Becoming Vegetarian Comprehensive Edition Reviews

Michael Greger, MD   
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"Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition is THE go-to book on vegan nutrition. It is meticulously researched, clear and insightful. If you have nutrition questions, this is the book you can trust for the answers." Michael Greger, MD, author, speaker, public health director HSUS

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"Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition". One of "Top 10 Books of the Year."
Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina have been researching and writing about nutrition for decades. They are a trusted source of knowledge in plant-based nutrition. When I have a nutrition question, this is the book I go to for the answer. I am grateful to know these two giants of the nutrition world, who not only “talk the talk” and “walk the walk” but they can write it too.

Joel Fuhrman, MD   
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“Over 600 pages of in-depth science on vegan nutrition. This is more than a book about Becoming Vegan; it is a primary and comprehensive text book on nutritional science that should be studied by all health professionals in America.” Joel Fuhrman, MD, #1 New York Times best-selling author

Michael Klaper, M.D.   
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Plant-based registered dietitians and authors extraordinaire, Brenda Davis, R.D. and Vesanto Melina, M.S., R.D., have done it again! They've produced the most scientifically authoritative - yet eminently readable - books on purely plant-based nutrition: "Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition" and its practical, easy-to-read companion volume, "Becoming Vegan: Express Edition."

These books are without peer for anyone seeking a sound, rational foundation for a plant-based dietary lifestyle. They also contain pages of practical tips on including these life-enhancing foods easily and often in your daily diet. I am so pleased these books are available. I recommend them to you most highly. Michael Klaper MD, Website:

Angela Saunders, RD, APD, AN   
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“This is a fantastic book! As a dietitian who has worked in plant-based nutrition for 30+ years, I highly value the quality of evidence and level of detail that this book provides. I have been using Brenda and Vesanto’s nutrition books as reference tools for many years as I know I can trust they will provide up-to-date nutrition information as well as useful practical tips for eating well. I was particularly excited to see this Comprehensive Edition that includes references—a must-have book for all dietitians as more and more of our clients adopt a plant-based diet. The information on fats is particularly helpful, especially with so much confusion created by popular fad diets. I love that the book starts with the compassionate benefits of plant-based diets, but also includes important environmental considerations. The sample meals plans and nutritional guidance given for various stages of the lifecycle are invaluable. This is a book that should be on every dietitian’s bookshelf.” Angela Saunders APD AN, Senior Dietitian, Science and Advocacy--Corporate Nutrition
Food, Environment and Science, Sanitarium

Neal Barnard, MD   
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"Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina are authoritative and influential leaders in nutrition, and this is one of the most valuable resources health professionals and nutrition enthusiasts will ever own. Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition” clearly and meticulously demonstrates how a well-designed plant-based diet provides tremendous power for health at every stage of the life cycle."
Neal Barnard, MD

John Robbins   
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“Becoming Vegan is stunningly comprehensive, totally up-to-date, and an a terrific gift to our world. If you’re interested in how to be optimally healthy on a vegan diet, this is THE resource you want. I can’t recommend it highly enough.” John Robbins, author Diet For A New America, and The Food Revolution

Paul Appleby   
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"I hope readers will forgive my drawing their attention to the
recently-published 'comprehensive edition' of the book "Becoming Vegan"
by the influential Canadian dietitians Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina.
The 'express edition' of the book has been available for about a year
now, and my review of it will appear in the forthcoming issue of IVU
Online News (it can also be found on the Amazon UK website at
Both titles are published by the Book Publishing Co.

Whereas the express edition is aimed at the general public the
comprehensive edition is targeted at health professionals and anyone
seeking the finer details of plant-based nutrition. At more than 600
pages, the comprehensive edition is more than twice as long as the
express edition and includes 80 pages of references (including some from
2014, so the book is right up-to-date), an extended index, and
considerably more detail in its 14 chapters. I think that it can fairly
be described (hopefully without offence) as the 'Bible' of vegan
nutrition and, as such, many readers will want to buy themselves a copy.
Paul Appleby, Oxford, EPIC-Oxford Study

Kathy Freston   
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If ever there was a book that told you EVERYTHING you ever needed to know about being (or becoming) vegan, this one is it! It's a soup to nuts guide on peer-reviewed science-based nutrition which leaves the reader feeling empowered and hopeful for overall health and well-being. I highly recommend it as an evergreen addition to your bookshelf!

