Tofu, Tempeh, Seitan and Jackfruit Find Homes on Mainstream Plates and Palates

Emily Fiffer

As a vegetarian for 20-plus years, I’ve often been asked how I get enough protein. My answer? It’s easy—the same way people have for centuries. These days, plant-based diets are being hailed as a cool-kid trend, but that’s a misnomer: The roots of this lifestyle extend beyond the kitchens of hipster restaurants. Plant-based foods hold more cultural and historical weight than they’re given credit for; they’re literally ancient. That’s not to say...