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Fat, Gay Vegan - Eat, Drink and Live Like You Give a Sh!t

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Fat Gay Vegan is exactly what he says in the name - he's fat, he's gay and he's vegan. But for a word that's grown so popular, what does being vegan actually mean? The vegan community has grown hugely in the last decade, but is surrounded by questions of ethics, of community, of celebrity food fads and spurious health claims. Fo
Paperback, 217 pages
Published 2018 by Watkins Media Limited
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I would characterize Fat Gay Vegan as a self help book and tutorial that is written mostly for new vegans, single-issue vegans (meaning vegans focused solely on animal rights who haven't branched out to supporting other social justice issues,) or the veg-curious out there. I've been vegan over 12 years myself so I know going into reading books like this that there may not be much new information for me. However, I always like to keep an eye out for those working in the intersections between anim ...more
Michael Legge
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shame he dies in the end.
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Pg 28 It takes knowing the facts, knowing your part and feeling it is the right thing to do in your heart. Once the pieces fall into place and you have a clear understanding of your role in reducing animal suffering, choosing vegan becomes an epiphany.

An eye-opening and inspirational book that gives sound knowledge about what veganism is about.
One of my favorite parts was the one were different people gave their own insight about what veganism means to them. In the end, I agree with everything
Laura JC
I know the author personally, and I know he writes from the heart. He's a mover and shaker in the vegan world, especially but not exclusively in the UK. The book is no-nonsense, easy-to-read and full of practical information about not just veganism and the reasons for adopting this lifestyle but also speciesism and other unfortunate -isms in our world today. Mr. O'Callaghan and his partner walk the talk, and I recommend this book to everyone - vegan, vegan-aspiring or not. It will widen your per ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I expected it to focus more on the intersectionalities queer / fat positivity / vegan lifestyle, but it turned out to be mainly about the vegan lifestyle.
if you're looking for a book to start exploring veganism, I'd recommend it.
Kate Dansette
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An accessible guide to veganism with all the bad stuff (fat shaming, racism, misogyny) left out. The author is at pains not to be preachy and judgemental, acknowledge his own privileges and to hand over to other voices when appropriate.
Shannon Lionheart
Dec 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
I won this book, I wish I hadn't not certain why it was listed under the cookbook section.

This book is a Intro to veganism, I've been a vegan for a long time and am just not intrigued by understanding another person's perspectives on veganism......
Helen  Cortezano
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Gave me clear idea about what being vegan really is. It's not about health, trend, or other social issues, but rather the rights of non-human animals are at the center of this movement. Best for people exploring their way into veganism and a living a compassionate life with the least harm on all those around us. ...more
Hannah Renowden
May 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this and I enjoyed the start, however it became very serious, very quickly. As a vegan, I know how serious the issues that led me to this choice ARE, but I can't help feeling the very full-on tone of this book would put people off considering it.

I do all I can to live a compassionate and thoughtful life, however this book has made me feel like my efforts aren't good enough.
Sarah Blair
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
So unbelievably preachy! Filled to the brim with boring anecdotes and very little in the way of practical advice. No real recipes to speak of either, I honestly have no idea what the point of this book is. It's certainly not inspirational or motivational in any way, and it almost feels like the reader is constantly being "told off" for not doing enough... Not exactly great for newcomers to veganism. ...more
Hana Faber
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A light, easy, vegan introduction (or reaffirmation) that clearly contextualises ethical eating. Filled with easy sound bites that strives to advocate a vegan lifestyle without judgment + a slew of recipes & resources.
Pat Morris-jones
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Seems like a really nice guy but I want my vegan life to be just a small part of who I am, not what defines me. This guy thinks differently. Each to their own.
Jesse Shatto
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was really good it’s a book for vegans and non-vegans alike definitely recommend it.
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Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vegan-eco-living
A good introduction for a hopeful vegan such as myself. Though preachy at times, O’Callaghan lays out the facts to readers to grapple with head on. As he often says, there’s no sugar-coating.
Natalie Sparkes
A little bit too militant and preachy in places for me. However, did discover some good links to vegan sites and apps that have been really helpful for me
I guess I’m what they call vegan curious (is that right?) and what I liked about Fat Gay Vegan is that Sean O’Callaghan writes in a way that’s kind and gentle instead of critical and judgemental. There’s nothing worse than someone who knows or thinks they’re right that can’t even kind about it, which is an unfortunately common sentiment that people seem to have about vegans. I love that people like Sean are writing books that try to steer people in the “right” direction more gently. I also appre ...more
Jun 30, 2020 rated it liked it
A bit of fun.👍
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