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Hollywood celebrities are doing it. Corporate moguls are doing it. But what about those of us living in the real world—and on a real budget? Author and holistic health practitioner Victoria Moran started eating only plants nearly thirty years ago, raised her daughter, Adair, vegan from birth, and maintains a sixty-pound weight loss. In Main Street Vegan, Moran offers a com Hollywood celebrities are doing it. Corporate moguls are doing it. But what about those of us living in the real world—and on a real budget? Author and holistic health practitioner Victoria Moran started eating only plants nearly thirty years ago, raised her daughter, Adair, vegan from birth, and maintains a sixty-pound weight loss. In Main Street Vegan, Moran offers a complete guide to making this dietary and lifestyle shift with an emphasis on practical “baby steps,” proving that you don’t have to have a personal chef or lifestyle coach on speed dial to experience the physical and spiritual benefits of being a vegan. This book provides practical advice and inspiration for everyone—from Main Street to Wall Street, and everywhere between. “Finally, a book that isn't preaching to the vegan choir, but to the people in the pews—and the ones who can’t fit in those pews. This is a book for the Main Street majority who aren’t vegans. Once you read this, you'll know it's possible to get healthy and enjoy doing it—even if you live in Paramus or Peoria.”—Michael Moore   “A great read for vegans and aspiring vegans.”—Russell Simmons    “Yet another divine gift from Victoria Moran. Main Street Vegan covers it all—inspiration, information, and out of this world recipes. This book is a gem."—Rory Freedman, co-author Skinny Bitch   “Main Street Vegan is exactly the guide you need to make changing the menu effortless. Victoria Moran covers every aspect of plant-based eating and cruelty-free living, with everything you need to make healthy changes stick.” —Neal Barnard, MD, president, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and NY Times bestselling author of 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart   “A great book for anyone who's curious about veganism. It shows that not all vegans are weirdos like me.”—Moby  


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Hollywood celebrities are doing it. Corporate moguls are doing it. But what about those of us living in the real world—and on a real budget? Author and holistic health practitioner Victoria Moran started eating only plants nearly thirty years ago, raised her daughter, Adair, vegan from birth, and maintains a sixty-pound weight loss. In Main Street Vegan, Moran offers a com Hollywood celebrities are doing it. Corporate moguls are doing it. But what about those of us living in the real world—and on a real budget? Author and holistic health practitioner Victoria Moran started eating only plants nearly thirty years ago, raised her daughter, Adair, vegan from birth, and maintains a sixty-pound weight loss. In Main Street Vegan, Moran offers a complete guide to making this dietary and lifestyle shift with an emphasis on practical “baby steps,” proving that you don’t have to have a personal chef or lifestyle coach on speed dial to experience the physical and spiritual benefits of being a vegan. This book provides practical advice and inspiration for everyone—from Main Street to Wall Street, and everywhere between. “Finally, a book that isn't preaching to the vegan choir, but to the people in the pews—and the ones who can’t fit in those pews. This is a book for the Main Street majority who aren’t vegans. Once you read this, you'll know it's possible to get healthy and enjoy doing it—even if you live in Paramus or Peoria.”—Michael Moore   “A great read for vegans and aspiring vegans.”—Russell Simmons    “Yet another divine gift from Victoria Moran. Main Street Vegan covers it all—inspiration, information, and out of this world recipes. This book is a gem."—Rory Freedman, co-author Skinny Bitch   “Main Street Vegan is exactly the guide you need to make changing the menu effortless. Victoria Moran covers every aspect of plant-based eating and cruelty-free living, with everything you need to make healthy changes stick.” —Neal Barnard, MD, president, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and NY Times bestselling author of 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart   “A great book for anyone who's curious about veganism. It shows that not all vegans are weirdos like me.”—Moby  

30 review for Main Street Vegan: Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully and Live Compassionately in the Real World

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (not getting friends updates) Vegan

