Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs

Thanksgiving and Kindness

And but so five years ago, I published this piece for Thanksgiving

– pointing out that turkeys are lively, intelligent, social, affectionate birds, and that fifty million of them would have their throats slit by a spinning blade while hanging upside down, conscious, for Thanksgiving (after spending their whole lives in dark airless sheds surrounded by their own waste), and that you could have an absolutely magnificent feast without causing any that.

Well, this year, thanks solely to a certain indescribably awesome someone, I got one of those feasts myself, beyond my wildest dreams:

That's quinoa-and-tomato-stuffed courgettes, hassellback sweet potatoes with garlic butter, mixed greens (rainbow chard, cabbage greens, and savoy cabbage), gravy and cranberry sauce, biscuits and whipped maple butter, chipotle Brussels sprouts, smoked-paprika roast corn, and cumin-and-orange baby rainbow carrots – plus apple pie with sweet-potato crust and cream.

In addition to being completely free of animal products (and thus cruelty), it's also totally sugar- and grain-free (aside from a bit of wheat flour alongside the chickpea flour, in the biscuits) – so you get to live forever in perfect health, plus be thin, which are nice bonuses.

But the main point, of course: OH MY GOD WAS THAT GOOD!!!

And, oh yeah – to address in advance that hardy perennial, “Where do you get your protein?” – the official answer is:

  animal rights     food     ness     veganism  
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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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