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The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life: Cruelty-Free Crafts, Recipes, Beauty Secrets and More

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,235 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
Vegan women everywhere are banding together in their efforts to be healthy, cruelty free, and environmentally responsible. This is their handbook. Melisser (known to most as “The Urban Housewife”) presents the basics of veganism for the newbies, lots of DIY craft projects, cruelty-free beauty tips, travel advice, recipes, and more.

This book is not just for vegan girls—it’
Paperback, 220 pages
Published November 11th 2010 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published November 1st 2010)
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Apr 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This book hit right in the middle at 3 stars. While the author had great intentions and ideas, it is not very easily attainable unless you live in a big city. I've been vegetarian for almost 14 years, so I disliked how the book, at times; demonized vegetarians. I may enjoy my (real) cheese and milk, but by refraining from eating meat, I save on average 3-5 thousand animals per year! I'm pretty darn proud of that. While I applaud vegans, I feel like vegans and vegetarians should mutually support ...more
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
A really nice intro to veganism for young women who want to stay cool while being un-cruel. Elliott speaks like she's your fun young aunt, the one who won't comment on your stupid haircut and lets you watch movies your mom doesn't want you to see.

In addition to guidance on being an ethical consumer, I appreciated that Elliott is willing to take on some tougher subjects in this book like eating disorders and contraceptives. Many introductory pages are devoted to animal rights issues, something so
Xerxes Methuselah
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Melisser's book, while fairly thorough, was a little disappointing. I appreciate her efforts, however minimal, to remain somewhat neutral on topics which are controversial within vegan culture. It would have felt more honest and earnest if she'd just stayed true to herself and presented it as her views.

I was also disappointed in her portrayal of some vitamins as "hard to get." Following that with lists of food rich in said nutrients is contradictory and for someone just scanning the book, can l
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for women just starting out in veganism. It covers literally everything you've ever wanted to know about the lifestyle, from diet and nutrition to crafts and vegan tattoos. It's very extensive. Although I'm already vegan I thought I'd snatch this book up anyway because I think Melisser is just so adorable, and the recipes in her book looked pretty good. Not a whole lot of new info here for the seasoned vegan, but a great primer for those who are dipping their toes in.
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This would be a great book for a brand new vegan, or someone interested in or contemplating the lifestyle. It is a very basic primer, though it does offer a lot of great web-based resources. If you are looking for a general overview of the issues one faces as a vegan, this is a good place to start. Once you've read this though, there are a lot of other more in-depth tomes that you will want to consult!
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks, food, style
I'm not vegan, but I am trying to eat less meat and use less animal-based products. This guide is helpful in this goal because it covers concerns beyond just food, like clothing and beauty products. The tone isn't too strident either, which I appreciated; I want information, but not a guilt trip. The recipes look great and I plan to try a few soon.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
As an initial introduction to veganism, I think this does an okay job. It to me forever to go back and finish this and I was trying to figure out why. The subject matter is near and dear to my heart, but I just wasn't connecting with this book.

What did this book do well? The author covers a wide range of topics, suggesting companies that offer vegan products. This could be very helpful to a new vegan. She also discussed various animal-derived ingredients in foods and other products to watch for
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
OK, this is more like 3 and a half stars. I guess vegans round up for each other?
I think this is the first book I've actually purchased in a long time. With budget cuts at the library, this was not ordered. It looked great, and in a lot of ways, it is. I'm glad that I purchased it and that it's now part of my permanent personal library.
I like that it's set up sort of like a giant magazine. It would be a great book for a beginner vegan. For me it was a nice, informal refresher on a lot of issues.
Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a great start for women and girls who are interested in veganism or are new vegans. It's packed with useful information that's presented in a fun format and is never pushy. I really like that Melisser takes such a positive attitude toward her veganism. She clearly feels passionately about the issues that caused her to go vegan, but she doesn't berate non-vegans or become overly defensive. She comes from a family of "meat and potatoes" dinners and even gives suggestions on popular meals t ...more
Nov 04, 2011 rated it liked it
An informative book that tries to cover a wide range of issues and aspects of vegan living, with profiles of vegan businesses, and bloggers. The author manages to avoid 'preaching' to people. Instead, she shows both sides of some grey areas and allows the reader to make their own decisions. One place where she failed to this, however, was the lack of mentioning that although "Pureology" hair products may be vegan, they are also manufactured by L'Oreal - one the worst offenders in regards to anim ...more
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vegan, read-in-2015
What an awesome little guidebook to veganism! I think this would be an excellent starter book -- it gives reasoning behind why a person should consider veganism, from environmental, ethical, and personal health perspectives. Always encouraging without being overly snippy, The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life is packed full of tidbits that aide vegans, newbie and seasoned alike, on making good lifestyle choices -- complete with loads of resources and profiles of noteable vegan figures and companies. An ...more
Bethany McKay
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book had facts I already know as a 5-year vegan, but I love her casual manner of writing and the recipes! also her list of vegan beauty and home items helps me rethink some areas where I have strayed.
Jan 16, 2013 rated it liked it
This wasn't a bad book, it was very informative about the vegan lifestyle, which involves more than food choices. I picked it up, however, based on the cover; which I thought meant it was a cookbook.
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommened. In addition to being highly infomative to vegans and vegan-wannabes, this is a link to numerous vegan-bloggers and vegan-entrepreneurs. It's vegariffic!
Lether Meyer
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Awesome and informative! :) It's a book I'll be coming back to frequently for help. ^__^
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, nonfiction, food
This is probably really useful for really new vegans or those who are unsure about what veganism is and why anyone would do it. Lots of justification of the lifestyle and a lot of reassuring that veganism doesn't mean the end of your life being fun/delicious/interesting. Mostly just didn't hit the mark for me, because I knew most of what the chapters on "why be vegan?", nutrition, shopping/nonvegan things in your closet, etc. would contain, there wasn't a lot of new material. It was also written ...more
This book offers other bloggers, vegan testimonies, websites of small businesses of those who are selling items that are cruelty-free. It also gives brief definitions on veganism, vegetarian, etc. as well as myths vs. truths of the vegan lifestyle. Most of the vegan-ers have not grown up being such, but they share their stories when they began their lifestyles and why; many of them started out as meat eaters, then vegetarians for years, and lastly vegan lifestyle.

