Last month, a vegan freelance journalist sent a pitch to her favourite food magazine by emailing the then-editor of Waitrose Food, William Sitwell. In the email, the journalist, Selene Nelson,\u00a0proposed a series on plant-based food that would include recipes, tips, and new ingredients to try in the kitchen. "The series wouldn't just appeal to vegans," Nelson wrote\u00a0last month. "ut anyone looking to eat more healthily and sustainably." Sitwell wrote a mocking email in response, suggesting instead to create a series about "killing vegans, one by one," including ways to trap, interrogate, and force-feed steak to those who don't eat animal products. Nelson posted the exchange online, causing people from around the world to comment, with many choosing to hurl profanities at both parties involved. The incident eventually led Sitwell to step down from his position as editor for Waitrose Food. View this post on Instagram A post shared by William Sitwell (@williamsitwell) on Sep 27, 2018 at 10:25am PDT However, since then, the pair have met in order to put the whole fiasco to bed. Meeting in person for the first time, Sitwell and Nelson shared vegan tortillas at London's first 100 percent plant-based\u00a0pub, i newspaper reports. BBC's "The One Show" aired the meetup, where the two found common ground in the large amounts of hate mail they both received. The hostility was "pretty immense and grotesque and angry and revolting," Sitwell said, explaining the death threats people had sent to himself and his family. Nelson received similar responses. Speaking about the initial email exchange between them, Nelson said she was "very shocked"\u00a0at first.\u00a0"I hoped you weren\u2019t really serious about killing vegans\u2026 I assumed you were being facetious, but I didn\u2019t know what was behind that," she said. \u201cThe first thing you have to develop as a vegan is a sense of humour\u2026 there are funny vegan jokes and there are the ones that aren\u2019t funny,\u201d Nelson later added. When the email exchange was initially made public, many accused Nelson, and the vegan community as a whole, of being "too extreme." Writing about this view for the Independent, she explained, "Veganism isn\u2019t about trying to make people feel bad. It isn\u2019t about shaming or pointing fingers. It\u2019s a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of and cruelty to animals." View this post on Instagram A post shared by Selene Nelson \u24cb Journalist (@selene.nelson) on Aug 21, 2018 at 9:47am PDT "Away from the ethics, a vegan diet\u00a0has become increasingly popular with people exploring ways to improve their footprint and health. These are not things to mock,"\u00a0Nelson added. Speaking in person to Sitwell in London, she said she was sorry that he had lost his job.\u00a0\u201cThat was never my intention, never what I set out to do ," she said. Sitwell also apologised, labelling his behaviour\u00a0as\u00a0"flippant and immature and silly." Writing on social media about the meeting, Nelson highlighted the importance of treating others with respect, regardless of differences. She said that, since the\u00a0meeting, Sitwell had shown her "nothing but kindness." "I think the fact that we're able to discuss these crucial issues, listen to each other and not hurl insults sends a positive message, and that hopefully some of the nastiness shown by both sides of the argument will abate," Nelson said. Sitwell, who has a role on\u00a0the popular cooking television series "MasterChef," suggested that he and Nelson could collaborate to "explain the world of food and describe it to people of our persuasions." Whilst still ambivalent about the plant-based, cruelty-free lifestyle, Sitwell did write online after the meet up that he thinks we should all eat less meat. And, he noted, the vegan tortillas were "delicious." Image Credit: William Sitwell Become a CLUBKINDLY member today!