Recommended vegetarian books

January 02, 2006

Vegetarian Books

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Becoming Vegetarian
Apr 2003, by Vesanto Melina RD, Brenda Davis RD
   Rating *****
Written by two Canadian dietitians, this is one of the best resources available. It covers the reasons behind the trend toward a plant-based diet, the scientific evidence in favour of vegetarianism and nutritional concerns such as protein, calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and D.
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Becoming Vegan
2000, by Brenda Davis RD, Vesanto Melina RD
   Rating *****
Written by two Canadian dietitians, this is one of the best vegan resources available. It covers the scientific evidence in favour of veganism, tips on getting started, and nutritional concerns such as protein, calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and D.
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Breaking the Food Seduction 
Sep 2004, by Neil Barnard
“Why is it so hard to resist the temptation of chocolate? Because chocolate triggers the release of natural opiates in the brain. It’s a drug coming back for more. Cheese also releases mild opiates during digestion – no wonder we crave it. In Breaking the Food Seduction, Barnard helps you understand and overcome your food cravings. He explains which foods “hook” us the most and why, and what to do to break free when you want to decrease the calories and fat that accompany these seductive foods. Cheese, for example, is about 70 percent saturated fat and has more cholesterol, ounce for ounce, than a steak..
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Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life
2009, by Brendan Brazier
Rating: ****1/2
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The China Study : The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health
Jun 2006, by T. Colin Campbell
Rating *****
Referred to as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology” by The New York Times, this study examines more than 350 variables of health and nutrition with surveys from 6,500 adults in more than 2,500 counties across China and Taiwan, and conclusively demonstrates the link between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Customers say: “The information provided in this book has proven that a plant-based diet is the way to health and longevity for ALL human beings.“ “ This is got to be the best book on health and nutrition ever written. All info is backed by solid research, yet the book is easy to read.”
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Why Vegetarian

Animal Liberation 
Dec 6 2001, by Peter Singer
   Rating: ****1/2
Amazon customer say: “This book changed my life.“ “Animal Liberation is an extremely well written account regarding laboratory testing on animals and cruelty involved with factory farming. He writes a detailed account of the cruelty on modern factory farms… ‘sanctuaries of pain’. A very strong case is made for becoming a vegetarian not only for moral reasons, but for environmental and health reasons as well.“ “I cannot stress enough what an amazing book Animal Liberation is.“ “This book is just the greatest! If you care for animals you need this book!” “Peter Singer employs no sentiment. He uses rational philisophical arguments to defend animals.“
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Fast Food Nation 
Oct 2006, by Eric Schlosser
   Rating *****
“To a degree both engrossing and alarming… Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled the juggernaut of American cultural imperialism abroad. That’s a lengthy list of charges, but Eric Schlosser makes them stick with an artful mix of first-rate reportage, wry wit, and careful reasoning.“
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Fast Food Nation – DVD
Mar 2007
The film, directed by Richard Linklater, boasts an all-star ensemble cast that includes Kris Kristofferson, Wilmer Valderrama, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Esai Morales. “The New York Times called it “the most important political film from an American director since Michael Moore’s ‘Farenheit 9/11′.” See our full review.
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The Food Revolution
Jun 2001, by John Robbins
   Rating *****
“John Robbins seemed to do his homework, and cite long running, large sample base research to back up everything he said. The evidence of health problems, unnecessary cruelty and environmental damage from animal based diets was staggering and very hard to ignore.” – Pat Wendorf (Veggie Challenge winner)

“I was amazed at the book, I couldn’t put it down, it was like an obsession. I was astounded by the science and research that went into it, and I was stunned to see the devastation and pollution that the meat industry is causing. I read the book in 2 days, and I swore a solemn vow on that second day to give up meat.” – Nathan (Veggie Challenge winner)
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Skinny Bitch
Dec 2005, by by Kim Barnouin and Rory Freedman
   Rating ***1/2
“What makes this diet easy to swallow is the book’s tough-love attitude – part best friend counsel, part drill-sergeant abuse and a dash of sailor mouth, wrapped in a pretty chick-lit package.“
See our article: Behind the success of vegan bestseller, “Skinny Bitch”
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The Pig Who Sang To The Moon:
the Emotional World of Farm Animals

