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Whether you want to lose weight, get healthy, or help save the world, transitioning to a vegan diet is easy with advice, tips, and recipes from actress Alicia. In The Kind Diet, actress, activist, and committed conservationist Alicia Silverstone shares the insights that encouraged her to swear off meat. Mar 27, This Pin was discovered by VitalSource®. Discover (and save!) your own Pins on Pinterest.

She explains how meat, fish, milk, and cheese—the very foods we've been taught to regard as the cornerstone of good nutrition—are actually the culprits behind escalating rates of disease and the cause of dire, potentially permanent damage to our ecology. Yet going meat- and dairy-free doesn't mean suffering deprivation; to the contrary, The Kind Diet introduces irresistibly delicious food that satisfies on every level—it even includes amazing desserts to keep the most stubborn sweet tooth happy. Alicia also addresses the nutritional concerns faced by many who are new to a plant-based diet, and shows how to cover every nutritional base, from protein to calcium and beyond. Whether your goal is to drop a few pounds, boost your energy and metabolism, or simply save the world, Alicia provides the encouragement, the information, and the tools you need to make the transition to a plant-based diet deliciously empowering. Alicia explains how meat, fish, milk, and cheese the very foods we ve been taught to regard as the cornerstones of good nutrition are actually the culprits behind escalating rates of disease and the cause of dire, potentially permanent damage to our ecology Yet going meat- and dairy-free doesn't mean suffering deprivation; to the contrary, The Kind Diet introduces irresistibly delicious food that satisfies on every level it even includes amazing desserts to keep the most stubborn sweet tooth happy. She also addresses the nutritional concerns faced by many who are new to plant-based diets and shows how to cover every nutritional base, from protein to calcium and beyond. Alicia knows that changing lifelong dietary habits is a process and that each person progresses at a different pace. Flirts learn to dip a toe into the vegan pool, reducing their meat-eating and swapping out a few key foods for plant-based substitutes to see quickly how even small changes can reap big results. Vegans get to experience the life-altering effects of forgoing animal products entirely while still enjoying many convenience foods and meat substitutes in addition to the wonderful grains, vegetables, and fruits that form the core of that diet. True enlightenment comes with the Superhero program, based on the principles of macrobiotics and built on a foundation of whole grains, vegetables, and other Magic Foods that Alicia describes in detail.

She encourages throwing hers out. I mean, I would never tell anyone to get rid of their microwave, but it is true. Let's drink it. Proof that Silverstone is funny and cute.

This brownie is your new boyfriend! Desserts are not Boyfriend. Comparing food to romantic partners is unhealthy. I'm being completely serious here. She literally apologizes in the book for eating sugar this one time in Paris. This makes me very, very sad. Extremely sad.

This is hateful language.

Labeling yummy foods as "bad" is damaging to you mentally. Associating eating yummy foods with guilt and shame is a terrible idea and a horrible habit to start. Please, love yourself and stop shaming yourself for eating something 'off-plan. Hardcore chewers go for 50 - chews per mouthful. But then the bliss sets in I try hard to chew every mouthful 30 times Poster ED right here. Her whole section on "Magic Foods" is the most triggering section in the whole book in regards to eating disorders.

Umeboshi plums. Other pickles.

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Sea vegetables. This section is a hair-trigger for eating disorders. Not to mention she cautions the reader not to overdo it on the pickles. After all, pickles are salty and salt is BAD. Even these extremely low-calorie foods must be restricted, you cannot eat 'as much as you want.

Pickles and sea vegetables are already super-popular among anorexics due to their extremely low calorie-count and the fact that it is near-impossible to overeat them. I know anorexics in remission who to this day cannot eat a pickle or a sea vegetable without vomiting involuntarily, due to anorexia flashbacks.

The fact that she feels she needs to warn people about overconsumption of pickles is especially revolting to me.

Worst section of the whole book. This entire mindset may be triggering depending on the anorexic. My heart aches for her. Tl;dr - I generally have good feelings towards Alicia Silverstone.

