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About the Author

Dana Villamagna is a health and food journalist and, with her husband Drew, the parent of three vegan children. Andrew Villamagna, M.D. is a board-certified family medicine physician in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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Product Details

  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: ALPHA (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592579787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592579785
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #825,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The nutritional information is entirely adequate, although rudimentary. If you don't know much or anything about vegetarian and vegan nutrition, or any nutrition for that matter, you may find this valuable. But it's a short book and there is really not a lot of information. I suppose that's why it's called "A Complete Idiot's Guide."

The really disappointing part were the recipes. There are very few of them and they really suck. I'm interested in health. Many people approach veganism because of their strongly compassionate views towards animals. I think that's great but you shouldn't inflict that by itself on your children without considering their health. As far as I'm concerned the recipes don't reflect much improvement over a typical meat-eating menu. Cakes with three cups of sugar, processed fake vegan cheeses and fake processed vegan "meats" abound. Vegan kids NEED to like and eat lots of legumes, this is essential for good nutrition and ANY kid, vegan or not, brought up from day 1 with lots of legumes will love them. These authors assume that kids don't or won't like them and include a recipe on how to "hide" the legumes. I'm sorry but I just don't think cakes, cookies and fake meat and cheese products are going to give kids the nutritional foundation they need, nor the appreciation of tastes and textures they need to truly appreciate the joy of eating as a celebration of life.

VERY disappointing book.
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I thought this book was very comprehensive and very helpful. It was also very enjoyable to read [which is not always the case with nutrition related books]. It was interesting and fun to read and I gained a TON of information that I did not already know [and I was already very knowledgeable about nutrition and vegetarian/veganism before I bought this book].

I thought the authors took a VERY practical position on feeding children - it was clear they are actually parents and know that kids can be very picky eaters or that kids sometimes have textural issues, etc. I thought they had a proactive yet realistic approach to feeding childen vegan diets. They offered a lot of tools and tips [things that I think would actually work, even with the most persnickity child].

I think the book was honest too - it did not gloss over the problems that could come along with being a vegan parent - including nutritional deficits. It offered good advice on avoiding these pitfalls and on being vigilant to insure that your child is as healthy as possible. It was fair and balanced in my opinion.

I don't think Michael's negative review [titled "Very Disappointed"] is fair or accurate - there is a lot of info included in this book and it is geared towards real parents with real children [and no, not all children who are raised eating beans from birth like them as preschoolers - I have more than one child who was raised eating legumes from the time they were 9 months old who will now not touch a bean to save their lives]. I thought the recipes were fun and simple enough to do on a busy weeknight - which is what most parents are looking for in recipes.
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I enjoyed this book because the writers were not "Vegan Natzi's". They let you know that Veganism isn't for everyone and that being a mostly vegan is completely acceptable. I am not a Vegan, but I wanted to get some of our meat focused meals off the table and add more fresh fruits, veggies, and fiber... I love it and am loaning it to friends who are of the same mindset as I am. It is very inspirational...
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After going Vegan I decided to educate myself as much as possible on the nutritional needs of a Vegan child, so I could be prepared to help my daughter make the transition. This book covers the varies important needs of a child. It's an easy book to read, quick, to the point and not nauseating with information. While I do not recommend making this book your SOLE guide for children's nutrition, it is a great ADDITION to other books. This was the first of 3 books that I read on raising Vegan children and it complimented the others very well. It is a great guideline and quick reference, but when it comes to our children, we all want to be well researched on the matter and make sure we are aware of all that it means to raising a vegan child. I would recommend this book to anyone, along with a few follow up books such as 'Raising Vegan Children in a non- Vegan world." If you are new to Veganism, and/or want advice on raising your children Vegan, please do purchase this book, it will provide you with a great foundation that you can then build on.
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As the mother of three young children, I am always looking for new recipes that are healthy, tasty and realistic. My kids, on the other hand, are always looking for anything loaded with sugar and fat. Dunkin Donuts tops their list. So I was very excited about trying some veganized versions of their favorite desserts, particularly the Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (pg. 203). As it turns out, my kids loved the cookies and asked for seconds and thirds. My husband, also a sweet addict, thought they were delicious as well and just as tasty as the "unhealthy" kind! Author Dana Villamagna includes many kid-friendly recipes that we can't wait to try (Puffy Pancakes, pg. 157) and offers great tips to help win over picky eaters. Highly recommend this book if want to know more in detail about vegan eating for children, or simply want some delicious, nutritious dishes on your table:))
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