This book is the companion book for the film: Forks Over Knives; it works fine as a standalone book. The film is specifically mentioned in a paragraphThis book is the companion book for the film: Forks Over Knives; it works fine as a standalone book. The film is specifically mentioned in a paragraph at the end of the book and it's clear from the beginning of the book that a documentary film exists. I haven’t seen the film yet, but I do want to see it. I knew about the film long before I knew about this book.
This is an excellent mish mash of various people’s stories of how they came to eat a plant based diet, which I think is very helpful for newbies. It definitely concentrates on health (no fat added, whole food based, plant eating style), but also has sections on why people would want to eat plants and avoid eating animals for animal rights/animal suffering and environmental reasons too. Then, most of the book is the last section, which is all recipes, 125 of them, also from a bunch of different people, and they come with little blurbs about them, which always makes for an enjoyable read.
The recipes are all “healthy” vegan and most of them look delicious to me.
The Yamadillas and Acorn Squash Soup look particularly enticing, along with the MVP (Most Valuable Pesto) Stuffed Mushrooms, the Sensational Herbed Bread, the Raise-The-Roof Sweet Potato-Vegetable Lasagna, the Wild Rice Stuffed Squash, the Creamy Noodle Casserole, and the Layered Tex-Mex Lasanga, Eggplant Pecan Pesto, Cream of Broccoli Deluxe Soup, Hearty Minestrone Soup, Oatmeal with Fruit, Cinnamon-Raisin Oatmeal, Broiled New Potato Puffs, Red Potatoes with Kale, and some desserts: Banana Ice Cream, Lime Mousse, and the Instant Chocolate Pudding. I’ll probably keep this cookbook for reference as one of my cookbooks handy in the kitchen. The recipes look easy to make (and clean up usually looks easy too, especially the ones sans food processor/blender), which is a huge plus for me.
This is an excellent book (and I’ve heard an excellent movie) for new vegans or people open to a plant based diet, especially if their main motivation is their health....more
This book is a delight because its author is funny. So funny! She’s also scientifically minded. Sense of humor and scientific mindedness are two things I value highly.
And, it’s a good thing that this book is laugh out loud hilarious because I also had to get through reading about absurd and gruesome experiments on animals and people that she describes. The contents turned out to be partly about a subject I’ve always enjoyed: the history of medicine.
This is a remarkably quick read. I laughed and smiled more during the first half than the second half of the book, but I’m not convinced it got any less funny; I’m more inclined to think the humor wore thin for me, and I’d had enough of the subject. But there is plenty of humor throughout and even the “Acknowledgements” section is a hoot.
The book is organized beautifully; one chapter flows perfectly into the next.
Oh, and for all my talk of the hilarity present within these pages the subject is taken seriously, and with an open, albeit scientific, survey.
I must say I was a wee bit surprised by her expressed opinions in the “Last Words” section in the back of the book.
What I love most about this book (and Stiff and I assume her other books too) is that she takes her readers on a journey that she is also experiencing for herself.
There is an impressive Bibliography, materials listed for each chapter of this book.
My book club chose this as our October selection because it’s the month of Halloween. I’m not sure how much we’ll talk about the book vs. our own beliefs vs. general talk, but that’s the case for virtually all our book club meetings, no matter which/what types of books we read; most meetings we talk more about non-book related things than the books we’ve read, and the vegan food we’re eating and enjoying is a common enough subject of our conversation.
This is the story of the famous Leonardo of Pisa, Leonardo Fibonacci, who is considered to be the greatest western Middle Ages mathematician. It’s alsThis is the story of the famous Leonardo of Pisa, Leonardo Fibonacci, who is considered to be the greatest western Middle Ages mathematician. It’s also the story of how specific numbers are integral to Mother Nature’s overall design.
Both aspects of the story are fascinating.
The part about the boy/man is interesting because it shows that making a point of learning what most interests you can lead to great things, as well as being simply personally rewarding. I also like how it shows what a young person might be bullied about might end up being one of their strengths and gratifying accomplishments. I did feel as though the author here was trying to make this man of the Middle Ages relatable to today’s children and didn’t always agree with the vernacular used, etc. But this is an engaging story.