I think this book has it's good points and it's truths. Silverstone has a funny and cute voice in the book if you ignore her uses of the words "naughty" and "nasty".

She has some vegan recipes in the back, some look very good.

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She has cute, sweet, and pretty pictures scattered throughout the book, of herself, her and her hubby, animals, and food. On the bad side, this book is an absolute nightmare for people with any kind of restrictive ED whether active or in remission.

It is extremely triggering. Are you saying Alicia Silverstone has an ED? And it's none of my fucking business whether she does or not. I'm not commenting on her personal life here. I'm just warning you so that you know.

Forewarned is forearmed. I'd expect as an anorexic you'd know what you were getting into by picking this up, but I would hate for anyone to undergo any unnecessary pain, hence the warning. Also, I'm not sure how "Let's be vegan! This is not straight veganism.

What she calls "superhero" level is not what I would consider 'vegan,' but a more extreme diet. There are plenty of fat vegetarians and fat vegans. It's not. It seems as if Silverstone could not achieve what she thinks of as "the perfect weight" another trigger through simple vegetarianism, then not through simple veganism either, then she went to raw, then she went to macrobiotic.

I often see young women cycling through increasingly and increasingly more restrictive diets as they try to whittle themselves down to that "perfect number. There are tons of happy, healthy, non-eating-disordered people out there who practice a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. It is sad that these are so often associated with eating disorders, as that is NOT what those lifestyles are about, but sadly this book and tens of thousands of real life people does choose to use them as a weight-loss tool instead of for health, for animal-love, or for personal reasons.

Which is why people who are using it as a weight-loss tool end up restricting more and more and more, unsatisfied with the results of a simple vegan diet. If you have any kind of restrictive ED history or you are prone to developing an ED, I give this zero stars and a hard warning. If you are using this NOT as a "let's go vegan! I'm not sure it's for everyone, but it would be very effective.

View all 70 comments. Apr 10, Mypetconcubine rated it it was amazing Shelves: What's the book about? This is not just a food diet it is a life diet.

It shows you how to look at food in a new way consciously and decide for yourself if it is something I want in my body. Like countless celebrities before her, actress Alicia Silverstone has put together a book that she says reveals the secrets of how she stays fit and healthy. In The Kind Diet, Silverstone she swears that a diet of only organic, vegan diet, free of meat, dairy, white sugar and processed foods is what keeps he What's the book about?

In The Kind Diet, Silverstone she swears that a diet of only organic, vegan diet, free of meat, dairy, white sugar and processed foods is what keeps her fit and healthy. In The Kind Diet, Silverstone reveals that she is a passionate animal activist and environmentalist.

She says a plant-based diet is not only good for your body but also saves animals and is one of the "greenest" things you can do. In her opinion "a plant-based diet requires less fuel, water and other resources than animal products, and following a vegan diet is one of the best things you can do to lose weight, improve your health and the health of our planet," says Silverstone. This is a fact. I wanted to see if this was just a bunch of hot air.

In addition, it is fact take a look on the internet and there are many articles out there that back up her theory. What You Can Eat? Silverstone encourages readers to switch to an organic whenever possible , plant-based diet, and rich in whole grains, sea vegetables, and foods many Americans have never tasted, like dikon, shoyu, and lotus root. Big No is for the diet is Meat, Dairy anything processed.

In basic terms if you want to download something ready made it has to be organic and say all natural. Included in the book are delicious recipes that range from main meals to desserts to prove that eating vegetarian is not about just eating grass.

You can eat a wonderful variety of foods even if it is vegetarian. How It Works Readers choose from three different stage points into The Kind Diet, from the first, "flirting," stage to the "ultimate superhero" stage. The flirt level encourages readers slowly replace meats with plant-based foods and suggests they will see immediate results to spur them on to the next level.

This is the stage most people will stick to; it is just taking baby steps to a healthy eating and Making better choices. The book is full of information anecdotes, cooking advice, eating-out strategies, and motivational tips encourage readers to stick with their chosen plan for four weeks before moving on to the next phase.

