Monday, 12 September 2011

Forks over Knives 1

I have been sent a copy of this book to have a read through and review. In order to do it justice I feel I need to make a couple of the recipes so I can comment on those too. Consider this part one, and initial impressions. I have not seen the movie so can't comment on how accurately the tie in is.

The book is in two halves. The first half is information (from the movie I assume), about the benefits of a vegan diet - on all levels; health, environmental, animal welfare, etc, but the main focus is on the health benefits, reversing disease, and quality of life. The second half of the book is recipes which will help to do the things discussed in the first half.

I like how the book as a whole is laid out, and find the information part easy to read. It is written for the average person to be able to understand and isn't loaded with jargon and terminology that could be off-putting. The personal stories and people in the movie pages are coloured so they don't blend into the main text and are nice interludes, very inspiring. I like the style the book is written in, and that the information is not presented in a preachy sort of way, or in a way that might be too gross for people who are new to the information (especially talking here of the parts which touch on how being vegan reduces animal suffering). I like how the reader is referred to more in depth sources of information for both nutritional information and animal welfare concerns.

The recipes are all contributed by a wide range of vegan chefs and writers. They are all healthy, and (I hope to discover this to be true when I make them) described as tasty! Loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts, and seeds, without any of the refined white stuffs, or added oils. The ingredients appear to be accessible and not weird for a non-vegan picking up the book for the first time. Only thing I have negative is that I would have liked to have seen photos of some of the recipes, perhaps they could have been contributed too?

I will be back with a more detailed review, and reviews of some of the recipes in the near future. I want to go see the movie now!

Have you seen the movie? (or read the book?) What did you think??


Renata said...

The movie is really great! It's now streaming on netflix, so you don't have to wait to see it...

I am interested in seeing what types of recipes are in the book, I've been a vegan for awhile but not a low-fat vegan so it would be interesting to try it out for a bit. Thanks for the review!

atablespoonofliz said...

I've seen the movie, and it was so eye opening. I don't know if you've read it, but the China Study is a great book on the subject as well. I haven't read the book Forks Over Knives, but i'll have to see if i can find it!