I do wish that there were page numbers so it would be easy to single out some of my favorite cartoons. One I really like is where a non-vegan asks a vI do wish that there were page numbers so it would be easy to single out some of my favorite cartoons. One I really like is where a non-vegan asks a vegan what do you eat and a reply of a full page of tons of foods and dishes and non-vegan says they don’t like any of that – but almost all of them are funny and brilliant – my only quibbles are that there is a lot of repetitiveness and I’d have liked many more cartoons.
The last 30 pages is advice to vegans on how to best deal with questions of and confrontations by non-vegans. I bought the book to support the author/artist and for the cartoons, but this Q & A section is very good. I can’t really find fault with any of it, and many answers provided are very similar to ones I’d give and have given.
This is a good, supportive, and amusing book for vegans, those who have important people in their lives who are vegan, and those interested in what it means to be vegan/veganism....more
This book got me out of my very long reading slump. It was such an easy book to read, yet it was wonderfully complex. I sank into it as I hadn’t sunkThis book got me out of my very long reading slump. It was such an easy book to read, yet it was wonderfully complex. I sank into it as I hadn’t sunk into a book for a long time. It felt wonderful.
So, so funny. So wise. So psychologically smart and sophisticated. So entertaining. Not a false note, though the very ending wasn’t perfect for me, but it was okay. I loved all the literary and psychology/science references. Devastating too as it was emotionally raw. Complicated in a perfect way. It’s a marvelous and unique coming of age story, and I love all sorts of coming of age stories. I love Rosemary’s voice too, the main character who tells the story.
I somewhat know two of the major settings: Davis California and Bloomington Indiana. So, that was fun, even though there wasn’t a huge amount of detail of either, but I still had fun knowing the places.
Unfortunately, I knew much about it before reading it, and this is one book that’s much better to go into totally cold. Reading the hardcover book’s jacket is fine. Reading book descriptions and reviews is not. I still enjoyed it, but I think I’d have loved it even more had I known nothing other than what’s on the book’s cover; in other words, virtually nothing.
So that leads me to my dilemma. I want to highly recommend this book to my real world book club, but I don’t want members to expect too much detail when they ask me about it, and I really don’t want them looking it up. That might be a bit of a problem....more
I thought for sure I’d want to own this book, as I have several previous books like this and assumed I’d want the latest, hopefully comprehensive versI thought for sure I’d want to own this book, as I have several previous books like this and assumed I’d want the latest, hopefully comprehensive version. However, I think I’m past needing these books. Perhaps it’s that I now know all the information, perhaps it’s because it’s easier to find this kind of information on the internet, perhaps it’s because so many processed vegan products now have some sort of vegan labeling. Also, in this version, so many of the ingredients are ones I’ve never encountered. In previous books, I discovered there was great danger of running into most of the included unwanted ingredients. This was kind of fun to read though, and dismaying to me to be reminded of how much humans use animal derived ingredients and items. For brand new vegans or the vegan interested who are as hard core as I am and who’ve never read a list such as this, I think they might find this book interesting. If I didn’t own similar books, I might want this for reference. It may be the best such book I’ve read. I appreciate how comprehensive it is. I’m also glad my library has it available for lending.
It is a well organized book. I appreciate the icons: always or often vegetable, sometimes or rarely vegetable, always or often animal, sometimes or rarely animal, always or often synthetic, sometimes or rarely synthetic, always or often mineral, sometimes or rarely mineral, always or often microbiological, sometimes or rarely microbiological.
Introduction/About Using This Book
Part 1: Ingredients A to Z
Part 2: Product Labeling Food Dietary supplements Pharmaceutical drugs Cosmetics Household cleaning products Textiles, wool and fur Leather and imitation leather Seals, logs and labels
Part 3: Vegan Alternatives to Animal Ingredients Food Dietary supplements Pharmaceutical drugs “Pet” food Cosmetic products Household cleaning products – Clothing and accessories Footware Brushes and brooms – Interior decoration, household items Sport and leisure Arts and crafts Photography and printing – Musical instruments Electronics and technology Closing remarks
Part 4: References and Resources Glossary Bibliography Online resources U.S. legislation
It’s a useful reference book and its small size makes it convenient for carrying around if so desired. It would make a fine gift for any vegan interested person or any vegan who doesn’t know the full scope of animal exploitation, yet wants to avoid it as much as possible. It didn’t make for scintillating cover to cover reading though. I recommend it as a reference book, even though portions, especially not the ingredients lists proper, are sufficiently interesting for reading in full....more