Full disclosure: One of the authors, an online friend since 2007 at Goodreads and elsewhere too, gave me a copy of the book. Also, I was interviewed aFull disclosure: One of the authors, an online friend since 2007 at Goodreads and elsewhere too, gave me a copy of the book. Also, I was interviewed as a participant for the book as it was being written.
I recommend this book for all vegans, especially those who have shamed others or been shamed for anything other than optimal health, all those who believe in end of life planning, all feminists, all disability activists, all caregivers and those who need the help of caregivers, all those who fear illness or death or want some guidance about how to deal with them regarding themselves or others. In other words, most people, though I’ll be actively recommending it mostly to vegans who either feel a vegan diet is a cure all or feel uncomfortable when they discover it isn’t and also to those who want a book that gives some useful tips on steps to take during end of life planning. I consider it a must read book for all vegans.
I will admit that I came to this book with feelings of excitement and high expectations, but it didn’t disappoint at all. It’s a superb book. It’s broader in scope/topic(s) than I’d anticipated and that makes the book even stronger than I thought it would be.
It’s an excellent addition to the genre, and for me maybe the best vegan book I’ve read in a long time, and that’s saying a lot since I’ve read dozens of great vegan books in recent years. This one is so timely and important though and is sorely needed.
The vegan movement needs this. And because of the topic, any reader can benefit, vegan or not. The authors are a wonderful team and they heavily utilized the wisdom and knowledge and experiences of many people. Engaging voices, friendly and non-judgmental, fun to read despite its sober subject, a perfect mix of issues and science/philosophy and personal stories. While it’s a mostly enjoyable read, the parts about mourning brought up painful feelings. Luckily they were presented in such a kind and helpful manner that I felt as supported as I did sad, and even if I was in acute grief I think I’d find comfort along with experiencing the painfulness of the subject.
So many in the vegan community act as though being a healthy vegan will keep them healthy forever, and fat shaming, disease shaming, etc. of other vegans is running rampant over at Facebook and in real life too. It's driven me crazy for years, even prior to the internet. I first noticed it in force and directed at me at a vegan convention 2 decades ago. Also this is an end of life, and caregiving, and dealing with disease, and showing compassion book for everyone, so really 90% of it is applicable to all readers. I’m sure I’ll be posting about it every time I think a vegan or a group of vegans need a reality check.
At times I wanted to cry it addressed these issues so well. That’s not to say I don’t think vegan eating is healthy because I do, but I’m an ethical vegan, 100% for the animals and also for the environment on top of that. I never went vegan for my health nor could I be a 100% vegan eater for my health. That said, I know what I’d be eating if I was still a lacto-ovo vegetarian or omnivore and I know I’d be much more unhealthy (maybe dead) if I hadn’t been eating vegan for so many years (decades.) I never expected my health or longevity would improve by eating vegan though, but it probably actually has helped, though I can’t know for sure, even though I’m not always a health food vegan. Still, I never make false promises about following a vegan diet, nor do I blame anyone who has health problems. As this book points out so well, there are usually multiple and often unknown reasons for developing many health problems, and everybody dies. We don’t have complete control over our health and no control over our mortality. Vegans who fat shame, disease shame, feel invincible don’t help the non-human animals or their fellow humans, and veganism doesn’t need hyperbole to make it a convincing choice. Veganism isn’t about human health anyway, at least for me it’s not. I know for some that vegan eating is about their health and that’s fine too, but no living being is indestructible no matter how well they live their lives.
I like how the authors stress the compassionate part of veganism and also the goal of being compassionate with those who are sick or dying, including being compassionate with ourselves.
I appreciate some of the big, thought provoking ideas brought up and some of the connections made about vegans & animals & health/mortality.
As far as the end of life planning sections, my mother died when I was 11 and death, including my own death, has been at the forefront of my mind since then. So I’ve already thought a lot about and done many of the suggestions that are given in this book. I’ve had a will since childhood and since my teens everyone who’s known me well knows what I want done and not done medically. Even so there is more I’d like to do and revise, and reading this has given me the motivation to update some of my paperwork. I believe it will be well worthwhile to get my affairs in even better order.
