The easiest solution is to type an ingredient you are unfamiliar with in your computer and read about it. This was how I learned to cook Indian food -- if there was a spice of something I was unsure of I just looked it up. In either a whole foods or trader joes they tend to group a lot of vegan foods together. The vegan mayo, condiments, faux meets, tempeh, tofu, seitan, etc. are all in one area. Honestly, the best thing is just to try something you are unfamiliar with. The worst thing that can happen is that you take a bite and go whoa not for me. That's the only way you'll discover something that you don't thing you would like but that you love. I was a vegan for months with the idea I hated seitan -- the first time I tried it in a creamy pasta with mushrooms I fell in love. On the flip side, I did try nutritional yeast and thought it was awful but no permanent damage done ha. Good luck/ Happy eating!
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