I consider Ginny a friend, but I can honestly say a top notch job was done with this material; even if I’d never had any personal contact with Ginny II consider Ginny a friend, but I can honestly say a top notch job was done with this material; even if I’d never had any personal contact with Ginny I know I’d have respected and enjoyed the book just as much as I did.
This book is absolutely the best book out there for up to date, as of 2011, vegan nutrition. It’s wonderful, full of indispensable information for vegans and vegan interested people at every stage of the life cycle, and those who know them, and those who work with them in various capacities. (I hope these authors write an update if/when new information comes to light, which it likely eventually will.)
Ginny Messina is my favorite R.D. and Jack Norris is my second favorite R.D., even though there are several other vegan R.D.s I highly respect and like. So, I was very eager to read this book. I immensely respect these two authors and what they’ve done with the creation of this book.
Okay, I’m a bit of a nutrition geek. I took a college level nutrition class and have read extensively on my own, including two editions of Ginny’s book for professional registered dietitians and other health professionals: The Dietitian's Guide to Vegetarian Diets: Issues and Applications. But, this book is definitely aimed for laypeople, though it doesn’t dumb down the information; the layperson reader is given respect in how the information is presented, not condescended to at all.
The book is very well written and very readable, and able to be enjoyed by and useful for both adults and teens.
As an ethical vegan, chapter 16 Why Vegan? was closest to my heart, and I particularly appreciated it being there and respected its placement as the last full chapter. Including it and having it at the end of the book was a wise choice, in my opinion. Each farmed animal gets just a short (not too overwhelming) section, which educates the reader how these animals raised for food are treated. I’m so glad this information was included in what is primarily an outstanding health-promoting book.
I normally read all books cover to cover, every word, in exact order, but I admit I headed right for chapter 11, which covers vegan diets for people over 50. So, I read that chapter twice.
There are so many great things about this book. I love the honesty re B12 and other nutrients, the scientific rigor of evaluating different types of studies and critical thinking re current information and acknowledgment that in some cases we just don’t know or there is more than one way to interpret findings. This is a book for laypeople, and it covers vegan diets at all stages of the life cycle.
This book is particularly recommended for new vegans and those who are interested in vegan eating, but as a long term vegan, I learned quite a bit, about which I was not at all surprised. I can highly recommend this book to all vegans, the vegan interested, those who cook for or know vegans, those who work in various capacities with vegans and those nearly vegan.
I love the attitude of the two authors, of promoting veganism for the animals, but also to encourage people to eat as healthfully as possible without being overly restrictive and definitely allowing for “treat” foods.
I’ve been fully vegan for nearly 17 years, and mostly vegan for over 23 years, and lacto-ovo for more than a decade before that, and I read a lot about nutrition, but I learned quite a bit about amounts. I also hadn’t know about USP for vitamin supplements, and am motivated to take a DHA & EPA supplement, especially given my age. The thing I learned that shocked me the most was that white pasta (I eat whole wheat/whole grain pasta 95% of the time) is lower on the glycemic index (GI) than brown rice. Whoa!
Most importantly, this book has motivated me to do a better job of eating more nutrient dense food, especially since I have to eat very low calorie to lose weight, especially since for over 7 years injuries have significantly reduced my ability to strenuously exercise.
The menu plans are probably especially helpful for new vegans and those considering veganism, but I got some lovely ideas for foods to eat more often or add in to my diet.
I thoroughly enjoyed the section by and about vegan teens and children.
The resources list is particularly useful, not comprehensive, but I think the authors chose the very best examples for each section, and I found a couple more blogs I’ll probably follow. (Whether I find the time to actually read them is another matter.)
My only quibble (and I told Ginny this when I was reading this book) is the contention that swimming is not particularly useful for building bone density. I’ve read elsewhere that when swimming laps the water acts as a resistance and the body gets weight bearing exercise that way. And, over a couple year period when I swam a lot and did virtually no other physical activity, my spine gained a significant amount of bone density. But that’s the only information in the book that I question. I implicitly trust every other bit of information from these two authors. They’ve definitely done their homework, and then some.
And, Ginny, the co-author, is an active Goodreads reader member (she’s never participated in irritating author promotion, never ever) and I love discussing books with her here, particularly historical fiction and children’s books. As icing on the cake, in her acknowledgements she thanks her buddies at Goodreads, this site. Us! Hooray! Very cool! And thoughtful!
Introduction: Going Vegan for Life
1 Understanding Vegan Nutrient Needs
2 Protein from Plants
3 Vitamin B12: The Gorilla in the Room
4 Calcium, Vitamin D, and Bone Health
5 Fats: Making the Best Choices
6 Iron, Zinc, Iodine, and Vitamin A: Maximizing Vegan Sources
7 The Vegan Food Guide
8 Making the Transition to a Vegan Diet
9 A Healthy Start: Vegan Diets in Pregnancy and Breast-Feeding
10 Raising Vegan Children and Teens
11 Vegan Diets for People Over Fifty
12 Plant Food Advantages: Health Benefits of a Vegan Diet
13 Managing Weight, Heart Disease, and Diabetes
14 Sports Nutrition
15 Is It Safe to Eat Soy?
16 Why Vegan?
Vegan Resources A Quick Guide to Cooking Grains, Beans, and Vegetables Metric Conversion Chart Acknowledgements Notes Index...more
This book is so hard for me to rate because while I found it very disappointing and it certainly didn’t live up to my admittedly high expectations, thThis book is so hard for me to rate because while I found it very disappointing and it certainly didn’t live up to my admittedly high expectations, there is some wonderful information here. The problem is that I already knew virtually every place, and some don’t qualify for me as tranquil or peaceful, either the locations or the getting to the locations. I was hoping to find many, many new ideas for places to go. Also, there are only 110 places featured; I could think of so many that aren’t included. I wanted more.