The recipes in the book are outstanding. They are satisfying and yes, they are very yummy. Based on her personal experiences and philosophy, Silverstone also claims the vegan lifestyle will lead to clearer skin, higher energy levels, mental clarity, and smoother digestive function.

At this point, I do not see it but as you know, change does not happen over night. As for exercise, The Kind Diet recommends going outside for walks, playing games or sports with friends, practicing yoga, or engaging in fun exercises three to five times a week. Silverstone prefers activities that allow you to commune with nature to the rigors of the gym. Food for Thought The Kind Diet does a good job of making readers' aware of where food comes from and the impact it has beyond our bodies.

And most of us would benefit from shifting to a diet with more plant foods and fewer animal products. The Kind Diet is not for everyone, but if you have ever wanted to try a vegetarian diet, the "flirt" stage is a nice way to experiment with eating more plant foods.

Taking it to the "superhero" stage is probably too drastic for most people, because it requires dedication, commitment, and a consultation with a registered dietitian or health-care provider. I absolutely recommend this book for anyone who wants to eat healthier.

Just because this promotes a began diet, it does not force a complete vegan diet down your throat. It shows you ways you can make better choices when it comes to food. Now I am on the flirt stage and I think I am going to on it for a long while. However, what this book has done is it has made me look at food in a new way. I read the labels and packaging better.

Before I never use to do that.

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I would just look for what is on sale and throw it in my wagon. Now I look very carefully at what is in the product and if the ingredients are something I do not know, I put it back.

I make better choices. I eat more greens and less sugary junk food. However, if I do want a sugary junk food I make it myself replacing the high sugar and un-healthy crap for healthier ingredients.

Okay so information in this book is not new. It has been around forever but Miss Silverstone did something that I did not get from the other books. She made it so I understand and its fun. It is not a chore reading this book. It is something I look forward to, for over week this book has not been back on my bookshelf that is how much I read or scan through the book for recipes.

I know this book will be a staple in my fight to get healthier. Dec 14, Kathryn rated it really liked it Shelves: Overall, I loved Alicia's book! I had heard about it, since, well, she is Alicia Silverstone. I love the title of the book, I mean, who wouldn't want to follow "The Kind Diet"!?

It sounds like the best diet ever! Sign me up! But I'd hesitated to pick it up because I know some reviewers slammed the book and I am sometimes more than a little annoyed at celebrity-authored books. But then a few of my vegan friends here on GoodReads gave it a hearty endorsement, and I found out my library has a copy, so I figured I'd give it a try. I am SO glad I did! I have to say that, first of all, I am probably a great target audience for this book.

I'm a female in my late twenties--and I have to say Alicia really gears her tone in the book to hanging-out-with-my-gal-pals. I doubt most guys will relate to the one month trial of the vegan diet as being "only one menstrual cycle, or four episodes of 'The Bachelor'" long. And while I do wish she had been a little more universal in her tone—I mean, there is no reason for guys NOT to follow the Kind Diet, and she includes many examples of men, including some famous athletes, who are vegan—I also think that you really do need to think that you are writing to someone if you want your sentiments to come off the page and really touch them.

So, thanks, Alicia—it was fun hanging out with such a funny, wise and caring gal! I'm also a prime target audience because I have dabbled in vegetarianism since I was sixteen—sometimes staunchly adhering to my self-imposed regime for many months at a time. Then there have been spells where I would eat meat chicken, fish now and then, due either to what I perceived as necessity i. Yet, every time I slid away from vegetarianism, I felt unsettled--something kept speaking to my heart, telling me I was not being true to myself, or to the spirit of love and harmony I feel for animals.

Her warm, wise approach and the humor and passion with which she conveyed her ideas really worked for me. I also firmly believe that food is the foundation for our lives, that what we put into our bodies has a direct impact on how we feel, how we act, how we regard ourselves and how we treat others. I am not a fan of processed foods, and believe in the power of fruits and veggies and eating as straight from the earth as possible.

