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The Minimalist Vegan: A Simple Manifesto On Why To Live With Less Stuff And More Compassion

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The Minimalist Vegan by Masa and Michael Ofei is less of a how-to book, and more of a why-to book. A manifesto on why to live with less stuff and with more compassion.

They explore the intersection of minimalism and veganism and all that each complimentary lifestyle has to offer. They dive deep into conscious living and what it actually means. With chapters on topics such
Kindle Edition, 147 pages
Published December 24th 2017 by Minimalist Company Pty, Limited
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Alyssa Chrisman
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Super inspirational (and heartbreaking) quick read that I will probably find myself returning to. I have been vegetarian for about half a year now (pescetarian before that), and I am finding it harder and harder to justify not being vegan any longer. I think it is time. I really like how the book connected veganism with minimalism and a focus on ethically sourced products. I am working on incorporating that into my life (and simply buying less overall). It is difficult at times, and it can be mo ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This book achieves what it sets out to do by providing a very light introduction to the why of minimalism and veganism. I've explored these concepts in quite a lot of depth so I didn't get too much new out of it, but there is some good preliminary value to be mined here from people just starting to consider these concepts.

A detractor of this book is that a glance at the references throughout it show a large number of website citations. In a time where everyone demands peer reviewed cita
Claudia Turner
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very concise but thorough look at veganism and minimalism. I also used to think of minimalism as white walls, linen, boring humans.... I used to think of veganism as that one step beyond vegetarianism that was just too much because, well, cheese is delicious. But I’ve learned about the dairy industry, about factory farms and agriculture’s extreme damage to the environment, to animals and to our health. There’s so much packed into this little book and it’s all spot on and important. Keep readin ...more
Kelly (BookWtch)
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
The Minimalist Vegan is a wonderful introduction to those starting to explore minimalism or veganism, and explains the correlation and value between the two.

I personally didn't get much new from it as I have been researching these topics since I switched to a plant-based lifestyle some years ago, but there is a lot of good rudimentary information for those just starting out.

I did however learn more from this book about the fashion industry and its negative impact on the environment, along with
Carla Enright
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If we are continually placing our happiness in the future and making it dependent on external factors, we’ll be forever seeking it and only ever fleetingly be finding it.

A fascinating and thought-provoking read which has given me a lot to ponder over.
Mindfulness is something that I practice actively, every day, but the concept of actively being mindful of what I consume is new and exciting to me.
This book is insightful and knowledgeable, thoroughly researched, and just an effortless, enjoyable
Dec 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as much an awakening as a reminder to why I live my life consciously and with intent, but a good read nonetheless. Sometimes it's just nice to see the words and reasonings you feel inside put into words. ...more
Victoria Bugan
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
i loves this book so much! it opened my eyes to so much more and i can’t wait to keep learning about these topics. i also can’t wait to start my minimalist journey!
Wendi Nunnery
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
There isn't a ton of new information here (read: very little) if you're already pretty well-versed in minimalism or veganism, but it's a nice, quick read to brush up on why you're choosing this lifestyle. I enjoyed it! ...more
Juanita, a bookish vegan
This book reinforces why I am a vegan and why I am working towards a more minimalist lifestyle. For anyone who is thinking about becoming a vegan or leading a more ethical lifestyle this is a good beginning book.
Beth Johnstone
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
There were parts of this I liked and parts I didn't. There's a lot of information in here that I'm glad I know, but I can't wrap my head around "speciesism" and the comparisons to sexism and racism, which are still big issues in our society today. At one point it was said that we don't treat disabled people differently because we're the same species, which is obviously not true. Ableism is still a thing. The point they were trying to make could have very easily been made by comparing our treatme ...more
Anna Thomas
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is full of info that I knew in my gut but wanted to ignore in my life. After the first couple of chapters, I went into my closet and bagged up five garbage bags worth of stuff I didn’t love. I’m now rethinking plastics in a big way, but still have a lot of work to do in that area; I just needed a little prodding. I recommend this book for all who are wanting good reasons to take a stand for the protection of our world and our future generations. I believe that God gave us dominion over ...more
Jordan Heustis
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would give this book 3.5 stars. I’m already vegan and I guess I didn’t really gain much from the vegan parts of the book. As far as the minimalism parts, I did find them interesting but I wish they were longer and more in depth. For what I paid for the book, I wish it took me longer than an hour to read, but overall I support what the authors are doing and if they came out with a more in depth book, I would read it.
Jennifer Lewis
Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Not much new here

If you are new to veganism or minimalism and need a primer, this might be helpful to you. If you are already familiar with these topics, you won’t find anything profound here.
Tamathea Choyce Pate
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This was well written and simple with good information. I don't require simple, however, sometimes good topics get lost in too many words and lose the point trying to be made.
Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Easy to read, information dense introduction to the global crises occurring today - I only wish it covered more in the society and justice section.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Great summary of the way I tend to think about the world around me...
Jun 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Ok, but

The part about the animal cruelty etc did not need to be there every one knows.
I have been a vegetarian/vegan for 25+ years
Gini DeLora
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simple. Honest.

I found this to be a great introduction to minimalism, veganism, and the connection between the two. Straight to the point but not overbearing.
Fernanda Cristina
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book, very interesting insights about things other than eating habits in a really simple language.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is me, 100%. I did not learn anything new, but it's a good distillation of all the things I care about: the environment, animal welfare, less stuff, less plastic, etc. A very quick read. ...more
Amber Shott
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Great idea behind the book. However the book is very simple knowledge- perhaps better for those who know little about veganism and minimalism
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it
It was short and to the point. I decided to read the book to put myself back on track after going off-road of my journey to becoming a vegan minimalist. This was good as a reminder.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Not the most comprehensive book about minimalism I’ve ever read, but probably good as a starter for someone just beginning their journey. While the sine the of veganism was interesting to read, I felt it got a little preachy (no I am not a vegan).
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
i'm not familiar with the authors and wonder if it is just their blog posts amassed into a book. I thought it was okay but didn't learn anything new. it might be good for someone interested in veganism and needing more information. it's easy to read and can be read in an hour or two. ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick and easy read. The authors gave some inspirational advice about clearing physical, emotional, and moral clutter out of one's life and making time for things that matter most. They leave the interpretation of the latter pretty open: family, time to one's self, relishing experiences over possessions. They advocate choosing quality over quantity for one's possessions, wardrobe, etc. The book challenged me to get rid of things that I'm hanging on to without any real reason. I agree ...more
Rachel Pelham Serafino
Solidly behind the “why” of this book, but not a fan of the writing. Still worth the short read!
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