Is it necessary to specifically state “vegan” mayo or cheese when writing a recipe for a food site or recipe zine?
I have a recipe zine project I've been working on for 3 years writing music-inspired recipes. I'm 95% plant-based and most of the recipes I write are vegan or vegetarian. The reality is, that 5% of my continued omni lies in cheese & dairy. I'm just not really down with the vegan alternatives. I know they exist – I've tried them – and I prefer not to use them for my cooking. As my home cooking is often research for my recipe project, the question is:
Do I need to say "vegan mayo" or "vegan cheese" when writing a recipe? Wouldn't vegans naturally use the vegan version & non-vegans the non-vegan version?
What raised this quandary for me is a seitan reuben sandwich recipe I am working on. It's seitan brisket with quick sauerkraut, swiss cheese, & Russian dressing. To qualify for this sub, would I need to say "vegan Swiss cheese"? I note the dressing can be made with cashew cream or "mayo." Do I need "vegan mayo"? I used mayo to grill the rye. Again, does that have to have a "vegan" modifier?
Looking forward to your input.
Submitted April 27, 2021 at 08:19PM by BushwickGrillClub