    Wow! I cannot rate this book with fewer than 5 stars, even though there were some things that bothered me, big time. I’ll get those out of the way first. I don’t like that for eating disorders the only advice dispensed is to participate in OA, a 12 step program. I’m really sick of not having alternatives mentioned. I loved how the first author talked about her own earlier years’ struggle with food and eating, but her way is not the only way. I also don’t like the hedges on honey and veganism. An Wow! I cannot rate this book with fewer than 5 stars, even though there were some things that bothered me, big time. I’ll get those out of the way first. I don’t like that for eating disorders the only advice dispensed is to participate in OA, a 12 step program. I’m really sick of not having alternatives mentioned. I loved how the first author talked about her own earlier years’ struggle with food and eating, but her way is not the only way. I also don’t like the hedges on honey and veganism. And then there is the whole "you'll lose weight as a vegan" claim, though she does make clear that's if you eat the healthy stuff and don't overeat. There are a few other such things. But overall, I agree with these (mother-daughter) authors about everything they say. I came to this book skeptical in the sense that I thought because I’m an experienced and long time vegan, I wouldn’t take that much from it. But I loved it. I appreciate how this could be a life changing book for many people now, the way Diet for a New America was for me in 1988, over 24 years ago. I am in awe of how many issues are addressed. In fact, with books such as this, I usually include their contents in my review. Here, there are 6 dense pages of contents, too long to share, and so much content within each section. I love the messages given here, the philosophy espoused. I like her take on how to be vegan or how to move in that direction. I admire her priorities. I love how Victoria is a good mother and loved learning about Adair and enjoyed Adair’s contributions to this book. I love the mother-daughter angle, their history and now when both are adults. Every time I thought of something that should be included, I eventually came across it as I continued reading. I love that recipes are included and think they are good ones for a vegan primer. This (first) author is a health food, primarily raw, vegan, but she, of course, is vegan for the animals, and the environment and world hunger are mentioned too; all reasons to be vegan are at least touched on. I adore quotes so I really liked that each chapter begins with a fabulous quote. The book’s dedication is one of the best ever: “To the animals I’ve known by name and to all those who have no names.” So powerful! I read this book with new vegans and the vegan interested in mind, to see if I would recommend it to them. I do, heartily, and I also recommend it to experienced vegans such as myself, especially activists, but also just as one more supportive book. This is an entertaining read. It’s fun to read, and at times I laughed and smiled, and at times I felt sad. I experienced the gamut of emotions. Much to my surprise, if I was in book buying mode, I’d purchase this book. Mine is a library copy. It’s a wonderful book, an all in one re content, and very accessible, very friendly; I don’t know a better way to describe it. I liked it so much more than I’d anticipated. Because of the 12 step content I thought I was going to give it only 4 stars, but I just can’t downgrade for that. Many will like that and for those such as me who don’t, I trust that we’re smart enough to ignore the few things here that don’t work for us because most of what’s included is exceptionally useful. Throughout the book and in the back of the book, there is a lot of good resource material. I had many things reinforced for me and I learned some things too. The next time I get my B12 tested I’ll do the MMA urine test instead of a blood test. I think that this book will be most appreciated by new vegans, the vegan interested, experienced vegans, readers who know vegans, in that order, and by parents and other mentors in all those categories, and definitely by vegan activists too. I surely hope so. Great addition to the genre!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Susanne

