Saturday, January 8, 2011
Book Review: The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life
I received this delightful book as a Christmas present this year (thanks Mom!! Wuv wu!) and just couldn't wait to dive into it. And dive I did, finishing it in under a weekend because I just couldn't put it down.
Author Melisser Elliott is like the vegan BFF I wish I had...witty, knowledgeable, kind and hilarious. You probably know Elliott as the owner of San Francisco's Sugar Beat Sweets Bakery and the writer of the very popular, super-awesome The Urban Housewife, so just imagine all the goodness of her site condensed into this awesome book! Like her site, the book is very engaging and conversational; it is like you are having a chat with one of your best friends. I loved this intimate feel and really dug Elliott's breezy writing style.
Plus, this book is packed full of goodies that you won't find on The Urban Housewife site. It features an inviting introduction to veganism, an explanation what it means to be vegan, a handy section on nutrition (one of my favorite parts of the book and co-written by nutritionist Gena Hamshaw - check out her website www.choosingraw.com), what to eat and what to wear, non-vegan ingredients to watch out for, and pretty much anything else that covers the vegan spectrum! The second part of the book features a ton of yummy-sounding recipes (must try these!!) like PB & J Muffins, Austrian Potato Salad, Two Bean Confetti Hash, Twice-Baked Chipotle Sweet Potatoes, Strawberry Basil Risotto, Apple Sage Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash and many more! At the end of the book, there is even a crafty DIY section with lots of cool, eco-friendly projects.
My personal favorite part of the book was the sections on other veganistas, highlighting vegan women who own and run vegan businesses, write, and otherwise champion vegan living! In their own words they express what makes them tick, some of their favorite vegan things and how they deal with any negativity in regards to veganism. All these ladies are amazing and inspirational, so it was a real treat to take a peek into their minds! I also found some fun new blogs to read! Win-win!
The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life is wonderfully inspiring book to read for all vegans (yes, even the boys!) and for anyone curious about veganism. I found it incredibly informative but at the same time an absolute blast to read! It is inspiring to know that there are other women living the cruelty-free lifestyle out there, and their testimonials along with Elliott's passionate writing really solidifies my veganism and makes me so proud to be vegan!
Check out The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life!