The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet
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The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet

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The author of this book was once voted "the sexiest vegetarian alive," but the appeal of The Kind Diet extends far beyond the cover photo. Former Batgirl Alicia Silverstone is serious about helping us change our earth-unfriendly eating habits, but she knows that it's not always easy. As someone who admits that she's strayed from the vegetarian path, she knows that it's a j...more
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Published March 15th 2011 by Rodale (first published October 13th 2009)
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Bird
I want to preface my scathing review by mentioning that I am a vegetarian, and toying with the idea of veganism, so it is definitely not the book's subject matter that garnered my wrath.

There were so many things that bothered me about this book, that even though I finished it two weeks ago, I'm still talking about it to my husband. Alicia Silverstone has gone the route of many famous people these days, writing bad books that get published mainly because the author is, well, famous. Call me craz...more
Meridith
While I'm not a fan of books that tout veganism as a diet I make myself read books like this and (ugh) Skinny Bitch so I can critique the content instead of just making a judgment on the title alone. That said, I will say The Kind Diet is a beautiful book: full color photographs are used throughout. You will not forget this is a book by Alicia Silverstone since she and her husband are featured throughout but it doesn't go to the egotistical lengths of say, Ani's Raw Food Kitchen.

Silverstone wri...more
Brigid
Jul 17, 2010 Brigid rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: health, read-in-2010
I was so, so disappointed by this book. I want to say first and foremost that I am a full vegetarian and about 75% vegan, so my beef (no pun intended) with this book is not the preachiness to quit eating meat and animal products. Alicia Silverstone is not a great writer, and that in and of itself would be fine if her book was not full of unsound health advice. She makes claims that she never substantiates (such as why you shouldn't use spices in your food if you are an eating "superhero"), and s...more
AJ LeBlanc
Part of the reason I want this is so I can hear Cher Horowitz's voice in my head while I read.

"I am totally butt crazy in love with tofu."

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First, yes, I did hear the entire book in Cher's voice.

This is sort of Eating Animals: The Light Version. The first part of the book is Alicia's journey to becoming vegan. She decided at an early age that she didn't want to eat animals, but when you're only 8, it can be difficult. She ate meat on and off before going veg full force.

She talks about reasons...more
Lisa Vegan
Dec 13, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers open to vegan food, vegans open to eating healthier, cookbook collectors
One of my Goodreads’ friends wasn’t sure if this book would be for me because I’ve been vegan so long. True; I have. I also know a lot about healthful eating (although plenty of times I’ve been a junk food vegan) and I’m very familiar with the vegan macrobiotic diet and philosophy, but I always learn something, and I think that this book is a very worthwhile addition to the genre.

I think that Alicia Silverstone is adorable and I admire her for using her fame for good, to help others.

This book is...more
Mypetconcubine
What's the book about?

This is not just a food diet it is a life diet. It shows you how to look at food in a new way consciously and decide for yourself if it is something I want in my body.

Like countless celebrities before her, actress Alicia Silverstone has put together a book that she says reveals the secrets of how she stays fit and healthy. In The Kind Diet, Silverstone she swears that a diet of only organic, vegan diet, free of meat, dairy, white sugar and processed foods is what keeps he...more
Mrs.soule
While I feel strange giving a book by Alicia Silverstone the same rating I gave, say, To Kill a Mockingbird, this book alone out of dozens I've read in the past two weeks convinced me our family could go vegan and be healthier for it. Since the night my enraged preschooler passionately declared he hated "bad people who eat dead animals" in the middle of a steak house (think Jesus cleansing the temple of moneylenders meets Rosemary's Baby), I’ve read every book our library has on children & v...more
Laura
This was a really great read about vegetarianism, or more accurately veganism, and what it entails along with insights into being environmentally friendly. The book covers all aspects of what to do to live healthfully, taking care of your body and our planet. Alicia Silverstone uses easy to understand writing and a conversational style tone to convey heavier topics such as why one should abstain from animal products. She takes leading research from The China Study, Dr. Furhman, Dr. Ornish and Dr...more
Heather
This is one of the better vegan books out there. She doesn't rely heavily on soy which I really appreciate. The recipes, for the most part, are normal, everyday foods that my kids would eat. The pictures are lovely.