Nov 2004, by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
   Rating ****1/2
“The Pig Who Sang to the Moon reveals the possibility, if not indeed the strong likelihood, that farmed animals such as pigs, cattle, sheep and ducks are highly sentient creatures whose range and depth of emotions and feelings compare to those of human beings.“
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The Way We Eat – Why Our Food Choices Matter
May 2006, by Peter Singer
Rating *****
“A no-holds-barred treatise on ethical consumption, this is an important read for those concerned with the long, frightening trip between farm and plate.”
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Raising Children

Raising Vegetarian Children
Sep 2002, by Joanne Stepaniak, Vesanto Melina
   Rating *****
A great resource for parents of vegetarian children of all ages. Covers everything from basic nutrition to establishing house rules. Includes some great recipes. One of the most inclusive books on vegetarian children around. Definitely worth having in any parent’s library.
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Living Among Meat Eaters : The Vegetarian’s Survival Handbook
Aug 25 2003 by Carol J. Adams
Rating ****
Adams first asks, “Are you at peace?” because vegetarians who are insecure in their choice represent meat eaters’ worst fear: that vegetarianism equals denial and scarcity. Once vegetarians know that the insecurity is not from within, they can see the verbal abuse and emotional blackmail as a sign of the meat eaters’ insecurity. Then Adams lists various techniques, from deflecting sabotage to identifying subtext (“If you loved me you’d eat this meat”).
Amazon customers say: “…extremely helpful. Her methods of dealing with meat-eaters are effective.“ “A very practical guide … ranging from fitting in during summer barbecues or thanksgiving dinner; to living with non-vegetarian roommates, family, or significant others; to fifty delicious vegetarian recipes.” “This book focuses on people who are vegetarians because of their strong animal rights convictions.”
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Raw foods

Sunfood Diet Success System
Oct 2000, by David Wolfe
Rating ****1/2
Customers say: “This is the 5th raw food book I’ve read and my favorite so far. It gives clear examples of what to eat and what not to eat and more importantly why. It describes the pitfalls one may encounter when on a raw food diet and how to correct them. Another book I recommend is “Hooked on Raw”. I’ve been able to fine tune my diet with astonishing results and will never go back to eating cooked food again.” ” I feel that in this book David Wolfe is trying to sell the raw vegan diet instead of just spreading the word.”
“I highly recommend it for anyone interested in achieving optimal energy, digestive, and mental functioning. My ultimate goal is to have a healthy raw food diet in the future. My body craves the nutrients!”
– Amy, age 16-24, Toronto, Veggie Challenge participant.
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Plague Dogs
Feb 1986, by Richard Adams
   Rating ****
From the author of Watership Down, The Plague Dogs is a compulsively readable tale of two dogs on the run from an experimental research station. Richard Adams champions animals against the excesses of humans in this compelling tale of survival.
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The Jungle
Mar 2002, by Upton Sinclair, Jane Jacobs
   Rating ****
Upton Sinclair’s gripping tale of immigrant wage-slavery is a solidly researched exposé of Chicago’s ruthless meat-packing industry in the early 1900s. The Jungle caused a public furore upon its publication in 1906, and remains as relevant and powerful today as it was almost a hundred years ago.
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See’s categories for Animal Rights and Vegetarian nutrition. The list can be sorted by date, popularity, etc.


