Veganissimo A to Z: A Comprehensive Guide to Identifying and Avoiding Ingredients of Animal Origin in Everyday Products

Veganissimo A to Z: A Comprehensive Guide to Identifying and Avoiding Ingredients of Animal Origin in Everyday Products

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by Lars Thomsen, Reuben Proctor
     
 

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veganissimo \ve-gan-iss-im-o\
1. n : one who is vegan to the highest possible standard
2. adj : the most vegan

What is veganissimo? It’s a new word, but it captures a desire more and more common in recent years: to be vegan to the highest possible standard, to live the most vegan life possible. It’s not

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veganissimo \ve-gan-iss-im-o\
1. n : one who is vegan to the highest possible standard
2. adj : the most vegan

What is veganissimo? It’s a new word, but it captures a desire more and more common in recent years: to be vegan to the highest possible standard, to live the most vegan life possible. It’s not an easy standard to meet in the modern industrialized world, where product labels boast conflicting, unclear, and even purposefully misleading claims, and animal-derived ingredients sneak into just about everything—not just food, but also cosmetics, clothing, cleaning products, photography, musical instruments, and even electronics.

Now, here to help is Veganissimo A to Z: an unprecedented, up-to-date A to Z guide to animal-derived ingredients found in every kind of consumer good. Impeccably researched, comprehensive, and specific, this handbook not only enumerates and defines every animal-derived ingredient to be found, but also describes plant, mineral, and chemical alternatives and points out ingredients that don’t sound vegan but in fact are (like cocoa butter). The authors also walk users through interpreting product label claims and seeking additional information, and color-coded icons and cross-references make it easy to navigate the immense amount of material. Vegans and anyone with the desire to avoid animal-derived products will find this reference handy, practical, and often shocking.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Since voting with our dollars is indeed the easiest way we can each directly impact suppliers, I see Veganissimo A to Z as a way to further arm each of us with the knowledge we need to live our lives in harmony with our ethical beliefs. And for the new vegan, or heck, even the not-yet-vegan who is well on their path and calls themselves an “animal lover,” this book could be a real eye-opener, and an accessible way to begin to eliminate cruelty from their lifestyle for good.”
Our Hen House

“Takes knowing what animal products are in your food, supplements, cosmetics and even electronics to a new, transparent level, helping you navigate confusing labels.”
—Delicious Living

“Those new to a plant-based diet (and the Vegan Police) will be pleased with Veganissimo A to Z, a new guidebook with more than 2,500 detailed descriptions of animal, mineral, chemical and plant-based ingredients, along with their uses and alternative names to help readers quickly identify whether or not the long, confusing words on food packages indicate “vegan" or not. Veganissimo, which means 'as vegan as possible,' also includes extensive references, the best of which is a guide to the various 'certification' logos that appear on products and packaging.”
VegNews

“If you believe you are what you eat, this book can be a big help.”
The Providence Journal

Library Journal
An updated, expanded version of a 17-year-old German edition, this book is an alphabetical listing of ingredients designed to help vegans (those who completely avoid animal products in their foods and other consumables) identify their derivation. Vegan advocates Proctor and Thomsen not only cover food ingredients, but also look at dietary supplements, drugs, cosmetics, cleaning products, and appliances. The entries are coded with icons to allow the reader to quickly determine the origin of the ingredient: vegetable, animal, synthetic, mineral, or microbiological. VERDICT Complete with introductory comments about the scope of the work, a section on the nuances of product labeling, vegan alternatives, and glossary, this is an invaluable guide for vegans who are attempting to become veganissimo: vegan to the highest possible standard.—Diana Hartle, Univ. of Georgia Science Lib., Athens

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781615190683
Publisher:
Experiment, The
Publication date:
02/26/2013
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,384,645
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Reuben Proctor has been vegan since 2000 and has done translation, consulting, and administrative work for vegan companies and animal rights organizations since 2004. He was born in New Zealand and now lives and works in Germany.

Lars Thomsen is a pioneering animal rights activist and vegan advocate. He has been vegan since the age of 21, in 1990, and lives in Germany.

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NatoshaM 5 months ago
The book, Veganissimo A to Z by Lars Thomsen and Reuben Proctor is full of information a Vegan could use to stay away from animal products! I honestly had been Vegan for a year in the past. However, at that time I had to avoid so many different products, but never knew what is or was safe. i asked my mom to send me a printed out sheet of what may be and what ingredients weren't safe. It took a lot of ink and I still have it! Now the point to this is that I wish I had this book at that time! I really loved it right away once it arrived! Not only does the book, Veganissimo have every ingredient needed to avoid or what I need to understand what they do, but it also is in a convenient and portable short style book design. It's easy to have or take anyplace, comes in alphabetical order and lists all these ingredients that are bad, vegan alternatives and references in parts. For example, if you wanted to read about the certain ingredients worth understanding if Vegan or not such as in food, cosmetics, and so much other items we apply or use, can be found in the first part of the book. There it's all in alphabetical order as is each part of the book. You can search for all the strange words found in food, beauty items, and household cleaners. For one example, Japanese Gelatin which you might think bones used to create as many gelatins are made from. However, it's actually a plant made ingredient like agar agar. Also, this is labeled with a symbol of an orange plant which means it's always and often a plant based ingredients. The other symbols can represent an animals head for an animal ingredient, a can like symbol with water drop resembling synthetic, a diamond which is a mineral substance, and last is a science classroom glass beaker that refers to the ingredient as a microbiological product. Plus, orange and black for each, representing if they are 100% use that category or not often. For instance, you get an ingredient that refers to natural flavorings, which can be an animal source or vegetable source so you really might not know what your served and that is why they could refer it to a black colored symbol so you know it's not always an animal or a plant ingredient. However, this book is wonderful for Vegans and even Vegetarians or anyone who is curious to know what is in the food. I found it so useful and extremely helpful!