Religious beliefs can also play an important role in vegetarianism. For instance, followers of Jainism practice nonviolence (also called ahimsa, meaning "do no harm"), and do not eat meat or certain vegetables, such as onions, potatoes and garlic. Hindus also believe in ahimsa and are the world's largest vegetarian population. They believe in the dietary customs of self-control and purity of mind and spirit. Seventh-day Adventists practice a vegetarian lifestyle, while Buddhists also support the concept of ahimsa (although some eat fish or meat).
Chefs are taking notice of how vegetables drive seasonality and flavor on a plate. As executive chef and co-owner of Gramercy Tavern in New York, chef Michael Anthony isn’t a stranger to cooking with meat in his James Beard Award - winning and Michelin -starred restaurant; however, when we talked to Anthony about his latest cookbook V is for Vegetable , he stressed cooking in-season. “When you are trying to put healthy food on the table, you can’t really find these vegetables when you are sourcing from stores and more conventional places. You really do have to go to the farmers market and support your local farmer. Ask questions, like, ‘How did you grow these things? Why did you grow them?’”