What I loved: the recipes. They all look heavenly. I want to make all of them. Also, there are pages that discuss how we can make our speech patterns...moreWhat I loved: the recipes. They all look heavenly. I want to make all of them. Also, there are pages that discuss how we can make our speech patterns less violent and removing phrases like killing two birds with one stone, and possibilities of what to say instead. I thought this advise was silly at first, but after reflecting on it for a couple of weeks I decided I agreed with Colleen and I didn't want to casually talk about killing birds.
What I hated: This book is a huge cryfest. I'm sensitive to the suffering of animals, and that makes me this book's target audience. But Colleen doesn't ease up on telling the saddest stories she can think of about loving animals who were abused and neglected and abandoned and killed. This is an aspect of many books on veganism that wears me down. I started to dread reading it after awhile. I found something to cry about nearly every time I opened it. I dogeared the recipes as I went so I couldn't have to search through pages and pages of animal suffering to find them again.
still, there are joyful things in this book too, and many vegans are able to focus on that positive. I find that I'm weighed down by all that sadness and it affects my opinion of the book. So this book will break your heart, but it will also give you some good recipes to try to calm yourself down.(less)
This book is an excellent introduction to a healthy nutrition plan that is vegan. I really enjoyed the stories, like how Rip competed in a triathlon w...moreThis book is an excellent introduction to a healthy nutrition plan that is vegan. I really enjoyed the stories, like how Rip competed in a triathlon where he lost seven toenails, and how his bear-ball-eating grandfather had a stroke and fell over onto the cat. I found Rip's advice to be practical and motivating. Rip made the diet approachable and made it feel easy. I felt as if the whole diet was geared toward people who had never tried veganism before and wanted to see if it would work for them. I wish the Logan library had had it when I was investigating veganism and deciding if it was going to be right for me. But now the advice seems simplistic. I know how to go to Subway and order a sandwich with extra veggies and no meat or cheese or mayo. But I understand that a beginner may feel bewildered about where and what to eat, so I'm not holding it against Rip for starting at the beginning. Some of the recipes call for sugar -- a plus for people who aren't ready to give up sugar completely, but not useful for me. I would recommend this book for people who want to dip a toe into the vegan life but who are apprehensive that they will have to give up all their favorite foods and don't know what to eat. This is very useful for a person at that stage in their nutrition plan. For an experienced vegan it may provide some extra support for sticking to the diet, but it won't have much new information. I did learn some sources of vitamin B12 that I hadn't thought of before, and that was worth the whole thing.(less)