    The best book ever! Vegans are cool and plant-based dining is hot. If you're only going to read one book this year - pick up Main Street Vegan. It will change your life. It is so much more than a book about being a vegan, it is a book about being a compassionate healthy person - the very best you can be. I actually cried reading this book. I almost never do it, and for a non-fiction book to affect me that way. I am so inspired by Victoria Moran and I will definitively pick up her back list. Much o The best book ever! Vegans are cool and plant-based dining is hot. If you're only going to read one book this year - pick up Main Street Vegan. It will change your life. It is so much more than a book about being a vegan, it is a book about being a compassionate healthy person - the very best you can be. I actually cried reading this book. I almost never do it, and for a non-fiction book to affect me that way. I am so inspired by Victoria Moran and I will definitively pick up her back list. Much of Main Street Vegan is light reading and light of heart, about great food, looking good, and feeling fantastic; but parts of it may be tough going, especially if you're reading for the first time about what the animals go though. This book cover everything from the animals, the ethics, the compassion, the love, the food, the clothes, the honey, the circus, the make-up, the wine, the kids and includes a lot of delicious recipes. I read this because I was curious about going vegan - now I am sure that I'm ready for the transition. It covers everything I worry about: going to restaurants, travel abroad and dealing with non-supportive surroundings. The main message is that everything you do is great - even if it is to start with meatless Monday. The idea is to do this, either all at once or in stages, in a way that's comfortable and fun, improves your health, makes sense in your actual life, and lasts forever. The book is written for new vegans, but I imagine that I will go back to this wonderful book many times and I am sure it is a great inspiration, reminder and boost also for long time vegans. There are so many amazing parts - I am glad I got the kindle edition so I could make (a lot) of highlights! However, I am off to buying the hardcover edition as well - I must have it on my book shelves. I cannot emphasize enough how much I loved this book. I want to give it to everyone I know but I will take Victoria's advice and don't push it onto people. I would recommend it to everyone, except maybe if you absolutely want to be able to eat you meaty junk food without thinking about it. 5++ stars! The bottom line is: This is not difficult; it is just new. New and wonderful.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Main Street Vegan is a thoroughly accessible guide to becoming a vegan – or a vegetarian, or even just cutting more meat out of your life. With a non-preachy tone and a realistic perspective on modern life with a left-of-norm diet, Victoria Moran educates, inspires, and provides a supportive starting point for all readers. Full disclosure: I was a vegetarian from birth until age 28. For a time in college, I lived with a vegan who I found insufferable because of her dietary choices. Despite being Main Street Vegan is a thoroughly accessible guide to becoming a vegan – or a vegetarian, or even just cutting more meat out of your life. With a non-preachy tone and a realistic perspective on modern life with a left-of-norm diet, Victoria Moran educates, inspires, and provides a supportive starting point for all readers. Full disclosure: I was a vegetarian from birth until age 28. For a time in college, I lived with a vegan who I found insufferable because of her dietary choices. Despite being a very strict lacto-ovo-vegetarian, I never, EVER considered going vegan. Then, when I was 28, I decided to try eating meat to see what I was missing – I had no particular religious, moral, or ethical reasons for being vegetarian, and “habit” didn’t seem like a good enough reason. I found a few meat dishes I liked okay, but mainly I appreciated the utter convenience of being able to order anything off of any given menu. But it didn’t stick. Within two years of becoming omnivorous, I was back to being mainly vegetarian because, I don’t know, it just seems right to me. And now, thanks to Main Street Vegan, I’m considering going all the way – all the way to egg-free, diary-free, leather-free naturalness. We’ll see. The lure of eating meat for me was the convenience – turkey sandwiches were a revelation to me in terms of the ease of packing a lunch for work. Making my own “cheese” from cashew nuts is pretty much the opposite direction of that. Still, I find that many vegan meals work themselves into my meal preparation, and I generally like all of them. Why not experiment with that a little bit? The recipes in Main Street Vegan sound delicious and are an easy place to start. Moran covers a lot more ground than just diet – she thoughtfully covers ethical situations ranging from honey to zoos to cleaning products to cosmetics to pest control within the home. Her sections on travel and dining out are considerate and well-reasoned. In general, the entire book is an exceedingly well-thought-out series of essays on one person’s life choices – laid out in such a reasonable way that it’s hard not to be convinced after just a few pages. While this isn’t a decision I’m making lightly, I’m definitely mulling it over – and I’ll be turning back to Main Street Vegan frequently as I consider my choices.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susie

    Main Street Vegan is my new handbook. Kinda like the Handbook for the Recently Deceased in Beetlejuice. I feel like if I leave my house without a copy I will instantly be swallowed whole by a giant sandworm. Seeing that I had to return my copy to the library today, I'm a little worried for the trip home... Seriously though, I loved this book and will be buying a copy for myself. The chapters were short and to the point, and I feel like the author covered all of the burning questions that a vegan Main Street Vegan is my new handbook. Kinda like the Handbook for the Recently Deceased in Beetlejuice. I feel like if I leave my house without a copy I will instantly be swallowed whole by a giant sandworm. Seeing that I had to return my copy to the library today, I'm a little worried for the trip home... Seriously though, I loved this book and will be buying a copy for myself. The chapters were short and to the point, and I feel like the author covered all of the burning questions that a vegan newbie like myself might ask. There's also more resources in the appendices than you could shake a stalk of celery at. The unprocessed cherry on top of the non-dairy ice cream is the recipe at the end of each chapter from either the author, her daughter or a well-known veganite (probably not a real word but it sounds cool).

