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288 of 341 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2011
My review is based on what I expected vs. what the book delivered. I had high hopes that the book would not only put forward compelling and readable science concerning the benefits of a vegan diet, but would also offer guidance on how to live a vegan lifestyle. I am a mostly-vegan but I struggle with dairy and sweets, hunger on the road, and often a lack of satisfaction with my meals (which leads to unsound choices).
The book is light on science but has some people profiles that are quite interesting. The science, as I now understand, must be in The China Study (which I have ordered).
The book is heavy on recipes, which most vegetarians probably don't need. There are 143 pages of recipes and 54 pages of science, commentary and profiles. The laudable aim seems to be to show just how easy vegetarian preparation is. But I would have liked another 143 pages of science, advice and profiles. Those of us who do need recipes would do better to peruse the many many excellent vegetarian cookbooks on Amazon. In this regard, Forks Over Knives (on its website) is linked with a few other worthy books.
I am a HUGE fan of the effort to bring good nutrition to the forefront of American consciousness, and the professionals profiled in this book have the credentials and charisma to do it. But if people are going to start buying books on the benefits of a new vegan/vegetarian commitment, the books need to become less rangy and more concise and procedural. In other words, they need focus: the science, the lifestyle, the recipes.
For a VERY first book on a vegan regimen, this book is not scary, not over-scientific, not very long. I suspect that those who have been awakened by the movie or the buzz will find this book just the right length and density.