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Main Street Vegan: Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully and Live Compassionately in the Real World Paperback – April 26, 2012
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About the Author
Cited by VegNews among the Top 10 Contemporary Vegetarian Authors, Victoria appeared twice on Oprah and she's one of the celebrity coaches for the PCRM 21-Day Vegan Kickstart. Her articles have appeared in Yoga Journal, Mothering, Natural Health, Woman's Day, VegNews, and Vegetarian Times. Her work has been noted in USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, Self, Elle, Glamour, Allure, and O, the Oprah Magazine. She and her daughter and co-writer, Adair Moran, host the Main Street Vegan radio show/podcast weekly on Unity.Fm. Follow her on Twitter @Victoria_Moran.
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Whether you are interested in healthy foods, animal welfare, or just having a lighter footprint on the planet, you will find great information in Main Street Vegan.
Each chapter ends with a delicious recipe; we’ve been hooked on Chef AJ’s House Dressing (at the end of the Supplements chapter) since reading the book, and everyone loves it.
Pros: upbeat, positive, great for non-vegans on the fence, and also great for vegetarians and new vegans.
Cons: I'd say the only con of this book is that it's probably not for long time vegans, unless you're looking for positive upbeat reassurance and up-to-date resources.
What the authors do well is to alleviate the sense of guilt that some of us carry around, either self-inflicted or from listening to too many messages. This is the guilt that sounds like, "some vegan you are, still wearing leather boots" or "if you were a real vegetarian you would refuse that soup that secretly contains fish broth." This is the authors' largest contribution, as being bogged down with a feeling like we are not "perfect" vegans or vegetarians is what allows some to spiral and return to eating meat. Instead, the Morans impart the belief that we are all on a path and attempting to do better. Forgive the slips and move on. If you are choosing this lifestyle for ethical reasons, they write, your heart will eventually lead you to make right actions.
Having been a vegetarian for decades, a lot of the content was old hat for me, but it was information I gleaned from a number of sources. Those new to this lifestyle would benefit, no doubt, from having so much in just one place. Every chapter ends with a recipe, if you need more of those.
What makes this book great rather than perfect is that many topics needed more depth. Again, for a beginner this may not matter. I don't think the authors necessarily rush through the material. Personally, I just would have preferred more details everywhere.
There is a fairly extensive resource section, as well as the inclusion of URLs within the chapters.
Thank You Victoria Moran!