Davis, Brenda (author) and Vesanto Melina (author).
Oct. 2013. 284p. illus. Book Publishing, paperback, $19.95 (9781570672958). 641.5. REVIEW. First published October 1, 2013 (Booklist).
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.— Donna Seaman
This title has been recommended for young adult readers:
YA/Special Interest: Health-conscious and environmentally aware teens will
appreciate the wealth of information and guidance. —Donna Seaman