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“[The] authors cheer readers forward, encouraging dietary change at a comfortable pace... a good primer for those dipping their toes into a vegan diet...Readers seeking practical, well-researched information will benefit from the authors' combined experience and expertise.”Library Journal

“I highly recommend this book for those considering adopting a vegan diet, new vegans, and for experienced vegans who may be facing new issues.”—Vegetarian Journal

“These writers make food formulas practical and fun, with entertaining as well as helpful comments.”—The Peaceable Table

Never Too Late to Go Vegan is the one book to own for anyone over 50 trying to veganize or just vegan-curious.”—Marin Independent Journal

Never Too Late to Go Vegan shows the wonderful ways you can benefit from a new, healthier way of eating. This in-depth guide will inspire you to make the change and will hold your hand every step of the way, with all the helpful tips you need to make the transition smooth as can be.”
Neal D. Barnard, MD, author of Power Foods for the Brain and director of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

“What a wonderful book! If you want to be healthy, and to make choices that bring your compassion to life, this is your guide. Highly, highly recommended.”
John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America and The Food Revolution and cofounder of The Food Revolution Network

Never Too Late to Go Vegan is a masterpiece created by an inspiring trio: Carol Adams, Patti Breitman, and Virginia Messina. If you are 50-plus and want to explore a vegan lifestyle, this book is an absolute must. It is incredibly informative and absolutely delightful from beginning to end.”
Brenda Davis, RD, and Vesanto Melina, MS, RD, coauthors of Becoming Vegan, Becoming Vegetarian, and Becoming Raw

“What a terrific guide! Three wise women tell us everything we need to know to be happy, healthy vegans. This book is reason to celebrate and be well!”
Michael Greger, MD, physician, author, speaker, and director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States

“This is my new favorite book. Its nutritional know-how comes from science, not opinion. The recipes are tasty and healthy and unintimidating. Its ethical underpinnings arise from the real-life commitment of three wise women who were vegan before it was cool—and whose wit and savvy give me the feeling they’ve been cool all along.”
Victoria Moran, author of Main Street Vegan and director of the Main St. Vegan Academy

Never Too Late to Go Vegan offers a warm, welcoming message to adults who have decided to adopt a vegan diet. Carol, Patti, and Ginny have combined their scientific knowledge and practical expertise to produce a book with a wealth of ideas for everything from eating well to social situations to caregiving. Simply put, this is an indispensable resource. Oh, and there are recipes too!”
Reed Mangels, PhD, RD, coauthor of Simply Vegan

“An absolutely wonderful book, fascinating from beginning to end. Vegetarian for 20 years, vegan for 10, I still learned much from this terrific book! I intend to buy a dozen and give them away to inspire my friends who are over 50 to become vegan.”
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of Dogs Never Lie About Love and other best-selling books on the emotional life of animals

“If you thought you were ‘too old to change your diet,’ that it was ‘too late’ or ‘too hard to do,’ or that you are ‘too set in your ways,’ you’ve got another ‘think’ coming! It is never too late and it’s never been easier! This very comprehensive guide has gems of wisdom on every page—from demolishing prevalent myths about veganism, to how to make decadent, but healthy, desserts. Follow the plan in this book and you’ll start seeing results tomorrow morning—and the rest of your longer, healthier, happier life!”
Ruth Heidrich, PhD, author of A Race For Life, Senior Fitness, and Lifelong Running
 

About the Author

Carol J. Adams is the author of the pioneering The Sexual Politics of Meat, called a “vegan bible” by The New York Times and now in a twentieth-anniversary edition, plus more than twenty other books and over one hundred articles. She frequently speaks on college campuses. She is working on a memoir about her decade as a caregiver. She lives near Dallas, Texas, with her partner and their two rescued dog companions, Holly and Inky. Find out more about Carol at caroljadams.com.


Patti Breitman is the director of the Marin Vegetarian Education Group and a cofounder of Dharma Voices for Animals. She is the coauthor, with Connie Hatch, of How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty and, with Carol J. Adams, of How to Eat Like a Vegetarian Even If You Never Want to Be One. Patti is on the advisory council of the Animals and Society Institute and grows vegetables in her community garden. She teaches seasonal vegan cooking classes in Marin County, California, where she lives.


