Meat-eaters aren’t often eager to learn about veganism or, what some refer to as “strict vegetarianism”. When confronted with the topic, their common reaction is to shake their heads and roll their eyes. Maybe one reason for this is that vegetarians tend to take themselves and their favorite subject oh so seriously. As someone who’s never been accused of taking anything seriously, Mark Reinhardt wanted to do something about this. He decided to laugh in the face of death and destruction, and so produced The Perfectly Contented Meat-Eater’s Guide to Vegetarianism — an irreverent yet comprehensive book that teaches meat-eaters (and vegetarians too!) both the fundamentals and all the quirky idiosyncrasies of vegetarian life, and does it in a fun, humorous way. The book will delight vegetarians who thought they’d heard it all before, and is the perfect gift for doubting parents. The book comes with an extensive resource section for those who want to follow this book with materials that actually say something a little more serious. “Hey”, writes Reinhardt, “If meat-eaters are going to shake their heads and roll their eyes anyway, it may as well be because of my bad jokes!”
Mark Warren Reinhardt, once a perfectly contented meat-eater himself, has been a vegetarian for 30-odd years (some of them very odd) and a vegan for more than 20. He is the author of many articles on vegetarianism, including his popular column On or Off the Mark. He was named Time Magazine’s Man-of-the-Year in 1966* and its Person-of-the-Year in 2006** (No Kidding!). He lives in Denver.
* All right, so what if that was the year they gave the award to everyone in America under the age of 25?
** So were you.