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Why Nigel Slater Is Not Vegetarian

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The food writer Nigel Slater says he feels that killing animals to eat them is wrong and wants desperately to be a vegetarian, but confesses that "I eat meat because I like it. No, scratch that. I eat meat because I love it. I like the feel of it in my hand, the way my carving knife slices through the raw flesh, the smell of it crackling and spitting in the oven. I love the way the fat crisps and the flesh stays pink and bloody, the way the juices dribble out when I carve it, the way the Yorkshire pudding soaks up the beefy gravy from my plate. My love of roast pork and its crackling, and of the potatoes that roast in its juices, of a glossy, sticky sausage at breakfast or a grilled lamb cutlet in my fingers, always gets the upper hand."

I can't remember the last time someone's guilt made me so hungry!

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