14 January 2011

Jessica Simpson takes vegan cooking classes for fiancé

Multi-Platinum recording artist Jessica Simpson has come a long way since the time she wore a shirt that read “Real Girls Eat Meat.”

According to contactmusic.com, Simpson is attending plant-based cooking classes at the Madeleine Bistro in Tarzana, California to “impress” her vegan fiancé, ex-NFL player Eric Johnson.

In addition to learning how to prepare a mean set of BBQ seitan ribs (pure speculation on my part), the 30-year-old Dukes of Hazard actress has also purchased a number of cookbooks. We are not sure if the cookbooks are of the animal-product free variety but hey it's fun to assume that's the case anyway.

Apparently the whole learning how to cook phase is an attempt by Simpson to become a domestic goddess for her soon-to-be husband. How sweet.

Regardless, let’s hope her newfound appreciation for meat-free cuisine isn’t short lived.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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  1. I agree that I hope her new found interest for meat-free cuisine is not short-lived. We need more exposure for animal issues and role models on how to engage in a more animal friendly diet and lifestyle. Sometimes relationships expose us to new, inspired ways of thinking and living...and it sticks. Hopefully that's the case here.

    With that said, I sense that there is sarcasm in this article about Jessica's comment -- "real girls eat meat" - suggesting that it sends an anti-vegan message. If I am wrong, my apologies, but that's how I interpreted it. I am not a Jessica fan per se, but I am quite sure that her comment has more to do with women's battles with losing weight and body image issues than being a slam vs. consuming meat products. Before becoming vegetarian/vegan myself, I would have considered her comment to be very empowering... You don't have to eat lettuce all day and weigh 100 pounds to be considered an attractive female. I just thought it was important to point this out. I wouldn't want to judge her based on this comment alone. Just my opinion. :)

  2. Anonymous,

    A very nice well thought out response to the article. I mention Jessica Simpson wearing a real girls eat meat shirt for a specific reason, well for one because she wore it. The reason she wore it? Her ex-bf Tony Romo was dating vegetarian Carrie Underwood at the time. So the reasoning for her sporting the shirt was, unfortunately, not as deep and profound as you are trying to portray it.

    Quite frankly I can't see how anything can be gleaned from the above article as negative, but hey nothing shocks me any more.

    Thank you for reading!