  5. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    Quite a good book on the topic. Only frustrating thing was that the author is Christian and it also got a little too esoteric, as well as almost jumping off the deep end vis a vis mobile phone radiation and using plants to cleanse your home........ That said based on probabilities it seems better to go vegan. This book has great advice on how to do it, why to do it, and what you can expect. It's broken down into very digestible parts (excuse the pun) that are super easy to read and comprehend. Wi Quite a good book on the topic. Only frustrating thing was that the author is Christian and it also got a little too esoteric, as well as almost jumping off the deep end vis a vis mobile phone radiation and using plants to cleanse your home........ That said based on probabilities it seems better to go vegan. This book has great advice on how to do it, why to do it, and what you can expect. It's broken down into very digestible parts (excuse the pun) that are super easy to read and comprehend. Will need to do further research but yes, this is a good overview of the lifestyle.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Scottsdale Public Library

    An absolute must-read (and eventually own) for anyone merely flirting with the idea of trying out a part-time vegan diet, all the way to someone wishing to adopt a complete vegan lifestyle. Friendly, witty and never preachy, Ms. Moran addresses virtually every question you might have or will have posed to you; a cornucopia of inspiring information on health and nutrition, ethics and the environment, cruelty-free living and shopping, and much more! This is not a cookbook, though each chapter ends An absolute must-read (and eventually own) for anyone merely flirting with the idea of trying out a part-time vegan diet, all the way to someone wishing to adopt a complete vegan lifestyle. Friendly, witty and never preachy, Ms. Moran addresses virtually every question you might have or will have posed to you; a cornucopia of inspiring information on health and nutrition, ethics and the environment, cruelty-free living and shopping, and much more! This is not a cookbook, though each chapter ends with one of the author's favorite recipes. --Kate D.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    really interesting, informative read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marlo Franco

    This book was interesting and informative, but there were some brief flashes of crazy. I was happy to read all about how to navigate he real world with a vegan diet and lifestyle, but when the author entertained the idea that cats could eat a vegan diet when given the proper supplements I had to take a pause (paws). Just no. I may refer to this book for my own information, but when I need help with my kitties, I’ll go to a licensed vet.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    Animal rights organizations such as Mercy for Animals and VegFund have even initiated programs that pay a dollar to students on college campuses and passerby elsewhere if they can make it through a four-minute video showing conditions on industrial farms and in slaughterhouses. You don't have to pay anybody to watch footage of someone harvesting a garden. --From “Main Street Vegan” This is a book that is not just another attempt to have vegans nodding along, but also an effort to reach out to thos Animal rights organizations such as Mercy for Animals and VegFund have even initiated programs that pay a dollar to students on college campuses and passerby elsewhere if they can make it through a four-minute video showing conditions on industrial farms and in slaughterhouses. You don't have to pay anybody to watch footage of someone harvesting a garden. --From “Main Street Vegan” This is a book that is not just another attempt to have vegans nodding along, but also an effort to reach out to those on the fringes—maybe you’re disconcerted about your cholesterol levels or disgusted by some undercover footage you saw from a factory farm, but you’re not sure what to do about it. Main Street Vegan is the book for you. The strength of Moran’s book is that it emphasizes that anyone can be a “Main Street Vegan”—no, you don’t have to change your political or religious beliefs, and no one’s expecting you to dress up like a chicken and hold a sign if you don’t want to. In fact, plant-based eating does line up with most people, whether or not they realize it. Vegans, this may be the book you want to give to friends or family members who just don’t understand why you choose to eat and live the way you do. While it makes clear that factory farms aren’t happy places, it doesn’t bash readers over the head with dismal facts and the vast majority of the book is positive and upbeat. It also includes recipes. Moran has chosen a clean standard of living that not everyone is going to wish to attempt, but she isn’t pushy, thankfully. For example, I have little to no concern over BPA or phthalates in my food packaging. I have zero faith in the power of positive thinking. I do, however, wish