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Each issue the VIP birds will endeavor to soar to the highest literary peak to peck out the most unique, informative, and accomplished book that contributes to vegetarian enlightenment. In this issue we present a book by Suzanne Havala who provides an outstanding guide to vegetarianism.



THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO BEING VEGETARIAN

By Suzanne Havala


Alpha Books, 1999

$16.95


Idiot's Guide With the proliferation of books for idiots and dummies, someone was bound to create one for vegetarians. Some carnivores might label all vegetarians as idiots, but they might do well in scrutinizing this book which provides a thorough introduction to the subject.

Dietitian and nutritional consultant Suzanne Havala follows the format of the series to create a highly readable book.

The author starts her reader's journey with "Vegetarianism 101" where she defines terms and presents reasons for following a vegetarian course.

She then discusses nutrition, focusing on proteins, calcium, iron, vitamin B12 and other vitamins and minerals. Vegetarian diets for various groups: pregnant women, babies and toddlers, children and teens, senior citizens, and athletes are analyzed.

Particularly useful is the section on making the switch to vegetarianism. She deals with questions like whether the process should be gradual or all at once. Practical suggestions are offered on how to cope with "mixed marriages" (members of the same family eating vegetarian and non vegetarian), shopping, and setting up a vegetarian kitchen. Havala pays special attention to meal planning, recipe substitutions, quick meals, and even entertaining.

In "Taking the Show on the Road" she features vegetarian etiquette, dining out, and managing a vegetarian diet while travelling. Havala concludes with information on networking with other vegetarians and groups and provides a list of resources including books, magazines, and organizations. Finally, she includes recommended dietary allowances and a glossary of terms.

Cartoon Like other books in the series, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Being Vegetarian is broken up with numerous sidebars or "nuggets of information." "Last Bite" contains fun information while "Heads Up" focuses on important information to help the reader avoid problems. "Helpful Hints" gives good advice while "Veggie Talk" provides definitions for new terms.

The text is interspersed with numerous humorous drawings . It is difficult to find a single page which is not divided into segments. The volume is well indexed and contains a very thorough table of contents.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Being Vegetarian would be a useful reference book in any vegetarian or prospective vegetarian household.


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