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Becoming Vegetarian: The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy Vegetarian Diet [Paperback]

Vesanto Melina , Brenda Davis , Victoria Harrison
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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September 1995
Becoming Vegetarian is a comprehensive and up-to-the minute guide to achieving a healthful vegetarian lifestyle. Written by three highly qualified dietitians, all of the key questions which arise for those who are beginning a dietary shift away from animal products are addressed, as well as those questions long term vegetarians have who want to ensure that their dietary pattern is nutritionally adequate.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Nutrition Guide for Everyone Aug. 9 2001
This book is a fabulous resource, not just for vegetarians, but for anyone who wants a straightforward approach to nutrition. After reading this book, I understand much more fully the role that iron, protein, calcium, fiber, vitamins, etc. play in my diet and my health. I found the nutritional breakdowns of different diets (omnivore, ovolacto vegetarian and vegan) to be especially helpful. For those who ARE considering vegetarianism, there is a wonderful glossary of terms and a helpful section on vegetarian menu planning. There is also a chapter on how to gracefully deal with the potentially sticky social situations vegetarians sometimes face and a section of basic vegetarian recipes to get you started. Overall, I found this book to be incredibly informative, without being intimidating. As a beginning cook who wants to avoid meat, I know I'll go back to this guide again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE vegetarian book to have!!! Nov. 23 2003
This is an excellent book. I decided to become vegetarian a few years ago both for health and ethical reasons and this one one of the first books I bought - its remained the one I turn to over and over again - especially when friends or relatives questions how healthy a vegetarian diet is and I need to educate them. Some of the most fascinating parts of this book talk about the history of the current meat-based diet and how the government pushed it and helped market meats of all sorts to get people to buy more (to help farmers out). Also though there is great info on how much protien a person actually needs and where you can get it from - its actually pretty easy to get all the protien you need over the course of a day. Since becoming vegetarian (really almost vegan except for the eggs I get from a lady down the street who really takes wonderful care of her chickens) I've never felt better. My husband has even voluntarily made the switch as well (spurred on by a few episodes of food poisoning at the local sandwich shop). Vegetarian is the way to go and this book will give you ALL the info you need to get rolling and keep others quiet when they criticize. Bon sante and Bon appetit!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best nutritional based book! April 14 2003
I thought this book was very thorough, yet easy to follow. Every recipe I've made has been very delicious. I was a vegetarian for 6 years before I became pregnant and began to eat meat for fear I wouldn't get enough protein my babe needed. I wish I had this book then, as the authors lay out precisely what you need for nourishment. My son and I now have a great reference so we can be healthy lacto-ovo vegetarians, and possibly convert my husband as well!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great intro book Nov. 5 2002
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Easy to read and a good book to use as a jump-off point for more specific readings catering to your individual vegetarian interests.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete But Still Useful May 21 2002
I have ample reason to be concerned about my health largely because of four ex-wives and the crazyness currently going on in my house between my bulldog (Colonel) and my current wife's annoying tabby (Bobo!). It doesn't help that I'm a beerswilling carnivore and largely a lazy couchloaf. Also complicating matters is the undeniable fact that my brooding spouse is a horrible cook and routinely serves beef-oriented t.v. dinners or worse (greaseburgers from the local fast food joint).
That's where this handy tome comes in. One of the girls from the bar I've been seeing on the sly has been trying to get me to start incorporating more vegetables in our relationship (in addition to the meat) and suggested several books (not this one) to help me get started. While those books had some value, this book really told me what I needed to know about the nutritional values of various vegetarian diets and how to make up for the nutirtion I would be losing by giving up meat.
It's very informative, well-written, easy to understand, but somewhat short on recipes. As I've mentioned, Bessie isn't a very good cook--even when she has cook-by-numbers recipes (which basically means, even if this book had recipes it wouldn't be of much value to her) and that's too bad. Nevertheless, this is a very informative book and has surprisingly convinced me that it is possible to maintain nutrition while maintaining an all-vegie diet. Unfortunately, the recipes in this book (and those I found in several others) have failed to convince me that any of these vegie diets taste any better than the leaves and grass in my backyard.
As a result, I've scrapped the vegetarian route, started cooking for myself, stopped worrying about my health, and I'm staying away from the girls at the bar.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Beginners April 18 2002
This book is an excellent resource for beginning vegetarians who are dealing with a lot of new questions -- will this diet be adequate for me nutritionally? do I need to take supplements? what will I tell mom (hee hee)? This book tries to answer all the big questions, and does so quite admirably. It does have a few recipes at the back, which are not bad, but certainly, this is not a cookbook per se. For those looking for a ton of recipes instead of advice, I'd be more likely to recommend The Essential Vegetarian Cookbook (by Diana Shaw), a wonderful book full of tips, tricks, ingredients, glossaries, and 600 low fat recipes, many of which are adaptations of old favourites. Getting both these books would be an excellent beginning to any new vegetarian's bookshelf.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Seemed Like A Great Idea Once
Ol' Dipper has been trying to lose weight for years now. I recently was at the local supermarket and ran into Shirley, my ex-girlfriend, while looking for a bulk pack of good beef... Read more
Published on April 12 2002 by Dipper Lips
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, even for someone who hates to read
I thought that this book was excellent. I fully made the change with very few problems. I did still have an issue with low iron, but I believe that is one of the most common... Read more
Published on April 11 2002 by John DiGenova
5.0 out of 5 stars Includes information for infants, youth and adolescents
First of all, I would like to thank the previous reviewer for a very thoughtful and complete review. Read more
Published on April 8 2002 by T. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice!!!!!
This book is an excellent choice to read if you're even the least bit interested in eating properly for good health! Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2002 by "jemison2"
5.0 out of 5 stars Super!!
This book was a really big help for me. I just recently decided to change my eating habits and limit all or most meat in my diet. This book was such a super help to me. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Information at Last!
I just finished reading this book. I have tried becoming a vegartarian for years and was never able to accomplish it. I didn't understand how to do so. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2000 by G. Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of useful information and easy to understand!
This book was recommended by a friend of a friend and it has definitely changed my life. I have developed food allergies (dairy being one of them) and needed information on... Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2000
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