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
Wow! This book is great. Every time I was thinking a place or attraction was left out, it eventually appeared. The content feels very comprehensive.
I’Wow! This book is great. Every time I was thinking a place or attraction was left out, it eventually appeared. The content feels very comprehensive.
I’d have given this 5 stars for sure but, as with virtually all printed guidebooks, so much was out of date. Places have closed entirely, prices have risen, offers have been discontinued, etc.
But, I’m tempted to buy this book for a friend who’s about to buy a house in the city, and I’m even tempted to get a copy for myself. I actually wish this was an online publication, making it easy to update as information changes.
The categories include film, readings, theater, music, comedy, dance, food, drinks, beauty services, family resources, kid stuff, shopping, health & medicine, the great outdoors, fitness, learning & lectures, libraries, pets, transportation, public art & gardens & attractions, annual events. All sorts of places are listed, and contact information is often included.
It’s expensive to live in or visit San Francisco and this is a very helpful book for people who want to fully participate in what the city has to offer but either don’t have the funds to pay full price for most things, and also for anybody who appreciates saving some money.
Reading this book motivated me to make more of an effort to do more around here and lightened my heart to see just how much is offered free or for very low prices. Much of the information I knew, but much was new to me, and I’m a long time resident.
I’m not surprised that there is a very long queue at the library for this book.
Highly recommended to San Francisco residents and visitors to the city too, with the caveat that readers do research before they head off for a bargain to make certain the places and the offers are still available.