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ISBN-13: 978-0931411243 ISBN-10: 0931411246

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Davida Gypsy Breier has compiled Vegan & Vegetarian FAQ: Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions, including a nutrition section by Reed Mangels, from the most frequently asked questions on the Vegetarian Resource Group Web site. Nonvegetarians, newcomers and veterans can find discussions of the basics of vegetarianism, as well as solutions to problems and sources for hard-to-find foods and products. Where can one find nonleather ballet shoes? What about holiday dishes? What's kosher, what's not? Is wine vegetarian? Especially revealing is the chapter on food ingredients that demystifies the package-label lists of additives that might be derived from animals. Equally enlightening is the travel section advising on airline meals and how to get along in other cultures.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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This book takes the form of a series of questions and answers, grouped by themes such as food ingredients, recipes, veggie kids, and vegetarianism in daily life. An idiosyncratic table of contents lists every question in each section, from "What is tofu? What do I do with it?" to "Is tattoo ink vegan?" There are also several useful appendixes listing vegan and vegetarian fast-food options, the vegetarian status of most food additives, and many resources for further research. There's plenty of basic information for the neophyte, while more experienced vegetarians may enjoy a deeper dip into the vegan lifestyle, learning where to buy vegan ballet and bowling shoes or vegetarian suet for feeding birds. At times the book acts too much like a clearinghouse rather than a direct source; instead of simply answering questions on, for instance, vegetarianism and pregnancy, it will refer the reader to an online or print source. There is also an assumption that all readers have access to the Internet. More disturbingly, the book tends to refer almost exclusively to its own specialists and the publications of its own governing body, the Vegetarian Resource Group. While these affiliations are clearly stated, they nonetheless show a weighty bias. Given this and the highly specialized nature of much of the information provided, this is recommended only for large public libraries or those with a strong specialty interest. Karen Munro, MLIS Student, Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vegetarian Resource Group (September 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0931411246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931411243
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,134,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Lappen VINE VOICE on November 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a collection of questions sent to the Vegetarian Resource Group on all aspects of vegetarianism. They are grouped into categories like Vegetarianism in Daily Life, Nutrition, Food Ingredients, Travel and Restaurants, Cooking and Baking, Soy and Veggie Kids.
Here are a few examples of the questions answered in this book. Where can I find vegan marshmallows? At the moment, there aren't any. Is it true that Krispy Kreme donuts are vegan? No. Does guacamole contain gelatin? Some processed kinds do, but fresh guacamole is often gelatin-free. I just found out gummy bears are made with gelatin. Is there a veggie bear available? Yes. My daughter is raising her infant son on a vegan diet. Should I be worried? Not if the child is getting adequate nutrition. Why do people become vegetarian? Among the many reasons are dislike of meat, belief in non-violence, compassion for animals, and health, cological and religious concerns. Are there vegan flu vaccines? No, because vaccine materials are generally grown on egg-based media. Is photographic film really made of cow bones? Yes. Can I be a vegan and an athlete? Yes. Does bone china really have bones in it? Yes. Is tattoo ink vegan? Ask your tattooist.
The book also contains a number of vegetarian recipes, and has a large appendix including a quick guide to fast food, a senior's (and athlete's) guide to good nutrition, a feeding plan for infants and toddlers, and the protein content of selected fast foods.
This is an excellent one-stop resource for all things vegetarian. For anyone who wants to learn more about vegetarianism, or those who want to become vegetarians but don't how to go about it, start here. Even veggie veterans will learn a lot from this book. It is well worth reading.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2001
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An excellent place to get started, but also a fantastic resource for those who already live a life based in compassion. This makes a terrific book to keep in your reference library and also a good book to give as a gift. I'm buying a second copy in as many months because the last one went to a friend. An inexpensive investment in compassion.
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Davida Gypsy Breier wrote in the Introduction to this 2001 book, "We've listened to the needs of countless individuals who write to The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) asking for help. This book is the culmination of the many questions vegetarians routinely encounter. Hopefully (the book) will be helpful to everyone from the novice vegetarian to the life-long vegan to Aunt Sally who is convinced that you are going to starve to death... it is not a purely nutritional guide. Instead, we've tried to answer some of the questions that you will encounter on a daily basis... The book will also lead you to sources for additional information if you are interested in learning more."

She begins by citing a VRG poll which indicated that adult vegetarians were about 1% of the U.S. population, and vegans were about 1/2 to 1/3 of those. (Pg. 22) They also note some famous people who are/were vegetarians, such as: Paul McCartney, Alice Walker, Steve Jobs, etc. (Pg. 33)

She states that since dogs are omnivorous (i.e., eating both plants and meat), "a well-planned vegetarian diet can be nutritionally adequate"; they admit, however, that "Cats are carnivores, so a healthy vegetarian diet is much more difficult." (Pg. 38)

Noting that photographic film still uses gelatin (and thus cow bones, indirectly), she adds, "Some people have opted to switch to digital cameras to avoid using photographic film." (Pg. 40) They provide the website addresses of producers of "vegan wines" and "vegetarian beers," while noting that "most spirits are acceptable for vegetarians" (Pg. 55-57).

She concedes, "Truthfully, there is no such thing as a pure vegan. We would drive ourselves crazy trying to aspire to living 100% free of animal products.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katie S. on June 7, 2002
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This book is very informative and also interesting to read. I would highly recommend adding this to your collection.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 2001
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Finally a comprehensive and thorough text on everyday stuff us vegetarians and vegans need answers for. Davida has put together, what appears to me, to be the definitive work that doesn't get bogged down on the tediousness that most books on vegetarianism and veganism are clogged with. But, this is just like my opinion man.
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