I treasure this book. I don't agree with Braunstein on every point...like, I think my vegan diet--going on 9 years, now--probably isn't as healthy as Braunstein would like it to be. But still, I am so very glad I've read it & can refer back to it.
Who before Braunstein expressed the idea that in every glass of milk floats a metaphorical hunk of veal? Braunstein may have been the first. If I'd gotten my hands on this book sooner, maybe I would have realized sooner the inconsistency in my shunning meat while still consuming dairy.
Reading Rad Veg, I was continually amazed by the wordplay. Perfect confections, clever revelations. And here's a sample of his humor: "[Reader advisory: Reading about cancer could cause worry about cancer, and worrying about cancer could cause cancer; so if this advisory worries you, skip this next paragraph.]"
I learned some new words...like ataraxia: "'the undisturbed peace of mind before the turmoil of this world,' wrote Luigi Cornaro a half millenium ago, quoting a passage Zeno had written a millienium before..." explains Braunstein. That comes right after an excerpt from Kafka, in the same chapter as references to Shaw, Pasolini, and Tolstoy. To call Braunstein bookish and brainy, his writing erudite, would be understatements.
The Posthumous Postscript tells of his remarkable discovery of Edgar Kupfer's essay, "Animals, My Brethren," key parts of which are published in Rad Veg. A gem, indeed.