In the episode "All Our Yesterdays" of TOS, Spock reveals he is a vegetarian. The other day I was reading that Leonard was a vegetarian in real life. But I also read a 1967 magazine where he said his favorite food was steak.

So was he really a vegetarian or did someone make a mistake?

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    No; 3.bp.blogspot.com/_of7mShM5N1g/TCAO9VNnzxI/AAAAAAAABuc/…
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 14:15
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    How does Spock being a vegetarian relate to Nimoy being one?
    – Skooba
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 15:11
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    @Kevin - Shall I just wait here while you look up the title of the second autobiography he wrote?
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 15:52
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    Neither of his autobiographies 'I am not spock' and 'I am spock' [searchable on googlebooks] contains the term(s) vegetarian or vegan. However I have found books online that refer to him as a 'well known celebrity vegetarian' the issues are: are they correct and if so when did he become one. Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 16:37
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    There are a large number of references on line to his vegetarianism/vegan status, such as: sfglobe.com/2015/02/27/… Of course these may just be repeating copying a misidentification between Spock and Leonard. Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 16:55

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Probably not.

As you mention yourself in your question, he was quoted once as saying his favourite food is steak. Despite the many vegetarian / vegan lifestyle web sites that claim he is a vegetarian, I see no hard evidence of this.

Rather, there seems to be evidence to the contrary. Here he is enjoying BBQ with his cast mates during the filming of The Original Series:

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Also, here is an animated version of Nimoy (which he provided the voice for) in The Simpsons enjoying a hot dog:

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I suspect that, if he felt strongly about vegetarianism, he would have objected to this portrayal of himself as a meat eater.

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    in that same episode he's also portrayed as being able to teleport
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 19:41
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    @Valorum : I suspect he would have no moral objection to being portrayed as a teleporter. While somewhat itinerant, teleporters are by and large good people.
    – Praxis
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 21:23
  • Not if it's a vegetarian hot dog.
    – Misha R
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 5:41
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    It's worth noting that his favourite food being steak and him being a vegetarian are not mutually exclusive concepts. If he was a vegetarian, it's just as plausible it was for reasons other than him disliking the taste of meat.
    – delinear
    Commented Dec 21, 2017 at 16:09
  • Has anyone seen his son's documentary about him? Surely if he was a vegetarian that must mention it? Commented Dec 27, 2017 at 9:31

In the Star Trek Cookbook (published 1999), Leonard Nimoy provided a "favourite recipe" for fans, "Kasha Varnishkas a la Vulcan".

It contains beef bouillon broth. He notes that it tastes especially delicious when combined with the cooked meat juices from a pot roast.

This is my favorite dish. The recipe was handed down by my mother, who brought it from her village in the Ukraine, which is a small town in Western Vulcan.

1 cup kasha (whole-wheat or buckwheat groats)
1 egg or egg white only as a substitute
2 cups beef or vegetable bouillon broth or boiled water
1 16-ounce package bow-tie pasta
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pinch of salt or garlic salt

Heat water or bouillon mixture to rolling boil, then keep on low heat at a slow boil. Saute onion in oil until just transparent and set aside. Separate egg white from yolk. Stir kasha and egg white into a medium-sized bowl then pour mixture into a heavy saucepan, stirring constantly until the particles separate. Add the bouillon broth or boiling water and salt to taste. Stir the mixture, cover tightly, and reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes. Cook the bow ties in boiling water until soft, drain and set aside. After the liquid has all been absorbed, mix the kasha with the cooked pasta and sauteed onions and serve. This dish is particularly delicious when served with pot roast gravy. If you want to stay traditionally Vulcan vegetarian, you can make a brown mushroom gravy and use that instead. Serves four.

  • It's like vegan's..I ain't never heard of no vegetarian who doesn't tell you they are at every opportunity
    – Danny Mc G
    Commented Dec 31, 2019 at 20:38

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