Food, however, is a big one.“Your religious differences or your political differences, they can sort of be shoved aside and not talked about,” said Ayinde Howell, a chef and co-author of “The Lusty Vegan: A Cookbook and Relationship Manifesto for Vegans and the People Who Love Them.”The new book, co-written by Zoe Eisenberg, sprang from a dating column Eisenberg had written for a website founded by Howell, IEat The authors, both single, use experiences from their own lives as well as anecdotes from other couples about dealing with what Howell calls “inter-diet dating.”“Food comes into play socially, it comes into play three times a day every day,” he said."He’ll come up with about three options for something but I’ll say, 'I have about three recipes for that,'" she said. And in what some people would think might be a deal-breaker, she’s vegan and he might fry up some bacon from time to time. In a world where there are dozens of words to describe one’s food choices, the Madison couple is navigating one of the trickier ones out there: the mixed-diet relationship.“If it’s something that’s at the core of someone’s being – maybe they like the Vikings – and you can’t accept that, it’s not going to work,” said Onsrud, who describes himself as an “omnivore.” “You have to accept it and that you’re not going to change them.Like any couple, Angela Pohlman and Aaron Onsrud don’t have everything in common. That’s the same with any relationship.”Any relationship can have its differences about things like religion, political affiliation or a preference for the Oxford comma.
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Pohlman says some vegan cheeses have better flavor, and others melt better.
Aaron Onsrud and Angela Pohlman enjoy a vegan enchilada dish the couple prepared in their apartment.
Be sure to try their jambalaya and cornbread made with smoky rice, red beans, vegetables and marinated baked tempeh.