A new butcher shop opened near where I live in north London. It’s got everything you’d expect from a traditional butcher: a thick wooden butcher block, glass-fronted display cases, tiled walls and stainless steel counters – the butchers even wear traditional striped aprons and straw bowler hats.
It’s got everything you’d expect from a butcher except for one key ingredient: meat. It’s a vegan “butcher” with not so much as a sausage (unless you count “soysage patties”) in sight. There is bacon, pastrami and even black pudding, but made from plants, not animals.
I can’t help thinking, why can’t vegetables just taste like – well –vegetables?
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