No, really. There’s more than this to vegetarian cuisine.
Remember when Dirt Candy chef Amanda Cohen made an ass of herself by mocking vegans in an attempt to make herself look cool in the eyes of meat eaters? (She was excoriated in Huffington Post‘s accurately titled “How Not to Market a Vegetarian Restaurant.”)
Well, she’s back, now in Time Out New York, still repeating the same old line about the “pallid” flavors of other veg restaurants while raving about her favorite fancy cheeses.
According to TONY, “much of [NYC's] vegetarian contingent has remained static (think brown rice and flaccid steamed vegetables).” Really, now? I wouldn’t touch brown rice and steamed vegetables with a ten foot pole, and I seem to be doing just fine; how many of the top vegetarian restaurants in NYC have these people been to recently?
Ms. Cohen proudly reveals her own ignorance: she “doesn’t go to vegetarian restaurants,” but thinks Kate’s Joint is awesome. Uh, yeah. Pretty obvious that she doesn’t go to vegetarian restaurants if that’s the best she can come up with!
Was this article written twenty years ago? It even manages to dig out the old “One thing often lacking in a vegetarian diet is protein” cliche!
Try harder, Time Out New York.