Paul McCartney’s daughter Stella, born a year following Paul’s 1970 departure from The Beatles, is now an internationally recognized fashion designer [see below link for full look at her designs].  In this weekend’s Wall Street Journal Magazine, she talks about living a vegetarian diet for most of her forty years of life.  –SB

[Please see Stella McCartney Fashion/Fitness Update: 15 February 2013 for update on Stella]

Paul, Stella (age five) and Linda


  • FEBRUARY 23, 2012

Stella McCartney Cooks



MARY MCCARTNEYCOUNTRY GIRL | Designer Stella McCartney on her Wiltshire estate with her dog, Red.

Stella McCartney has always had a deep connection to hearth and home.  Spending some of her childhood in the English countryside with her three siblings, she recalls the family kitchen as the place where her fabulously famous father, Paul McCartney, was just a dad and her beloved late mother and devoted chef, Linda, experimented with vegetarian shepherd’s pies and cheese soufflés.  “The kitchen was where we always were, chopping, chatting and chomping,” she says.  Now a 40-year-old longtime vegetarian, with four small children and a remarkably successful career as a fashion designer, McCartney is returning to her roots and following in her mother’s footsteps with “The Meat Free Monday Cookbook.”

The idea is to show people how easy it would be to not eat meat one day a week by offering seasonal recipes, from a spring ragout of artichoke hearts, broad beans, peas and turnips to a leek and ricotta tart.  More an environmental conversation than a vegetarian one, the book draws its inspiration from the Meat Free Monday campaign that McCartney, her father and sister Mary launched in London in 2009 in an attempt to bring light to the detrimental effects of the agricultural industry.  According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the livestock sector is responsible for 18 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, a bigger share than even transportation.

One time when Paul was taking a road trip from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to El Paso, Texas, “going past 20 miles of cattle, billions of them, the idea really hit home,” says Stella.  “The importance of Meat Free Monday is about educating oneself and realizing that the way we ate 100 years ago doesn’t apply today.  Most people don’t eat meat every day anyway, so it’s a simple idea!”  For her small part, McCartney maintains an organic vegetable and fruit patch at her country house in Wiltshire, much like the one she had growing up.  “I had a weirdly modern upbringing.  It was less about thinking about yourself and more about thinking about the world around you,” says the designer, who also quietly refuses to use leather and fur in her fashion collections.  In the words of the Beatles song, “We all want to change the world.”  Some of us just mean it more than others.

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