Hello and welcome to Vegi-curious.com. I’m Rose Zannetti and this is my story. I grew up, literally, in the kitchen. I started out my life in Brooklyn, New York, part of an Italian family so rich in tradition and the foods associated with it. I have many fond memories of cooking with my mom and grandparents. Alas, there is nothing sweeter than the aroma of fried meatballs waiting to be dropped into a pot of tomato sauce on a Sunday morning. Many Italian women pride themselves on what we call “gravy”. In fact, my husband Bruce confessed that he was ready to propose the first time I made pasta for him! While I no longer eat meat, these memories will always have a special place in my heart.
Fast forward to August 2012. After reading The China Study, Bruce declared that he was going to adopt a whole food, plant-based diet – “cold turkey”, appropriately enough. I, on the other hand, wanted to “ease” into it. I found myself saying things like “maybe we could do it during the week and go off on the weekend” or “what if we just cut back on meat” or “you know, moderation sounds like it would work.” I felt like I was giving up so much of who I was that I was grasping at any excuse to avoid change. I thought about preparing different meals for the two of us, but this seemed like too much work. I called myself the “reluctant vegan”. I knew this change would be good for me, but I was not ready to give up my old habits. I decided to give it my best shot despite my reluctance. It wasn’t all blissful at first and I did have a few melt-downs along the way when a recipe didn’t meet my expectations. (Thank you, Bruce, for enjoying everything on your plate even when it was awful.) I persevered, more out of necessity than out of joy.
As time went on, the more I learned about how a plant-based diet leads to better health, I knew there was no turning back. I was overwhelmed by the amount of information and the number of recipes I found on the internet. When I changed my outlook and approached plant-based cooking the way I used to approach learning about any other cuisine, it brought me back to who I am. I was always curious about food; not only how the ingredients come together but also how food is rooted in tradition and culture. I rediscovered my passion for food and the joy of cooking. I’m still curious, only now I’m Vegi-curious, which is the inspiration for my blog. Perhaps you are one of the Vegi-curious as well, wondering how you can transition to a plant-based diet. You are not alone. There is so much to be discovered and I’m happy to share my journey with you.
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