to eat healthfully and humanely. I figure I can meet Moran in the middle. I was happy to see the author’s many reminders to readers to not be “vegan jerks”—those super-pushy aggressive herbivores who probably turn more omnivores away from vegan eating than Big Ag. Her sweet and accepting tone has even won over one of veganism’s most obnoxious critics, filmmaker and pundit Michael Moore. Savvy vegans will know that this guy has repeatedly mocked vegetarianism and concern for animals in his books—at one point even organizing an anti-animal rights demonstration complete with signs saying, “you’re wasting your lives.” (No, people dressing up at sci-fi conventions or seeing “Twilight” the 200th time or trying to build the world’s largest Elvis collection—they aren’t wasting their lives. People who are living by their ethics and hoping to make a difference in the world, they’re the ones to mock.) Moore is not a vegan, but he has cut down on his meat intake and sings the book’s praises on the back cover. (I’m thinking that age and the health consequences of a lifetime of overeating are starting to catch up with him and making him a bit more contrite.) Where the author tends to slip up is when she gets a bit too starry-eyed when attempting to explain how easy vegan eating can be. It is true, plant-based living is now easier than ever. That doesn’t mean it’s always easy. For example, the author enthuses, “Every Chinese place has a vegetarian section,” while long-term veg*ns will quickly realize the problem there—a great many, if not most, omnivorous Chinese restaurants and buffets use meat broth in the sauces on their dishes—yes, even those marked “vegetarian.” There’s a language and cultural barrier that can prevent you from getting a vegan, or even vegetarian, meal at these ubiquitous eateries. The author also claims, “In the old days, refried beans were made with lard, but that's almost never the case anymore.” Yes and no. While I have found more Mexican restaurants with vegan refried beans than not, I have certainly run into the lard users as well. In addition, most canned refried beans, excepting those marked “fat free” or “vegetarian,” still use the ol’ pig fat. Finally, the author says that even if a restaurant has no vegetarian choices, you can usually get a decent meal by instructing them to leave the meat out of a salad, for instance, which is true. However, the author’s claim that “Your vegan meal will almost always cost less than any of the meat options,” is only true if the meal is already vegan, without any modifications. I expect to pay the same price for that dinner even if the chicken or eggs are left out, simply because restaurants don’t know how to do it any other way. That’s my experience, anyway. I know why she made those claims, and it’s no reason not to go plant-based, but I just wanted to let readers know in case they are in for a surprise when they eat at some restaurants.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Well, I read Main Street Vegan and the Torres' Vegan Freak Version 2.0 back to back, which was kind of weird. Both books contained mainly the same information, but their tone could not be any more different. Main Street Vegan tries to ease people into veganism, encouraging them to take as much time as they need to gradually cut more and more animal products from their diet and all other areas of their life. It also addresses three major reasons for veganism - health, environment, and animal righ Well, I read Main Street Vegan and the Torres' Vegan Freak Version 2.0 back to back, which was kind of weird. Both books contained mainly the same information, but their tone could not be any more different. Main Street Vegan tries to ease people into veganism, encouraging them to take as much time as they need to gradually cut more and more animal products from their diet and all other areas of their life. It also addresses three major reasons for veganism - health, environment, and animal rights - and pretty much gives equal weight to all of these reasons. I would have given this 4 stars because it is impressively accessible and I do believe it has a lot of potential to steer older or more mainstream readers closer to veganism. But there was a couple times where Moran would say really contrived-seeming things like, "Green has to be God's favorite color: It's all over the place." Wtf? Where did that come from? I don't know if she was trying to use this to convince more conservative readers, "Hey, look, I'm a normal god-fearing woman AND a vegan. You can do it too!" which admittedly could be really helpful as this book is geared toward the more regular folk. I wouldn't have had a problem with this except it seemed so bizarrely forced that it distracted from the rest of the book. Moran gives a lot of good resources at the end of the book and I like how she ends each chapter with a recipe. I would recommend Main Street Vegan to anyone curious about dabbling in veganism who is afraid that we are all extremist weirdos. It's encouraging in the gentlest of ways.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Lowen

