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The Kind Diet

A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet
Silverstone, Alicia (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Kind Diet


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Addresses the nutritional concerns faced by many who are new to plant-based, vegetarian diets and shows how to cover every nutritional base, from protein to calcium and beyond. Features irresistibly delicious food that satisfies on every level --including amazing desserts to keep the most stubborn sweet tooth happy.
Authors: Silverstone, Alicia
Statement of Responsibility: Alicia Silverstone ; photographs by Victoria Pearson
Title: The kind diet
a simple guide to feeling great, losing weight, and saving the planet
Publisher: [Emmaus, Pa.] :, Rodale ;, [New York] :, Distributed to the trade by Macmillan,, c2009
Characteristics: xi, 308 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
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Alicia's book is unrealistic and she must know that. If we all lived on beans we would pass so much gas it would really cause a heavy greenhouse effect. I saw Al Gore's international presentation on Global Warming and he showed us a diagram of temperature and the CO2 content of the air, going back 6 Ice Ages (600,000 years), and iti showed that all through that period the temperature and CO2 content's curves were moving parallel, so they are interconnected. Only, as there was no such human activity hundreds of thousands of years ago as is now, it was obvious from his diagram that the changes in CO2 content of the air are not due to human activity, but to temperature changes, which are a direct result of changes in SUN activity. If there is climate change, it is due to temporary changes in the radiations from the Sun. I heard on talk radio that after Al Gore finished his presentation, a man approached him and said: "You just disproved that climate change is caused by human acitivity." Alegedly, Al Gore said: "I didn't say that!" Okay, so as regards vegan diets, they are for the moment unrealizable - also on talk radio I heard beeing said by Dr. Bill Deagle PhD that according to plans in the vegetarian world of the future food for humans will be produced in giant concrete tanks from bio-slime.

The US is still building coal power plants that release a lot of green house gases that Canada is phasing out. The transportation industry and the thousands of airplanes daily that carry thousands of litres of gasoline and the manufacturing industry are responsible for most of the green house gases released in the atmosphere and not animals. Before the industrial revolution, there were enormous bison and buffalo herds in North America yet we didn't have the greenhouse effect like today. Rice paddies release a lot of methane which is a green house gas. Alicia uses a lot of expensive ingredients such as pecans, maple syrup, hemp milk, agave nectar, hemp seed, etc...that are not accessible to most people in the world. Even if the world were vegan, most of the world could never afford the overpriced vegan cheese and meat replacement products. Alicia's diet is very expensive. However, we should treat animals better.

Report This Mar 01, 2013
  • danialina rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good, easy to read book. Tried the vegan caesar salad dressing...and I must say, it's pretty spot on! Interesting concept using the 3 different categories: 1. those who are flirting with veganism, 2. those who are vegan, and 3. those who want to become superhero vegans. A lot of the "superhero" concepts are based on macrobiotics, which is great, but as a newbie vegan, I found the recipes to be a little intimidating as far as the types of foods used. Up until I read the book, the only sea vegetable I was familiar with was nori. In this book, she explores all kinds of sea vegetables such as kombu, arame, wakame, and others. The superhero diet (even though it's not the intention) seems a little rigid, in that you no longer use processed vegan products, such as soy. Spices are limited, nightshade vegetables (potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers) and fruits are minimized, natural sugars are phased out, etc. So, while it's a great book to read just to get some information on the Kind Diet, do what's best for you and your body.

Report This Dec 26, 2012
  • HereHere rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

There are better vegan cookbooks out there, and some of the dietary concepts are not based on science, but there is a good recipe to make your own peanut butter cups. I did a variation and it came out acceptably (I didn't have graham crumbs, so I used icing sugar and cocoa powder to firm them up).

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  • KileyP rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great book for veggies, vegans, and meat lovers alike. Part reader, part recipe book, Silverstone tells us about her experiences, shares information in manageable bites, and keeps a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor throughout. She doesn't ever come across as preachy as to why you should go vegan - in fact she has a whole section on how you can just "flirt" with the idea - but she comes across as genuine with her concerns for you, the world and it's edible creatures. Also has some great recipes - a few of the ingredients are a little harder to source up in Canada, but nothing is impossible (and there are still lots of recipes with easy to find ingredients)!

Report This Mar 10, 2012
  • gibsoka rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you're looking for a vegan cookbook to add to your collection, make it this one. It's my standby for when we have vegan friends over for a meal, or for detox dining.

Check out the WSPA web site (World Society for the Protection of Animals). They do wonderful, meaningful work.

Report This Jan 21, 2012
  • M_K_F rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Informative. I've found other vegan books to be equally or more informative and offering better recipes.

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  • Jules222 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Im already a NON meat eater but this book has inspired me to stop eating dairy and eggs.

Report This Sep 11, 2011
  • dlh1 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I found this book extremely biased and I had a hard time believing the science behind the author's claims (since she really has no credentials, other than being an actress). I tried a couple of her recipes and have found many better tasting vegan ones online. Since she's neither a doctor or a chef, I suggest leaving this book on the shelf. Do your own research.

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