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This Crazy Vegan Life: A Prescription for an Endangered Species

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A manifesto on being vegan and living healthfully from the award-winning host of public television's Christina Cooks, Naturally! Being vegan is not only about a plant- based diet. It means taking a whole new look at health, fitness, lifestyle choices, and the world. Christina Pirello not only advocates the development of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published December 2nd 2008 by HP Books (first published 2008)
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Jan 24, 2010 Julia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I found Pirello's voice wavered between chipper and condescending - she's a true believer and though she couches her arguments for veganism in an upbeat aerobics-instructor-type tone, make no mistake, she wants you to know she thinks her plan will work for Everyone. I've been vegan for 13 years and vegetarian for 7 before that. I am a lifer, so it is not that I disagree with her, but she doesn't present a convincing argument. No facts, no references, no studies. And she makes wild leaps of rheto ...more
Apr 21, 2009 Ami rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wish she'd skipped out on all the "non-vegan diets will make you fat and being fat is bad" shit and kept the encouragement to eat healthily, make good food choices, get more exercise, and why that is good for your body & the environment besides OMG you don't wanna be fat, do you?!?! Almost all of the recipes called for expensive ingredients (erythiol, cremini mushrooms) with which I am unfamiliar, and therefore unlikely to try at their high prices. I liked the resistance band exercise sect ...more
Colleen Boyer
I like Christina Pirello a lot. I wanted more recipes and more her personal journey.
Probably could have been four stars...
This is a diet/way-of-life/cookbook. I found it very informative about vegan food choices, with all the whys and hows covered. I enjoyed many of the recipes, but the meal plan will need to be pared down if you aren't cooking for 4 or more people....way too many leftovers. I especially enjoyed the 'Home Remedies' section. This is a nice choice for new vegans, and for those needing a refresher on the basics.

Unfortunately, the text suffered from a lot of copy
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I love meat. I love cheese. I love all things animal, and I've always believed that these foods are part of a healthy, balanced diet. I couldn't imagine becoming vegan, giving up all animal products completely. Veganism seemed like a quick road to malnutrition (how could you possibly get enough protein and calcium?), boredom (spinach again?), and overall weirdness ("I'll have the soyburger with soy ketchup on a soy bun with soy fries"). Fortunately, Christina Pirello's This Crazy Vegan Life chal ...more
Jul 08, 2010 Nilu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nilu by: I watch her show on PBS
I have been a vegetarian my whole life and never really followed a diet. As I have a slim build, I picked up this book not necessarily to lose weight but to find out more about improving my health. This was my first read about diets/lifestyle. I did like the book as it opened my eyes about nutritional values of various foods. However, side effects of processed vegan foods were conveniently ignored by the author.. for example, having too much soy is not good for your thyroid. I did like the part ...more
May 31, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars for the information in the first half--probably the best summary of all the reasons to go vegan that I've read. From the environment to the biochemical reactions of meat & dairy in your body--it was super informative and easy to understand. The author was diagnosed with terminal leukemia 25 years ago, changed her diet and was cured of cancer. She also had health problems caused by the wrong kind of vegan diet, so she really has tried everything and found a happy medium. The 2nd half ...more
I have read many books on Veganism and this book has really struck a cord with me. I am finally attempting a vegan diet -- one week down, hopefully, the rest of my life to go! Although, I have been a vegetarian for 5 years, I have struggled giving up cheese and ice cream. However, now that I am on a vegan diet, I find that I am cooking more and eating better foods. The goal according to Pirello is not to become a junk-food vegan which is easy to do. I have to admit that I have been an ice-cream- ...more
Oct 06, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pirello approaches veganism from a health and happiness standpoint, advising a healthy vegan diet combined with exercise as the best possible lifestyle for everyone. She does not take a militant vegan stance, instead seeming to mostly take the reader's acceptance of veganism for granted -- her attitude is, "going vegan is the best way to live and eat! you'll be so happy and healthy, what are you waiting for?" I am not a vegan, but her approach appeals to me. I am intrigued by her 21-day diet and ...more
Lisa Topp
This book is very well written and covers all aspects of a vegan life, from nutrition to exercise and 'green living' tips. I already have an exercise routine, so wasn't interested in that part of the book, but if you need a place to start, it gives some good tips. The food and nutrition portion of the book was very informative and also gives a day-by-day (20 day) quick-start eating guide along with recipes - for anyone that has ever said 'if only they told me what to eat!'
Feb 23, 2009 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I appreciate any attempt to convert the masses to veganism, I don't think this book will have much of an effect.
It focuses almost souly on the health aspects of a vegan lifestyle, which is fine, but the author definitely lost me when suggesting a vegetable stew for breakfast. Being a vegan, of course I love vegetables, but that was a bit too much.
I guess it could be considered a "Skinny Bitch" knock off for the easily offended. Not nearly as persuasive though.
Sep 10, 2009 Claire rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vegan
Too preachy, and doesn't cite sources for her information. Which pains me, because I agree with her viewpoint for the most part, and happen to know that the information she is presenting is generally accurate. But I would never take it on the authority of a self-admitted ranting author. Blah.
Emily Crow
I actually gave this one away. I think it's a great idea but the recipes just didn't seem appetizing. I think that's because Pirello comes from a macrobiotic background, and that style of cooking just doesn't appeal to me.
Virginia O'brien
Christina Pirello is very entertaining....
Apr 26, 2012 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: informational
I am in love with Christina!
Jun 28, 2011 Deb rated it liked it
2 cups of steamed greens every morning.
This book was ok. It was a bit bossy in nature which turned me off. But the information was sound and it gave me a little more information about macrobiotics.
Jul 20, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you think she is just a little bit obsessive? Oh, yes, she is. Interesting to read, and she has good points about eating meat, but way, way too restrictive.
Apr 15, 2009 Missy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It isn't one of the preachy ones. Just a nice quick read, some good sounding recipes and some decent info. May pick this one up for the bookshelves.
Sep 12, 2009 Mo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vegan-veg
If you're looking for really good macrobiotic recipes, Christina Pirello always comes through...
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