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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Eating For Kids Paperback – February 2, 2010
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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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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. There are tons of Vegan cookbooks out there that will have many more recipes, but this book is NOT a cookbook - it is a "raising vegan kids" primer that offers a few good recipes to help you get started or to change up your routine if you've been doing this a while. Nothing wrong with that.
One thing I do want to note: some of the other reviewers stated that this book would also be helpful to parents who are vegetarian and not just vegans - I'm not sure if that is accurate. This book is VERY vegan oriented [which, hello? that IS the title after all]. I wish there were a similar book available for vegetarian parents [who still consume eggs, milk, etc]. As far as I can tell there isn't such a book at this time. But I just wanted to give a heads up to vegetarian parents that this book IS, indeed, geared towards strict veganism.
In closing, this is a great, well written, and fact filled book that will expand your knowledge and help you be the best vegan parent you can be. It is well worth the money.