- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (October 13, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1605296449
- ASIN: B004WB19LM
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 776 customer reviews
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The How section is written in 3 parts, you can Flirt by adding more plant-based foods in your diet and start eliminating some animal products, or go Vegan, or go Superhero, which is a vegan diet that emphasizes certain foods more, and refrain from a few that the author lists. Most of her recommendations are grounded in scientific studies that she cites, or from her personal experience. She also includes many recipes to try out.
Easy to read, with plenty of interesting recipes to try out, and lots of reference lists to other researches or experts' books for further reading, this is a great read to start a kind, vegan lifestyle.
This book is really good from beginning to end. It's thick (with the second half or so being recipes), but I read it really fast. Alicia Silverstone is really likeable. This is well-written and it's really informative.
She discusses how animal protein foods clog up your body, how different she felt after giving it up, ethical reason to give it up, physical reasons to give it up, methods of giving it up, etc. Then she offers up a lot of recipes.
She provides three levels of approaching a vegan lifestyle: Flirting, Vegan and Superhero, which has a macrobiotic bent.
Downsides: Most of the recipes are Asian-inspired, which is fine except that there are a lot of unrecognizable ingredients, some of which I suspect might be hard to find unless I drive 45 minutes each way to the Asian market.
Also, she promotes heavily processed items like fake butter and mayonnaise, even (although she doesn't overly encourage it) phony hot dogs. She never mentions coconut oil, which surprises me because it's so hyped as a health food, as necessary fats and good for you. It can be used in place of butter or oils (she promotes saffron oil a lot, which I don't know much about).
Overall, I liked the book a lot. It inspired me to move toward a lifestyle with much less animal protein.
some of the stories about commercial animal processing were gruesome. Can't "unread" that. Tried a couple of the recipes but really didn't like them. Too advanced for me I guess. I have found other cookbooks out there that have been a lot more helpful and easier to get into eating clean.