The first half deals with why a person should become vegan. I wasn't really interested in this part since we eat meat - I'm just wanting to find more vegetarian recipes to add into our menus to decrease our use of meat and dairy. I think the author does a good job explaining the vegan...more
Kathryn
Overall, I loved Alicia's book! I had heard about it, since, well, she is Alicia Silverstone. I love the title of the book, I mean, who wouldn't want to follow "The Kind Diet"!? It sounds like the best diet ever! ;-) Be kind to yourself, the animals and the planet. Sign me up! But I'd hesitated to pick it up because I know some reviewers slammed the book and I am sometimes more than a little annoyed at celebrity-authored books. But then a few of my vegan friends here on GoodReads gave it a heart...more
Heather
I wanted to like this book more than I did. Silverstone has a charming (if immature) writing style but too many of her ideas ring of pseudoscience. She's not an expert in nutrition but still feels free to make a lot of unsubstantiated claims (such as advising little to no spices for "superheros" and eating only local fruit because tropical fruit is too "warming" in a cold environment. What?)

Also, her ideas about being a "superhero" don't make a lot of sense. She advocates a mostly macrobiotic d...more
Michelle
Okay, so in elementary, I was a HUGE fan of Clueless and Alicia Silverstone. I was a relatively new vegetarian (new at it compared to now, when it's been over twelve years) and she was active in PETA and also super-cute. Basically, I wanted to be Alicia Silverstone. I even did a book report on an unauthorized biography of her for sixth-grade English class.

Now Alicia has given me the tools, er recipes, to be more like her. I'm not sure how I feel about this book being labeled as a "Diet" book. It...more
Flissy
Sep 01, 2010 Flissy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenage wannabe veggies
I really wanted to love this book because I share a similar attitude about having plant based diet. It's about abundance and kindness to animals and the earth, and even if you're not willing to commit to a fully vegan (or in this case, macrobiotic) lifestyle, even choosing to explore vegan options is a good thing to do. Unfortunately, I thought the writing and editing were both terrible-- every page she's referring you to her website and sometimes repeating sentences word-for-word from a previou...more
Stephanie
I actually enjoyed the first hundred instructional pages of this book more than the recipes part. It's refreshing to see a person who managed to live through the craziness of Hollywood life and emerge stronger and more principled for it. Lindsey Lohan please take note.

The more I read about the vegan lifestyle, the more I think I need to follow this path, both for my moral standards and my health. One of the most interesting things I've have learned after reading a number of vegan/vegetarian cook...more
Kristie
It's not often that I read a book and am so inspired. Essentially this is a book about eventually becoming macrobiotic which I had no interest in doing but now I'm intrigued and am doing research about this diet. I love how this book is non-judgemental and I really feel like it was written from the heart. I've made two of the recipes so far and I loved them both (try the risotto recipe!). This is one of the best books I own, hands down.
Sammi
Wither your Vegetarian, vegan or just plain interested in the world of vegetarian/veganism, this is the perfect book for you.
I wanted to read this from the second I heard about it and I absolutely loved it.
I was quite shocked through out the whole book. I never knew what all the meat and animal products where really doing to our bodies and health. I was so interested in all the information Alicia had compiled, I was hooked from the get go and finished it in a matter of days.
Not only was there he...more
suzy
I've been on a temporary vegan kick for a couple months now, inspiring my boss to learn more about the benefits of eliminating animal foods. Alicia Silverstone's new book was her most recent finding so I got the chance to read through it the other day, and it's surprisingly one of the more tolerable publications concerning veganism.

The recipes sound really great, but my main complaint there is that I would be spending my whole paycheck at the Japanese aisle in Whole Foods to abide by her diet pl...more
Pamela
I LOVED this book. Honestly, as someone who is overweight and feeling pretty nasty, the idea of an all-plant diet is very appealing (plus if there's even a remote chance that less red meat means fewer kidney stones for us, I'm all over it). Am also having issues with the cute little songs my daughter is singing about her pet turkey, which will end up on the diningroom table at Thanksgiving. Of course it's slanted to make the plant-eating lifestyle more attractive, but it's so like a breath of fr...more
Rachel
My sister gifted me this book I assumed it was just a cookbook. However, the entire first half is a decent and fairly gentle argument for eating a plant-based (vegan) diet. I found it surprisingly compelling and am now "flirting" with veganism. So far, the recipes haven't been bad either.
Nikki
Aug 25, 2010 Nikki rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All vegans and those thinking of becoming vegan
Read in August 2010

I thought this book was well written in Alicia's quirky style. Since I have been vegan for years the information was not new to me, however, it would enlighten those who are not vegan or are new to veganism. The book is written in a non-confrontational manner which may allow more people to accept the data within it. Some people are turned off from the dark facts of the factory-farm and agricultural world and if told in certain ways can lead to people not listening. I prefer th...more
Emily
There were some great arguments for eating more vegetables and whole grains, which I completely supported. I was also glad she put in the information about the environmental impact of the commercial meat industry, and made such a push for whole foods.

I was really put off, though, by how poorly defended many of her points were.

