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About the Author

Dana Villamagna is a health and food journalist and, with her husband Drew, the parent of three vegan children. Andrew Villamagna, M.D. is a board-certified family medicine physician in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Product Details

  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: ALPHA (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592579787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592579785
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dana Villamagna, MSJ, founder of the website VillaVegan.com, is the co-author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Eating for Kids," with Dr. Andrew Villamagna, MD, MSc. Dana is a health and food journalist and the mom of three veg kids. Her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines and websites including Her Sports + Fitness, Mothering, VegNews, Vegetarian Times, Vegetarian Baby and Child.com, Common Sense Media.org and more.

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107 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Michael on July 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
The nutritional information is entirely adequate, although rudimentary. If you don't know much or anything about vegetarian and vegan nutrition, or any nutrition for that matter, you may find this valuable. But it's a short book and there is really not a lot of information. I suppose that's why it's called "A Complete Idiot's Guide."

The really disappointing part were the recipes. There are very few of them and they really suck. I'm interested in health. Many people approach veganism because of their strongly compassionate views towards animals. I think that's great but you shouldn't inflict that by itself on your children without considering their health. As far as I'm concerned the recipes don't reflect much improvement over a typical meat-eating menu. Cakes with three cups of sugar, processed fake vegan cheeses and fake processed vegan "meats" abound. Vegan kids NEED to like and eat lots of legumes, this is essential for good nutrition and ANY kid, vegan or not, brought up from day 1 with lots of legumes will love them. These authors assume that kids don't or won't like them and include a recipe on how to "hide" the legumes. I'm sorry but I just don't think cakes, cookies and fake meat and cheese products are going to give kids the nutritional foundation they need, nor the appreciation of tastes and textures they need to truly appreciate the joy of eating as a celebration of life.

VERY disappointing book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on June 28, 2011
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I thought this book was very comprehensive and very helpful. It was also very enjoyable to read [which is not always the case with nutrition related books]. It was interesting and fun to read and I gained a TON of information that I did not already know [and I was already very knowledgeable about nutrition and vegetarian/veganism before I bought this book].

I thought the authors took a VERY practical position on feeding children - it was clear they are actually parents and know that kids can be very picky eaters or that kids sometimes have textural issues, etc. I thought they had a proactive yet realistic approach to feeding childen vegan diets. They offered a lot of tools and tips [things that I think would actually work, even with the most persnickity child].

I think the book was honest too - it did not gloss over the problems that could come along with being a vegan parent - including nutritional deficits. It offered good advice on avoiding these pitfalls and on being vigilant to insure that your child is as healthy as possible. It was fair and balanced in my opinion.

I don't think Michael's negative review [titled "Very Disappointed"] is fair or accurate - there is a lot of info included in this book and it is geared towards real parents with real children [and no, not all children who are raised eating beans from birth like them as preschoolers - I have more than one child who was raised eating legumes from the time they were 9 months old who will now not touch a bean to save their lives]. I thought the recipes were fun and simple enough to do on a busy weeknight - which is what most parents are looking for in recipes.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Fuss on March 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
As the mother of three young children, I am always looking for new recipes that are healthy, tasty and realistic. My kids, on the other hand, are always looking for anything loaded with sugar and fat. Dunkin Donuts tops their list. So I was very excited about trying some veganized versions of their favorite desserts, particularly the Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (pg. 203). As it turns out, my kids loved the cookies and asked for seconds and thirds. My husband, also a sweet addict, thought they were delicious as well and just as tasty as the "unhealthy" kind! Author Dana Villamagna includes many kid-friendly recipes that we can't wait to try (Puffy Pancakes, pg. 157) and offers great tips to help win over picky eaters. Highly recommend this book if want to know more in detail about vegan eating for children, or simply want some delicious, nutritious dishes on your table:))
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Macshack on March 16, 2010
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Dana Villamagna has done an excellent job in this book with presenting information and ideas, as well as much-needed support, for families who are drawn to the vegan lifestyle. Whether you strive for a 100% vegan diet, or are simply looking for more ways to incorporate plant-based foods into your family's menu, this book is for you. Dana, along with her PhD husband, Drew, present a balanced and sensible approach for vegan families, including sections on how to work with the picky eater, meeting vegan children's nutritional needs, and dealing with peer pressure. All of the recipes look wonderful! The book is also interspersed with tips from parents, cautionary notes, and facts about veganism.

Dana reminds us that vegan eating does not have to be all or nothing, and presents helpful information in a non-judgmental way. If you are a hard-core, staunch vegan, this is probably not the book for you. But for the rest of us, I highly recommend Vegan Eating for Kids as a balanced and well-rounded guide.
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