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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HP Trade (December 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557885389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557885388
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dairy products should be illegal, proclaims leukemia survivor and Emmy Award–winner Pirello (Cooking the Whole Foods Way), giving readers a good idea of this crusader's uncompromising stance on the current state of the food industry, our environment and the need for change. Host of the public television series Christina Cooks and a noted authority on vegetarian cooking, Pirello studied with macrobiotic diet pioneer Michio Kushi and has eaten vegan for more than 20 years. The first section of the book grounds readers in vegan principles, arguing the case from a variety of perspectives (health, humanitarian, economic, environmental). Her plan for making the transition from standard American fat- and sugar-laden convenience foods to regularly scheduled whole-food meals consists of a 21-day, two-phase detoxification and weight-loss program, with tips on stress reduction and living more consciously, and a whole-body fitness regime (cardio, strength training and flexibility). Having beat leukemia and completed her first triathlon at age 51, Pirello is strong on setting intentions and achieving goals. With her, readers have a tireless, reliable guide to going vegan, and the many recipes she offers for delicious vegan meals will make foregoing meat easy. (Dec.)
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About the Author

In 1983, Christina Pirello was diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia. With little prospect of help from conventional therapies, she turned to a nutritional program using a whole foods approach. Now, after more than 15 years cancer-free, Christina Pirello is the Emmy award-winning host of Christina Cooks! on National Public Television, teaching whole foods cooking classes and lecturing nationwide. Christina is the author of Cooking the Whole Foods Way, Christina Cooks, and, most recently, This Crazy Vegan Life. She and her husband publish a natural foods magazine, Macrochef.

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Christina Pirello is the Emmy Award-winning host of the national public television cooking show Christina Cooks!. She teaches whole foods cooking classes and lectures nationwide. Christina lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Customer Reviews

It's very easy to read and has lots of great info.
Saffrons Lab
There is lots of helpful information on beginning on the path to becoming a healthy vegan and eating well for life which I found most interesting.
Pamela A. Kaye
This one is a keeper and one that will be referred to often.
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Format: Paperback
This Crazy Vegan Life: A Prescription for an Endangered Species reads like a lifestyle book for omnivores who are considering a vegan lifestyle. Overall this book is pretty substantially focused on weight loss and speaks to someone who may be wrestling with excess weight and poor eating habits. However, it is still broad enough that even those who are already eating a healthy diet and maintaining their weight will find something of value. The premise of the book is that through a vegan lifestyle that emphasizes whole foods, exercise, and mindfulness one can not only lose weight but start a journey towards a healthier life and more longevity. I say lifestyle because Pirello is careful to point out several times throughout the book that this is not a quick fix or a fad diet, but a lifestyle that one must be willing to embrace for a lifetime.

For the most part, Pirello achieves this aim. She manages to give the reader a very good sense of what a vegan lifestyle entails and its benefits (for weight, health, the environment, animal welfare, etc.) as well as a good crash course in nutrition and and exercise. All of these topics are presented in a manner that is suitable for a beginner. In other words, she assumes no prior knowledge about nutrition or veganism. This means that the book is very approachable if you are new to either or both. However, if you're already quite familiar with veganism, nutrition, or exercise a lot of what you find here will be review. In either case, Pirello does a good job of breaking down the shift to veganism step by step and even providing a 21 day plan with menus and recipes to ease yourself in.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Alice Minasian on January 7, 2009
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I love all of Christina's books, and this one is no exception! This book includes over 100 vegan recipes (with ingredients that are easy to find in any grocery store or health food store). The recipes are not complicated and nutrition information is included at the end of each recipe. There is also a 21-day nutrition and fitness plan which includes sample menus and an exercise routine (with pictures as well as descriptions). The table of contents includes:

1. How Did We Get Into this Mess Anyway?
2. Veganomics: Rethinking Everything
3. The Path to Rethinking Your Life
4. Food for Thought
5. Eat Well for Life
6. The Eating Plan: Menus and Recipes
7. Get Moving
8. This Crazy Vegan Lifestyle

Christina's writing style is fun and easy to read. She's been living this lifestyle for a while and she knows her stuff. If you're not already into this lifestyle, this will be a thought-provoking read. Christina saved her life by changing her diet; she is living proof that it works! By changing the way you eat, you can experience positive results too (increased energy, weight loss, improved health and vitality).

Thank you, Christina!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Shaver on August 29, 2010
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So, I've been on this plan for about two weeks, and the subject pretty much says it all. Good advice! Poorly assembled diet "plan".

The advice that starts out the book is written in a conversational tone, but it's nothing new to anyone who's read a book on vegan lifestyles. Half of the book is dedicated to telling you why going veg is good for you, which is probably necessary and useful for someone new to the lifestyle. I read it dutifully, hoping to find some new gems, but it mostly contained stuff I'd already read in "The China Study" and others. Still, this would be useful if you were completely new to the subject, so I can't demerit her for doing her due diligence.

She did make a point of saying what I haven't seen in a lot of other vegan/macrobiotic books, mainly: calories in, calories out. What you don't burn, you gain. Hurray for that!

I will also give her props for not going down the rabbit hole of "reheated food is bad" or insisting I ditch my microwave or buy a gas oven. She doesn't mention any of these. She also didn't try to tell me that doing some light stretching a day was all the exercise I needed. There is some decent advice on exercise in the book, and it doesn't require crazy equipment; you could easily do any of the moves in a tiny apartment with a set of resistance bands.

The diet "plan" itself is where things start to fall apart. First, there is no shallow end: she dives straight into veganism, and doesn't look back. No "flirts" here. This might work for some people, but I have to wonder how well this works with long-time meat eaters.

Second, the number of dishes she has you preparing is ludicrous. This might be easier to cope with if she mentioned some way to mix/match the recipes, but she doesn't.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Saffrons Lab on January 16, 2009
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I love this book. It's very easy to read and has lots of great info. Most vegan books don't tell you how to lose weight. It's just expected that if you're vegan...you just will. But that's not always the case as Christina brings out. She goes into detail of her own weight battle....and wants to help you with yours (if need be).

This is a great read with lots of low cal recipes. It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle.
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