    Thorough, easy-to-read how-to-be-a-vegan guide. She goes into all aspects of a vegan life, not just diet but also clothing, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, animals as entertainment, etc. 40 chapters, each ending with a recipe she somehow ties to the chapter topic (the connection sometimes stretches pretty thin, and there's a preponderence of dessert recipes). Two quibbles: 1. The section on clothing focuses on women almost exclusively. She mentioned a store for fake leather in NYC called Moo Shoes. Thorough, easy-to-read how-to-be-a-vegan guide. She goes into all aspects of a vegan life, not just diet but also clothing, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, animals as entertainment, etc. 40 chapters, each ending with a recipe she somehow ties to the chapter topic (the connection sometimes stretches pretty thin, and there's a preponderence of dessert recipes). Two quibbles: 1. The section on clothing focuses on women almost exclusively. She mentioned a store for fake leather in NYC called Moo Shoes. But I had to go to their website to learn that they make stuff for men too. And when I got there, fully half the store had stuff for men. 2. She assumes that all vegans are primarily driven by a stand against animal torture, and the lower environmental impact and better health are wonderful side effects. But I'm primarily motivated by the environmental angle (though I've been learning more and more about the horrors we inflict on animals). And my father and one of his classmates are motivated for their health.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Del

    This book was incredibly fatphobic with comments such as “vegans are seldom overweight, even though we enjoy really—really—delicious food” at the start of chapter 3, which is ironically titled “Retire From Dieting.” It also includes fantastical illusions to things such as the potential to be a cancer prevention on page 137 in a breakout section called “Can a vegan diet prevent cancer?” In which it states “Eating a plant-based diet lessens one’s statistical probability of developing certain cance This book was incredibly fatphobic with comments such as “vegans are seldom overweight, even though we enjoy really—really—delicious food” at the start of chapter 3, which is ironically titled “Retire From Dieting.” It also includes fantastical illusions to things such as the potential to be a cancer prevention on page 137 in a breakout section called “Can a vegan diet prevent cancer?” In which it states “Eating a plant-based diet lessens one’s statistical probability of developing certain cancers, notably, those of the colon, stomach, prostate, skin, and breast” without any cited studies. I am absolutely for veganism, however, it is about a care and compassion for all living beings, not about being fatphobic or preying on others vulnerability and fear.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    I am not really a fan of non-fiction, but this book is an easy read. My husband read it first and then highlighted the chapters he thought were important. Her style is so light that I found myself pretty much reading through the whole thing. If you are thinking about going Vegan, read this book. It had some fairly simple reasoning for why a person would want to stop eating meat and dairy, plus recipes and a helpful chapter on vitamins you would need to supplement your diet. Overall, entertaining I am not really a fan of non-fiction, but this book is an easy read. My husband read it first and then highlighted the chapters he thought were important. Her style is so light that I found myself pretty much reading through the whole thing. If you are thinking about going Vegan, read this book. It had some fairly simple reasoning for why a person would want to stop eating meat and dairy, plus recipes and a helpful chapter on vitamins you would need to supplement your diet. Overall, entertaining and not overly preachy.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    Overall, one of the best books written, regarding the "whys" and " hows" regarding becoming vegetarian or vegan, backed up with great research and wonderful recipes! A great gift or educational item. Overall, one of the best books written, regarding the "whys" and " hows" regarding becoming vegetarian or vegan, backed up with great research and wonderful recipes! A great gift or educational item.

  15. 4 out of 5

    K M

    Very informative, dealing with all aspects of veganism. There are delicious sounding recipes throughout as well. I borrowed this from the public library, but will definitely be purchasing a copy soon. Update: Purchased my own copy - Woo hoo!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessica T.

    This is a great book for those who are going vegan/vegetarian.. great reference for everything you might possible be curious about. It had moments of preachiness but overall damn fine book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nitza

    “Being vegan isn’t about being thin. It’s about compassion and respect for all living beings.'' Victoria Moran “Being vegan isn’t about being thin. It’s about compassion and respect for all living beings.'' Victoria Moran

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    The book manages to touch on every aspect of vegan life and throws in some random recipes for good measure, so it reads like an encyclopedia/manifesto. While it is easy to read and has a lot of practical advice, I found it be very jarring. The writer goes back and forth between being very compassionate and understanding to incredibly judgmental and close minded. Her disdain for 'junk' vegan food and views on overweight vegans sounds a lot like disordered eating and an obsession with pure/healthy The book manages to touch on every aspect of vegan life and throws in some random recipes for good measure, so it reads like an encyclopedia/manifesto. While it is easy to read and has a lot of practical advice, I found it be very jarring. The writer goes back and forth between being very compassionate and understanding to incredibly judgmental and close minded. Her disdain for 'junk' vegan food and views on overweight vegans sounds a lot like disordered eating and an obsession with pure/healthy food. Worst of all, she tries to give all her writing the impression of being evidence-backed, randomly quoting the China study and various doctors, but then throws in some straight-up crazy wellness guru-like statements that derail the conversation (e.g., pages dedicated to detoxing, some cats can eat a vegan diet if supplemented, vegans can't be overweight, constant references to how others will be inspired by your glowing vegan face if you eat enough greens, etc.). I found enough useful information to finish the book, but would not recommend it to anyone not already committed to veganism. Also, I tried to remember that Victoria Moran is like 70, looks incredible for her age, and is from the original generation of vegans, so that helped me keep the book in context and convinced me that maybe I should eat more greens.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katie Griffin

