Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Review: Vegetarian To Vegan by Sarah Taylor

A few months ago I was offered the opportunity to review a new publication for an interesting audience: vegetarians interested in learning more about veganism. The book is called Vegetarian to Vegan: Give up Dairy. Give up Eggs. For Good. and is authored by Sarah Taylor. It includes detailed sections on the dairy industry, egg industry, impact on health, impact on the environment, how to make the switch, and some yummy recipes to get started.


Within the first few pages, I was impressed by the honest and genuine approach Sarah took: identifying how each person needs to be ready to make a change. Highlighting this reality, I think, really opens some doors to people who may have otherwise felt turned off by veganism and makes the book inviting.

I have to be honest: this book took me quite some time to finish. I read it straight through, without skipping around, and needed to take breaks to preserve my sanity. The first two sections of the book, devoted to the deplorable details of the dairy and egg industries, are difficult to swallow. And they SHOULD be, because that's reality. Each section is meticulously detailed and comprehensive, providing information down to the specific infections that are common on dairy farms and in hatcheries. I learned so much from reading just these two sections - and I've been vegan (and a token vegan who gets questions on the daily about the lifestyle) for nearly 6 years!

The section devoted to physical health and the effects of dairy and eggs was eye-opening. Those chapters clarified information that I had known anecdotally, providing hard evidence and medical explanations in easily understood terms. Do you know, mechanically, how cow's milk affects cancer cells in the body? You will after reading this book.

The environmental chapters were especially mind-blowing… I now can say that I have a firmer, and more terrifying, understanding of climate change - especially just how factory farming has become such a major contributor. This section, as well as the others, equipped me with the knowledge needed to combat asinine questions about environmental issues, as well as genuine ignorance about the issues.

I would highly recommend this book to any vegan, vegetarian, veg-curious, omnivorous, health-conscious, hippie environmentalist, and/or animal loving human out there. A BIG thank you to Ms. Sarah Taylor!


3 comments:

ellieslicesbagels said...

I like the concept of this book. Would you recommend it for the people who reprimand me for being vegan? Should I just give them the book or read it myself and explain it to them. Sometimes I find if I try to explain things, they are looking for a fight and I don't want to get involved.

Anonymous said...

I've been vegan for 26 years and consider it one of the best decisions of my life (my doctor agrees). I lost 25 lbs and kept it off all these years!

Here's a short video to help everyone understand why so many people are making this life affirming choice and why the number of vegans has doubled in the US in less than 3 years.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKr4HZ7ukSE

Also, here's a link for everyone who wants to join the revolution: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/step-by-step-guide-how-to-transition-to-vegan-diet/

Katie said...

The biggest thing to consider when trying to educate others is that they have to be ready to hear it. We can approach it in the most respectable, laid back ways, but - if they're not ready to really listen and not be defensive - it's not going to work. I think a lot of people fear being told "I told you so" and feeling foolish, even if there is good reason for them to feel foolish!

I wouldn't recommend buying it for someone else unless you think they would be receptive to reading it. Otherwise, it could be seen as passive aggressive. With that being said, I will say again that this book is a wonderful read for an established vegan! <3