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It’s a contentious question that often rears its head: can vegans really have harmonious relationships with omnivores?
People on both sides of the argument often have extremely strong opinions – now a carnivore has voiced his opinion – and shared some advice in a new book.
A Lion in the Allotment: Carnivore’s Guide to Living with a Vegetarian, is described as ‘a life-changing book for vegans, veggies, and meat-eaters’.
According to the publisher, the book, by writer Ben Cijffers: “Proves that vegetarians, vegans, and meat-eaters can coexist peacefully.
“Based on the author’s experience as a carnivore who married a staunch non-meat eater, this little, but powerful book equips anyone to live in harmony with those who don’t share their choices.”
Cijffers claims he was ‘involved in a life-changing vegetarian accident’ in August 2005, when he met and fell in love with his non-carnivorous wife.
According to the book’s publisher: “?As an avid meat-eater and vege-a-sceptic, his post-accident rehabilitation meant adjusting to a new domestic food reality, one which could mean a succession of meals without meat on the plate.
“Over the next few years, as the couple embarked on their journey into multi-diet domesticity, Ben’s preconceptions were challenged, his concept of food was re-imagined, and both cooking disasters and triumphs were experienced in almost equal measure.
“Having lived with his wife in Romania, Australia, Malaysia, and France, Ben has seen the full spectrum of attitudes towards vegetarianism: from those who simply cannot grasp the concept, to those for whom it is core to their identity and faith.
“This book aims to take a small step towards bridging that gulf.”
Cijffers claims the book is very helpful for vegans and veggies.
He says: “Don’t be fooled by the title. This book is written to make the lives of vegetarians and vegans better by helping their meat eating co-habitants understand and respect their choices.
“There’s no agenda and no preaching – just a ton of practical, hugely-actionable advice.
“We look at everything from the many reasons for a vegetarian/carnivorous lifestyle (such as health, religion and ethics), to how both choices can be just as healthy or unhealthy as each other, and then serve up lots of tips that can be put into practice right away.
“As just one example, I cover the best way to organize a fridge so a vegetarian partner doesn’t have to come into contact with or even see the meat products their cohabiting carnivore has in the stocks.
“With practical and informative sections on domestic arrangements, cooking, fridge etiquette, nutrition, eating out and more, this is an indispensable guide for anyone living in a mixed carnivorous/vegetarian household.”