Betcha didn’t know that we reviewed books too, did ya? Well it’s true, we love to read the old-fashioned way! Today we’re reviewing, Vegan in 30 Days, Get Healthy. Save the World by Sarah Taylor. This book is a handy little how-to guide into the practical beginnings of veganism. My first thought upon receiving the book was, this little book is jam-packed with a bunch of great advice and interesting information! I think it would be a great book for a newbie vegan. I like it so much in fact, that I plan to give one lucky reader a copy of the book. More on that in a bit.
Incidentally, the dedication of the book is really lovely, I had to share it.
For every person who continually strives to do things better and do better things.
One of the best parts about the book is that there is a give and take approach to becoming vegan- the goal being to be a full vegan in 30 days. The book is broken out into days, removing things and adding things all at the same time- ensuring that the newbie won’t feel deprived. But this book doesn’t just give you day to day instructions on what to eat, this book incorporates veganism into all other aspects of life. Taylor takes on topics such as; meeting other vegans, learning how to say “No thank you, I’m vegan,” shopping and what to do in a conversation if someone wants to talk about veganism. Things that, as a newbie, you may not know or have questions on.
I’m one of those, I-gotta-have-a-plan-because-then-I-will-have-a-goal-to-work-towards-and-that-makes-me-insanely-happy, kind of person. I tend to make a plan for something that I want to accomplish and work towards a goal. Once I reach the goal, I reassess and recommit to a new goal. This mindset has allowed me to accomplish all manners of things. This book is set up in a similar manner, so I relate very well to it- and I think that most people would as well.
Here’s an excerpt from the book:
(This is excerpt is Day 27 – Learn how to say “No thank you, I’m Vegan” – page 72. Taylor is at a dinner party and her friend had just realized that the vegan cake she had made wasn’t really vegan. Taylor goes on to talk about how to deal with the situation, being a vegan. And, it’s spot on. The emphasis is my own.)
In this very touchy situation, many people would argue that I should have eaten a little bit anyway. After all, my friend had gone to so much effort, peeling apples with her kids into the wee hours of the night, and no one else wanted a near vegan pie! I understand this point of reasoning, and if veganism was purely a personal preference for me, I probably would have done just that. However, because I am a vegan for ethical reasons, I have a personal policy that I will never knowingly eat animal products. I believe that one of my roles is to set an example for others and to live out my values in public. Therefore, there was never a question in my mind as to whether I would eat the pie. The question was how to best handle the situation.
Taylor advises that you let your host/hostess know how much you appreciate the thought and kindness behind their actions. And I couldn’t agree more. I really like how Taylor provides compassionate solutions to common non-vegan situations. Here’s some more samples of what you’ll find inside this book:
- Day 13: Take a tour of your local health food store
- Day 15: Try a new recipe
- Day 21: Meet other vegans
So much good stuff packed into 104 little pages!
My only criticism of this books comes in the beginning of the book. Day 2 is all about knowing the basics of veganism and it’s here that Taylor says, “Honey comes from the nectar of flowers, and is produced by insects (bees), as opposed to animals. Therefore, vegans differ on whether honey is a vegan product or not.”
Straight from Wikipedia:
Insects (from Latin insectum, a calque of Greek ἔντομον