Readers are encouraged to get to the vast majority of places via public transportation. I can’t think of much that’s less tranquil than taking city busses. Ferries are wonderfully peaceful but they’re not easy for me to get to, especially without my car.
However, I did find or remember a few gems, the short sections for each location are well written, and there is plenty of helpful information given for each site. Included are maps, a very useful table of contents, peacefulness ratings (3 grades), categories of types of places/experiences, general transportation information, some black and white photos, and “essentials" at each place and that includes address, phone number, web site, cost if any, hours, and public transportation options if any. There are many outdoor sites, though fewer than I expected or had hoped for. There are also lots of churches, cafés & stores, libraries, museums, and other indoor locations.
For all my complaining and the letdown I felt, I see that there are also Peaceful Places books for New York and Los Angeles, and I think I’d be interested in reading those before I visited those cities. I assume I might find appealing places I would not be likely to find otherwise. I also expect that I will at least occasionally use this book if I feel like getting away without going away, if only to remind myself about some available options. I think that either visitors or those new to the area would best appreciate this book, and even then not as their only resource. As someone who knows San Francisco and the Bay Area fairly well, it didn’t provide enough new information to make it worth the purchase.
I was so excited when this book came to my attention, but I’d thought it was primarily an art book with some text but it’s really the other way aroundI was so excited when this book came to my attention, but I’d thought it was primarily an art book with some text but it’s really the other way around.
This book is an art book, about nature, natural history, human history, and is also autobiographical. I live in California and so recognized so many of the places.
As I turned so very many of the pages there was a wonderful feast for my eyes. Just lovely. I love little pictures of plants & animals and the pictures/charts with multiple examples and time lines were so pleasing.
All the accounts are interesting, some particularly fascinating.
The climate history portions were fascinating as was all the historical ecology information. My favorite section was on the wolves: they’re one of my favorite animals. I love the quote on page 242: “I am always delighted at the subtle ways in which everything in the natural world is connected, and often reminded that we too are wrapped in this web.” My favorite bit of trivia that I learned was that the sea penetrated the Golden Gate only 10,000 years ago, which isn’t really very long in geologic time. I remember when condors were near extinct/brought back to California so I really liked that section too.
This is an incredibly impressive book. It’s beautiful and fun and informative. I love all the paintings and sketches and art charts of animals & plants & landscapes, black & white and in full color, the field notes, the essays and scientific knowledge and acumen about the natural world of the author-illustrator. In her scenes of past times, I appreciated she informed the reader what was conjecture.
I’m a city person but I noticed that almost always I appreciated the earlier natural terrain than today’s landscapes when comparisons are made.
The author-illustrator has really created a masterpiece with this book. It’s a really valuable contribution, in my opinion. She’s an artist, a naturalist, has studied paleontology and biology, she’s worked as a field biologist. She’s managed to consolidate all of these accomplishments and talents into this book. I’m not anywhere near as outdoorsy as she is, yet as I read, I did feel some yearning to experience much of what she has.
Unfortunately, I learned I can still speed read; I had to read this book very quickly (which was disappointing) because there is a long hold list at my public library and I wanted to return it by its due date. If I was in book buying mode, I’d be tempted to purchase it, but I think I’ll wait until there is no longer a wait and I’ll borrow it again for the library then. I’d like to reread at least certain portions and take time to savor reading them.
I did not read any of the notes. I was tempted to illegally make a copy of the extensive bibliography, but instead I skimmed it. I’d like to peruse it more carefully, but even though some of the books look interesting, most don’t interest me nearly as much as this book does.
Acknowledgments Introduction: Broad Valleys, Rolling Hills One: Golden Bear Two: Mysteries of Time and Climate Three: Shoreline Stories Four: The Inland Marshes: Living Locally Five: River World Six: California Grasslands Seven: The Oak: A Lifetime That Spans Centuries Eight: Fire: Red-hot Cycles of Renewal Nine: Where Deer and Antelope Played: Cycles You Can See Ten: Great Herds: Elk and Bison Eleven: Top Predators and Interactions Twelve: Giants in the Sky: Condors Thirteen: First Fish: Salmon Conclusion: Relocalization Appendix: Scintific Names of Species in This Book Notes Bibliography Index...more
I liked this book even better than The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and that’s saying a lot. it’s even moreWonderful! Fabulous! So special! Very clever!
I liked this book even better than The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and that’s saying a lot. it’s even more emotionally touching than that first book.
