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Vegan Freak: Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan World

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  1,827 Ratings  ·  182 Reviews
In this informative and practical guide, two seasoned vegans offer tips and advice for thriving without animal by-products. Sometimes funny and irreverent yet always aware of its serious message, this resource for being vegan in a world that doesn't always understand or have sympathy for the lifestyle illustrates how to go vegan in three weeks or less by employing a "cold ...more
ebook, 249 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by PM Press (first published July 1st 2005)
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Lisa Vegan
May 14, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all vegans, especially new vegans, those genuinely interested in veganism, & anyone who knows vegans
I loved this book. (I am a vegan, mostly for animal suffering reasons, as are the authors.) In my opinion, this is the best support book for vegans out there (also see Living Among Meat Eaters by Carol Adams). I do have to admit, I felt angry at times during the reading of this book. In my opinion, it kind of encourages outrage. So, for those already unfriendly toward vegans or veganism in general, or those just mildly curious but largely ignorant about the lifestyle or the message promoted in t ...more
Apr 01, 2011 Kana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health-and-diet
I am Vegan for health reasons first, animal cruelty secondly. But I wanted some advice on how to approach my family/friends about why I did this, and what it means, etc. So I picked up the book. I found alot of the advice helpful but the 'preachiness/ holier than thou' attitude of the first half of the book got old quick.
I would have preferred the book to have stuck more to the facts, and not loaded every sentence with a couple of facts and alot of opinion. With fire and brimstone on how evil w
Aug 09, 2011 KaryAnn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I also really did not care for this book. The section on making your cats vegan just blew me away. As a vegan AND a student of veterinary medicine, I can tell you that cats are true carnivores that quickly become quite sickly when fed a vegan diet. If you don't want to feed your pets meat, get a naturally veggie pet; but don't risk your pets' health, and don't read this crappy book.
Sep 10, 2007 Craig? rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I fucking loved this book. period.
May 24, 2007 Nicoal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: new vegans
Shelves: non-fiction, vegan
Some of the information is good, but I didn't particularly enjoy the snobbish, holier-than-thou attitudes of the authors. I think this book would turn omnivores and even vegetarians off to the idea of veganism based on the authors' communication style. The book is just not all that well-written.
Jun 04, 2010 Mariam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So far so bad. I don't like the first chapter. I tried to read it but skipped over. I feel as though they are angry. I am vegan, I do it for myself and for the animals, but I do not push it on anyone else. I have encountered the same prejudices, but it has not made me hate people. (I hated people before I went vegan) I kid. The book has a very negative feel to it, my other books don't like it.
Jessica  Gwen
As someone who is trying to transition to a vegan lifestyle, I found the advice in this book to be somewhat condescending. It totally trashed lacto-ovo vegetarians as well as vegans who "cheat" every once in a while. I think the draconian message of this book is likely to discourage people who are on the verge of becoming vegan, rather than encourage them to take the steps necessary to complete their transition.

I would have appreciated advice on how to avoid temptation at restaurants and around
Feb 23, 2008 Minku rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: human beings
Shelves: vegan
The best advice book for people who want to go and stay vegan about dealing with all the non-vegan bullshit they will inevitably encounter from other people. The most helpful piece of advice is these three words: MEEK VEGANS SUFFER!

This book will teach you to be a strong vegan and not compromise your animal rights ethics just to fit in to the dominator culture, which is full of people who are always looking for an excuse to justify animal exploitation. I'd recommend borrowing this book from some
Mar 07, 2012 Jim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vegan
Poorly argued--ranting but no logic. And with a great deal of inexplicable animosity towards vegetarians. This books seemed written by and for a small coterie of vegans that are less interested in making the world a better place and more interested in maintaining the purity of what they think the word "vegan" should mean.

If you're interested in the health benefits of a plant-based diet, read The China Study. If you're interested in a an overview of health, environmental and ethical reasons--wri
Aug 06, 2008 AJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was honestly not expecting much from this book, but it turned out to be an incredible resource, even though I assumed I already knew a lot about veganism (being a vegan for several months and having a seasoned vegan boyfriend).

