How This Tastes to a Vegetarian

Scribe's first steak in 22 years 'absolutely delicious'—until brain, stomach revolt

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 31, 2008 12:48 PM CDT

(Newser) – The embarrassment for a cow in being a meal for a human one-fifth its size is among the reasons AJ Jacobs doesn’t eat meat. “If my body ended up as brunch for some badger or dachshund, I know I'd be pissed,” he writes in Esquire. But that wasn’t enough for carnivorous colleagues, who took him to Brooklyn’s premier steakhouse in a conversion effort.

Peter Luger’s was the sort of place with “a selection of vegetables ranging from potatoes to potatoes.” The two-and-half-bites of steak he eats were, Jacobs must admit, “absolutely delicious. Salty and charred.” But after two decades of not eating red meat, his stomach somewhat violently disagreed. “Tomorrow,” he writes, “it's back to plants and tiny animals.”

"I take the dyspepsia as a sign that my brain has decided I shouldn't eat mammals too big for me to bench-press," Jacobs writes of his post-steak tummy rumblings.   (AP Photo)
"I can't deny: It's absolutely delicious," Jacobs writes of his first bite of steak in 22 years. But the Esquire scribe says his innards later revolted.   (AP Photo)
After eating steak for the first time in 22 years, A.J. Jacobs writes, "I scour the bathroom for the only antinausea medicine we have: my wife's special berry-flavored Tums for PMS sufferers."   (AP Photo)
"Don't think of the cow, I tell myself," AJ Jacobs writes. "Don't think about its swishing tail and its droopy eyes. Don't think about whether it can experience pain or joy or schadenfreude."   (AP Photo)
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