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Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day: A Game Plan for the Budget Conscious Cook Paperback – June 7, 2011
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In a way, it did help me. The first 29 pages of the book are very helpful - packed with info on shopping inexpensively for vegan food. The rest of the book contains a 7 day menu [3 meals per day] and recipes. The author is clear and concise without being preachy. I found her writing easy & enjoyable to read.
But, in another way, I felt kind of ripped off. The first 29 pages were full of info and were great reading, but they weren't worth the price of the book by a long shot. The recipes were OK - some of them are extremely simplistic [like the one for oatmeal: water, oats, salt. Put it in a pot and cook it]. I did not find many recipes that I found appealing - in fact, I doubt I'll try any recipes in the book [other than oatmeal, which I already eat on a regular basis....]. So, it was kind of frustrating - it took me less than 45 minutes [literally] to read this entire book [it is a slim volume, even padded with simple recipes]. I really did not feel I got my money's worth out of the book - I could have done better spending one hour on the internet googling vegan meals and tips.
I also felt that the claim that you can eat vegan for $4 a day was a bit exaggerated. For one thing, the portion sizes she gives are extremely small - for example, on day one you are supposed to eat half a cup of oatmeal for breakfast [and that is it.] For most people, one half a cup of plain oatmeal would not be enough to get them through till lunch. Can you imagine a 180 lb guy trying to get by on that?Read more ›
I have been a "Healthy Lifestyle Advocate" for the last nine years after my family of four participated in Dr. John McDougall's "Total Health Solution" ten-day clinic.
For the last four years I have communicated frequently with Ellen as a fellow volunteer "PCRM Heart Health Speaker". She is also a PCRM Cancer Project Educator and Chef.) Her just-published book is all that you need to quickly and cheaply put into practice what the many "Healthy Lifestyle Educators" practice and teach. Besides lower food costs, your medical costs will be much less
-- Examples: type-two diabetics and high blood pressure patients usually can reverse their food-caused maladies and get off of medications that only treat symptoms.
For best health, you need optimal human nutrition and good exercise. We all have to eat, and lucky for us, 80% of the health and long life benefits come from good foods and only 20% comes from better exercise. So first and foremost, learn much better eating from Ellen.
You don't need to become the high-level running athlete that she is, but do increase your strength and aerobic efforts.
Making changes in life is difficult. Eating out is a big habit. It would be so great if someone else in the family would take the recipes in this book and run with them for the whole family! Don't expect that - get started yourself and make it exciting, fun, MONEY-SAVING, and so much easier using these recipes.
EAT VEGAN ON $4.00 A DAY: A GAME PLAN FOR THE BUDGET CONSCIOUS COOK is a book I can confidently recommend with pleasure because I know that it will be extremely useful to readers. The author guides the reader step-by-step in learning to shop wisely and plan great meals (recipes included!)that don't feel like budget meals at all.
I highly recommend EAT VEGAN ON $4.00 A DAY to anyone, vegan or not, who is interested in creating healthy meals on a budget and in learning about the benefits of the healthy, cruelty-free vegan way of eating. I didn't get my copy through Amazon but wherever you get it from, this book will pay for itself thousands of times over as you learn how to eat well for much less money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The most irritating feature is that recipes for main dishes make 8 servings. Are vegans required to have large families? Try dividing 1-1/2 tablespoons in half. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BrightSky9
Wished it was more low fat or no fat but still a great book. Loaned it to a co-worker and still waiting to get it back.Published 2 months ago by Lynne Keane
This book has excellent recipes. I make the sweet potato muffins all the time.Published 3 months ago by Lana
I will not be turning vegan anytime soon based on the recipes in this bookPublished 3 months ago by Dotti
The author knows her stuff! A wonderful resource to have. As someone knew to vegetarianism, thinking about becoming vegan was overwhelming. Read morePublished 3 months ago by K. griffith