Are you the kind of guy that loves to dig into a 2-inch thick medium-rare rib eye? Or would you prefer a bowl of noodles, tofu, mixed vegetables and a delectable broth? A double-thick pork chop, cooked to perfection with a slight blush interior, or an heirloom tomato salad with a side of quinoa? A thick slab of succulent barbecued ribs, or a squash casserole with a side of sautéed kale?
By now, you’ve figured out that I’m asking whether you’re a carnivore or a herbivore. Actually, that’s not quite accurate. The real question is: are you a vegetarian or an omnivore? I myself would be the ultimate omnivore. I can honestly say that of all the meats I have sampled (and I’ve eaten some exotic meats) there aren’t any that I didn’t like.
As far as fish and seafood, I’ve found nothing that I haven’t also enjoyed. When it comes to vegetables, I’m in hog heaven (forgive my play on words) because I love them.
I’m a live-and-let-live kind of guy. I believe you should be able to eat whatever you wish and remain (as long as you’re not into cannibalism) verbally unmolested.
There is one thing that I can wrap my head around but cannot completely understand. Now I say this bearing no animosity or contempt for those who participate, but if you don’t eat meat, why would you want to make something that tastes like meat and is made from anything but meat?*
Just as food is necessary to our very survival, reading is essential as it applies to your writing life. Be versatile. Don’t be afraid to delve into something different as you choose your authors just as you should when you choose your food. Now, slap another slab o’ meat on the grill beside those leaves of romaine; I’m expecting company.
*This is a rhetorical question.