    Main Street Vegan by Victoria Moran is a great read for those just embarking on their journey of veganism. Moran, contrary to popular vegan stereotypes, makes the world of veganism extremely appealing in that she is not pushy in the slightest. She encourages embracing the lifestyle in whatever way best works for you and gives helpful (sometimes essential) advice on how to make the transition from full-blown carnivore to herbivore. Not to mention, she weaves in some entertaining stories and usefu Main Street Vegan by Victoria Moran is a great read for those just embarking on their journey of veganism. Moran, contrary to popular vegan stereotypes, makes the world of veganism extremely appealing in that she is not pushy in the slightest. She encourages embracing the lifestyle in whatever way best works for you and gives helpful (sometimes essential) advice on how to make the transition from full-blown carnivore to herbivore. Not to mention, she weaves in some entertaining stories and useful recipes along the way. The only drawback to the book is typical of books of the scope which Moran is aiming to achieve. While attempting to describe a vegan life in its entirety and also to add helpful hints, she rarely goes into very much depth on one topic. For some readers, this may be an added bonus as they don't want to be bored or bogged down by the details, but personally, I felt it was a slight drawback. However, she did peak my interest in more than a few subjects and I look forward to exploring them further.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jaclyn Laigle

    Victoria Moran truly penned the ultimate vegan starter guide. Every aspect of this lifestyle which I may have questioned were at least touched on and the appendices in the back provide pages filled with lists of resources that I will be sure to use constantly. Moran's voice and passion ensure that (given you have any interest in the subject matter) you will be hooked from page 1 to 345. I will say that by the middle I was beginning to feel slightly overwhelmed. Moran's passion extends beyond sim Victoria Moran truly penned the ultimate vegan starter guide. Every aspect of this lifestyle which I may have questioned were at least touched on and the appendices in the back provide pages filled with lists of resources that I will be sure to use constantly. Moran's voice and passion ensure that (given you have any interest in the subject matter) you will be hooked from page 1 to 345. I will say that by the middle I was beginning to feel slightly overwhelmed. Moran's passion extends beyond simple vegan diet to include the best ways to live the healthiest and most ethical life possible. While she spends ample time promoting things like juicing and growing your own produce (two practices on my "fat chance" list), she is sure to encourage you wherever you're at. Her encouraging and non-judgemental attitude made me proud of the steps I've taken and excited to push ahead. This is a book I will surely look to again and again for information and inspiration.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    Great "entry level" book for non-vegans. The chapters were put together cohesively and it had flow and was super easy to read. I had already recommended the book to a few people before I even finished reading it. It just comes across as candor, as if a close friend is sitting with you telling you about the journey of embracing a vegan lifestyle. I thought the author was humble and made it very easy to identify with people who are not completely sure about changing their lifestyle. There is some Great "entry level" book for non-vegans. The chapters were put together cohesively and it had flow and was super easy to read. I had already recommended the book to a few people before I even finished reading it. It just comes across as candor, as if a close friend is sitting with you telling you about the journey of embracing a vegan lifestyle. I thought the author was humble and made it very easy to identify with people who are not completely sure about changing their lifestyle. There is some "sensationalism" in this book, though. Just off the top of my head, something about dairy causing mucus? Other than that, was a fun read and I learned a few new things.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jenni

    Victoria Moran covers everything from the reasons to choose a vegan lifestyle (compassion for animals, health, and the environment), to how to live a vegan lifestyle (stocking your kitchen, nutrition, what to eat and what to avoid), to the full range of ethical products for your home and body. She writes in an informal, yet informative style with a great deal of passion behind her prose. She is direct, rational, and treats every decision with care. I have read many books on this subject, but fou Victoria Moran covers everything from the reasons to choose a vegan lifestyle (compassion for animals, health, and the environment), to how to live a vegan lifestyle (stocking your kitchen, nutrition, what to eat and what to avoid), to the full range of ethical products for your home and body. She writes in an informal, yet informative style with a great deal of passion behind her prose. She is direct, rational, and treats every decision with care. I have read many books on this subject, but found this to be one of the more accessible in explaining the science. I learned a lot, and the author has inspired me to learn even more.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mikayla Gilchrist