The part about the famous Fibonacci Sequence and other natural wonders that fit with those numbers is entertaining and enlightening, and more than a tad spine tingling. I love how in the note at the end, it’s pointed out that not just the natural world, but human made objects too have those same numbers as part of them. It’s an amazing phenomenon. However various readers choose to account for these patterns, it’s very cool no matter what their interpretation.
I loved the illustrations. I actually think in some ways they did a better job than the story text of reflecting the time period and circumstances.
I appreciated some of the simple observations readers are encouraged to make, such as viewing a cut apple or lemon, looking at the number of petals on flowers, etc. They encourage kids to actively participate by being naturalists/scientists, and mathematicians themselves.
As someone who didn’t appreciate numbers until I was in adulthood, I think this book might have helped me appreciate them earlier than I did. I’m still not exactly a “numbers person” but here their magical qualities shine through.
This is the last/sixth book of the month book I read for August’s geography & maps theme for the Picture Books Club at the Children's Books group.This is the last/sixth book of the month book I read for August’s geography & maps theme for the Picture Books Club at the Children's Books group. I’ve been reading the books, although in the last few months I’ve neglected to participate in the discussions, although I hope to get back to those soon because they’ve been very enjoyable each month.
I was completely underwhelmed by the illustrations in this book, except that I did like the maps and their variety. I do love maps in books, all kinds of maps.
I do think it’s wonderful that all kinds of maps, from a map of the world to a map of a neighborhood to a building and to a room are all included. Features of maps are covered and this book would be easily paired with a cartography lesson for a hands on activity of making maps, especially ones using creativity....more
This is an excellent picture book biography about Audubon, and it’s wonderfully illustrated too.
I learned so much about Audubon and also about the hisThis is an excellent picture book biography about Audubon, and it’s wonderfully illustrated too.
I learned so much about Audubon and also about the history (and theories) of bird migration. His story is a very interesting one, though the bulk of this story covers a relatively short period of time.
The pictures are so engaging. There is so much to so many of them, and they’re created with a variety of methods and in more than one style.
I have to say that as a person with a huge sentimental streak, it was painful for me to read that on his birthday every year Audubon destroyed all the drawings he’d done the previous year. The book didn’t say how many year’s worth of (to me precious) drawings were destroyed. It always distresses me when writers, artists, composers, and other creators of work destroy their own works, especially when they do so because they think their work is not yet worthy of preserving. But all that was just a couple sentences in this book.
This book contains a lot of information on every page and is best suited to independentReally stellar book, as I’ve come to expect from Steve Jenkins.
This book contains a lot of information on every page and is best suited to independent readers.
The information includes quite a bit about various events that happen over many measures of time (a second, a minute, an hour, a day, a week, a month, a year, very quick, and very long) and, as with his other books, gives a lot of facts about nature and science, and also human history.
I love his ecological mindedness, and this shows itself in many of the subjects covered, including human population growth, trees cut down, oceans rising,
For instance: (in one week) “Human development destroys an area of forest equal in size to 550,000 football fields.” and (in one year) “Humans cut down 4,000,000,000 trees.” Yikes! I love the (in one month) “84,000 new books are published.” No wonder my Goodreads’ to-read list grows as quickly as it does! And 1,500 chickens are killed every second. I have no idea if Jenkins is a vegetarian but I am glad he included that statistic. (I actually tried to look up if Jenkins is a vegetarian but I couldn’t find out any information. I did find his website though and I plan to take a better look at it at some point.)
I love the pictorial timelines at the end: of the history of the universe, of earth’s population growth by continent 1750-2050, and Life Spans of various plants and animals. I also like the last page which lists some dates of importance in the history of time and timekeeping.
Absolutely wonderful illustrations, and many of them, as many are multiple mini-pictures on each page.
I appreciated how on the author-illustrator bio on the inside back cover, more time statistics of his life are given.
The only reason I’m not giving this book 5 stars is that even though I’m very interested in this subject, after reading for some time, I got a tad tired of so many facts. I think this is a book I’d have enjoyed as a kid, going back many times to look at certain pages.
4 stars for my overall enjoyment, 5 stars for the illustrations and the amount and type of information presented so 4 ½ stars
I wish Jenkins was a Goodreads author member. One of us should invite him.
I’m happy to read any book by him. I don’t think there have been any I haven’t liked....more