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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nancy Delaloye, RD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive resource text written by two well-known authorities in the field of nutrition and vegetarianism. The book provides current information about vegetarianism including a brief history of the vegetarian movement, a review of the literature, discussions on essential vitamins and minerals, meal planning guide for specific age groups, and applications for professionals who work with vegetarians.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate dietitians and other healthcare professionals and to serve as a tool for those professionals who counsel vegetarians. It can also serve as a reference book for nutrition students.
Audience: The audience includes registered dietitians, dietetic interns, nutrition students as well as physicians.
Features: The book has a well-organized and well-defined table of contents. It contains a glossary of foods that are frequently used by vegetarians and 18 appendixes containing data relating to the nutritional status of both vegetarians and nonvegetarians. There is a section listing various resources for vegetarians that healthcare professionals can provide to their clients or utilize themselves as a means of obtaining further education about vegetarianism.
Assessment: The resource section includes names of vegetarian organizations, magazines, book titles by subject, materials, on-line services, mailing lists and mail-order companies. This book is a well-written resource book for nutrition practitioners who are in need of accurate, reliable as well as practical information on the subject of vegetarianism. Anyone who works in the field of nutrition should have access to this book.