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The Skeptical Vegan: My Journey from Notorious Meat Eater to Tofu-Munching Vegan―A Survival Guide Hardcover – July 25, 2017
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"If you're skeptical about a vegan lifestyle, Eric's witty stories and personal anecdotes will make you a true believer."
Matthew Modine, Actor, Birdy, Full Metal Jacket, Stranger Things
"Eric's journey to veganism is an inspiring read. But it's his smart-ass sense of humor and relatable storytelling that makes this book tough to put down."
Richard Marx, singer, songwriter, musician
"Clearly illustrates that veganism is sexy."
"Anyone who has ever wondered about veganism or who thinks it's impossible to go from complete carnivore to total vegan in one day will thoroughly enjoy The Skeptical Vegan. Part memoir, part vegan guide, . . . Lindstrom's illuminating tale tells of how a hilarious guy who used to think vegans were a bunch of inscrutable hippies made the journey via the express bus and never looked back (except at first). A funny and page-turning read!"
Sherry Colb, author of Mind If I Order the Cheeseburger? And Other Questions People Ask Vegans
"With one part fact, one part inspiration, and two parts humor, Eric covers all the bases of transitioning to veganism in this guide. The Skeptical Vegan is bound to be a helpful resource for even the most cynical of potential vegans. He is an expert at making the reader feel like a welcome friend and veganism like the approachable, life-changing journey that it is."
Kristy Turner, chef and author of But I Could Never Go Vegan!
"The Skeptical Vegan is so funny, you won't even notice it's changed your life until after that happens. Reading it was like getting a massage: great until it ended, and it made me mad that it didn't last longer."
Victoria Moran, author of Main Street Vegan and director of Main Street Vegan Academy
"If Dave Barry and Erma Bombeck had a son, and he wrote a book about going from wing-devouring omnivore to vegan overnight, this would be the book. With equals parts sarcasm, honesty, and humor, Eric chronicles how he improved his life by changing his diet. What began as a bet, became a full-fledged commitment new, ethical, and compassionate way of life. . . . If you are already vegan, you will find yourself nodding your head as you read, and occasionally shouting 'YES!' and laughing at the jokes only vegans will understand. . . . Eric proves that even the most die-hard meat eater can become vegan and love every minute of it."
Michael Suchman, co-founder of VeganMos.com and co-author of NYC Vegan
"Striking just the right tone, The Skeptical Vegan inspires without evangelizing, informs without moralizing, and never forgets who the audience is. You'll think Eric was inside your head when he wrote this book because he asks every question you've ever hadand provides helpful answers to every one."
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, The 30-Day Vegan Challenge and The Joy of Vegan Baking
""Wit and wisdom from a down-to-earth dude, in a book that should be on the tip of your tongue every time a friend says, "So what's this vegan thing all about?" Not only is Lindstrom's refreshing voice relatable to current vegans, but it is accessible and welcoming to those who might be veg-curious, or dare I say, skeptical. An absolute delight!"
Brian L. Patton, vegan chef and author of The Sexy Vegan Cookbook (thesexyvegan.com)
"A lighthearted, funny look at one man’s transition to veganism." Toronto Vegetarian Association
About the Author
Victoria Moran (www.mainstreetvegan.net) is a vegan of over three decades, an obesity survivor, and the current female winner of “Peta’s Sexiest Vegan Over 50.” Listed by VegNews among the Top 10 Living Vegetarian Authors, she’s written twelve books, including The Love-Powered Diet, The Good Karma Diet, and the iconic Main Street Vegan. She hosts the award-winning Main Street Vegan podcast and directs Main Street Vegan Academy.
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If you are Omni, Flexitarian, Ova-vegetarian, Pescatarian, Ketogenic, Zone-centric, Palo, Neanderthal, Low-Carb, Dunkan, Dunkin Donutarian, Ultra Low-Fat, Atkins, HCG, HDTV, Vegan, Vegetarian, or intermittently fasting – I highly recommend this book.
If we ever meet in person Eric … the first round of Buffalo style cauliflower bites, fried potatoes, and Kombucha are on me!
I couldn't put down the book as it resonated completely with my own experiences. I run the Ginger Cat B&B (100% vegan) and 2 of my guests this past weekend were vegan newbies, just celebrating their 2 month anniversary. I told them they HAD to buy this book.
Thank you Eric, for this delightful tome, filled with humor and insights.
The recipes at the end are tried-and-true and an excellent addition to seasoned vegans', new vegans', or even omnivores' collections!
While many vegans will be able to relate to the author's journey, this book would also make an excellent gift for someone who is considering the vegan lifestyle. Anyone who says vegans don't have a sense of humor will definitely be proven wrong!
The author regularly pokes fun at the manic aspect of many vegans personalities, and that is amusing and certainly rings true for anyone who knows fanatical vegans. His tongue-in-cheek quips about how you can tell if someone is a vegan (don't worry--they'll tell you) and the journey he took to veganism is entertaining and enlightening. Sometimes there was a level of preaching tantamount to that of a old time revivalist reminding congregants that following Jesus was the only way to avoid Hell. To some degree, the author does appeal to the compassion and logical mind of his audience, but I recognize it's a very fine line between preaching and teaching. I really appreciated and enjoyed the author's personal story of becoming a vegan but did feel his vegan pomposity became a little hard to bear at times, and that's coming from someone who doesn't eat meat, dairy, or eggs already! I checked this e-book out from the library and did find that there were elements missing from one of the recipes in the back--specifically the rice paper bacon--such that I had to go online to find more information on how to make it. Just a warning if the Kindle or physical print books were also affected--there are blogs online with the ingredients for the rice paper bath.
Overall I'm pleased to have read this book and that it exists. I hope that there are others who will read this book and at least walk away with some questions and concerns. Whether you believe that eating animal flesh is not really all that good for people, are certain killing animals for food and goods is unethical, or any combination of levels of the two, this book may help you further define the type of eater you are. If all citizens of this planet would give up one or two animal-based meal a week, it would end the suffering and butchery of millions of animals annually. While I realize the author wants everyone to eat vegan, I believe incremental change will go farther to change the animal industry in a way that won't bankrupt entire economies and is more reasonable and sustainable. Between 2009 and 2015, the percentage of the U.S. population that identified as vegetarian or vegan went from 3% and 0.5% to 5% and 2.5%, respectively. Meat consumption in this country dropped over 12% between 2007 and 2012, and even with animal farmers increasingly adopting "more humane" ways of raising animals, it appears numbers continue to drop. I'm a strong believer in progress over perfection, and while I understand the ethical vegan's desire to see an end to animal suffering, the reality is that even if human's never ate animal products, there would be animals that were abused by humans. After all--humans still abuse each other. Even vegan humans abuse each other.
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Finally a book about veganism that is accessible and (at least somewhat) relate-able to all, not just the vegan community.Read more