In Spring 2009, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman announced that:
All day long, he eats a vegan diet. But after about 6 p.m., anything goes.
And then, in July 2009, Bittman announced that in training for the New York City Marathon, he was advised that he needed more animal protein so he:
started eating a “concentrated protein,” usually tofu, a can of sardines, an egg thrown onto whatever else I’m eating, or something equally simple, right after six-miles-or-longer runs.
And today, Bittman informed us that he had taken yet another step away from veganism (which was not veganism anyway) because in making an “almost-vegan” grain dish for breakfast, he added:
fish sauce (non-vegan, but one teaspoon, and I swear it made the dish – though it would have been okay without it).
Now there are animal rights people who are pretty upset about this. How can Bittman claim to be a vegan when it seems that he isn’t at any point during the day—before or after 6 p.m.?
I am sorry but I must come to Bittman’s defense here.