Two months ago Meredith Vieira told Ellen Degeneres that she wanted to become a vegan but was afraid she couldn’t do it. She has proven to herself that she can do it. For the past month the host of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” has been indulging in a vegan diet and feeling much better about her health and her moral constitution.
PETA helped the game show host on her quest to veganism after she made her comment on “The Ellen Show.” The animal rights organization sent Vieira a copy of “Glass Walls,” Sir Paul McCartney’s slaughterhouse expose, a vegetarian/vegan starter kit, and Tal Ronnen’s The Conscious Cook, a cookbook filled with delicious meatless recipes. The items PETA sent seem to have had an impact on Viera’s diet and mind set.
The former “Today” co-host made an appearance on “The Chew” where she helped Mario Batali fry some veggies for a healthful meal. The conversation between the celebrity host and the celebrity chef went like this:
Vieira: “I’m vegan now. You know this?”
Batali: “This fits. This is good. You and Bill Clinton are now vegans.”
Vieira:“Well, I’ve only been one month a vegan.”
Batali: “You know, one month is just as good as being there for the rest of your life. Don’t worry about it. Vegan is easy to do in good italian restaurants.”
One of the other chefs on “The Chew” chimed in to ask Vieira why she went vegan. Vieira said her choice was “partly ethical reasons” and moral ones. She said, “I’ve done a lot of stories on the way food is, you know, processed in this country—animals– and it’s very disturbing. And so that was part– I didn’t want to be a hypocrite anymore, and also health reasons.”
Batali fried some zucchini, artichokes, lemon, and scallions in extra virgin olive oil (a very light colored one) that had been lightly coated with cornstarch the way they’ve been frying in Rome for two millenia. Vieira showed a little bit of concern that the veggies fried this way would be bad for you but Batali claimed there was nothing bad for you about them stating that they were “completely fresh and magnificent.” Hopefully the dish was so magnificent that it will keep Vieira trying out new, flavorful vegan dishes that help her remain a vegan for the rest of her life.