Reviews for Becoming Vegan : The Everyday Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition: Express Edition

Booklist Reviews 2013 October #1
Vegetarianism has gained a modicum of mainstream support, but most people draw the line at veganism. Complete abstinence from all animal products just seems too extreme, too difficult, and everyone wonders how vegans get enough protein. Registered dietitians Davis and Melina cover every aspect of the vegan life, from its ethical foundation, based on the recognition that animals are sentient beings, to how very nutritious and delicious a well-planned, plant-based diet can be. Their clear, detailed, and practical coverage of the benefits of eating vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds is supported by easy-to-use, remarkably informative charts, and propelled by expertise and enthusiasm. Plant foods are "low in saturated fat, free of cholesterol, and high in fiber" as well as rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants. The authors explain how to maximize nutrition via preparation guidelines, meal plans, and menus for all ages and explicate the ways a vegan diet can help prevent and treat cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. This is the go-to book for understanding and practicing healthy and enjoyable veganism. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Library Journal Reviews 2013 November #2

This completely revised edition of Becoming Vegan by registered dieticians Davis and Melina (The New Becoming Vegetarian) presents the whys and hows of a vegan diet in a warm, encouraging style. The volume opens with a lucid presentation of the ethical case for eschewing animal products, providing motivation for the dietary plan that follows. Detailed nutritional recommendations are given for all stages of life, from pregnancy and infancy to senior years; the work also provides an honest analysis of the health benefits and challenges of plant-based eating. Though the authors are nutritional experts, more complete citations would bolster the book's authority, as at least one erroneous statistic is offered (regarding water usage in beef production, an oft-repeated figure disproved by Erik Marcus in Meat Market), and would allow readers interested in following up on data to find the sources. A comparable and well-sourced work on vegan nutrition is Jack Norris and Virginia Messina's Vegan for Life: Everything You Need To Know To Be Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet. VERDICT This title offers inspiration, thorough information, and meal plans useful to vegans and vegetarians; it will be particularly helpful to those looking to start a compassionate and healthy vegan diet.--Leslie J. Patterson, Chicago P.L.

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