This book goes over a lot of really practical issues that vegans deal with quite regularly. The tireless prodding from friends, family and co-workers about "what do you EAT?" and how to deal with them tactfully. It gives some great suggestions and recommendations on eat
Dec 16, 2012 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could say I liked this book, but I just didn't. Perhaps because according to their standards I'm not an 'ethical' vegan, I'm an 'enviro' vegan. I also live in Paris... I know this city like my back pocket, and still find eating out difficult. I can tell you, you will most likely succumb to Peter Singer's "Paris exception" knowingly or unknowingly. Here, there is mayo, cheese, milk and butter in strange places, lentilles are usually boiled in beef stock, etc. As far as "accommodating res ...more
Dec 08, 2014 Renée rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious, abrasive, direct, cutting, precise. This book is a lot of fun if you don't take yourself more seriously than you take veganism. They don't sugar-coat things: exploiting animals needlessly is not an option. If you went vegan to feel good about yourself because you love (cute) animals, then don't bother. If you went vegan because you give a shit about the rights of sentient animals to be left the fuck alone, then this is probably worth a read. Denying rights to others is not a choice, i ...more
Nov 14, 2011 Mila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiksi
I have a love-hate relationship with this book :) but it is actually my biggest reason to be an ethical vegan (freak, as the title).

This book is quite controversial for everybody (new vegan, old vegan, vegetarian, or even non-vegan) because the authors are very harsh and direct with their theory of defining a "real" vegan. In each chapter, the authors define (and keep remembering the reader) that vegan means ethical vegan with no exception. Ethical vegan means that the purpose of implementing ve
Scoop Edwards
An alternate subtitle could be "How to Survive and Appropriately Behave Amongst Meat-Eaters." Basically, it's a book by a cool, tattooed college professor couple for other hipsters that don't eat meat or meat byproducts. A librarian and fellow vegetarian friend of mind loaned me the book, and I recommend it. I disagree with the occassionally snotty attitude that the authors display. I think that they may fail to understand that many people in inner-city neighborhoods, e.g. my community, have a h ...more
Feb 09, 2012 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as someone considering going vegan. I was supposed to be the target audience for this book, and for the latter half, at least, the authors seemed to be thinking about readership like me. The first half of the book, however, was one big circle-jerk for people already vegan. Every page breathed the "those poor vegetarians. They think they're actually doing something! We better show them how damn enlightened we are" attitude. The tone for this book is everything people hate about vegans ...more
Apr 20, 2010 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not really for those curious about veganism or the philosophy behind it. Although it gives a rundown of animal rights and why they're important, it's not as in-depth a resource you would want for someone who's undecided. It is however a good resource for those who are already on the same page ethically speaking and who are strongly considering it or are already vegan. The strongest point of the book is the chapter that gives advice about how to deal with hostility towards veganism a ...more
Oct 02, 2012 Stephen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book for referring you to other more informative books. This book is your snotty punk rock cheerleader that is begging you to take a hard line on your veganism. "WHY ARENT YOU VEGAN ALREADY!!?", over and over. OK, Cool. A easy read that gives you coping techniques for your nasty evil meat animal consuming friends, family, coworkers. "YOUR FRIENDS MIGHT TRY TO SNEAK MEAT IN YOUR FOOD!?!?". OK, cool, probably not people you want to hang out with to begin with. Not much deep in ...more
Bri Arsenic
As a vegan of 2 years I thought that this book was very interesting. It was funny and made some good suggestions on how to deal with non-vegans judging you. I also like the books they suggested and plan on reading a few of them as well. The only thing that I didn't like about the book was that it made you feel like it you weren't rich enough to do all the things they stated you were a bad vegan. Like if you were still wearing your old leather boots, rather then immediately going out and buying n ...more
Jan 09, 2012 Merredith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm not a vegan, and i'm not trying to become a vegan, but i thought this would be an interesting book to read, to learn their viewpoint. i did learn some new facts and some insights. i also found it a little judgey, especially the part where they're saying you have to become vegan for the right reasons, and can never cheat. it seems to me as long as you're doing your best, it's better than nothing! the funny thing is, they say they're against judgey vegans. lol. Anyway, overall, this was a fast ...more
May 06, 2011 Whitney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book's premise is a "Veganism 101." I couldn't finish it. There was ridiculous amounts of language and its (what I would call extreme) viewpoints were crazy. Basically, if you consume ANY animal product you go against a vegan moral code and should be treated like a second-rate citizen. I mean, even honey! But, I guess there's a lot of PETA followers out there that ascribe to this philosophy. Since my approach to veganism is health & wellness related this was not a book for me.
The authors’ tone will likely to be polarizing to readers. Those who like their commentary spiced with snarky asides will enjoy it. Those who prefer a kinder, gentler approach will likely be frowning.

