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Vegan Freak: Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan World (Tofu Hound Press) Paperback – January 1, 2010
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"Wherever one falls on the meat-eater to vegan continuum, you need to make the Torres duo your truth-speaking, profanity-spewing, tough-loving pals. They will move you closer to ethical veganism." Feminist Review
About the Author
Bob Torres is the author of Making a Killing as well as several essays that have appeared in Critical Sociology, International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, the Journal of Latinos and Education, and Satya magazine. Jenna Torres is a frequent personality on vegan talk shows who has been on Animal Voices Radio and has been quoted as an expert in Newsweek, Veg News, and Vegetarians and Vegans in the World Today. They cohost Vegan Freak radio show and live in Colton, New York.
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However, there were several points where I disagreed with the authors such as their statements that caring about the environmental and health aspects of veganism is all fine and dandy, but it's small potatoes in comparison to animal rights, or that being near-vegan or vegetarian is just downright awful. It's not so much that the disagreement is a problem for me. I'm a big girl and I can handle someone not agreeing with me 100%...in fact, I appreciate the differing viewpoint. My problem is that it exposed how black and white their thinking is about veganism to the point of being militant. I think their message would be better received by many if they were to simmer it down a notch or two. However, with that said, I still think Bob and Jenna are hilarious and if I ever had the opportunity to pick their brain in person I would go for it.
All in all, I would recommend this book to any vegan, ESPECIALLY if they don't have a vegan community to learn from.
This book is definitely helping me in my trasnition to being a vegan. It's de-programming me from the mindset of the "Standard American Diet" and its also teaching me that being vegan is not a state of deprivation but more of a state of principles that is based on the ethical treatment of animals and health.
I'm looking forward to learning as much as I can about being vegan and this book was a great start. I encourage anyone who's thinking about becoming vegan to read this book first! It offers plenty of resources for transitioning vegans and its very informative of what it means to be vegan going forward.
The style it is written in is so light, it feels like a friend who's talking to you about something they feel passionate about. You feel engaged and supported. They don't pretend to know everything about every subject, but instead give a lot of references if you're interested in going more in depth.
In truth, if you're thinking of becoming a vegan, for -whatever- reason, READ THIS. It will fill you in on a lot of things you might be missing, and who knows, maybe you'll find more reasons to become and STAY a vegan. Thank you Bob and Jenna, you were awesome.
Overall a MUST READ for anyone hinking about going vegan, and a DEFINITE bucket list read for seasoned vegans looking to garner fresh tips and whimsical ideas they never thougt of before… ;-)
I could have used this book years ago! I've been vegan for only 11 months, but if I had've had this book years ago I would've stopped my procrastinating, stopped making excuses and just gone vegan!
As I have already been living vegan, quite a lot of the content didn't apply to me as they do spend a lot of the book spelling out the reasons to be vegan.
I think this book is perfect for anyone who is considering going vegan, or is having trouble with their already vegan lifestyle. Be warned though, they sugar-coat nothing! We're talking, straight shooting, no-nonsense people hell bent on turning the world vegan!
What are you waiting for?! Buy the darn book! :)