Shopping for dinner – French Vegan Humor!

French Vegan Humor

I just read a most unexpected comic strip in a French magazine and had to share it. First, let me provide some context for my amazement. France must be by far one of the country that is most attached to its culinary traditions which includes lots of meat, dairy, fish and other animal parts and by-products. Believe me, I have had my share of them when I grew up!  To give you an idea, one of the most popular dish on restaurant’s menus at lunch time is steak tartare and French fries. So when I came accross this comic strip in a mainstream magazine, I just about fell of my chair. I added a translation so that anyone can follow the story. If you can’t read it because it is a bit small, it goes something like this:

– Good afternoon
– Hmm! What should I get for dinner?
– Rosalie
– Clotilde
– Gaston
– Maybe, I will have just a little bit of ivy! 


Shopping for dinner in France! Courtesy of La petite page de Gloria,


Interestingly enough, the cartoon points to the difficulty someone may encounter when purchasing meat if it had a name or a face. That would be a show stopper for most of us. Wouldn’t it? We are so removed from the food that we eat that getting closer to it will definitely shatter our reality. There is a reason why slaughterhouses are never in town and are not made of glass.

So, does this mean that France is moving in a less carnivorous direction? Are women reconsidering food choices for themselves and their families? Is meat losing its status? I hope for a resounding yes on all fronts while knowing that habits are hard to break. But there is one thing for sure, something is in the air in the land of the Freedom fries!

Thank you Marianne Maury Kaufman for your refreshing look at life! I needed that!



As a vegan chef, cooking instructor and food consultant, I am blessed to share my passion for international flavors, a compassionate world, optimal health and healing. You can't have one without the others because they are all interconnected. My culinary journey started in the South of France where I was born, then took me through Europe, onto America, then Asia and South America. I grew up eating delicious rich food my grandmother made (think creamy white and wine sauces) and fresh Mediterranean dishes my mother prepared. My family was by no mean vegetarian or vegan but we weren’t big meat eaters either. This being said, I must confess that I have had my fair share of strange things being served as food as I grew up! But I soon came to realize that it was the sauces, the marinade that tasted so good and that they could have just as well been poured over bread or tofu and it would have been just as good. You know how certain songs bring back a memory of where you were and who you were with when you heard them? Well, I seem to have a memory of food attached to pretty much every place and profound moment I have experienced in my life. It was the way love was shared and cherished all through my life so I am continuing the tradition! But the love is even more healing when there is no pain and sufferings attached to it. Be vegan, it is good for your health and the only sustainable diet for the planet.
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