"The New Becoming Vegetarian" by Melina and Davis. As a new vegetarian, I'm almost done reading it now. It starts with reasons to become vegetarian. Then it goes through all the various areas where veg*ns need to be careful to eat enough of the right things. Everyone thinks protein is tough, but that's the easy part. Vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids are the challenges to get into your diet, and this book tells you how to do it.<br><br><br><br>
One thing I messed up, because the book didn't say it, is that flax seeds shouldn't be eaten whole. They're the best veg*n source of omega-3, but they need to be ground up to be absorbed, otherwise they pass right through you and come out whole at the other end. I made the mistake of buying them whole, not knowing I needed to ground them (or having the tools to do so). So I ended up returning them unopened, once I realized my mistake.<br><br><br><br>
There's also a chapter on being diplomatic as a veg*n, and some recipes at the end. I haven't quite gotten that far yet, so I haven't tried any of the recipes. I don't really cook, so I probably won't try many of them.<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, great book. I highly recommend it. Chapter 9 even includes the veg*n food pyramid, and a chart for you to fill out to see how you're doing each day. I've been using it the last 5 days, and it's very useful.<br><br><br><br>
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That is the book I was coming in to recommend. It really is the most comprehensive guide to vegetarian nutrition that I've found.<br><br><br><br>
I think I've read it at least 4 times over the past 3 years!
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This is a recipe book I enjoy. It's not the healthiest meals, but its really tasty vegan food! It can also show people that veg*n food isn't plain and "icky"!<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FRecipies-Hungry-Banditos-Dirty-Cookbook%2Fdp%2F0977055701%2Fsr%3D8-3%2Fqid%3D1170533468%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_3%2F103-8295507-3857435%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Hot Damn and Hell Yeah! Recipies for Hungry Banditos and the Dirty South Vegan Cookbook</span></a>
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