In some ways, I think this book would be perfect for anyone dabbling in, or even just considering, vegetarianism or especially veganism. She is very good at being non-judgmental and reminding you that any step you take to reduce your support of the meat, dairy and egg industry is one step you are treading lighter on this earth; but also that not all of us are going to quit cold turkey insert groan at pun here.

Then there is the Vegan Diet, which is much more restrictive but also she gives a handy list of her favorite convenience foods and some recipes to try and sample meal plans for one week. She presents it all as very doable, but I must say I think the practicality is not there for many of us.

How cool! Her philosophy is that we are all connected, and the pain we are causing the animals and the earth by ingesting their flesh, milk or eggs is taking a toll on not only on them but on our health and happiness.

Admittedly, there will be some people who just do not agree with this at all—and I doubt they will connect with the book. View all 6 comments. Mar 03, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was a really great read about vegetarianism, or more accurately veganism, and what it entails along with insights into being environmentally friendly.

The book covers all aspects of what to do to live healthfully, taking care of your body and our planet. Alicia Silverstone uses easy to understand writing and a conversational style tone to convey heavier topics such as why one should abstain from animal products. She takes leading research from The China Study, Dr. Furhman, Dr. Ornish and Dr This was a really great read about vegetarianism, or more accurately veganism, and what it entails along with insights into being environmentally friendly.

Ornish and Dr. Barnard and breaks things down so that it is digestible and concise. For those new to vegetarianism or want to know more about the lifestyle without reading a plethora of books, this is the book for you. She does not call for anyone to be a legalistic vegan, but rather to start slowly and gives three stages - flirt, vegan and superhero.

Her superhero chapter and recipes goes into macrobiotics, which I found highly interesting to read. This was my first encounter with macrobiotics and it just made sense. I have made some recipes from Alicia's book and all I can say is "Wow! None of them have been boring, that is for sure! Her homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are to die for. Her vegan recipes are comforting and pleasing - taking a more nutritious spin on old favorites, while her superhero recipes are wholesome, filling and energizing.

From her vegan recipes I have made: From her superhero recipes I have made: Did not turn out firm, but rather mushy and not tasty. The cream is out of this world! I added some mirin and this was a wonderful salty, sweet, tangy creation.

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Next up - tempura. I'm looking forward to it! Happy eating from the outside in! Nov 11, Heather rated it really liked it Shelves: This is one of the better vegan books out there.

She doesn't rely heavily on soy which I really appreciate. The recipes, for the most part, are normal, everyday foods that my kids would eat. The pictures are lovely. The first half deals with why a person should become vegan. I wasn't really interested in this part since we eat meat - I'm just wanting to find more vegetarian recipes to add into our menus to decrease our use of meat and dairy. I think the author does a good job explaining the vegan This is one of the better vegan books out there.

I think the author does a good job explaining the vegan diet and addresses things like supplements, protein, a stocked pantry, exercise, etc. She also sets up a few different "levels" of veganism - those that are flirting with it, those who are vegan and those who want to be "superheroes" and go a little further. I grew up on a farm. We raised our own beef, chickens, goats and sometimes rabbits and pigs.

I know all about having to kill "cute cows" and then eat them so arguments about 'the poor animals' don't really work with me. These animals don't contain all the hormones, steroids, toxins, etc and should be included in any discussion of good nutrition. There is the bad of meat, but there is also the good The second half of the book is mainly recipes and there are a lot of great sounding recipes which is why I checked the book out in the first place.

I think it's also a good resource for those just wanting a few more vegetarian recipes to add to their repertoire. Nov 02, Kristie rated it it was amazing. It's not often that I read a book and am so inspired. Essentially this is a book about eventually becoming macrobiotic which I had no interest in doing but now I'm intrigued and am doing research about this diet. I love how this book is non-judgemental and I really feel like it was written from the heart. I've made two of the recipes so far and I loved them both try the risotto recipe!

This is one of the best books I own, hands down. Jan 27, Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was a relatively new vegetarian new at it compared to now, when it's been over twelve years and she was active in PETA and also super-cute.

