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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556529988
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556529986
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Finally, a down-to-earth look at plant-based diets for the black community. [This book] will empower even the most staunch omnivore to re-evaluate their food choices and move towards a healthier outlook, not just for themselves, but for the planet."  —Melissa Danielle, coordinator, Black Vegetarian Society of New York (BVSNY.org) and Wellness Communicator (VegetarianHealthCoach.net)



"Even in the Obama era, Black women often believe that we lack choices, and control over our lives. By Any Greens Necessary reminds us that we have the power to make choices, and become heroes in our own lives through the choices we can make with regard to our food."  —Majora, MacArthur "genius" Fellow, host of The Sundance Channel's Eco-Heroes and public radio's The Promised Land, and urban revitalization strategist


"If there's one health book black women should read this year, this is it. By Any Greens Necessary shows us the real deal about how to eat well and get healthy for life"  —Tonya Lewis Lee, writer, producer, activist, and author, Gotham Diaries



"By Any Greens Necessary will change your life."  —Michael Greger, MD, author, Carbophobia: The Scary Truth About America's Low-Carb Craze



"A fascinating read."  —The Root


"A necessary read."  —Curve

About the Author

Tracye Lynn McQuirter, a nutritionist who leads worldwide seminars on vegan nutrition, has been featured in dozens of media, including Essence, the Washington Post, and Black Press USA. A 20-year vegan and a former contributing writer for Heart and Soul, the largest health-and-fitness magazine for African American women, McQuirter founded the Black Vegetarian Society of New York, directed the nation’s first federally funded vegan nutrition program, and worked on legislation to improve federal nutrition guidelines. She currently promotes school-based initiatives to reverse childhood obesity and has served as a nutrition consultant for the Black Women's Health Imperative, the largest health advocacy organization for black women and girls. A graduate of Amherst College and New York University, where she received her master's of public health nutrition, McQuirter lives in Washington, D.C.


More About the Author

A vegan trailblazer, public health nutrition expert, speaker, and author, Tracye McQuirter, M.P.H., is passionate about inspiring people to live healthier, happier lives.

"As a vegan for 23 years, I know what it's like to experience vibrant health. But I also know this makes me uncommon among U.S. women, where up to 80% of us are overweight and up to 50% are obese. As a result, we experience among the highest rates of death and disability from heart attack, cancers, stroke, and diabetes.

The good news is that these chronic diseases can be prevented and often reversed by eating plenty of plant-based foods that we all know are good for us. Foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes (or, beans, nuts, lentils, and split peas).

That means eating meals like Curried Chick Peas with Sun-dried Tomatoes; Spicy Kale Salad; Toasted Olive Bread with Fresh Basil and Garlic Sauce; Chocolate Chip Cookies; and Raspberry Banana Smoothies. Surprised? They're all vegan and they're all delicious!

My passion is empowering people to experience vibrant health--by any greens necessary. I'm living proof that you can be healthy, hippy, and happy by eating a wealth of delicious and nutritious plant-based foods."

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I purchased this book on a whim.
Abby Blair :)
I would, hands down, recommend this book for anyone looking for a great health conscious read.
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Ms McQuirter provides some excellent information in this book!
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By NadineR on May 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book on Saturday at a book signing in Washington DC, read it on Sunday afternoon, and immediately decided to become a vegetarian. I gave up red meat and pork a year ago when I became alarmed by the high rate of cancer in my own circle of friends and family. Dairy followed last fall - for digestive reasons - and I haven't had a cold since.

Reading this book was the push I needed to also say no to chicken and fish. It was especially difficult, disgusting, and disturbing to read about meat processing practices in the US. I can't believe I've eaten the meat products from these industries for this long!

I think everyone should read this book and be fully informed before making dietary decisions. You won't regret it
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Rose Bird on June 22, 2010
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When I went to see Tracye McQuirter speak about her book "By Any Greens Necessary" I was curious about the vegan life style but still a conscientious omnivore. I basically went to her book signing to be supportive. What I received in return for my support was something I hadn't imagined. I found her to be an amazing speaker, both motivational and inspirational when it comes to holistic wellness. She looks extremely healthy--proof that the message in her book really works.

I bought her book shortly after her talk at the bookstore. I wasn't expecting it to touch me in the way it did nor was I expecting to change my diet. I read it and re-read it and like the other reviewers have reported, I was convinced. I felt that I had to make a change for myself and for the farmed animals I had been consuming.

"By Any Greens Necessary" makes a vegan lifestyle accessible to all and is especially inspirational to African American women. I have found myself referring to her wonderful recipe section as well as to the rest of the book frequently as I transition to the vegan path. I recommend this book highly to those who are struggling with their weight, health issues and the moral ethics of eating meat. Moreover, it is very helpful in particular to African Americans who might find this transition socially, culturally and economically daunting.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Quincee on April 30, 2010
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I received my copy yesterday and couldn't put it down! I finished reading at about 10 o'clock last night and handed it over to my sister. We've been making a conscious effort to eat healthier since February and the information offered by Ms. McQuirter in this book is making me consider taking it up a notch. An excellent and informative read. If you're questioning where your food comes from, how it impacts your health or contributes to larger global issues, this is the book for you because Tracye McQuirter offers facts to make you think, then act, and then adds many intriguing alternative vegan recipes to get you started.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Moore on June 17, 2010
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I just finished reading By Any Greens Necessary based on the recommendation of my vegan cooking instructor, Mimi Clark. My husband and I transitioned to a vegan diet approximately six months ago, after I had experimented with vegetarian diets off and on for years. If you are curious or considering a plant-based diet; recently transitioned to one; or have a difficult time explaining the merits of a plant-based diet to your loved ones, this is the book for you! Perhaps you might want to get a few copies -- read and keep one for yourself as a reference guide, and share the other copy.

This book is well written in layman's language, and I found it easy to identify with Tracye and her contributors' stories. This book is like Cliff's Notes for veganism. The recipes for the most part are easy to follow and utilize easy-to-find ingredients. In fact, I prepared the curried quinoa recipe on the same day I purchased the book using ingredients I already had on hand. I included Tracye's curried quinoa in my husband's lunch the next day, and I received an enthusiastic and appreciative call after hubby had eaten his lunch. He is still raving about that quinoa and has asked that I start including it in the regular rotation of meals.

By Any Greens Necessary would make a wonderful gift to yourself or to share with those you want to encourage to eat in a more healthful and conscious manner! Before you ask, I do not personally know the author and have no affiliations with her or the publisher -- although in the interest of disclosure, the author is from my hometown. :) Like Oprah, when I learn of something so good, I want to share it everyone. If I had not already made the transition to veganism, I do believe this book would have been the catalyst for me to do so.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Abby Blair :) on August 18, 2010
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I purchased this book on a whim. I was considering going vegetarian for my health, then decided to look into veganism. The author outlines her reasons for being a vegan, and some points to take into consideration that are very clear and easy to follow. Her book isn't full of someone else's studies and theories, she gives you enough facts with her own words. Even my grandmother read the book and learned some new things. Her book also gives a few recipes that show veganism isn't as complicated as one's health food store shelves lead you to believe. I love this book and have recommended it to friends and family. Thank you Tracye for writing such a wonderful book!
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