However, you have to respect folks who have the guts to say that some vegans do much more harm to the animal rights movement than good. These people range from fake vegans who only eat animal foods “sometimes,” to those who feel that the best way to convince others to care is by screaming at them.
Dec 30, 2011 PiMi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, ratgeber
Vegan Freak
Ja, wie der Name schon sagt geht es im Buch über Veganer die in einer –Nicht-Veganen-Welt- (also in unserer) leben. Ich weiß aus eigener Erfahrung, dass man oft angeguckt wird als komme man von einem anderen Stern, wenn man sagt, dass man Veganer ist und darum keinen Käse essen möchte. Ja, der Ausdruck „Freak“ beschreibt schon ganz gut, mit welchem Blick man als Veganer von der Mehrheit der Menschen bedacht wird. Darum finde ich den Titel auch ziemlich passend und auch der Ausdruck no
Anna Ortung
I can't even believe how preachy this was...
I'm an ethical vegan, just like the authors, and even I thought they were obnoxious for the first half of the book. The title and description are misleading--it's not a book to help out the new vegan; it's a book trying to condemn pretty much everyone in the hopes that it might turn someone vegan after thoroughly irritating them. I particularly enjoyed the rants about how much vegetarians suck *sigh* while I agreed with a lot of the ethical points in t
Vegan freak is an interesting and helpful, in many ways, read.It’s main concern is ethical veganism.The authors support an abolitionist stance which states that human beings are not entitled to use animals for any reason because they have the basic right not to be harmed or treated as an object. As a logical consequence they claim that the only consistent/non-contradictory stance is becoming a vegan meaning no use of any animal product whatsoever and a vegetarian view misses the point and suppor ...more
Nov 02, 2013 Ash rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book 'is okay'. There were a few occasions when it made a point that really hit home, but there were also a lot of times it really riled me. The tone of the first few chapters is unnecessarily abrasive. Overall I felt that the authors would have benefited from taking a more considered approach to the topic. Compared to something like Safran Foer's Eating Animals (which is excellent), this book just seemed a little immature.

It's a shame that the best publicised book about 'Being Vegan' has
Jan 12, 2010 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really appreciated this book and it brought for me exactly what it promised. It acts as a companion, a vegan best friend, to help galvanise your resolve if you're trying to get onto the vegan wagon and has lots of useful tips for dealing with eating out, managing your relationships, and all those other annoying things besides just changing your diet- which it does help with too.

Some criticism has been levelled at the authors because they are so clear cut when it comes to ethical issues (such a
Oct 19, 2013 dara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
2-3 stars. Sorry to report I didn't fall in love with this book. The tone is very direct and that definitely suits some people (I have friends who swear by this book), but Francione this, Francione that, etc. Maybe that's not a terrible thing, what do I know, I just haven't been won over by him thus far in life. I just know Vegan Freak isn't what I'm looking for in a book to recommend to the vegan-hopefuls I know. A lot of the gripes in this book are directed at commonly asked questions (from wh ...more
Eli Claire
I have mixed feelings about this book. I understood why the authors were very upfront and direct and insistent that you should go vegan and STAY vegan - it doesn't help anyone if you're being wishy-washy about it - but I still had trouble reading it at times because I felt like it was quite negative. Perhaps I thought so just because I was uncomfortable being judged (I am working on being vegan but am not 100% there yet) and I don't think being vegetarian is the worst thing you could possibly be ...more
Aug 04, 2010 Marlana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mostly people who are already vegan or have been for a short time
Shelves: read-in-2010
I didn't find this book as abrasive as some other reviewers did. The authors do take a very no-nonsense in your face approach to their veganism, the book is about becoming and living uncompromisingly as a vegan and that is stressed through the whole book. They are a little harsh on vegetarians but I expected that from reading other reviews and it didn't put me off at all.

This book is just an overview of what veganism is and what it means to be an ethical vegan. It is not as in depth as a new ve
Michelle Anne
Apr 07, 2013 Michelle Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointing. Spent several pages telling you what you'd find in the book, but didn't deliver. I also don't like the smug, "vegan police" tone. I found the same thing with their podcast. There are much better books out there. The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life: Cruelty-Free Crafts, Recipes, Beauty Secrets and More is a good Living Vegan For Dummies is another nice one. The best resource I've found isn't a book, but a podcast: Food for Thought with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.
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