One was a pescetarian, and later
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not at all what I expected or wanted.
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I’m always hesitant to read a book like this because I expect a militant, holier-than-thou attitude that will send me on a guilt trip for the 2% of my vegetarian-mostly-vegan diet that includes dairy and/or eggs and typically occurs while eating out. I’m used to encountering this online and in the real-world vegan community, as I’m not “vegan enough” to be “one of them.” (For the record, I never claim to be vegan.) So I opened this book with the expectation that I would be gleaning it mostly for ...more
Lisa Ann
I am a brand new Vegan, so I was looking for a book that gave me a really good overview on a broad range of topics, and "The Vegan Girl's Guide To Life" is just that book. It covers everything from living a compassionate lifestyle, food, nutrition, clothing, cosmetics, a vegan home, cooking, and getting active in the vegan movement (if you choose to).

The part I liked best about this book is that it really allows you a broad spectrum of things to consider as you define your own Veganism. You may
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: beginner vegans, those challenged with embracing other subcultures with veganism
Recommended to Claire by: new to early vegans
I have been reading vegans books for a while out of interest more for vegan friends and as I slowly decrease my animal consumption (both food and product). This, by far, is the best beginner's book!

I really appreciate how non-judgemental, "live and let live" she is in her attitude. This is to her credit with converts. She talks a fair amount about making it work for you, which is the only way people will truly take it on. She writes all the information in truly digestible bits with added items o
I’m always trying to get as much information as I can on the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle as I become more interested in joining it. I will admit also that after reading about how all types of meet including veal is processed in great detail, I was rather put off meat for a couple weeks. The book features useful information for those new to the idea of going completely vegan, which aside from eating a plant-based diet with no dairy or meat, also entails not wearing it in any form for clothing and ...more
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it
It was cute inspiring and informative and easy enough to read. I only wish it was more specific to my country of origin.
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read the ebook and would recommend it for anyone considering going vegan or vegetarian or just trying to be more aware of animal welfare issues. Lots of the book was exactly what I tell people about a lot of the important questions regarding animal products, the meat and dairy industry, nutrition, etc. She clarifies misconceptions which I always think is important like going vegan isn't going to make you scrawny and sickly or on the other side a beautiful supermodel with perfect skin. However, ...more
Astrid Yrigollen
Feb 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I am really surprised this book does not have more reviews.This is a great little beginner or intro to Vegan life for people who are curious. I am vegetarian who doesn't eat dairy but once in a while I do eat cheese and I think there is a leather handbag in my closet somewhere. So yeah. I am not militant or preachy at all. Everyone to his or her own. I picked this up for the receipes since I pretty much was familiar with the info. The bakery that Melisser Elliott had in Chino(?) was closed befor ...more
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life is a fantastic resource for pretty much every facet of vegan life. The book contains information, history, tips and tricks, and advice for anything a new (or old) vegan girl could need to know in a way that is easy to read and understand. And even better, it's a fun read that brings in a community connection thanks to numerous personal and business bios.

I've been vegan for over a year, but I found this book fascinating and incredibly helpful. I know I'll be referen
Priestess Enshrina
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a great resource for someone switching to veganism but it does have some flaws. It is very soy-centric and does not provide alternatives to the soy products used in recipes so you have to look elsewhere for those. Also, some of the "cruelty-free" alternatives she provides are still promoting overconsumption of the earth's resources. Examples are acrylic yarns and polyester. These things just don't contribute to a healthier planet.

I would recommend this as a book to read not on its own bu
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was a fun read, and an eye-opener. It really is a "guide to life," with tips on food, crafts, shopping... Even instructions on how to make your own reusable shopping bag. Some of the guest contributors are names I already recognized from the community, and I was familiar with Melisser herself because I already followed her on Twitter.

The one sentence that has stuck with me since I started the book was the bit about how honey is, essentially, bee puke. Yeah. No thanks. None for me. haha
Mar 05, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a pretty informative book. I eat a 90% plant-based diet, and don't eat flesh at all, but I can't say I'm vegan (I wear wool and leather, for example). But this gave me some things to thinks about.

I bought this mostly because (1) it was the Kindle deal of the day, (2) it cost 99 cents, and (3) the book description mentioned a recipe for Jackfruit Carnitas. (!!) That recipe turned out great. It alone was worth the price of the book!
Aug 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
As far as vegan books go, this one was blah. The recipe section was limited, which is why I picked up the book in the first place. The rest was a mix of vegan high fiving and the same recycled info we've all seen in the pamphlets floating around. If you are looking for new vegan recipes check out any non Anglo cookbook and you will find some amazing stuff. If you are looking for a vegan shopping directory and confirmation that your new lifestyle is superior, go ahead and check out this book.
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