Vegetarian singer/songwriter Flip Grater reaped more than audiences on
her album promotional tour.
Last year, Christchurch-based songwriter Flip Grater loaded her Lada
with a guitar, laptop and soundtrack and headed for Oamaru. She had a
gig at the Penguin Club there and the town was the first stop on a
promotional tour for her debut album, Cage for a Song.
Three months and 2824km later, the tour was in the bag, there was a
new and enthusiastic audience for her music and Grater had discovered
handed-on recipes were wonderful mementoes of people and places.
As a keen cook with thoughts of putting together a recipe book of
vegan and vegetarian dishes, she made a point of collecting recipes
from those she met "on the road" - new hosts, old friends,
acquaintances and audience members.
Grater has been a vegetarian since she was 15. In the foreword to The
Cookbook Tour she describes her progression from environmentalism to
animal rights and veganism as "looking for a cause to fight society".
She has noticed many people become aggressive when questioned on their
dietary choice ... "In a way it's like your lifestyle you are
"I stepped away from the aggression of animal-rights activism because
it conflicted with my compassion for humans, and I don't want to get
defensive about being vegan."
The Cookbook Tour: Travels in New Zealand Food and Music by Flip
Grater is available online at www.thecookbooktour.com and at selected
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JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/The Press
FLIP GRATER: ``When I first became vegan I spent a lot
of time looking for recipes that weren't simply meat
and three veges without the meat.''