"Humans are the only species who drink another species' milk" (while true, we are also the only species who cooks & uses recipes, watches movies, wears clothes, and w...more
Cara St.Hilaire
Absolutely fantastic book. The moment I picked it up, I read the entire thing in one shot (half of it is information and the other half is recipes). It definitely inspired me to go vegan again as much as possible. She describes the "nasty foods” in a very frank and honest way -- why they are nasty to the environment, nasty to animals, and nasty to our bodies (sugar, dairy, meat, etc.). There are vegan inspiring facts along the way, such as "More than 95 percent of eggs sold in the US come from b...more
Melissa
Overall, I really liked this book.

However, I have to say that I get really turned off by the "non-dairy" argument when one of the main reasons given to avoid dairy products is because humans are the only species that drinks milk once it is weaned. All it takes is a little thought to totally debunk this reasoning. First of all, I know plenty of animals that if you put a bowl of milk in front of them, would drink it, no matter how long they've been weaned or what type of milk it was. Secondly, th...more
dara
My rating is based on the writing, not the recipes, which I have yet to try though I skimmed over them. Some of them are impractical for the area in which I live, but will probably be possible when I move to Orlando. It's not that they're overly complicated or have that many ingredients. There just isn't much of anything available here.

I don't agree with every message in this book. I was a bit horrorstruck at the admission that the author still eats sushi with fish in it once and awhile (and af...more
Victoria Cramer
This is my current favourite resource on veganism. I am a pescetarian making the transition to vegan.

The book is not without flaws, and I am going to address my two major gripes with it to get them out of the way. First: the book is very heteronormative. It is aimed at hetero-women. While the tone is friendly and conversational, and feels like having a conversation with a (hetero) girlfriend, it is unfortunate that this excellent resource is potentially alienating the entire LGBT community or m...more
Keri
I'll admit that I picked this book up because I was surprised to see Alicia Silverstone on the cover. I've actually been looking for a book like this, something that would explain how to start out on the path to a vegetarian (she actually encourages vegan) diet. Half her information is well documented research and the other half is anecdotal, so I had to pay close attention to what was truth and what was propaganda. I figure if even half of what she says is true, then I really have no desire to...more
Courtney Gawthorp
First, I'll say what I loved about this:

I really liked the first part of the book where Alicia talks about why you should adopt a cruelty-free diet. She wasn't lecturing or anything. I felt like I was having a mature conversation with her about my health and about animals.

I also liked part 2 that explains how you go vegan. She makes it seem really easy and she def. inspired me to finally take that step in my life. What's even better is that she's done this and so she understands cravings and wha...more
Jennifer
The ingenue from "Clueless" has certainly grown up into a real hippie chick, though sometimes I could hear the voice of Cher coming through loud and clear in kind of a Val-speak. Despite her somewhat teenage tone, Silverstone definitely makes the case for going meatless, dairy-less, and sugar-less in an informative and persuasive manner. For the most part, I liked her vegan recipes and especially want to try some of the desserts. The superhero recipes are a bit daunting - I may need to "flirt" w...more
Rachael
First of all, I'd just like to mention that many reviews seem far too intent on putting a "celebrity" in her place and making a book about health a political thing, and I personally find all the bitterness and uppity-ness annoying.

If you are looking for a thoughtfully written book about health and veganism by someone who cares very much about the subject, and you can read it without feeling defensive, this is a pretty good book. Clearly, Alicia Silverstone put this out there because it is someth...more
Heather
Mar 16, 2010 Heather rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to eat better, environmentalists, people who love animals, hippies
Sigh.

I love Alicia Silverstone. No, really! But this book really brings out her bubble-headedness. Which is saying something, coming from someone who enjoys her professional work and was really wanting to be inspired to take another step in the journey of eating kinder. In the end though, I discovered the recipes here represent exactly what I hate about many cookbooks.

The big idea of the book is that if you're eating an average American diet, you can experiment with vegan alternatives. Vegetaria...more
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Alicia Silverstone is an American actress, author, and former fashion model. She first came to widespread attention in music videos for Aerosmith, and is best known for her roles in Hollywood films such as Clueless (1995) and her portrayal of Batgirl in Batman & Robin (1997).

In 2009, Silverstone released The Kind Diet, a guide to vegan nutrition.
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“Calcium Milligrams (per 100-gram serving) Butter 20 Whole milk 118 Chickpeas 150 Collard greens 203 Parsley 203 Soybeans 226 Almonds 234 Sesame seeds 1,160 Hijiki sea vegetable 1,400” 1 likes
“Strangest of all, we’ve convinced ourselves that our health has nothing to do with what we eat. People who will spend that extra 20 cents on a gallon of premium gasoline because they realize their car performs better on it will drive straight to McDonald’s for a Big Mac. We create a mental separation between food and illness in our culture, and our modern Western medical system—for the most part—supports this denial.” 0 likes
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