From growing up in a part Italian family, I learned at a young age that food=love. Holidays, especially Christmas Eve, showcased just that. We would gather around my living room table and eat pasta frutti de mare followed by a buffet of Italian desserts. But, when my aunt Sandra became a vegan I slightly questioned the food she was making in the food=love equation. I didn't get veganism and I sure didn't get her gritty cashew "cheescake"... From then on, I convinced myself that vegan food did not taste good.