People give Alicia Silverstone a lot of crap, but I still think she’s great. I don’t know if she’s necessarily the smartest person in the world, and I don’t know if I necessarily “trust” what she says, but I do know I find her very charming. It’s this interest that led me to buy (or more accurately, convince my boyfriend to buy) her cookbook The Kind Diet.
I’m not vegan (there are these things called fried egg sandwiches), but I do inadvertently cook vegan a lot of the time because I love vegetables. So I do enjoy this cookbook, even though I don’t make many of the recipes (for example: I’m probably not going to buy daikon. Okay, maybe I will. Whatever). Also, Welcome to Ladyville is a JUDGEMENT FREE ZONE when it comes to eating habits. Vegans, meat-eaters, we are all welcome here. I really love this cookbook because it gives me some glorious insight into Alicia Silverstone’s life. I learned a lot about her from The Kind Diet:
1. Alicia Silverstone makes friends very easily.
“Deciding to follow a plant-based diet has introduced me to the most amazing individuals–so many of them kind, interesting, and awake. Wonderful people like Woody Harrelson…Right after becoming vegan, I was feeling sort of alone and disconnected. I had bumped into Woody at a number of events, but we’d never really talked, so one day I called him. “Woody,” I said, “I’m so frustrated. I keep learning about food, and the planet, and I feel like I’m going crazy!”
After a moment he said, in his Woody way, “I’m taking a trip to Peru, down the Amazon. Wanna come? We’re trying to save the rainforest.”…Two months later, I met Woody Harrelson officially, for the first time, in the Lima airport. Three days later, he and Christopher were racing canoes down the Amazon, stark naked and paddling furiously…Vegan friends are the best.”
2. Alicia Silverstone doesn’t like what meat does to your insides.
“It gets stuck down there, creating a funky, stuck, acid environment.”
3. Alicia Silverstone recommends skimming the foam off your beans.
“This foam is farty.”
4. Alicia Silverstone will always tell you the truth.
“Every time you purchase organic plant-based food, you are protecting the quality of the soil and participating in a more equitable distribution of resources. Conversely, every time you buy a mass-produced steak–packaged in Styrofoam and plastic–you are feeding a huge, unsustainable, toxic death machine. This may sound harsh, but it’s the truth!”
If you still don’t like her, at least check out this video. Alanis and Alicia: just 2 beautiful vegans, havin’ a time. Their hair’s so shiny because of all the greens in their diet.