New York Times Kansas City Bureau Chief Is Hungry

When Arthur G. Sulzberger was named the Times Kansas City bureau chief, then-national editor Rick Berke worried about the vegetarian’s dining options.

“Arthur may be hard pressed to find vegetarian food amid all the barbecue joints, but he’ll have no trouble finding stories,” Mr. Berke wrote in an internal memo.

As it turns out, how hard pressed Mr. Sulzberger is to find vegetarian food amid all the barbecue joints is the story.

Today he published “A Vegetarian’s Struggle for Sustenance.” It begins:

IN an ideal world, vegetarians would be built like camels. Not humpbacked, of course, but able to sustain themselves through long stretches by tapping stored energy reserves, like previously consumed soy products.

But after the first three dinners in my new hometown, where I moved from New York to cover the Midwest for this newspaper, even this veteran vegetarian was flagging.

Someone airmail this man some Angelica Kitchen!


  1. Jenniferwriter says:

    I live in Kansas City and I remember cringing when I read the memo announcing AG was moving here and that he was a vegetarian and how, oh how, would he find anything to eat!. All of this is bullshit. Kansas City is a metro area of 2 million people, there are plenty of vegetarians here and trust me, they eat more than iceberg lettuce. There are dozens and dozens of farmers markets in Kansas City, the largest and oldest of which (100 years plus) is surrounded by restaurants (and ethnic grocers) offering meatless fare – thai, japanese, greek, italian, chinese, locovore, including Farmhouse which has the best fried green tomato sandwich ever, et al.

    One of the most revered locovore restaurants in the U.S., Justus, a Drugstore, is in the Kansas City area and all of its abundant offerings come from within 200 miles of Kansas City, most of it much closer and much of it meatless.

    This whole article in the NYT is all about taking a stereotype and stomping on it. I would hope that AG, encountering stereotypes as a vegetarian, would know better…