As a newcomer to the vegan world I was looking for practical advice and information about making the transition to veganism. I selected this book because it had mostly good reviews and from the blurb looked as if it would meet my requirements. While there is some interesting information in this book, and while the authors do, in places, give some good advice, I can't help but feel that they need to practice what they preach when it come to being a quietly ethical vegan (rather than ranting at meat and cheese-eaters of the world). We are told a number of times that shouting at people about the terrors of the meat farming industry will likely not have the desired effect, yet the authors do this consistently throughout the book. I couldn't help but feel that they missed the point a little... If you're reading this book, you probably already have one foot on the road to veganism (at least) and so don't need convincing over and over and over again about the evils of consuming meat, fish and dairy.
I also found the book highly repetitive and can't help thinking that if they had made each of their points once, in a clear and concise way then the book would probably have been only about 70 pages long. There are big sections that are duplicated and this made for frustrating reading - and the thought that maybe the authors didn't have all that much to say about veganism after all. I was left a little cold and unenthusiastic about veganism by the end of it, and I don't think the Torres' really do much for the argument that you don't have to be a food nazi to eschew meat, fish and dairy.
I also agree with J. Hobartson - the book is littered with typos and errors and so a thorough proof-reading would not have gone amiss.
There are, however, pockets of sound advice and interesting information in this book, and some good recommendations on where to get further information but overall I was unimpressed.