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Vegan Bite By Bite: How do you transition to a plant-based diet? The same way you eat a three-ton tomato: Bite By Bite! Paperback – August 5, 2011
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Vegan Bite by Bite has some wonderful recipes and an excellent story line that helps people transition to vegetarianism and/or veganism. Marilyn's book is down-to-earth and practical, and yet inspiring. Some great interviews too!
Vegan Bite By Bite is a gem of a book that's heaping with solid nutritional information, irresistible recipes, clearly written instructions, & fascinating interviews. --Vegetarians in Paradise
There are so many cookbooks out there, but Vegan Bite By Bite really stands out as having it all in one, I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have.
--Jill Eckhart PCRM
Best Book of 2011 Editors' Pick
From the Author
I started writing the book and learning the computer at the same time - age 68, and seven years later the book was published! I'm self-taught as a chef, so learning how to document the recipes was challenging for me since it's my style to use my intuition and spontaneity in the kitchen, (the same way I would play in my imaginary kitchen alley as a child). (See Fantasy Food - About the author on this page)
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The book opens by asking (and answering) the questions, "Why Vegan?" and "How?" and is peppered with thought-provoking, inspiring, and humorous quotations from famous vegans. Peterson then walks readers through a complete kitchen makeover, teaching them how to organize, store, substitute, and shop for healthier vegan foods. And since so much of the apprehension people have about going vegan is centered on wondering what they will eat and how it will taste, she offers more than 100 delicious recipes along with six-week menu plans so that readers don't even have to think about what to shop for or prepare.
In later chapters, readers will gain insightful health and nutritional information from medical doctors and be inspired by transition stories from vegans who represent many walks of life. Don't be surprised if their stories resonate with you, as they may sound a lot like your own. It's comforting and supportive to know that other people had the same questions, doubts, and struggles with their diets as you do. From these stories we also learn that there's no one "right" way to move towards a vegan diet, and each one of us travels our own evolutionary dietary journey.
My favorite chapter by far, is the one in which Peterson shares her own story. It's a moving survival narrative detailing an extraordinary life journey filled with suffering, joy, challenges, and successes. At 75-years-young, she is the perfect vegan ambassador. One glimpse of her photo on the back cover reveals how it is possible to maintain our vitality, ideal weight, fitness, and health at any age by nourishing our bodies with the most healthful foods.
Readers won't feel stranded when they reach the end of the book, as the author has thoughtfully provided supportive books and websites for newbie vegans. One of these is her very own website, veganbitebybite.com. It's filled with photos, recipes, and other valuable resources.
Whether you are fully committed to taking the great vegan leap or only ready to dip your toe into vegan waters, Vegan Bite by Bite will not only answer the question, "so, now what do I eat?" but will show you how to start eating vegan with flavor and ease.
Because I was writing my thesis, I took a year to read Marilyn Peterson's Vegan Bite-by-Bite enjoyably.
During this time, I found it to be a magnificent, enjoyable book with lots of easy-to-read how-to-do-it information along with attractive vegan recipes - lots of them - really easy-to-do vegan recipes, some of these recipes are veganized versions of classically nonvegetarian favorites.
Vegan Bite-by-Bite can be read at several levels: a collection of great vegan recipes with information about how to become a health conscious vegetarian, and (b) an illustration of how to veganize and to work sensitively and lovingly with vegan food in order to please oneself and those who share meals with us - even if they're not vegetarian. Marilyn Peterson has been around the vegetarian movement for a very long time; photos can be found in the book and on the Internet of Marilyn with some of the 20th century leaders of vegetarian health and cuisine. Nonetheless, I was taught by Ron Pickarski, who is credited with coining the term 'flexitarianism' (as a pragmatic operational standard rather than as a normative ethic) that one studies cookbooks the way we would study any other book: Reading one to learn how the author feels and thinks about food, reading two is to methodically study the recipes and to select or tag or mark those recipes to actually prepare; reading three (still cover-to-cover) is to prepare the recipes but in the context of the chapters where they are nestled, and to see how well those proportions and nuances really work. Marilyn's decades of working with leaders like Dr. Bernard Jensen, Dr. Michael Klaper, Dr. Benjamin Spock, Louise Hay and others come through so that three times through this book is very well justified.
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