An inviting young woman on the cover of this book is about to feast on a plate full of food a teen might actually find appealing—cantaloupe, strawberries and orange juice. On the first page, Keesha's friends smile as they tell her they remembered to order half the pizza with veggies only. These are subtle but effective ways to make an otherwise dry topic appealing to teen readers. The text is broken up with many sub-headings, photos of appealing dishes and mini-stories of kids who are vegetarian by choice or culture. Both the varied photos and references to foreign cultures that are more vegetarian than the U.S. give the book a strong multi-cultural edge. There are tips about vegetarian snacks, eating at a party and checking the ingredients on menu items in a restaurant. Several pages of recipes are included, for dishes like Middle Eastern hummus and a "tempeh reubens" (tempeh is a meat substitute made from soybeans). There is a thorough but easy-to-follow guide to making sure a vegetarian diet has sufficient nutrition and even a vegetarian alternative to the traditional food pyramid. The book is indexed and includes web sites, appropriate organizations and further reading suggestions. 2001, Capstone Press, $23.93. Ages 12 to 16. Reviewer: Karen Leggett
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-These good overviews of aspects of nutrition are attractively presented with lots of color photos and varied page layouts. Both authors approach their subjects in a clear, informative manner and encourage teens to think for themselves about caring for their bodies through good nutrition, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle. Duden looks at different types of vegetarianism and the reasons behind them. She offers useful information on planning a healthy diet and handling dining situations away from home. Food covers a broad spectrum of topics from the effect of food on brain chemistry to blood sugar, cravings, and eating disorders. The importance of a balanced diet, sufficient water, and plenty of sleep is stressed. Healthy Eating examines diet as only one aspect of a lifestyle that will naturally yield effective weight control and encourages readers to exercise and avoid fad diets. Overall nutritional needs are spelled out, and dietary myths are dispelled. Unfortunately, all three books are peppered with fictionalized dialogues that are so wooden as to be indigestible. Other titles that enlarge on the topics at hand include Jan Parr's The Young Vegetarian's Companion (Watts, 1996), which is chock-full of resources, information, and an overt agenda; Michele Ingber Drohan's Weight-Loss Programs; Elizabeth Frankenberger's Food and Love; and Laura Weeldreyer's Body Blues (all Rosen, 1998).-Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.