Basically, I wanted to be Alicia Silverstone. I even did a book report on an unauthorized biography of her for sixth-grade English class. Now Alicia has given me the tools, er recipes, to be more like her. I'm not sure how I feel about this book being labeled as a "Diet" book. It's really more a lifestyle that Silverstone suggests, after all the subtitle tells you you will be "Saving the Planet" by following her suggestions. Here are the suggestions: Stop eating meat, Stop eating dairy, Stop eating eggs, Discover whole grains and beans which are super good and super good for you, Stop eating refined sugar, And so on.

I'll admit, the book gets a little preachy in the parts about why you should stop eating meat although not super graphic in the way that books like Foer's Eating Animals gets about their conditions. Suffice it to say that factory farms are inhumane and that it is more cost effective and healthier to eat a plant-based diet. Here's what Alicia's book does really well: It gives you several levels of diet, flirting, vegan, and superhero to try.

It's a good way to ease yourself into eating more healthful foods, giving you options instead of just saying "eat this, not that" which, coincidentally is the title of a series of dieting books. Alicia's book also gives you a complete guide to her favorite vegan foods from envirokids crispy rice bars for snacks to veganaise in you tofu-based "egg" salad there are even recipes for a complete, completely vegan traditional English breakfast Alicia's parents are British.

Yes, the recipes. As they say the proof is in the pudding, and I knew that before rating this book I had to try at least one recipe. I made Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup, and I have to say it is pretty much what pushed the book's rating up to 5 stars, it's just really savory and delicious, my whole family and my boyfriend liked it a lot, and it's very good for you.

So now instead of doing book reports about Silverstone, I'm just going to borrow some of her recipes. Next up is her recipe for Candied Ginger Pears, it looks amazing. I'm still an ovo-lacto vegetarian, but going vegan is looking a lot easier and tastier after reading this. Also, you can check out thekindlife. Jun 06, Becca rated it it was ok Shelves: Things I like about this book: Things I dislike: Overall, a lot of contradictory recommendations, and not that many appealing vegan recipes. As a pescatarian trying to eat more plant-based whole foods, this book was a bit of a disappointment.

Jan 31, Heather rated it liked it Shelves: I wanted to like this book more than I did. Silverstone has a charming if immature writing style but too many of her ideas ring of pseudoscience. She's not an expert in nutrition but still feels free to make a lot of unsubstantiated claims such as advising little to no spices for "superheros" and eating only local fruit because tropical fruit is too "warming" in a cold environment.

Also, her ideas about being a "superhero" don't make a lot of sense. She advocates a mostly macrobiotic d I wanted to like this book more than I did. She advocates a mostly macrobiotic diet for people who want to be "superheros" but doesn't really explain why.

I would totally be down for this if it would grant me flight or laser vision, but evidently her "superhero" plan would only give me the superpower of feeling exceedingly self-righteous. No thanks. I do think that this is a well-intentioned book that I think that many people especially year old girl wanna be vegans would enjoy.

This review sounds more negative than I expected, but there has to be some better books on this topic out there. Oct 26, Stephanie rated it really liked it Shelves: I actually enjoyed the first hundred instructional pages of this book more than the recipes part.

It's refreshing to see a person who managed to live through the craziness of Hollywood life and emerge stronger and more principled for it. Lindsey Lohan please take note. The more I read about the vegan lifestyle, the more I think I need to follow this path, both for my moral standards and my health. Alicia used a lot of obscure veggies and other ingredients that I've never heard of There was no mention of Bragg's Liquid Aminos or Nutritional Yeast two of the worst named products I've ever encountered.

Vegans need better marketing. That's not a problem, just interesting. Her cooking focus was slightly Asian, and didn't really try to re-create non-vegan dishes. There were no recipes that I thought: Aug 03, Emily rated it it was ok. There were some great arguments for eating more vegetables and whole grains, which I completely supported.

I was also glad she put in the information about the environmental impact of the commercial meat industry, and made such a push for whole foods. I was really put off, though, by how poorly defended many of her points were. I just didn't think this was a solid enough argument.