Julianna Hever, MS, RD, CPT   
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Rarely does a book reach epic encyclopedic status, covering all topics relating to nutrition and health in a thorough, well-documented manner. But Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition is the be-all, end-all of resources and should be required reading for every person...from vegan to omnivore, and everyone in between. Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina clarify any confusion and dispel all myths surrounding how we can eat to achieve optimal health. Be prepared to dog-ear and highlight away and keep a copy nearby, as this book is the bible of nutrition, filled to the brim with knowledge, facts, and pure wisdom. Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT, author of The Vegiterranean Diet and host of What Would Julieanna Do?

Hans Diehl, DrHSc, MPH, FACN   
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"If you know of the many advantages of a more natural diet, and are thinking about adopting a plant-based diet, then Becoming Vegan: Express Edition is a must read. If you teach others about plant-based diets, then keep a copy of Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition close by - I can't recommend it highly enough! Hans Diehl, DrHSc, MPH, founder of the Lifestyle Medicine Institute and the CHIP program."
Hans Diehl, DrHSc, MPH, founder of the Lifestyle Medicine Institute and the CHIP program.

John Pierre   
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"Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition is the essential guidebook that you’ll always want to keep within reach for must-have information and inspiration. It’s an indispensable guide that will pave the way for your solid nutrition foundation on your journey toward vibrant health and lasting wellbeing." John Pierre, author of The Pillars of Health,; celebrity fitness consultant

Virginia Messina, MPH, RD   
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All of your questions about plant-based nutrition answered—guaranteed! Clearly written and packed with information—truly everything you need to know about vegan diets—Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition is a remarkable one-of-a-kind guide. Whether you’re a long term vegan or new to this way of eating, this is a book you’ll turn to again and again for helpful information. Highly recommended.
Virginia Messina, MPH, RD, author of Vegan for Life and The Dietitian’s Guide to Vegetarian Diets

Melissa Colson   
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"Almost 1/2 way through the book already and love it! This Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition is the best yet that I've read on the subject so far, with The Dietitian's Guide to Vegetarian Diets, Vegan for Life and The Complete Idiots Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition close behind. It has such easy to understand reasons and explanations. It's like being at one of your lectures (or watching one on YouTube) and given a HUGE handout to take home. You guys have done such a great job! You should be so proud. Your understanding and devotion to the subject just shines through. Thanks for all of Brenda’s and Vesanto's hard work on the book so that everyday people like myself can have access to the right information. With much appreciation and admiration." Melissa Colson

Amazon reviews: all 5 star   
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All 9 Amazon reviews are 5 star.
I've had this 600 page book for about 1 week and find it unlike any other that I have come across on this topic. It is packed from cover to cover with information on how to better ones health by following a whole food plant based diet. The information given is backed by references to peer reviewed scientific papers. Even so I found the book easy to read and understand. The authors have obviously put a lot of time into the production of this reference book. I recommend it highly to anyone who wants better health and to live longer. I guess that would be everyone!
Carbs, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals - this beautiful book is well organized and full of useful information on nutrition. Great book for vegans and non-vegans alike. Authors Davis and Melina are tops in the field of nutrition and do a great job of sharing their expertise in this book.
I previously purchased the Express Edition. It is outstanding. When the Compreshensive Edition was later published I purchased it. Both versions are very good. Brenda is a world class RD. She knows what she is talking about and is very clear about what she says. There are a lot of tables included to back up what she says. Her explanations of the various type of diets, in both versions of the book, including the Paleo, are excellent. Oh yes, she is very clear and logical why the Paleo diet is NO GOOD! She goes in great detail about nutrition, vitamins and minerals.

We attend the NAVS Vegetarian Summerfest every year and hear her lecture and answer questions. If you attend Summerfest, she will autograph any books she has authored, and will take time to visit with you. Look up Vegetarian Summerfest on the Internet.


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