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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Tofu Hound Press; First Printing edition (1 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977080412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977080410
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 814,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Going vegan is the single most important thing you can do to live nonviolence and the abolition of animal exploitation in your everyday life. In this down-to-earth and entertaining guide, Bob and Jenna Torres not only convince you that you have to go vegan today, they also give you what you need to live as a healthy and happy vegan for the rest of your life." --Gary L. Francione, Distinguished Professor of Law, Rutgers University --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Tattooed vegan freaks themselves, Bob and Jenna Torres both hold PhDs from Cornell University. The authors maintain a vegan blog (veganfreaks.org) where they refined the ideas that grew into this book. Bob and Jenna teach at a small liberal arts college in far upstate New York, where Bob has taught classes on animal rights and vegetarianism --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By R. Boyer-Willisson on 5 Mar. 2007
Format: Paperback
Straight-forward, plain talking, with plenty of practical advice, this book is a must-read for anyone thinking of going vegan, or newly vegan. It really helped me clarify my own thinking, and gave me useful strategies to deal with the daily practicalities of being vegan in a largely carnivorous world. Although many of the specific products mentioned are for the American market,the advice is invaluable, and the extensive referencing gives plenty of scope for further, more detailed personal research.

As a new vegan, I would have been lost without this book, but it has consolidated my resolve, and my belief that my choice has been the right one for me. I would also recommend this book if someone you know has just gone vegan, and you want to understand why.

Tofu power!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Staniforth on 23 Sept. 2008
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Have to be honest, it's rare I'll even bother to write a book review but feel compelled to here. After being a veggie for 20 years, I'm toying with the idea of becoming a vegan. I'm not one for being preached at and most 'activists' irritate me beyond description. Also, I'm not one for overblown American in your face type writing, so I was a little apprehensive about buying this. I needn't have been. It's superb. Honest, humorous, non preachy and debunks many myths including several perpetuated by vegans themselves. The authors include links for further info and resources which adds to the value too. If you're considering becoming a vegan or even just flirting with the idea, buy this book.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A. Morrell on 8 May 2007
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I've been a vegetarian for about 20 years and i have been rethinking the reasons why i became a vegy. As time has gone by i have realised that i am not the 17 year old angry activist willing to burn down the nearest slaughter house anymore. This book has re opened my eyes and re fueled the fire within, i am now going through the 21 days without animal products, and i am finding it suprisingly easy (even with no cheese). The book has an obvious american slant but don't let that put you off. If you are toying with the idea of becoming a vegan or just want to discover how or why, then you could do a lot worse than buying this book.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By H. Smith on 26 Sept. 2006
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This book is easily the best, although shortest, book I have read on vegetarianism (and I'd like to think I've read a lot!!). I was quite unsure about buying it, but I read lots of good reviews and as it turned out I couldn't put it down! On many many occasions I was caught laughing out loud, even to the extent of crying!! These authors are so funny :) . They put into words everything that I have felt, and experienced as a vegetarian and then vegan. It's definately the best way to sum up why anyone would be vegan, and how best to go about it too, I'm currently passing my copy around my friends! There are also loads of websites and recommended reading if you're interested further! A must-have if you're a veggie, vegan or know anyone who is!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Toni on 5 Nov. 2007
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This book is a wonderful guide for new Vegans, or soon to be Vegans, but I also think it would be great for long time Vegans.

It's well written and informative.......although not a book for people wanting information on the actual diet, this deals more with how to BE Vegan.

I loved this book it was great to read and fun. I also now listen to the authors Podcast. There's a link on their website.

Thanks Bob and Jenna for this wonderful book.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Almost Vegan on 11 May 2010
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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.
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