Definitely not the best book I've read on veganism. I felt like the majority of the points weren't well-defended or supported by solid data. Call me crazy, but "it's sexy not to eat meat" just isn't convincing. Sep 01, Flissy rated it it was ok Recommends it for: I really wanted to love this book because I share a similar attitude about having plant based diet. It's about abundance and kindness to animals and the earth, and even if you're not willing to commit to a fully vegan or in this case, macrobiotic lifestyle, even choosing to explore vegan options is a good thing to do.

Unfortunately, I thought the writing and editing were both terrible-- every page she's referring you to her website and sometimes repeating sentences word-for-word from a previou I really wanted to love this book because I share a similar attitude about having plant based diet. Unfortunately, I thought the writing and editing were both terrible-- every page she's referring you to her website and sometimes repeating sentences word-for-word from a previous chapter.

It just was not very good. I haven't tried any of the recipes, yet. There are lots of Japanese-inspired dishes that look delicious, and there are a lot of vegan "standards" as well. That being said, if you want recipes, I think there are better, more inspired vegan cookbooks out there. Then again, I can totally see this book being able to connect with people who might not be taken in by other vegan propaganda, and if that can make someone think about their diet, than only good can come from it.

Mar 10, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: My sister gifted me this book I assumed it was just a cookbook. However, the entire first half is a decent and fairly gentle argument for eating a plant-based vegan diet. I found it surprisingly compelling and am now "flirting" with veganism. So far, the recipes haven't been bad either. Mar 14, Heather rated it it was ok Recommends it for: People who want to eat better, environmentalists, people who love animals, hippies.

I love Alicia Silverstone. No, really!

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But this book really brings out her bubble-headedness. Which is saying something, coming from someone who enjoys her professional work and was really wanting to be inspired to take another step in the journey of eating kinder. In the end though, I discovered the recipes here represent exactly what I hate about many cookbooks. The big idea of the book is that if you're eating an average American diet, you can experiment with vegan alternatives.

Vegetaria Sigh. Vegetarians can go vegan. Vegans can go whole-food, organic, or localvore. Everyone can go further toward a healthy diet, which impacts one's own wellness as well as the wellness of the earth. As someone who has been vegetarian for 16 years, yes, I get it. Unfortunately, every single recipe in the book requires some ingredient I would need to go out of my way to chase down somewhere: Of the two recipes I made yesterday wheat biscuits—the only thing I had all the ingredients for, and oatmeal-from which I omitted the maple syrup and substituted raisins for dates —they didn't taste as "yummy!

I don't want to chase down ingredients to try new recipes—so Mark Bittman's How to Cook Anything Vegetarian , with its simple, basic recipes and ingredients, and easy vegan adaptations is going to win out.

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On top of this, the writer I'm assuming she used an uncredited ghost writer—most everyone does inserted Alicia-speak everywhere possible. Many of the recipe introductions say "They're so good," "Yummy! Here's a particularly representative example: I love using dates from the farmers' market. I also love the farmers market—except when you don't live in southern California, they're not open year round—making the "more affordable" argument for organics rather flimsy. Frequently I have thought about taking the next step and doing a vegan experiment—but these recipes are not what I'm going to be using if or when I do so.

Back to the library with you, book! Dec 29, Courtney Gawthorp rated it liked it Shelves: First, I'll say what I loved about this: I really liked the first part of the book where Alicia talks about why you should adopt a cruelty-free diet.

She wasn't lecturing or anything. I felt like I was having a mature conversation with her about my health and about animals. I also liked part 2 that explains how you go vegan. She makes it seem really easy and she def. What's even better is that she's done this and so she understands cravings and wha First, I'll say what I loved about this: What's even better is that she's done this and so she understands cravings and what is difficult about cutting meat, dairy, and eggs out of your diet.

But here's what I don't like: Part 3 of the book. You know where it has the beautiful, teasing pictures of the yummy recipes? I've tried some of these recipes and they really are amazing!

So what's the problem? I can't afford them or find some of the ingredients. Alicia is a celebrity. She's made money off of doing Clueless. She can afford to literally download everything from her health food store.

