Vegetarian Living

Vegetarian Food – A Wise and Delicious Choice

Man eating salad 2Food is there to be enjoyed! There’s no doubt about it. However, many people feel that they’re caught in a bind. They want to enjoy delicious food, but at the same time they worry that the food they most enjoy is the least healthy for them.

Many people also feel that the idea of consuming animals for food weighs heavily on their minds, but resign themselves to eating meat, thinking that it’s us or them. When people discover how environmentally unsound animal agriculture is, they often say “But I have to eat to live!”

In light of all this, Vegetarians of Washington would like to offer you this deal. You can enjoy the most delicious food you can imagine, and at the same time greatly improve your health, while easing your conscience about the animals and the environment. Sound good? We think so too, so we created Vegetarians of Washington to help more people get in on a good deal.

Let’s talk about enjoying our food first. We admit it, we love great tasting food and we’ll accept nothing less. The fact is that vegetarian food has come in to its own as the most desirable of cuisines, attracting the world’s most noted chefs and cookbook authors. The restaurants in the Northwest have caught on and have created a wonderful selection of tasty meals.  In our cookbook, The Veg-Feasting Cookbook, we’ve included recipes from the region’s best restaurants and natural food market delis.

We’ll help you learn the secrets of shopping for delicious food. Our upcoming book, In Pursuit of Great Food: A Plant-Based Shopping Guide is just the book you’ll need to get started. Look for information on ingredients that may be new to you, as well as tips on how to choose fresh produce, what to look for on ingredient labels and so much more.

The land, the air and the water are so much a part of our lives. There’s a good feeling that comes from helping to sustain the environment. While some people think of helping the environment by recycling, we think of enjoying a veggieburger! The satisfaction of eating in a way that protects the environment makes the food taste even better. Learn much more about how our diet impacts the environment.

Today’s factory raised animals have a much rougher time than they used to. The animals are our friends, so let’s give Elsie the Cow a well deserved vacation. While good old Elsie is enjoying her vacation, we can also enjoy ours in excellent health. It’s another win-win situation. Trying new foods and learning as you go will give you a chance to be creative. The secrets of success on your journey are to be willing to experiment with new foods, to be willing to learn, to proceed at your own pace and to just do the best you can. We take the optimistic approach. However far you come on your journey makes you that much further ahead.

Just who are those vegetarians anyway? The big news is that vegetarians are everywhere these days and, in fact, they have always been an important part of our society. They have made contributions in all walks of life throughout history. Examples include Albert Einstein in science; Thomas Edison in industry; baseball and football stars in sports such as Hank Aaron, the homerun king, and Desmond Howard, the Superbowl MVP; Paul McCartney of the Beatles; and founding fathers such as Benjamin Franklin. You can read more about famous vegetarians in our Veg Celebrities section.

But most vegetarians are not famous. They’re the people who live next door, the lady who sits next to you at work or the guy standing behind you in line at the movies. They’re everyday people. Vegetarians of Washington was founded by everyday people. We welcome everyone whether you’re a vegetarian, a beginner or just curious. We’re having a good time discovering new and tasty foods, and we invite you to join in the adventure and the fun.


About Vegetarians of Washington

Vegetarians of Washington is a large non-profit vegetarian society based in Seattle, WA. We encourage people to discover the advantages and experience the pleasures of vegetarian food. We welcome everyone, whether you're an experienced vegetarian, a beginner or just curious. You don't have to be a vegetarian to join our organization, or to follow our blog! We run the largest vegetarian food festival in the country, Seattle's Vegfest, held in the Seattle Center in March each year. We also host monthly dining events and give free nutrition and cooking classes. We've written several nationally published books, including our latest book "In Pursuit of Great Food: A Plant-based shopping guide", which provides valuable information on what to buy and how to choose great food. Our other books include "Say No to Meat" which gives the information and real-world advice that new vegetarians need the most, in an easy question-and-answer style, the fact-filled "The Vegetarian Solution", and a wide range of delicious recipes in "The Veg-Feasting Cookbook". All our books are available in local bookstores, and via our website or


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