Canada Book Award (1)

The American Library Association has given Becoming Vegan: Express Edition a star rating, calling it “the go-to book for understanding and practicing healthy and enjoyable veganism”. (review below)e

booklistphotoBV Express CoverBecoming Vegan: Express Edition—The Everyday Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition.
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).

reviewphoto2aVegetarianism 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


Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina are authoritative and influential leaders in nutrition, and this is one of the most useful guides you will ever own. A plant-based diet provides tremendous power for health. Becoming Vegan: Express Edition gives you everything you need to put that power to work for the very best of health. Neal Barnard, MD, author, Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at George Washington University, president PCRM


Leave it to nutrition pros Brenda Davis, R.D. and Vesanto Melina, R.D. to write the definitive work on vegan nutrition. I thank these classy Canadian dietitians for this gift to the plant-based nutrition community – and to all who want a clear, authoritative and readable guide to this increasingly important subject. Becoming Vegan: Express Edition will prove to be a seminal and benchmark work, and as a nutritionally-based M.D., I am delighted to have a copy – it will be well used in my practice. Michael Klaper, MD, consultant, educator, and physician with True North Health Center


Every so often a book comes along that you feel should be on every vegan’s bookshelf (and probably every vegetarian’s too).  “Becoming Vegan: Express Edition” is one such book.  Written by two Canadian dietitians, “Becoming Vegan: Express Edition” is a comprehensive and authoritative guide to vegan nutrition. Paul Appleby, Senior Statistician, Cancer Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford and statistician for the EPIC-Oxford and Oxford Vegetarian studies


THE LATEST VERSION OF BRENDA DAVIS and Vesanto Melina’s classic, Becoming Vegan, adds the tagline  “Express Edition” to the title, a nod to today’s faster-paced world, as compared to 2000, when the book was  first published. “It is remarkable the amount of new information that has been published over the 13 years since its release,” says co-author Brenda Davis. (A “Comprehensive Edition” is also in the works; look for it in early 2014). Becoming is an all-stones-turned study of veganism, a cross between CliffsNotes and a Dummies book (without the illustrations), jammed with so much information on vegan history, nutrition, and ethics it would be an antioxidant-rich superfood if it were edible. Davis and Melina deliver as always, providing us with an up-to-date, enjoyable read that can be easily shared with those either new to or just exploring the plant-based lifestyle. Becoming Vegan: Express Edition truly represents veganism in the 21st Century.     VegNews magazine, December 2013, page 82



Becoming Vegan: Express Edition Review           
Brenda Davis, R.D. u0026amp; Vesanto Melina, M.S., R.D.
When I discovered the original version of this book, I was SO happy. It’s a great read. Jam packed with all the vital vegan nutrition information you need. And it’s very easy to understand, so if you’re not versed in all things nutrition, you’ll still get a lot out of reading this fabulous book. And then what did they do? They went and made this new, updated version that is bigger, better, faster — well, okay not faster. I got all Lee Majors for a second. But seriously, EVERY VEGAN NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK! This is not only the one of the best vegan books, but I believe it just might be the best vegan nutrition book, especially if you’re looking for information about vegan protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins (including B12), and vegan nutrition for children, seniors, and vegan athletes. And so much more! And I think what I perhaps love best is that they don’t sugar-coat anything. If there is a slight challenge with any particular nutritional aspect of the vegan diet, they let you know and give you recommendations of how to best stay on top of it. Seek out a copy today, for sure. Even as a nutrition book rather than a cookbook “Becoming Vegan: Express Edition”  ranked high in Philly Foods V for Veg Top 10 Vegan Cookbooks for the 2013 holiday season, with the comments “Another helpful time-saver is “Becoming Vegan: Express Edition” the guide from Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina that spells out everything about the process. It’s so much more. Anyone into veganism or food should own.”   (Note that its companion volume: “Cooking Vegan” by Vesanto Melina and Joseph Forest is packed with outstanding recipes.)


And reviews of this writing team:
“Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina do an outstanding job of nutrition research, bringing readers the most accurate and up-to-date information.”
T. Colin Campbell, PHD, Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry, Cornell University, and author of “The China Study” 


Becoming Raw140“In typical Davis and Melina fashion, Becoming Raw is thorough, thoughtful, practical, and balanced. It is, in fact, the gold standard on the topic. If the rarefied terrain of a raw vegan diet calls out to you, Davis and Melina are the best Sherpas in the business; don’t make the trek without them!

Their books are a must-read for anyone with an interest in raw food and/or vegan diets.”

       David L. Katz, MD, Director, Prevention Research Ctr., Yale University School of Medicine, Nutrition Columnist, O, the “Oprah Magazine”

More People Choosing To Go Vegan
November 3, 2013

CBS Philly By John Ostapkovich

 PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–More and more people are going vegan and a couple of long-time advocates have updated their how-to guide for ditching meat and dairy. Dietitian Vesanto Melina, co-author of  “Becoming Vegan, Express Edition,” made the switch 20 years ago when, after two decades as a vegetarian, she realized her use of dairy product still put farm animals to harm.
She says you don’t have to make the change, if you’ll pardon the expression, cold turkey. The book can help you with steps.

Becoming Vegan Express CBS Philly“It gives people a real confidence and we’ve got menus and ways of eating clearly laid out for people to show that it’s very, very simple.” Melina insists veganism provides plenty of protein. “People don’t really think that there are a lot of plant alternatives and that big animals like cows and elephants get all of their protein from plant food and that we could to the same.” The book’s food guide recommends a couple of vitamin supplements. For more information on veganism, visit:

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