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Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health Paperback – June 28, 2011
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—Carolyn Scott-Hamilton, in VegNews
“[A]n invaluable reference for anyone who still doesn’t believe that the Standard American Diet (SAD) is in fact the cause for a majority of our personal, global and moral devastation. Highly recommended.”
—This Dish is Veg
About the Author
Gene Stone is a writer, journalist, and former Peace Corps volunteer. He is the co-author, most recently, of The New York Times bestseller, The Engine 2 Diet, and his articles and columns have appeared in New York, Esquire, Vogue, Elle, GQ, and The Huffington Post. He lives in New York City and is a vegan (secret #17). His website is www.secretsofpeople.com.
Top Customer Reviews
It provides concise explanations of why a whole-foods, plant-based diet is healthiest for people, the planet, and the animals, and
It offers a wide range of amazing recipes to help people get started.
The editor pairs these tasks to perform one goal: to help people live healthier lives through their food choices.
The book does this in three parts: (i) why a plant-based diet is best for your health, the planet, and the animals (37 pages); (ii) basic facts on plant-based foods (19 pages), and (iii) recipes (133 pages). While the bulk of the book is for recipes, there is a lot of powerful information in the first two parts that has appeal for anyone from the newcomer to the most informed, with topics as diverse as the environmental impact of food choices to nutrition labels. Even after having read literally dozens of books on plant-based foods and having finished Campbell's eCornell course in plant-based nutrition, I became more informed after reading the first two parts. The third part is filled with tempting recipes from some of the top plant-based chefs who refuse to compromise on health to sell meals.
The writing style is, for lack of a better word, "comfortable". You can almost imagine yourself having a casual discussion with 11 experts on healthy eating, with insights that would surprise your general practitioner, but with language suitable for the layperson.
My only qualms with the book are with the image quality of the graphs and people, which are technically disappointing, although still discernable, and with the arrangement of the bios, which seems out of order with their contributions.Read more ›
While the book does lay out the compelling "why's" of a whole foods, plant-based diet, it really shines as a guide to the "how's" of actually transitioning to an optimal way of eating. Even for experienced plant-based eaters with shelves of vegan cookbooks, it is a wonderful resource to have so many truly healthy no-oil, whole food recipes from several chefs with a variety of cuilinary styles. My teenage daughter and I have already made a few of the recipes - all have turned out really well and are definitely dishes we will make again.
I see this book as a handbook for turning knowledge into action - for taking charge of your own health by adopting a simple, satisfying and delicious way of eating that can be life-changing and even life-saving.
The book is light on science but has some people profiles that are quite interesting. The science, as I now understand, must be in The China Study (which I have ordered).
The book is heavy on recipes, which most vegetarians probably don't need. There are 143 pages of recipes and 54 pages of science, commentary and profiles. The laudable aim seems to be to show just how easy vegetarian preparation is. But I would have liked another 143 pages of science, advice and profiles. Those of us who do need recipes would do better to peruse the many many excellent vegetarian cookbooks on Amazon. In this regard, Forks Over Knives (on its website) is linked with a few other worthy books.
I am a HUGE fan of the effort to bring good nutrition to the forefront of American consciousness, and the professionals profiled in this book have the credentials and charisma to do it. But if people are going to start buying books on the benefits of a new vegan/vegetarian commitment, the books need to become less rangy and more concise and procedural. In other words, they need focus: the science, the lifestyle, the recipes.
For a VERY first book on a vegan regimen, this book is not scary, not over-scientific, not very long. I suspect that those who have been awakened by the movie or the buzz will find this book just the right length and density.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed the book, Not quite ready to give up the knife yet, but working on it. My daughter had me watch the video Forks Over Knives, it's what maid me buy the book. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
After renting Forks Over Knives from Amazon Prime multiple times to introduce my mom and one of my very best friends to it, I so wanted to love this book as much as I love the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by FEM
Good follow up to the movie "Forks Over Knives." There are so many foods from which to choose, it's almost hard to know what to start with each day. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. L. Davis
This is the first diet that has ever appealed and made sense to me. So thankful to find this.Published 2 months ago by Judith's Profitable Efforts