I, however, can't. I wouldn't have minded except that nothing I bought would last me another couple times to use again. They don't make those special flours, sugars, veggies, etc.

What's more, she lives in an urban area, but for the rest of us, we don't have the same access to these ingredients. I know you're eating like a queen Alicia, but you gotta cut the rest of us some slack. Nov 08, Trish rated it liked it Shelves: I admire Alicia Silverstone, for how she's managed to structure her life.

It must be hard to keep it all under control, in her fast-paced California environment with so much peer pressure. I think I read several years ago that she was a proponent of raw food, which may go some way to explaining her present diet, which looks to me like food touched as little as possible.

It would take some getting used to for most of us, and it is not that easy to turn out a tasty product. It might take more atte I admire Alicia Silverstone, for how she's managed to structure her life. But this is the same type of food served at Kripalu, a yoga retreat in the Berkshires, and in no time at all, one begins to feel well. It made me feel so satisfied, so un-hungry, and so energetic, and yes, perhaps a little holy. Like my body really is a temple.

Dec 21, suzy rated it liked it. I've been on a temporary vegan kick for a couple months now, inspiring my boss to learn more about the benefits of eliminating animal foods.

Alicia Silverstone's new book was her most recent finding so I got the chance to read through it the other day, and it's surprisingly one of the more tolerable publications concerning veganism. The recipes sound really great, but my main complaint there is that I would be spending my whole paycheck at the Japanese aisle in Whole Foods to abide by her diet pl I've been on a temporary vegan kick for a couple months now, inspiring my boss to learn more about the benefits of eliminating animal foods.

The recipes sound really great, but my main complaint there is that I would be spending my whole paycheck at the Japanese aisle in Whole Foods to abide by her diet plans. Basically, this book is not total bullshit and I may have been convinced to remain vegan for a spell longer. I could go without the peppered mentionings of inner-goddesses, but what can you do? You'd probably start on that new-age trip, too, had you not enjoyed a steak in the past decade. Jan 08, Angela rated it did not like it Shelves: I am disappointed.

I really like Alicia Silverstone, and it's a bonus that she is veg. However, in "The Kind Diet: I thought if anyone who was a meateater was reading this, they certainly wouldn't be swayed. I was almost embarrassed for the author because she sounded so I don't I am disappointed. I don't know what the word is I'm looking for. Call me craz I want to preface my scathing review by mentioning that I am a vegetarian, and toying with the idea of veganism, so it is definitely not the book's subject matter that garnered my wrath.

Call me crazy, but I'd like to read well-written books by an unknown author than this drivel any day. Where to start? How about the pseudo-science Silverstone throws around at every turn? Someone needs to sit her down and explain how science works, because she clearly doesn't get it. If a study produces a certain result, but no other study can reproduce those results, it is not considered valid. In order to be substantiated, those studies need to be capable of being reproduced multiple times by different scientists under different conditions.

Many of the "studies" Silverstone references don't meet that standard. For example, there's apparently a resurgence of the Victorian-era thinking that chewing your food excessively releases more of the nutrients.

This hasn't been proved through any legitimate scientific studies, but that doesn't stop Silverstone from discussing it at length. She advises against using a lot of spices in cooking because of some vague argument about the spices hiding the true flavors of the foods you're eating. Except that spices enhance many foods' flavors, and have health properties of their own, something that a person as heath-conscious as she claims to be should be aware of.

She says people shouldn't eat eggs because it's something else's genetic material, while encouraging people to eat seeds which are, you know, a plant's genetic material.

I only eat eggs from my local farm because of the horrible way hens in industrial operations are treated. I'm a huge proponent of downloading only locally-sourced eggs from humanely treated hens. But Silverstone throwing out these ridiculous claims that we should avoid eating genetic material only makes the rest of us look ridiculous, too.

She also latches onto other "quaint" arguments that did nothing but make me laugh. How about this: "Humans are the only species to drink milk from other animals. So what? We're also the only ones to read, wear clothes, and cut our hair.