantic, Salon, and Guernica and she runs the food-themed reading series Acquired Taste. Her book is called The Vegetarian's Guide To Eating Meat: A Young Woman's Search for Ethical Food
BACKGROUND: The progressive minded activists among us aspire to bring our lifestyles in line with our values. One place where this commonly happens is in our diets. It has been thought that having a vegetarian or vegan diet is a sure-fire way to lessen one's impact on the planet while making a demand for cruelty-free food. But it's not that simple. It's never that simple.
One young woman found out through her own journey in search for ethical eating that a vegetarian diet brought it's own set of challenges to her values and her health. In a creative exploration of that journey, Marissa Landrigan has written a coming-of-age story called The Vegetarian's Guide To Eating Meat: A Young Woman's Search for Ethical Food.