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About the Author

At 58, Ellen Jaffe Jones is "THE VEG COACH." She is a personal trainer, running coach, author, and is a cooking instructor with The Cancer Project, a program of the prestigious Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. She spent eighteen years in TV news as an investigative reporter, morning anchor, and producer for network affiliates around the country, winning two regional Emmys among other awards.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Book Publishing (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570672571
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570672576
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kelly VINE VOICE on September 8, 2011
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There were things I really liked about this book and things I didn't like about it. I am a vegetarian who is striving to move to a totally vegan diet and I really liked the premise of this book. I thought it would really help me make the transition and do it inexpensively.

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?
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After recently reading The China Study and seeing the documentary Forks Over Knives, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that there was a cookbook that is based on a plant-based diet. Not only does it contain recipes to create wonderfully delicious and nutritious meals, it shows us how to do this on a very modest budget! Also, many of the recipes have only a few ingredients - these are actually doable (unlike some of the recipes I have seen where the mountain of ingredients is so extensive it turns me off before I could even think about attempting to prepare it). She also includes a very nice table indicating the grain:water ratio in cooking different types of grains. Now I don't have to go to the internet everytime to find out what the ratio is for preparing couscous, quinoa, bulgar . . . so on and so forth. Information to save our health and our money at the same time - sounds like a WIN/WIN in my book! Thanks Ellen for sharing your creativity and wisdom.
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I got this book recently and am not a cook! But after reading the intro and first 3 chapters, I was encouraged me to try to cook some different beans using a slow cooker. I am excited to do some more cooking following her recipes. Some people seem so dogmatic with their approach, But the author presents her info in a very practical way with lots of good tips for the beginner that encouraged me to begin. I have already given this book to a friend and will tell others about it.
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I was writing a "Thank You" e-mail to Ellen and stopped to look here. The ten other 5-star reviewers, so far, have guided you correctly. What can I add?

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.
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As the administrator of a vegetarian/vegan nonprofit organization and someone who runs several large vegetarian and vegan pages on Facebook, I am often asked for recommendations of good cookbooks and other vegan books by members. Many people want to cook healthy meals for themselves and their families but feel constrained by their tight budgets.

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.
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