And I want to state that this book makes a very good guide for end of life planning, no matter what your age or state of health and whether vegan or not. Whether or not readers have given much thought about this issue, this book provides a gentle way to read about and think about it and take the actions that will ease the process.
The contents are a perfect ratio of philosophy and information and personal stories. What’s presented is scientifically sound, including being honest about what we don’t yet know about diet and health. These are pro-vegan authors so they do cover what is healthy or likely healthy about following a plant based diet.
Even though I’m a slow reader I did finish it in less than 48 hours. For many readers this will be a book they can read in one sitting.
This book is a book pusher. I added many books to my to read list that are mentioned in it.
What most thrilled me about this book is the takeaway of what I can do with my own vegan advocacy and support work, and I’m so glad I have this book to recommend to vegans who aren’t inclusive of others or who believe vegan eating is a magical cure all.
Contents outline: Foreword Introduction: Facing Your Own Mortality Can Enhance Your Life and Advocacy Part 1: Vegan Health: The Myths and Realities 1. Even Vegans Get Sick… 2. How Shame and Blame Affect Our Health and Advocacy… Part 2: Caregiving as Vegans 3. A Vegan Ethic of Care… 4. When Someone You Love is Seriously Ill or Dying… Part 3: A Vegan’s Guide to Death and Dying 5. When You Have a Terminal Illness… 6. Mourning… 7. Protecting Your Legacy of Kindness: Wills, Trusts, and Other Legal Protections… 8. Last Words, Organ Donations, and Resting Places… Afterword: A Vegan Understanding of Death – We Are Animals Who Will Die Acknowledgements Sources and Further Reading Index About the Authors About the Publisher
And as someone who’s struggled with weight issues I love this quote the authors provide and think that it’s a good guideline re weight: “The Canadian Obesity Network defines your “best weight” as whatever weight you achieve while living the healthiest lifestyle you can truly enjoy.” (page30)...more
I didn’t really think I’d be a huge fan of this cookbook because I prefer naturally vegan foods, especially when it comes to savory dishes. I’ve enjoyI didn’t really think I’d be a huge fan of this cookbook because I prefer naturally vegan foods, especially when it comes to savory dishes. I’ve enjoyed most of the vegan cookbooks by this author though so I wanted to check it out. I’m glad that I did but it definitely wasn’t a favorite. So many “current vegan fad” ingredients were included, even for sweet dishes. Coconut, vinegar, many ingredients that I don’t enjoy. It is a well organized cookbook and has some helpful sections before the recipes sections, including on nutrition, pantry basics and other ingredients, and on hidden animal ingredients. I appreciate the short section on “What’s in a name?” (page 21-22) because I know there is controversy over using animal names for animal derived ingredients free dishes. I don’t remember reading a book before now where this issue was addressed.
The book is relatively comprehensive when it comes to types of dishes/substitutions.
Contents: Introduction Chapter 1: Vegan Basics Chapter 2: DIY Dairy-Free and Egg-Free Too Chapter 3: Plant-Based Meats Chapter 4: Vegan Charcuterie Chapter 5: Instead of Seafood Chapter 6: Vegetable Steak-Out Chapter 7; Global Condiments, Sauces, and Dressings Chapter 8: Sweets from Scratch Acknowledgements Index
I had to read the start of chapter 4 to see what charcuterie means: from the French for “cooked flesh” – ugh!
Even though this book was not my cup of tea I did find a relatively few recipes that looked worth trying. (I’m wondering if some appeared in her previous books because some looked familiar to me.)
They are: from chapter 2: chickpea flour omelets and vive la French toast; from chapter 3: marinated baked tofu, best bean burgers, mama’s meatballs; from chapter 5: no-meat loaf; from chapter 6: baked eggplant Italian style; from chapter 7: avocado crema, great brown gravy, basil pesto, over-roasted tomato sauce; from chapter 8: homemade pasta, cheesy crackers, scratch biscuits, pizza dough, loaded polenta pizza, cranberry-walnut scones; from chapter 9: date-caramel sauce, ganache, veganized marshmallow fluff, lemon meringue pie, strawberry shortcake, chocolate-chocolate chip brownies.
I’ve been reading this cookbook for weeks. It just wasn’t the right one for me. I’ll still look forward to future books by this author. She’s written many.
