"enjoy eating the calf"
Tolstoy in his Study by Ilya Repin
Public DomainTolstoy in his Study by Ilya Repin
 Tolstoy became a vegetarian in 1885, although moments like this in his writing shows that the question of meat eating was on his mind long before then. He wrote: 

Not long ago I had a talk with a retired soldier, a butcher, and he was surprised at my assertion that it was a pity to kill, and said the usual things about it being ordained. But afterwards he agreed with me: `Especially when they are quiet, tame cattle. They come, poor things! trusting you. It is very pitiful.'

 See here for more on Tolstoy's vegetarianism.