It concludes with H.G. Wells saying, "In all the round world of Utopia there is no meat. There used to be. But now we cannot stand the thought of slaughter-houses. And in a population that is all educated and at about the same level of physical refinement, it is practically impossible to find anyone who will hew a dead ox or a pig. We never settled the hygienic question of meat-eating at all. This other aspect decided us. I can still remember as a boy the rejoicings over the closing of the last slaughter-house."
On the pages between these two quotations in this attractively designed and laid out book are statements by celebrated people throughout the ages. Some like George Bernard Shaw, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Henry David Thoreau, Dr. Michael Klaper are represented more than once. The cover painting by Patricia Morgan, simple illustrations by Sylvia Walker, and book design by Nancy L. Doerrfeld-Smith make this a quality work. The book is printed on recycled alkaline paper using soy ink. Included is an extensive bibliography and an author index.
In Vegetarian Food for Thought Gail Davis has produced a compendium of vegetarian ideas and philosophy through the centuries. It is a reference work that belongs on every vegetarian's bookshelf.
You hate to cook, and, besides, you don't have the time. What do you do? Go out and find a copy of The Complete Guide to Vegetarian Convenience Foods. It will make your transition to vegetarianism easier.
If you're not sure about the difference between vegetarian and vegan (vee-gun), Gail Davis explains it all. All of the food items are coded so you will know which are vegan. If you have any doubts about obtaining sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals, she reassures you with up-to-date information.
As she states, "All of the foods listed in this book are completely cholesterol-free. Many products are fat-free or low-fat, making these foods second choices for a heart-healthy diet. Foods that are fat-free are identified by the heart symbol (in black)."
Other symbols she uses are a hand holding a pen for author's favorite, a flower for kid's pick, a "C" in a black circle for "contains casein or caseinate (derived from milk), and an "H" in a black circle to indicate the product contains honey.
She devotes a chapter to each of the following categories:
The book concludes with Networking Resources, Vegetarian Resources on the Internet, a Glossary, a bibliography of Suggested Reading, an Index of Suppliers, and a Food Index.
Dr. Neal D. Barnard, President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, has written the forward in which he says, "The Complete Guide to Vegetarian Convenience Foods is a handy reference companion that should be on your kitchen counter next to your grocery list and in your glove compartment as you head to the store. It will save you hours of time shopping and will let you skip embarrassing purchases when you're shopping for others. It lets you make the change to healthier fare quickly and with confidence."
We couldn't agree more.