Ben. Rose. Jamie. Etc. All of them touched me.
For not the first time I am tempted to create a new-york or nyc shelf.
I read this book in one day. Rose’s story told via pictures and Ben’s told via text were both mesmerizing.
I have memories of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, which is mentioned/”shown” in this story (which takes place in 1977 & 1927) had me spellbound all over again.
The title name is brilliantly incorporated more than one way into this story.
I recommend this book to just about everybody, particularly anybody who fits/likes any of the following: museums, books, the Museum of Natural History in NYC, bookstores, is interested in the deaf and/or Deaf culture, likes historical fiction stories, remembers the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, liked From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, is a fan of wolves, appreciates a good orphan story, enjoys beautiful and fascinating book illustrations, can feel in awe of unusual and brilliant books. I really don’t know what to say that wouldn’t come across as hyperbole. This book is great. Truly great. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. It might end up on my favorites shelf; I’ll have to mull over that decision.
Entertaining and informative and absolutely not to be missed: end of the book Acknowledgments, and also a great Selected Bibliography, with many categories....more
I read this as a buddy read with my Goodreads’ friend Diane, who kindly waited for my library copy of the book to arrive.
3 ½ stars
I wanted to like thiI read this as a buddy read with my Goodreads’ friend Diane, who kindly waited for my library copy of the book to arrive.
3 ½ stars
I wanted to like this book somewhat more than I actually did.
This book is written with an engaging writing style, and for the most part I felt very absorbed as I read, and I learned quite a bit. The history was certainly interesting, but I had such a hard time finding anyone to root for, not just the obvious Nazis and various corrupt people, but practically everybody left me cold, at least until toward the very end, and that wasn’t enough to satisfy me.
I think the most valuable thing I took away from this account was when thinking of the saying to remember so that history does not repeat itself, so that it never happens again, is realizing that knowing about 1938-1945 isn’t sufficient, and just how important it is to be aware of events in 1933-1934, and how important those were in fomenting what happened in later years.
The next most thought provoking thing I took away with me was the cogent point made that in 1933, when Americans complained about the way the Third Reich was taking away the rights of Jews, is that the offenders were able to point out how in parts of America at the time black people did not have suffrage or full civil rights. Whoops, so true. And, of course, there was plenty of anti-Semitism in America, not just in Germany/Europe, and this book makes that very clear.
The title of the foreword of the book translates to the word foreplay, and one of the problems for me is the entire book felt like foreplay. The main events of the book all take place in 1933 and 1934, and concentrate on a very few people, although included are many of those who became key players in the Third Reich. I kept thinking I should be more fascinated, but for me the focus was too narrow to wow me. The whole book felt like one long build up; I kept thinking about what happened during the Holocaust, and while knowing what happened several years before was chilling and useful, in the end it wasn’t enough of a story for me, despite all the remarkable details provided.
I had a very difficult time liking or being all that interested in any of the main people covered though. Rather than being riveted, I became weary of what felt like incessant namedropping, even though I’m sure all the famous people are part of the allure of this telling. The main characters here are William E. Dodd, American ambassador to Hilter’s Germany, and his daughter Martha.
Regarding Dodd the ambassador: well, as I read I was not impressed, but toward the end all his positive attributes were stressed, so I’m not certain if I simply did not get it, or agree, or whether the author didn’t do a stellar job of reporting. And just as I thought I started liking him, I stopped, again. He didn’t seem at all suited to the job, but he didn’t have much support behind him. I was interested to read how various people in power (including F.D.R.) and ordinary U.S. citizens had varying views on what response or lack thereof was suitable for Hitler’s policies.
I found it incredibly hard to like daughter Martha, except regarding her aspirations to be a writer, which I could appreciate, and I found it more than a tad tiresome reading about her overly active love life; I found it boring to the point that eventually when every time yet a new suitor was introduced I was going ho hum. She certainly knew many interesting people but I found the facts duller than I could have ever imagined. At times I felt outright animosity toward her.
Some things I noticed: It was very dispiriting to read how Nazism could have been stopped in 1933 but wasn’t. People sure wrote gorgeously written letters back then. It was striking the animosity between Hitler’s SS and SA. Ditto even during these years the kind treatment toward dogs and horses vs. many people.
I read the notes as I read each chapter, which I do recommend doing, and some are sufficiently long and crucial that I wish they’d been incorporated into the book proper. There were interesting maps on the inside covers but they’re so small and so detailed they’re hard to read. There is an impressive bibliography, and an index is included, and there are several photographs.
As if the rise of the Third Reich and some of the early atrocities weren’t horrendous enough, I was left feeling glum when at the end of the book the reader is told the fates of various individuals. The author writes of experiencing difficult feelings while immersing himself in writing this book, and I certainly found it very depressing throughout. Many times I enjoy depressing books, and even find them of some comfort, but I couldn’t feel involved enough with any of the main players here (and there are many amazing people so I don’t know why) and therefore I just couldn’t love this book. I liked it. I think it has value. But it’s far from one of my favorite books, and I’m glad I’m moving on to other books. It helped to read it with a friend; I suspect if I’d read it entirely on my own I’d have deducted a half star....more