by Jack Norris, Virginia Messina

Da Capo Lifelong Books, $17.00, 284 pages

Registered dieticians Jack Norris and Virginia Messina collaborated their knowledge for Vegan for Life: Everything You Need to Know to be Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet. Their book is aimed at helping people to make “more compassionate food choices” and making veganism easier for the modern diet.

Vegan for Life doesn’t just cover the basics of a plant-based diet and reasonable plan for the health of the entire family; it spends a lot of time debunking myths related to veganism. In addition it also guides the new or experienced vegan through understanding nutrient and supplement needs, making the transition to veganism, veganism during pregnancy, for children and teens, and aging adults. It also covers the advantages of a vegan diet and how to manage health problems, such as weight management and diabetes, using soy in a vegan diet, and sports nutrition while eating a vegetable-based diet.

One of the glaring downsides of the book was its slant toward the negatives of the industrial farming model while blatantly ignoring the existence of organics, pasture-based systems, free-range, and sustainable agriculture. Aside from that, if you’re an animal lover, this book may be helpful in helping you find a more compassionate way to eat.

Axie Barclay