Let me just tease to the post by sharing the final question I asked each of the L's (and myself) and all of our answers:
BlogHer: If you had to articulate why you're a vegan (and others should be) in one sentence, what would it be?
Leesa: My go-to argument is this: The lives of animals are more important than my appetite.
There's plenty to eat without eating animals. Plenty to wear without wearing animals. It's the compassionate choice.
Lisa:It leads to a sweeter life.
Elisa (couldn't resist adding mine, especially given that my name fits right in!): I (and all humans) do not *need* to eat animal products to thrive, and if it is more kind, more eco-friendly, and more healthy to not do so, why on Earth would I?
“I’ve always called myself an animal lover. And yet I ate them,” she said. “Until four years ago I would be driving past these cows on pastures, and think ‘What a lovely life that is,’ and I’d go and order a steak. It takes a click, just one light bulb, and you’re like ‘I can’t do that anymore.’”
As you may or may not know, there are hundreds of cooking shows on cable TV, between The Food Network and its sister channel, The Cooking Channel, alone. And they have never had a regular show about vegetarian cooking, let alone vegan.
Well, they still don't have a regular show, but they did do a one-time episode called The Veg Edge.
I thought I'd missed my one chance to see it, but thanks to This Dish is Veg, I now have a list of encore showings the Cooking Channel is planning this holiday season.
Now, if only my TiVo wasn't on the fritz. (And yes, that is exactly as tragic as you'd imagine it to be!!! Live TV? With commercials? Ack!]
Thanks Cooking Channel, now let's make it a regular show!