WHEN I put out my call for recommendations to help me go vegan, I
mentioned where I most needed help: "Someone please tell me a good
replacement for cheese--it's my downfall every time!!" Some folks gave
me substitute cheese recommendations, while others gave me
alternatives to cheese altogether, including mental images to
associate with cheese to turn me off the stuff.
Metro reader Elaine recommends buying Galaxy Nutritional Foods cheeses
at the Country Sun market in Palo Alto. Meanwhile, Caroline has both a
brand recommendation (Follow Your Heart) and a recipe for a cheese
sauce alternative with nutritional yeast as the primary ingredient.
Speaking of cheese replacement, vegans swear by the Uncheese Cookbook
by Jo Stepaniak. Joe from New Jersey did have some cheese brands to
recommend (Vegan Gourmet for regular cheeses and Soymage for a grated
parmesan alternative), but his advice for getting busy in the kitchen
was the Uncheese Cookbook. Noelle also eschews buying "fake" cheeses
and whips up her own using the book.
Several readers above gave me practical recommendations, but also
reminded me why I made this decision: to stop supporting inhumane
industries. They reminded me about the veal industry, and how it is
kept fully supplied by constantly pregnant dairy cows. Drawing a
connection between rich, melted cheese and a baby cow in a small and
filthy crate converts the image from rich to revolting.
So, thanks to those who have written with ideas, recommendations and
encouragement. I'm past day 90 of this attempt at veganism, and this
is the easiest try ever. In fact, I'd say I've gone way past "attempt"
and simply "am" a vegan now!