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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha (December 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592574173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592574179
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Beverly Lynn Bennett is an acclaimed vegan chef, baker, cooking instructor, and author. A vegan for over two decades, Beverly has written an assortment of books on various aspects of vegan cooking and living, including several in the Complete Idiot's Guide series. She has also been a regular columnist for VegNews Magazine since 2002.

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Beverly Lynn Bennett is an experienced vegan chef and baker, writer, and animal advocate who is passionate about showing the world how easy, delicious, and healthful it is to live and eat as a vegan. A certified foodservice operations manager, she earned her culinary arts degree in 1988 from the University of Akron, Ohio, and in the years that followed, gained much practical experience working in and managing vegan and vegetarian restaurants and natural foods stores.

Vegan since the early 1990s, Beverly is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Living, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Cooking, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Slow Cooking, and Vegan Bites: Recipes for Singles. Her work has appeared in many national and international print publications, on public television and DVD, and all over the Internet. She has hosted "The Vegan Chef" website at veganchef.com since 1999 and has been a regular columnist for VegNews Magazine since 2002.

Beverly currently lives and works in the vegan-friendly city of Eugene, Oregon, where her love of organic, healthy, and exciting foods fuels a passion for developing innovative vegan recipes. Her work appeals to a wide assortment of tastes and offers enticing alternatives to those with dietary restrictions of all sorts. In her spare time, she can often be found advising others on all things vegan, developing new culinary creations (an increasing number of which are raw and/or gluten -free), and helping to educate on issues including animal rights, environment, and health, through cooking demos and speaking engagements.

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If you're even considering living vegan this book is invaluable.
Lit Nerd 5000
I like the collection of recipes in this book better than the modified versions of Vegan Cooking (like the mayo and cheesecake).
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I highly recommend this book for anyone considering an animal-free lifestyle.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Angie on February 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
I've been a vegetarian for the past 8 years, and my New Year's resolution this year was to go "all the way" and eliminate all animal products from my life. This book has been a great help, especially with all the cooking and recipe info. I still have a ways to go, though, especially with "veganizing" all of my household items. A highly recommended book!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
Good book. Great for starting vegans. The author has a website as well [...] where she has a full cook books worth of recipes that you can use for free. Ms. Bennett is a huge asset to vegan culture whether you are christian, buddhist, athiest. agnostic, or hari krishna. She proves this through her book & website.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Magda S. on February 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Living is a wonderful resource for anyone considering going vegan. It covers all the angles-health, ethical, social, and culinary. There is also a sampling of Beverly Lynn's recipes (she also has a great recipe site called The Vegan Chef).

The book's chapters are broken down into short, manageable sections. The tone does not play up on guilt, as some vegan books do, but instead encourages the reader by taking the intimidation out of veganism.

I highly recommend this book for anyone considering an animal-free lifestyle.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Anyechka on January 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
Overall, this book is a pretty good beginning resource for the new vegan, or for those like I am, in the process of experimenting with and transitioning to veganism. It covers common types of vegan staples (such as tofu, tempeh, soy cheeses, milk substitutes, and legumes), hidden animal ingredients to look for (such as carmine red and "natural flavorings"), good ideas for all of the daily meals, non-food-related vegan issues (such as wardrobe, household cleaners, and candles), rebuttals of common myths about veganism, the myriad of health benefits associated with a vegan diet, how to handle eating out, and how to cope with the non-vegans in one's midst. And the book doesn't seem really preachy, holier than thou, or guilt-tripping. The authors stress that such a big sea change in both diet and lifestyle can't happen overnight, and should take place at one's own pace. It's also great how they acknowledge that it's probably impossible to be 100% vegan, no matter how seriously one takes the commitment. There will probably still be some foods, clothing, and household products with unknown non-vegan ingredients that slip through the cracks. The most important thing is to do the best one can.

As wonderful of a resource as the book otherwise is, though, I wished there had been a chapter covering the ethical reasons behind going vegan, not just the health benefits. Granted, the issue of factory farming was covered in depth in 'The Idiot's Guide to Vegetarianism' and they might not wanted to have significant overlap between these two similar books in the series, but it can never hurt to repeat and reword such important information, particularly since it seems to be the main reason most people go vegan.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By fog city vegan on June 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
As the authors state 'vegetarian is a diet - vegan is a lifestyle'. And, I speak as a vegan, they pulled all the elements of that lifestyle together for me in one place. In a fun way. This gives me a way to think about what, how and why I choose to live this lifestyle and enables me to communicate those things with others. I'd like to add a plug here for Vegan With a Vengeance. Isa Chandra Moskowitz writes really fun and well-researched cookbooks. Also, I take many cues and inspirations from (the practically saintly, in my eyes) Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and her podcast from Compassionate Cooks. Don't miss it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tracey Fox on May 5, 2007
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I have been a lacto-ovo vegetarian for many years, and have recently become a vegan. I am so glad to have found this book. It is full of great information and has helped me with an easy transition. I'm sure I'll be using this book as a reference quite frequently. And the recipes are great too!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lit Nerd 5000 on February 11, 2008
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I was vegetarian for 3 months and woke one morning with an epiphany- I should go vegan. I researched many issues online, such as the AR reasons to go completely vegan and dietary needs. This book filled in the gaps.
I disagree with the reviewer who mentioned that this book should list specific ethical reasons for veganism. Most people transitioning, aside from the "Skinny Bitch" phenomenon, are doing so because they know the horrors of factory farms. There is a small discussion on wool, but I felt even that was superfluous. I also disagree with the notion of the tone being haughty. This book is not about persuasion, but simply an instruction manual of sorts. There is nothing wrong with it seeming authoritarian when the "complete idiot" is looking for a firm resource.
There are some questionable chapters, as previously mentioned, but the value of the other sections out weighs the misinformation. The authors probably believe these things in their hearts, and it is up to the reader to decide whether or not to vaccinate or eat raw or what have you. I have found many vegan and vegetarian books to have strange ideas or "facts" that weren't cited, which is one reason why I went vege only 2 years ago. The authors have listed other sources, so the reader can research and get straight facts or make up their minds.
I found this book to be excellent. I've cooked several of the recipes, which were delicious and easy enough for a so-so cook to create. I often refer back to the guide, even a year later. If you're even considering living vegan this book is invaluable.
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