For this, the first post on my very own blog, I’m going to cheat a little. I wrote an essay a few weeks ago about grappling with being a vegetarian that my friend (and blog mentor) Raj Patel posted on his site. It’s called “If I could, I would eat that pig snout…notes from a reluctant vegetarian in Chengdu on going whole hog” (click if you care to read it).
Ironically, I got the chance to put my real mouth where my loud mouth is this week on a research trip. I went out of town, and in addition to having to drink lots of baijiu (Chinese liquor), I ate pig ear, pork dumplings, back fat, red braised pork, and a fiery hot Sichuan pork dish when they were served to me as the guest of honor. I’m not sure if I broke the seal to further meat eating, or if this was just the inevitable emergency situation I’d been dreading, but I’m glad to know I can choke the stuff down if I need to!