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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 – January 1, 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 (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,595,635 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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56 of 61 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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23 of 25 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Mesorana 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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9 of 10 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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bryon Nino on September 7, 2013
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Nice perspective. Takes the stigma out of plant based eating/living in an entertaining but very informative way. Good basic primer for anyone looking to make the change.
There are people who think the title is offensive but in my opinion one word shouldn't be enough to close an open mind.
I've heard John Joseph speak about his life and where he comes from. One of the most important things a writer can do is be true to who he is in his writing. If this book had been written in a softer more "politically correct" (ugh) tone the honesty would have been lost and the value of the message would have been weak and not worth the paper on which it was written. For people who like real words written by a real dude, "Meat Is For Pussies" is your book. If you're a person who comes completely unglued at the sight of one word that you feel threatens your agenda and identity, then maybe this isn't your book.
One last thought: Sexism is like racism. The best way to put an end to it is to stop talking about it and take charge.
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8 of 9 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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