“Good food is good food,” says Christina Summers of Forks N Spoons, the new vegan cooking school in town.
Christina moved here recently from Dallas with her husband and she had planned to become a home appraiser. This seemed like a good idea when she thought of it, but somewhere along the line she realized it just wasn’t for her.
“I wanted to do something I cared about,” she explained, “so I decided to start a vegan cooking school!”
Christina didn’t start off as a vegan and only completed her transition two years ago. It was a journey that began with information about how factory farms treat animals.
“I tried to ignore it, until a turkey sandwich made me cry,” she explained.
I’ll pause here and explain that I always feel a little awkward interviewing vegans. A factory-farmed turkey might make me cry too, but I resolve this problem by buying pastured animals from humane farmers. Vegans and I generally agree that factory farms are terrible places and that we ought to treat animals humanely, but our philosophies tend to diverge at that point.
“I respect vegans and their determination to live out their principals,” I carefully explained to Christina, “but I’m not personally suited to veganism and don’t always know what to say when writing about vegan businesses.”
“That’s alright,” she said, “it’s not for everyone. I feel lucky that I do well on a vegan diet, but I recognize that not everyone does. I respect that there are different ways to approach health and to improve conditions for animals.”
I believe she could see that I visibly relaxed and so she continued, “Everyone is welcome in my classes. I just want people to explore.”
That made me feel better and now I think it will be alright to explore a little. As Christina says, good food is good food!
Forks N Spoons’ next class is a “Quick and Portable Energy” class on January 23, 2014. It’s only $35 and you’ll learn to make things like Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond Bites, Energizing Fruit & Nut Bars and Chia Seed Pudding. Whether you’re a vegan or not, you can sign up here.
Because, as Christina says, good food is good food!
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