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The Ultimate Vegan Guide: Compassionate Living Without Sacrifice (Second Edition) Paperback – May 20, 2011
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If one is looking for a book about the ethics and problems with modern factory farming and eating meat, then I suggest 'Eating Animals' by Jonathan Saffran-Foer. Or, if you're looking for a book detailing the health reasons, there is perhaps no more of a compelling book than 'The China Study' by Dr Colin Campbell and his son, and 'Eat to Live' by Dr Joel Fuhrman.
Like I said, the great thing about Erik's book, is the tidbits of information he provides regarding the everyday choices one faces, and the pitfalls to avoid whilst making this lifestyle change.
What puts most people off the notion of adhering to a vegan diet, is largely misinformation and not being well informed enough about what to do, and how to do it.
To be honest, initially, it won't be easy. We live in a world where everything is saturated with meat and animal products. Learning to avoid animal products initially is an exercise in sticktoitiveness. With time however, like all things, you'll become adept at it and won't give it a second thought.
If there is one piece of practical information that'll work wonders, in helping you stick to a vegan diet, it would be getting a hold of a few vegan cookbooks!
Whatever your reasons for wanting to become a vegan, this book will help you cross the chasm between theory and practical.
The book is like a good friend, who sits down with you for hours and patiently explains his hobby to you, helping you out with every detail, answering all your questions, listening to your fears, and telling you how he felt, with candor and sympathy and patience. I've never seen anything like it, before, and maybe I won't since. I enjoyed his other book Vegan: The new ethics of eating. In it, he came across as an intellectual, college educated and trying to prove a point and make a statement. With this book, it is like he is opening up much more and he comes across as a regular person, who has to shop and goes to restaurants and is disappointed with certain things and happy with other things. It is these little details that are missing from other vegan books. They are almost like they are written with a formula or an outline, rather than just written from the heart, so to speak.
I think this book may change my life. Being a vegetarian who eats whatever gunk is out there, and then moving towards eating healthy will be good. Also, there seems to be something in all the lousy vegetarian stuff I eat, the dairy and eggs that affects my mind and my mental state. It is like I feel safer eating vegan, though that seems like a strange thing to write.Read more ›
Three months ago I was attending a professional conference at a university campus when a young man handed me a booklet titled "Even If You like Meat .. You Can Help End This Cruelty" from Vegan Outreach. The booklet had pictures and stories of factory farming and the cruelty and suffering that the animals are put through so we can eat them. It also gave suggestions to eat other foods and go vegetarian. I have to say that I've enjoyed my chicken in all forms, bacon, ham and beef in every fashion imaginable. However, after reading the booklet and doing some simple research online I decided that I wouldn't eat meat, eggs or dairy if the animals had to suffer. My innocent meat eating,egg and milk beliefs were shattered. I guess I thought those happy cows in California that talk were real. I didn't know much real dairy cows were suffering. It gives me the shivers every time I think about pigs being dropped into boiling water while still alive. The screams are echoing in my thoughts like a distant nightmare.
That was three months ago and I really wish that the Erik Marcus book "The Ultimate Vegan Guide" had been available as it would have saved me lots of money and time looking for information on how to get meat, dairy and eggs out of my diet. I bought and read "Becoming Vegan" by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina but that book reads like a nutrition textbook full of scientific jargon and nutritional analysis. I felt frustrated on how to get started.
There are lots of websites, but the information is scattered and often on a specific topic. Like coming in mid conversation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I recently went vegan and I wish I would have read this book before hand. Great information to help you through the processes. Easy, fast read.Published 1 month ago by Aura Astudillo
Author ate meat until he was 19/20 & has been a vegan for over 20 years now!! Covers all aspects of starting a vegan lifestyle from a little history to social media & other... Read morePublished 6 months ago by sachin
While there are no recipes in this book, this book covers the basic concerns of starting out. It's a good reminder to those who have been down this road awhile as well.Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
I am vegetarian but planning to go vegan. This was very helpful advice and will make my transition easier than I thought it would. Thanks so much.Published 8 months ago by Helen Quinn
Wonderful initial orientation on taking the first steps toward a vegan lifestyle, covering all possible issues a beginner might face, in very small chapters. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Adolfo Borges C.
Easy to read. Covered all the foundational elements and easily directs to more detailed reads. Highly recommend as a quick introPublished 9 months ago by Anonymous