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Meat Is For Pussies (A how-to guide for dudes who want to get fit, kick ass and take names) Paperback – 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Crush Books; 1ST edition (2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0982715609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982715604
  • ASIN: B005O0VL40
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,885,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great book, easy read!
Medea Juhasz
I thank John Joseph for inspiring this change and challenge anyone who has issue with the title to read the book & think about the lives it will save.
Evan OBrien
Like JJ says in the book.
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Riwo on December 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
The first time I picked this book up I felt like someone had smacked me in the face-hard.

It got my FULL attention.

Maybe the fact that I was looking at it in a Brooklyn bookstore with a hardcore metal band playing live in the background helped. John Joseph's punk pedigree permeates this book and gives it an edge that is uncommon in vegan literature. I bought this book without hesitation despite the fact that I was not a vegan or even interested in a vegan diet-in fact I was pretty turned off by the vegan culture I had been exposed to. I was interested in getting in shape and looking into the Paleo diet and some other options to drop some pounds. John Joseph's book changed my mind and my life. Not only am I now a vegan because of this book but I have also been turned on to many other sources of information (Thrive by Brendan Brazier for one) that have helped me lose weight (15 lbs. so far), lower my blood pressure and cut my cholesterol (34 points)!

This book is mostly a series of motivational chapters that explain why you should get off your butt and do what you know you should to be healthy, clear thinking (seeing through the BS), and reassured that you don't need to eat meat to be macho/bad*ss/etc.. I think it also succeeds at cutting against the grain of stereotypical vegan culture as weak, whiny and wimpy. Each chapter takes on some topic from the somewhat obvious stuff you may know to the near conspiratorial but in a way that only a street bred punk veteran like Joseph could manage. I can see where his tone might annoy some people but the truth is this book will not be for everyone. If you are turned off by the title or the introduction then it may not be for you.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By rebecca brooks on May 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
My husband is a personal trainer. When we were first dating, he was interested in adopting a vegetarian diet due to his love for animals, but was skeptical whether he could "get big" on a vegan diet.

The fact that he's a fan of the Cro-Mags, the band John Joseph sings for, worked in my favor. He ended-up reading this book and has been vegetarian for a few years now. In fact, we're both vegan. And my husband even gets a lot of his clients to eat less meat/processed food now.

A really good book for people interested in being healthy vis-a-vis a vegan diet, but don't want your stereotypical holier-than-thou/hippie BS. JJ says it like it is. Is humorous, non-pretentious and very amusing.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sundarananda on July 11, 2014
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Second time buying this book because the first edition was lent out so often that I couldn't keep track of it. One of the great things about it is that it is not some preachy, opinionated, whiny "vegan" book...it is a collaborative effort that sees nutritionists, athletes and trainers all chime in with facts. The author comes from a place and a time where talking the talk went hand in hand with walking the walk. So don't be put off by the title. A misogynist he is not. But a street-talkin', real lifer he is. It's written the way he speaks and doesn't use flowery, put-on language to beat around the bush. I was vegan long before this book came out...and yet still benefit 100% from it's contents. Aside from the facts presented, it's packed with useful recipes and realistic work outs. I appreciate reading a book that doesn't make me feel like I'm being preached to by a teacher but spoken to by a friend.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tony E. Witt on July 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
Fantastic book! No bull approach to plant based eating. Im a big advocate of the "paleo" plan. This book rocked me hard. Seriously thinking of going plant based. Great book! Get it even if your a paleo guy like me!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rick Strong on July 10, 2014
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Part guide, part manifesto. The author is not a plant-based newbie, and his positive experience laces the book with credibility. The already committed will find it motivational, and fence-sitters may get the push they need. Note the foreword by Rich Roll. Go to his website, and search for the podcast interview with John Joseph for an in-depth back story -the entertaining chronicle of John Joseph's compelling journey. If you have not already, next get Rich Roll's book for yet another story of evolution toward an optimum diet and strategy for living an informed life.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Trudy-Ann Walmer on July 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
My husband bought and read this book and just raved about it. I decided to read it as my husband was daily sharing with me the information he learned from this book. The title certainly gets your attention and I was not offended at all. Meat is for pussies, couldn't have said it better myself! Took me years to discover the benefits of the plant based diet, but let me just say that this book is spot on and the recipes are just awesome. Made the veggie no-meatballs using the recipe from this book for some carnivores and they were very impressed and just couldn't believe that anything plant based wasn't bland and boring. Thanks John for taking the time to teach those of us that are ready to learn and not be judgmental. By the way john is very straightforward and as others have said, he is a straight up no BS kind of guy. If that offends you, then maybe you aren't as open minded as you think!
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Format: Paperback
Absolute must have for anyone who is tired of feeling like crap and looking to revitalize their life Listened to John on Rich Rolls podcast 6 months ago and ordered the book that day. This dude is the real deal
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