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Vegan Freak: Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan World [Kindle Edition]

Bob Torres , Jenna Torres
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Curious about veganism? Want to be a vegan? Already a vegan? Just wondering how to be vegan without going insane? In this informative and practical guide on veganism, two seasoned vegans help you love your inner vegan freak. Loaded with tips, advice, stories, and comprehensive lists of resources that no vegan should live without, this book is key to helping you thrive as a happy, healthy, and sane vegan in a decidedly non-vegan world. In this sometimes funny, sometimes irreverent, and sometimes serious guide that's not afraid to tell it like it is, new, long-time, and potential vegans will find: -how to go vegan in 3 weeks or less using the "cold tofu" program; -the arguments for ethical veganism; -how to get along with friends, family, and others, including other vegetarians; -tons of useful and practical tips for surviving the grocery store, restaurants, and dinners with omnivores; -how to respond when people ask you if you "like live on apples and twigs."

Editorial Reviews


"In this down-to-earth and entertaining guide, Bob and Jenna Torres not only convince you that you have to go vegan today, they also give you what you need to live as a healthy and happy vegan for the rest of your life."  —Gary L. Francione, distinguished professor of law, Rutgers University

"Wherever one falls on the meat-eater to vegan continuum, you need to make the Torres duo your truth-speaking, profanity-spewing, tough-loving pals. They will move you closer to ethical veganism."  —Feminist Review

About the Author

Bob Torres is the author of Making a Killing as well as several essays that have appeared in Critical Sociology, International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, the Journal of Latinos and Education, and Satya magazine. Jenna Torres is a frequent personality on vegan talk shows who has been on Animal Voices Radio and has been quoted as an expert in Newsweek, Veg News, and Vegetarians and Vegans in the World Today. They cohost Vegan Freak radio show and live in Colton, New York.

Product Details

  • File Size: 263 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tofu Hound Press (December 3, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977080412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977080410
  • ASIN: B0010KRPW0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,183 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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149 of 158 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm OK (Vegan) and You're OK - And this book Rocks October 13, 2005
If you're vegan or even considering it you'll want to pick up this book. Vegan Freak is like having a good friend cheering you on, reminding you that it is possible to be Vegan in a world that often labels vegans as freaks. Call it Vegan Freak pride, call it mentoring, or just call it fantastic support, this book is chock full of advice and information that's essential for anyone even investigating veganism. Bob and Jenna Torres bring together a ton of information from a wide array of sources into an extremely quick and easy read. Their conversational style is refreshing, warm and friendly. The book is much more about supporting a vegan lifestyle than slamming non-vegans, so if you're not yet vegan you won't feel like you're under attack. The subtitle for this book could be I'm an OK Vegan and You're OK, it's incredibly supportive and inspirational and I highly recommend it.
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102 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for anyone interested in veganism August 2, 2005
Vegan Freak is a great resource for new vegans, longtime vegans, people who are toying with the idea of veganism, or people who know vegans. Bob and Jenna Torres do a great job of explaining the feelings of "freakdom" that often accompany the shift to veganism, but offer comfort in the idea that being freaky really isn't such a bad thing.

There is a lot of great information here, written in a very accessible style, including a fair bit of wry humor. The book focuses not only on the ethical basis of veganism, but also includes suggestions for how to get along as a vegan in a largely meat-eating world. The appendix is chock-full of resources (including reading lists, helpful websites, online stores, veg-themed blogs, and so forth), which is incredibly helpful especially for new vegans and/or people who don't have a big ol' in-person vegan support system at the ready.

Vegan Freak does a great job of filling a gap in the vegan booklist: it's perfect for people who just want the straight story about living as a vegan. As a relatively new vegan myself, I've done a lot of reading in the past year, and I found Vegan Freak to be on par with Obligate Carnivore in the "tell it like it is" arena. This is a good thing--you won't be disappointed!
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Veganism for beginners June 24, 2006
"Vegan Freak" is unlike any vegan book on the market because it is a survival guide to living vegan in a non-vegan world. According to the authors, "All of us who are vegan have at some point felt like absolute outsiders..." These authors embrace they're vegan freakdom and combine knowlege, wit, and personal experience into book that is both survival guide and handbook to living vegan.