Virginia Messina, MPH, RD, is coauthor of Vegan for Life and Vegan for Her and of the first textbook on vegetarian nutrition for medical professionals. She writes and speaks on vegan nutrition for both consumers and health professionals. Ginny serves on the advisory board of the Vegetarian Resource Group and on the board of directors of VegFund. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington, with her husband and an ever-changing population of rescued cats. Find out more about Ginny at theveganrd.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: The Experiment (January 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615190988
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615190980
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am in my late 50s. I had tried to become vegan several times in the past, because of my love for animals. I was just never able to do it.

This book got me over the hump. I am now a very happy fledgling vegan. I feel no deprivation whatsoever. My desire for animal foods is fading FAST. The book helped me realize that there are great-tasting vegan versions of practically anything. And if feels so good to be finally living consistent with my convictions.

The book is extremely informative as well as inspirational. It's worth the price just to learn about the incredible array of vegan resources that are available out there.

The authors mention that one of the things people most regret on their deathbeds is not living in accordance with their true selves - going along with the culture or family or church or whatever, when their real selves want to go in a different direction. That point really hit me. I realized that in my heart of hearts I am a vegan. Maybe you are, too. This book can certainly help you find out.
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I bought the book to learn more about the choice to be vegan. While I'm not ready to make that jump just yet, the book was a eye opener on so many levels. It's not simply a list of reasons to be vegan, it offers a comprehensive summary of the ways in which the use of animals and animal products in our foods and our clothing impacts the environment. While I expected that but still found it fascinating, a pleasant surprise was the wealth of nutritional knowledge included. Learning about how my specific food choices directly
affect my body was terrific. From which foods will lower blood pressure to the choices that will make me generally feel better, I gained so much information that has already informed my choices. Plus, the recipes are spectacular -- easy to make and delicious. As they say in the book, people often love vegan dishes as long as they don't know they're vegan. I've already made a soup that got rave reviews and found a cheese substitute in nutritional yeast that made my palate and my arteries happier. I read the book completely, even the recipes and found it more than satisfying. If you are looking for a great resource about healthier eating, even if you aren't going vegan just yet or ever, this book will more than do the job for you.
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This is the book that made me commit to veganism after 40 years of flirting with it. I've been a vegetarian, and mostly "vegan-ish" since I was 18, but it's taken me all that time to actually let go of some of my craves, like dairy and conventional baked goods.

I loved the entire book, but one feature I especially enjoyed was 'Our Vegan Lives' when Ginny, Carol and Patti answered specific questions like: 'What's in our fridges', 'What's in our vegan homes', 'Tips that helped us become vegan', etc. This book is the one written for my generation with solid evidence-based science, as well as the personal touch. It's a masterpiece!
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In the quest for what is the truth about foods and animal suffering, some people have libraries full of books. But ever since former President Bill Clinton went vegan, those who would have never considered it are reconsidering the health benefits, and then often the next step, what it can do for animals and the planet.

This trifecta vegan powerhouse of prolific authors, including the legendary vegan RD, Ginny Messina, leave no stone unturned in sharing every compelling reason to go vegan. They cover all the starting points from your wardrobe to dealing with a non-vegan circle of friends and relatives. And if all that weren't enough, they've included some very easy and delicious recipes at the end that deliver healthy doses of nutrition and flavor. Sections on building salads and sandwiches show how going vegan doesn't have to be rocket science.

Even if you are already vegan, the recipes are super appealing. The section on easy vegan meals for the non-cook may ring true at any age. Yes, I received a review copy, but if I didn't really like it, trust me, I wouldn't be writing here. Mama always said, "If you don't have something nice to say..." ;)
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I bought this for my mother, but then started reading it myself. Even though I am already vegan, it has great health tips and goes into why it is so healthy for older men and women to go vegan. I truly believe human beings live the healthiest on a vegan diet, and biologically we are best suited for it. Not only that, but as you become older, you want to leave a legacy behind. What better legacy than to find compassion and refuse to contribute to the profitable and pervasive business of animal suffering and torture?
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I really enjoyed this book, and it's one I will keep for reference and reading pleasure. Many vegan resources are aimed at young-ish girls because they seem to be the demographic most likely to become vegan--that's too bad, because people open up to new ideas when they see people just like themselves in it, when they can imagine they will belong. This book offers a chorus of welcoming voices. In addition to the authors, many contributors tell of their journey to veganism and how they are living as vegans. This book is full of useful information: the health and nutritional information are top-notch, there are many great recipes and ideas for quick and easy meals, advice for community, managing family and social situations, work and travel, and a sensitive discussion of care giving and assisted living considerations. Highly recommended!
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