Vegan Freak: Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan World

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In this informative and practical guide, two seasoned vegans offer tips and advice for thriving without animal by-products. Sometimes funny and irreverent yet always aware of its serious message, this resource for being vegan in a world that doesn’t always understand or have sympathy for the lifestyle illustrates how to go vegan in three weeks or less by employing a “cold tofu method;” convince family, friends, and others that there is no such thing as a vegan cult; and survive restaurants, grocery stores, ...

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Overview

In this informative and practical guide, two seasoned vegans offer tips and advice for thriving without animal by-products. Sometimes funny and irreverent yet always aware of its serious message, this resource for being vegan in a world that doesn’t always understand or have sympathy for the lifestyle illustrates how to go vegan in three weeks or less by employing a “cold tofu method;” convince family, friends, and others that there is no such thing as a vegan cult; and survive restaurants, grocery stores, and meals with omnivores. Also offering answers to questions such as “Do you, like, live on apples and twigs?” this reference dispels myths and explains the arguments for ethical, abolitionist veganism, encouraging everyone to embrace their inner vegan.

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What People Are Saying

Gary L. Francione

In this down-to-earth and entertaining guide, Bob and Jenna Torres not only convince you that you have to go vegan today, they also give you what you need to live as a healthy and happy vegan for the rest of your life. (Gary L. Francione, distinguished professor of law, Rutgers University)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604860153
  • Publisher: PM Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Tofu Hound Press
  • Edition description: Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 222
  • Sales rank: 379,719
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Torres is the author of Making a Killing as well as several essays that have appeared in Critical Sociology, International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, the Journal of Latinos and Education, and Satya magazine. Jenna Torres is a frequent personality on vegan talk shows who has been on Animal Voices Radio and has been quoted as an expert in Newsweek, Veg News, and Vegetarians and Vegans in the World Today. They cohost Vegan Freak radio show and live in Colton, New York.

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Table of Contents

Preface i

1 Vegan and Freaky 1

Vej-uns, VAYguns, and Vegans Oh My 5

What Veganism Is 9

Why Not Vegetarianism? 14

Just Go Vegan Already 19

The Cold Tofu Approach 24

What Veganism Isn't 41

Impoverished Veganism and the Need for Social Change 61

Embrace Your Vegan Freakdom 67

2 Bob and Jenna Solve the North Korea Problem 71

Simon the Sadist 78

Expanding Equal Consideration 87

The Importance of Consistency 90

Veganism is Living Your Activism 96

Forget the Organizations: Empower Yourself 97

Enviro-veganism 100

Fuck the Body Politics Already 102

3 Hell Is Other People 107

The Mind of a Meat Eater 110

General Advice for Dealing with People 115

Family (or, Am I Really Related to These People?) 122

What Happens When Your Partner Isn't Vegan 129

A Quick Note About Raising Your Children Vegan 132

Why Am f Friends With These People Again? 133

Does Someone Have a Case of the Mondays? 137

Dealing with Vegetarians and Ex-Vegans 143

Embracing Being Vegan and Freaky 149

4 What Do Vegans Eat Anyway? 153

Abundance, Not Deprivation 154

So What's for Dinner? 156

Being a Healthy Vegan 162

Surviving the Grocery Store 169

Eating Out 175

On the Road Again 185

Don't Be Grumpy 189

5 It's Not Just About Food 193

But What Do I Do With the Old Leather? 195

Pleather is Punk 197

Vegan Cosmetics, Toiletries, and Cleaning Supplies 201

Medications 205

Don't Read This Section If You're Under 18 206

6 Go Vegan, Stay Vegan 213

Index 219

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

    Not professional at all

    I'm in the process of becoming a vegan by first becoming a vegetarian and I thought this book might be helpful. So far I've read the first chapter and I am very disappointed. The book is extremely biased. It's so biased that it brings to mind the very stereotypes in the title vegan freak. Although I understand that animal cruelty exists the writer repeats it over and over again and leaves me waiting for the useful information to arrive. The book also criticizes others life style chocies especially those that do eat meat and those that are vegetarian( consume dairy products). The book claims that people who are not exclusively vegan do not care about animal rights which is just ridiculous. None of their facts are backed by empirecal evidence. I will countinue to read this book to the end but I can not recommend someone to buy this. I suggest checking it out in a library if interested but this is by no means a guide to become a vegan in a considerate structured manner.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    If the authors . . .

    If the authors wanted to establish legitimate bases for converting to or even maintaining a Vegan diet and lifestyle, they could have done much better. I read the book somewhat cursorily the first time and then returned to it when I decided to give it a second chance. My first encounter with it was not pleasant, owing to the authors' flippant use of language that, I concluded, they chose to use in order to 'shock' non-Vegans into submission. Because I am a confirmed Vegan, and because I have been subjected to a lot worse language as well as other forms of diet-abuse, it wasn't necessarily their language that was so off-putting. After the first reading, I wondered whether I was too narrow in giving the authors the benefit of the doubt in their approaches. That perception caused me to return for a second, more thorough reading. Although I was more methodical in reading it, I still did not enjoy 'Vegan Freaks.' It was painfully difficult to plod through the authors' approaches to making their case for a Vegan lifestyle. I completely agree with the other reviewer (Tobias Brown) in that I, too, was hoping for more than repetitious rants about animal abuses as being the most substantial reason Vegans are so much better humans than non-Vegans are. In short, the authors' approaches to winning non-Vegans over to our side leaves a lot to be desired, especially in their use of unnecessary (read: repetitiously redundant) language and their virtually single-issue take on the virtues of Veganism.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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