"Vegan Freak" begins with the 'whys' of veganism. The authors give some basic definitions of veganism, how to go vegan in three weeks, how the authors went vegan, and possible pathways to veganism. The book continues with an indepth discussion of Animal Rights, specieism, and factory farming. The authors strongly suggest that the most horrific treatment of animals will only end if conserned persons chose a vegan lifestlye. This idea is furthur echoed in thier discussion of vegan health and nutrition.

The following section explains the 'hows' of veganism. The authors give a through discussion of dealing with others such as friends, family members, and co-workers. The authors even discuss dealing with vegetarians and how deal with those who believe veganism is "taking it too far". Bob and Jenna also give food advice in the chapter titled "What do vegans eat anyway?", giving tips on survival the grocery store, resturants, how to travel vegan, and even vegan pet food.

The final section gives a basic overview on the non-food elements of veganism. The authors cover alternatives to fur, leather, and wool and how to dispose of them once you become vegan. They also give advice of finding cruelty-free alternatives to most soaps, tooth pastes, shampoos, and other tolietries that are usually made with animal products. The book ends with two appendixes full of ways to get involved an extensive list of books about Animal Rights, veganism, health, and cooking.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious Waste of Time January 14, 2011
First of all, I really thought this book was going to offer some valuable information or at the very least, a new insight for an old timer vegan like myself. I do like keeping a fresh perspective on the issues that I find important. Unfortunately, like many of the other reviewers, I was left disappointed. This book seemed a bit juvenile, and I kept thinking that I would have been more into it in my teen years, or even my early college years. It will also appeal to those who are really pissed off and have a huge vegan chip on their shoulder. This definitely isn't for the kind vegan or the first-time vegan newbie... and if you are new to veganism, please know that this is just one viewpoint and there are plenty of other more expertly written books on how to become vegan that are much more welcoming, less negative, and less exclusive. For the seasoned vegan with a broad mind, pass this one up. Personally, I don't care for the black and white view of anything, and their all-or-nothing stance on veganism seems repellant. I believe that for any cause to be taken seriously, you have to drop the club cards and open the doors to everyone. It's interesting how they blame Oprah for inspiring people to take the cause less seriously as if it were a passing trend, and that may be true, but I don't see them doing much better as far as getting people to take the cause seriously with their writing style. The repetitive negative opinions grate on your nerves after a while, as do their unsuccessful attempts at wit and curse words (woo, we can say the eff word in print, how cool are we?) and I found myself zoning out halfway through chapter one. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't read if you're new to veganism
Like many reviewers before me, I found this book to be very alienating and condescending to anyone that didnt agree with their specific views on veganism:

If you do it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by melanie cristi
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me feel like I'm not alone!
Being the only vegan/vegetarian in my family and close circle of friends, this book helped me with ways to maneuver around family & work functions. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Carmen Canchola Brockmeyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Vegan Freak
Lots of great information with books and links for further learning. The foul language could have been left out. Will put the links and list of books mentioned to good use.
Published 9 months ago by Diane P
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for new vegans!
As a fledgling vegan myself (about to hit a month of living cruelty free), and after having gone through several book on the subject, this is by far the best one I've come across... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Eltro
4.0 out of 5 stars I am a vegan freak! Fear me!
Pretty legit read! I'm a newer vegan and this really helped with how to handle the people who just "don't get it".
Published 10 months ago by cat dress
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
Cheers to not another boring book. I love it, I still carry it around in my bag. It has helped provide the clear cut boundaries I needed for being and staying Vegan.
Published 14 months ago by Colette Lanham-Stoffel
5.0 out of 5 stars Vegan freak
This was an excellent book, gives you ideas on how to deal with the different types of people in your life and the world around you, very helpful indeed!
Published 16 months ago by cwilliams
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Education on how to be a Vegan
I love this book. The authors definitely have a great sense of humor and really exposes the truth of how "Vegans" are not freaks; but what is freaky is our "Standard American Diet"... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jeff
1.0 out of 5 stars Dumb book
This book was pretty ridiculous. I wasn't impressed with either the content or the writing style. Much of the "advice" given was common sense and I personally felt should be fairly... Read more
Published on April 26, 2012 by Kris
1.0 out of 5 stars Hurting "the cause"...
I'm sad to be writing this review because I had such high hopes for this book.
I am a vegan myself and I'm always on the lookout for new ideas, new recipes, new points to... Read more
Published on April 19, 2012 by crunchygirl
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