    honestly got this book because I've been interested in going vegan, however I couldn't force myself to finish it. seemed like it dragged on and most of the information I had already heard before (Eating Animals was a lot more captivating). however, I did enjoy the part on the fashion industry as nobody seems to talk about that side of veganism. I recommend reading if you don't know anything about veganism but if you have a pretty expansive knowledge, it might not be for you. p.s- another main rea honestly got this book because I've been interested in going vegan, however I couldn't force myself to finish it. seemed like it dragged on and most of the information I had already heard before (Eating Animals was a lot more captivating). however, I did enjoy the part on the fashion industry as nobody seems to talk about that side of veganism. I recommend reading if you don't know anything about veganism but if you have a pretty expansive knowledge, it might not be for you. p.s- another main reason that turned me off was how she explained how to order in restaurants. sounds like a headache to all servers/airplane attendants. (no offense)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    Main Street Vegan is a good read for anyone transitioning to a vegan or vegetarian diet or considering doing so. It is not trying to convert anyone, rather it is a terrific aid for self-chosen meatless eaters. Chapters include what to say to family and friends, how to find meatless options at traditional restaurants, where to get protein from plant-based sources. It's a very helpful guidebook. In addition there is a recipe to try at the end of each chapter. If veg living is your thing then y Main Street Vegan is a good read for anyone transitioning to a vegan or vegetarian diet or considering doing so. It is not trying to convert anyone, rather it is a terrific aid for self-chosen meatless eaters. Chapters include what to say to family and friends, how to find meatless options at traditional restaurants, where to get protein from plant-based sources. It's a very helpful guidebook. In addition there is a recipe to try at the end of each chapter. If veg living is your thing then you should absolutely pick this book up.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This is a pretty lame book. For instance, one of the inset boxes of Q/A about being vegan was something like 'Is being vegan in line with my Christian values?' and when I saw that I was pretty much done. It's assuming a lot here...and really alienated me. The information was very superficial and may be a little helpful to someone who is completed new to veganism or maybe just considering trying it, but for anyone who has done any amount of research or learning in this area, it doesn't add much. This is a pretty lame book. For instance, one of the inset boxes of Q/A about being vegan was something like 'Is being vegan in line with my Christian values?' and when I saw that I was pretty much done. It's assuming a lot here...and really alienated me. The information was very superficial and may be a little helpful to someone who is completed new to veganism or maybe just considering trying it, but for anyone who has done any amount of research or learning in this area, it doesn't add much.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Israel

    In summary, I found this book to be very informative. Beginners or new vegans will find this book to be very helpful in how to get started in veganism. For veteran vegans like myself, a lot of the information will come across as review, but that is a good thing. A lot of the chapters covers different aspects of veganism, including a vegan recipe at the end of each chapter (some of my favorite chapters included topics such as 'what vegans should eat on travel' or on 'making smoothies'). Overall, In summary, I found this book to be very informative. Beginners or new vegans will find this book to be very helpful in how to get started in veganism. For veteran vegans like myself, a lot of the information will come across as review, but that is a good thing. A lot of the chapters covers different aspects of veganism, including a vegan recipe at the end of each chapter (some of my favorite chapters included topics such as 'what vegans should eat on travel' or on 'making smoothies'). Overall, this is a good resource to have on the bookshelf at home for vegans at all levels.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Stremlau

    The cover of this book carries a bold statement: “Everything you need to know to eat healthfully and live compassionately in the real world.” Well, it wasn’t an exaggeration. From start to finish, this book contains information on any topic you could think of regarding veganism - and probably more - all while remaining clear, concise, and down-to-earth. I fully appreciate the insights and experiences Moran related, and this is my new #1 recommendation for anyone curious about veganism.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Malinda Jane

    I think the factual information in this books is really just common sense, but a lot of author’s own ideas about diet and veganism really rub me the wrong way. The notion that one has to both be healthy and “look” healthy (thin, “glowing”) in order to be a good spokesperson for veganism is gross and insulting. She mentions how most people who go vegan for health reasons typically do not stay vegan, but throws “junk food vegans” under the bus for not eating strictly a whole food diet. PASS.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Hali Davidson

    It's the perfect book for new vegans, like myself. It covered all the important topics you'd need to begin thinking about, and had many delicious recipes, as well as a highly useful appendix with books, documentaries, apps, stores, sanctuaries-- everything to help you find out more about veganism. HOWEVER, I give this book four stars because Ms. Moran is spreading some dangerous misinformation about veganism for pets. It's the perfect book for new vegans, like myself. It covered all the important topics you'd need to begin thinking about, and had many delicious recipes, as well as a highly useful appendix with books, documentaries, apps, stores, sanctuaries-- everything to help you find out more about veganism. HOWEVER, I give this book four stars because Ms. Moran is spreading some dangerous misinformation about veganism for pets.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alison DeWitt

    This is a great introduction to veganism! Or even just a good start at opening your mind to eating more plant based and less animal based. The author provides some important information without getting too graphic. I don’t agree with her stance on juice cleanses, though, and I don’t like that she advises people to do them every few months. Other than that, she provides a lot of good information about many aspects of veganism. She also includes a ton of recipes!

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