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Great book to transition and GREAT information!
Wow. This book has so much information, in the actual words of DOCTORS and nutrition EXPERTS. Not just the opinion of Joe Schmoe, but the actual words
of people who know about health and have studied this issue firsthand. I always knew meat was a problem (especially with the hormones and antibiotics being added to it), but never realized eggs and milk had so many bad health aspects, until I looked at the scientific evidence presented in this book. I now see how much a "plant-based diet" (as they called it) can benefit not only me, but my whole family. But what may be the best part is the way the book teaches you to transition to such a diet, and gives recipes to help do so in the most painless way possible. I never thought I could live with such a diet, mainly due to not knowing where to begin, or how to proceed. This book covers all that. It also taught me ways to make (many times better tasting) substitutes for my favorite milk products, such as sour cream and cream cheese. This book will challenge many commonly held beliefs, that are, frankly, no longer relevant with the new medical data coming out. If you read with an open mind, you will get a whole lot out of thi 

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To "Sucks." There is always a 'hater" in these reviews. Just because you can't appreciate Veganism, you should watch your words as they are unnecessary, damaging and just plain wrong. This is a wonderful book and since I have been a chef for over 40 years, I know how well thought out these recipes are!  

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I found this book to be a groundbreaking accomplishment. It will be enlightening for so many people. It totally addresses all the reasons that Vegan is the best and healthiest diet. The recipes are sensational, definitely try these: Hot & Cold Slaw, Polenta Croquettes, Millet Burgers, Jazzy Jerusalem Artichokes. Wow, these recipes are fantastic and there are so many more. The chapter on animal rights and karma shines the light on the horrific abuse and suffering that animals have to endure. This is something people need to consider! Share this book with your friends and family who are interested in improving and maintaining their health with the most wonderful, easy, affordable recipes. In this book, I found wonderful, colorful, sumptuous photos of dishes on display. I feel so inspired by the photos and enjoyed their captions. I can't wait to make those recipes. 

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This is a fabulous book. I am a holistic MD and I am always looking for ways to educate and inspire my patients. There are lots of choices out there when it comes to reading about the vegan diet. But there is none that is so comprehensive or so much fun to read. This book includes scientific information from researchers and doctors. Personal stories from lots of interesting vegans and several doctors. The author's personal story, which will delight and inspire you. More practical information than I have seen in other books. From how to approach making changes in your diet, how to navigate shopping for ingredients and recipes to please your whole family. It is like having your own personal coach to walk you through the steps and encourage you along the way.
There is a chapter full of menu plans to get you going. There are over 100 pages of recipes, with little asides with interesting facts about the ingredients. They are easy to make and quite beautiful to look at, so they nourish your body and soul at the same time. There are lovely color photos of her recipes, which will make you want to schedule a dinner party. Chapter 4 tells you how to shop, with pages of information about how to stock your kitchen. There are lists of alternatives to common ingredients and even brand names of things you will want to have.
The references are more extensive than I have seen anywhere. Ms. Peterson will have you laughing with her delightful sense of humor, making this a book that is not only informative, but fun to read. Note some of the chapter titles: Karma Kitchen: The True Meaning of "Soul Food", Truth or Consequences: Meat Ain't Neat and Dairy is Scary, What to Stash and What to Trash, and Life is Just a Bowl of Cherish. You can tell that this lady walks her talk. This book is really one-stop shopping for all you need to know about eating healthfully, and saving the planet and the animals, to boot.
 

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