Review by Leen282 -- We Don't Just Eat Lettuce!

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Review by Leen282 -- We Don't Just Eat Lettuce!

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[Following is a volunteer review of "We Don't Just Eat Lettuce!" by Allyn Raifstanger.]
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We don't just eat lettuce by Allyn Raifstanger is a short book with easy vegan recipes for carnivores, as stated by the author. The book starts with the story of why the author became vegan overnight and lists the health benefits he experienced. He clearly says that he is no doctor and has no medical background, so readers should contact their GP for any health questions. Allyn includes an extensive list of footnotes with references to publications where readers can find more information about the studies he mentions.

Already a few days after starting to eat vegan, Allyn noticed he had more energy, needed less medication to keep his cholesterol in check, and his weight stabilized at a healthy level. In contrast, beforehand, he was slightly overweight despite an active lifestyle and working out. With this book, the author wants to share his experience and motivate others to go for a healthier way of living and eating. He does not become preachy or glorifies the vegan lifestyle as the only alternative.

The first few chapters of the book did not speak to me, probably because the book is very US-oriented. I could not identify with the author's childhood memories of eating mostly pizza, mac and cheese, and other salty, greasy preparations. I also did not feel comfortable with some anecdotes he mentioned, such as offering children money to clean vegetables or curling weights while driving on the highway.

The easy recipes he writes out include a lot of canned food from US brands that are not available in European stores. I was also disappointed seeing recipes with just a bit of fresh food. For me, easy and fast does not necessarily equal opening a can even if this preserved food does not have a lot of added ingredients. Finally, I was disappointed to see very little concern for the environment, suggesting single-use plastic on several occasions. I would expect that someone concerned with health issues would recognize the danger of single-use plastic around food.

Allyn shares more recipes in the second half of the book. These focus on cooking from scratch, with fresh ingredients, and as such easier to prepare for those readers who do not have access to US supermarkets. There are a few recipes I look forward to trying, such as the watermelon and tomato salad, or the Brussels sprouts snacks. As for the motivational part, the book does the trick: I started my morning with some freshly cut fruits.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I think the book will appeal to US-based readers who want to try vegan recipes without spending hours in the kitchen.

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I'm not planning to go vegan, but reducing meat can be good for my health, so vegan recipes can be interesting. I agree that suggesting single-use plastic is not good, and not finding certain types of food outside the USA might be a problem, but overall this seems a useful book. Thank you for your thorough review!
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NetMassimo wrote:
22 May 2020, 10:20
I'm not planning to go vegan, but reducing meat can be good for my health, so vegan recipes can be interesting. I agree that suggesting single-use plastic is not good, and not finding certain types of food outside the USA might be a problem, but overall this seems a useful book. Thank you for your thorough review!
There are definitely a few nice recipes I look forward to trying, especially the watermelon-tomato salad 😋.

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When I saw the cover of this book. I asked myself what could be interesting in eating or not eating lettuce? Reading this review, I am able to get the writer's point of view. The review says it all. This is a nice piece of work.

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Pstodumeje wrote:
23 May 2020, 09:22
When I saw the cover of this book. I asked myself what could be interesting in eating or not eating lettuce? Reading this review, I am able to get the writer's point of view. The review says it all. This is a nice piece of work.
Thanks for commenting.

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I've been wanting to go vegan, but I don't have the courage yet. Maybe reading this book will help me make my decision.

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Adanna Inya wrote:
23 May 2020, 14:18
I've been wanting to go vegan, but I don't have the courage yet. Maybe reading this book will help me make my decision.
If you want to go vegan, I am sure the author's positive experience will help motivate. If you want some more vegan recipes and ideas without going the full 100%, the book gives that as well. It's what I liked about the approach, the author shares his positive experience without imposing anything.

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