For people who can’t or don’t want to eat flesh, eggs, dairy, etc. animal dervived foods but enjoy them, and have fewer foods they dislike than I do, the recipes contained here might be ones they enjoy, and for some people this might be a must have book.
For me it was just okay. There are literally hundreds of vegan cookbooks I like better....more
I won this at LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers Program in exchange for an honest review. It took almost 2 months to arrive and came only 4 days prior toI won this at LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers Program in exchange for an honest review. It took almost 2 months to arrive and came only 4 days prior to official publication, though it is a publication ready hardcover copy, for which I’m very appreciative.
4 ½ stars. I wanted to round up to 5 stars because of its importance but I’m rounding down, the reason being that for me it wasn’t a page-turner and there was no new information (except for some specific details) and though if I hadn’t already had the information it might have been a life changing book for me, I’m not sure if that will be true for readers learning new information from it. Which changes people make about how they relate with non-human animals aren’t stressed enough in my opinion. There was definitely not enough about veganism specifically. So many topics were covered so every topic got spread a bit thin, though each did contain a lot of information. Also, there is a hokey last paragraph. So 4 stars vs. 5 stars but I do love it and hope that it’s widely read. I’m afraid only those readers who already have great interest in the subject will read this book.
I think that it’s a really important book. I’ll even say that it’s a must read book, and I rarely say that. It’s a scholarly book and it helped me to have a background in psychology and in science, but it wasn’t at all necessary. Anyone who has even the remotest interest in the rights of non-human animals and and/or in human rights is likely to be glad that they read it. Preaching to the choir isn’t sufficient.
To give some idea of the contents, the chapter titles are:
Chapter 1: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age Chapter 2: Can Science Save Animals? Chapter 3: The Animals Whom We Eat Chapter 4: Fat Rats and Lab Cats Chapter 5: Zooed Animals Chapter 6: Captive and Companion Chapter 7: Born to Be Wild? Chapter 8: Coexistence in the Anthropocene and Beyond: Compassion and Justice for All
In my opinion there is nothing radical here, though I’m sure some of the suggestions presented are ideas not considered by many and the authors do ask us to make changes the status quo. For many I guess that’s a radical notion, but it makes sense to me, and would have even if I were a novice in the subject. The vast majority of ethical vegans are familiar with these concepts and philosophies but they might be new and food for thought information for many other readers.
For me it was a tough read at times but it was worth it, and so fascinating, especially the details new to me, and there were some in almost every chapter. It wasn’t a fast read though, but I was able to read some other books concurrently. It took me about 2 weeks to read it, not bad since I’m a slow reader. I often felt sad and angry when reading but that’s a good thing. It’s one of the best animal rights books and a crucial addition. I hope that it does make a difference. It’s unfortunate but it’s an incredibly necessary addition to the genre.
It should be mandatory reading for every humane education class (geared toward adults and maybe high school students) and also would be a good book for many college classes, especially in the biological, ecological, health sciences and psychology classes. As I said before, it’s scholarly and it’s substantial and would be fine to use as a textbook. That said, it works well as an interesting book for laypeople too.
Part of me said Well, duh! but of course it’s a necessary book, though it always boggles my mind why this is true.
It focuses on the science of well-being, very much including individual animals, and talks a lot about freedom. It’s an animal rights vs. animal welfare book, and those who read it will understand the reason for its focus.
I was scared to read the chapter about companion animals, but I overall I was pleased and agreed. My main objection (and surprised shock) in this chapter was companion animal’s human family members being called owners by these authors. Nope! Please don’t use the term owner. The word guardian is ok but companion or family member are even more ideal, in my opinion. I admit I get into the momma, daddy, sister, brother words at times with dogs and cats. So sue me.
Just a note: I was gratified to get validation regarding my feelings about Temple Grandin.
The book is extremely well researched, even though a lot of what’s reported are interesting personal stories.
This book isn't as long as it looks. The book proper goes to only page 182. (Notes pages 183-196, Bibliography pages 197-212, Index pages 213-225.)
I’m very grateful that I won this at LibraryThing. I’m so glad that I read it and read it now. Given my enormous to read shelf and my ridiculously growing on deck shelf (only my at home plate shelf is close to reasonable) I’m not sure I’d have ever read this.
Local people: I’m happy to lend it out. Please just ask....more