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The New “Multivore” Family

How to manage the kitchen and keep the peace 
in a vegan and omnivore household.

Illustration Credit: Peaceable Kingdom with Two Olives, by Will Bullas

A committed vegan falling in love with a die-hard bacon lover may sound like the plot to a romantic comedy, but many people in real-life “multivore” relationships find that managing mealtime is no laughing matter.As the number of vegans rises, so too does the number of families with blended kitchens. JL Fields, co-author of Vegan for Her, says that navigating a household with two—or more—approaches to eating might be daunting, but it can work. “Have faith in the idea of the journey,” she suggests, adding that it’s important to recognize that it’s as much about managing the relationship as the meat. Talk about ItCalmly sharing your reasons for being vegan is key, says Ellen Jaffe Jones, author of Paleo Vegan. “People who go through this transformation . . . are very often impatient with others around them who don’t get it,” she points out. She suggests watching documentaries together, or sharing stories about others who have altered their diet for a similar rationale.“If you can find that connection, that visual image . . . at least if they don’t make the change, they will respect you for why you di …

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