Original Recipes from Phoenix Organic Farm
July 2006, by Laura Matthias
Colleen’s favourite easy meal from the book is Quick Noodles with Miso Lemon Tahini Sauce. Cook a half pound of pasta and add two tablespoons each of light miso, tahini, tamari, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and olive oil. Add two cloves of garlic and some optional spinach or nori. Other delicious recipes include: Tofu Baked in Almond Mint Cilantro Sauce, Sweetpepper Coconut Corn Chowder, and Chocolate Chunk Lavender Cookies. – Colleen volunteers in the Resource Centre.
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La Dolce Vegan!: Vegan Livin’ Made Easy
Oct 2005, bySarah Kramer
Rating *****
Customers say:”La Dolce Vegan! is loaded with tons of recipes of everything vegan you can imagine, from breakfast meals, brunches, to late-night snacking.” “I love this cookbook! The recipes are delicious, unique and simple. Vegan living at its best.” “I recommend the Portobello Pot Pie, it was even a hit with the meat-eaters in my family.”
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How It All Vegan!
Oct 1999, by Tanya Barnard, Sarah Kramer
Rating ****1/2
Customers say: “Vegan Comfort Food.” “What I love about this cookbook is that it has basic recipes, veganised.” “Made veganism an easy transition!” “The recipes are clear, simple and use ingredients I can find in the health food section of my local grocery store. The chapter on kids is terrific. My husband hasn’t noticed the lack of meat or dairy.” Some of the recipe titles include: Amazing Apple Pie, Chocolate Pecan Brownies, Tofurkey, Tofu Scramble, Banana Pancakes, Raspberry Corn Muffins, Momma Sarah’s Matzo Ball Soup, Sarah’s Delicious Chili, Classic Spinach Lasagna, Savoury Shepherd’s Pie, and Vegan Sloppy Joes. There are also vegan-friendly recipes for cosmetics, hair products, pet treats, and household cleaners.
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The Garden of Vegan
Nov 2002, by Tanya Barnard, Sarah Kramer
Rating ****1/2
Customers say:
“This is a fantastic cookbook! Everything I’ve tried in it is ridiculously tasty, makes me feel healthy, and always works. … My favorite recipe so far is the Hot n’ Spicy Rice Noodles with Oyster Mushrooms.” “Quick, easy and delicious recipes in a fun format. Lots of great desserts, vegan tips, and delicious main courses and appetizers.” “The recipes sound so good but more than one has failed for me.”
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Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian: More Than 650 Meatless Recipes from Around the World
Jan 2002 by Madhur Jaffrey
   Rating ****1/2
“True to Jaffrey’s title, the recipes here do hail from all over the world, but an Indian slant can be detected: a chapter on dried legumes contains Black-Eyed Pea Fritters from Nigeria, Boiled Peanuts Indonesian Style, and variations on Chickpea Flour Pancakes from India; a section on grains includes, among other things, the quickly made flatbreads of India, like Punjabi Village-Style Flat Whole Wheat Flaky Breads. Sometimes Jaffrey adopts vegetarian ingredients to make nonmeat versions of familiar dishes, such as a Mock Lamb Curry with seitan (wheat gluten), but more often she simply delves into the meatless tradition of a specific country and pulls up a signature dish (Savory Greek Pumpkin Pie).“
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Vegan Cooking for One
Jun 2005, by Leah Leneman
Rating *****
Customers say: “This wonderful cookbook is perfect for the single vegan. For each week, the book contains a shopping list of all ingredients needed for that week’s recipes. No running to the supermarket to pick up additional food and no waste! I really like no longer having to divide the ingredients in recipes by four or six – these recipes are made for one person.“ “It is divided into 2 sections, spring/summer and winter/fall. The recipes aren’t too flashy, but they are easy to cook and not to scary for the newbie vegan.“
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Vegetarian 5 Ingredient Gourmet:
250 Simple Recipes and Dozens of Healthy Menus for Eating Well Every Day.
June 2001, by Nava Atlas 
Rating *****
Customers say: “If you work or have children. These are meals that work. They use normal ingredients and taste good.” “The recipes were delicious, quick, easy and healthy too.” “The best part is the 5 ingredient thing – it makes life so much easier at the end of a busy day.”
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The Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes Cookbook: 275 Hearty and Healthy Meat-Free Recipes for Burgers, Steaks, Stews, Chilis, Casseroles, Pot Pies, Curries, Pizza, Pasta, and Other Stick-to-Your-Ribs Favorites
Mar 2002, by Robin Robertson
Rating *****
“Vegetarian dishes that satisfy those essential animal-fat qualities: intense flavor, luxurious texture, and the comforting sensation of a full stomach. She devotes a whole chapter to “steaks” and another to “stews,” making abundant use of high-protein products like tempeh, seitan and tofu. She also relies heavily on ingredients high in natural flavor-enhancing glutamates, like mushroom and tomatoes.“
Amazon customers say: “I’ve been a vegetarian forever and own a lot of veg cookbooks. This is by far one of my favorites.“ “It’s a great way for non-vegetarians to get started on making healthier dietary choices.” “Not all recipes are vegan, but many that aren’t can be adapted.”
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More cookbooks

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Vegetarian Cooking with Compassionate Cooks
October 2004
DVD – 70 min.

Rating *****
“Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and Alka Chandna, the hosts of this engaging, energetic, and informative DVD, demonstrate six tantalizing yet easy-to-make dishes, packing them full of nutritional facts and shopping tips. Including a helpful segment that provides a visual aid to finding vegetarian products in the supermarket.”
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