The Skeptical Vegan: My Journey from Notorious Meat Eater to Tofu-Munching Vegan-A Survival Guide

The Skeptical Vegan: My Journey from Notorious Meat Eater to Tofu-Munching Vegan-A Survival Guide


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Growing up in an all-women household and coddled endlessly by his Italian mother and grandmother, Eric Lindstrom was nourished to obesity on meaty sauces, fried eggs, and butter-laden cookies. After spending the first half of his life as an adamant omnivore, Lindstrom went 100% vegan. Reluctantly. Overnight. From burgers to beets, from pork to parsnips.

It’s time for a down-to-earth book that proves anyone can go vegan (even someone who once ate sixty-eight chicken wings in a sitting). How can a man adopt a vegan approach? Won’t he die of protein deficiency? What if he is married to a vegan woman? How would he order a salad at a Minnesota steakhouse? What should he bring to a gluten-free, nut-free, macrobiotic, nightshade-free, oil-free, vegan potluck (true story)?

Part confession and part survival guide, The Skeptical Vegan explains how simple it really is to be vegan, covering topics from food and nutrition to social challenges and lifestyle. Snarky, witty, and opinionated to a fault, Lindstrom speaks as a male vegan, contesting the notion that “real men” should only eat meat. With twenty original “veganized” recipes including portobello steaks, carrot hot dogs, tofu wings, “meaty” chili, and cauliflower bites (which helped him shed thirty pounds), Lindstrom demonstrates how to take control of your diet while still eating “meatily” and taking into account the ethical considerations of living a better life for the animals, the environment, and yourself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510717602
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 774,299
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Eric C. Lindstrom is the editor of the Meaty Vegan blog, which features vegan opinion, recipes, and cutting-edge satire, and the founder of the vegan design and marketing firm ThankTank Creative. Today, he thrives on plant-based foods along with his vegan wife, vegan dog, and two vegan babies in Ithaca, New York.
Victoria Moran ( is a vegan of over three decades, an obesity survivor, and the current female winner of “Peta’s Sexiest Vegan Over 50.” Listed by VegNews among the Top 10 Living Vegetarian Authors, she’s written twelve books, including The Love-Powered Diet, The Good Karma Diet, and the iconic Main Street Vegan. She hosts the award-winning Main Street Vegan podcast and directs Main Street Vegan Academy.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction ix

1 The Skeptical Vegan: One Man's Transition to Veganism 1

2 Fair-Haired Golden Child: The Only Son in an Italian Household 6

3 Meaty, Beaty, Big, and Bouncy 10

4 Four Funerals and a Wedding 18

5 Taking a Vacation from Vegetables 25

6 What's the Number for 9-1-1? 32

7 Meeting Jen and Going Vegan 37

8 The Bet: Woke Up Vegan 44

9 On Being Skeptical: Going "All In" 55

10 Friday Dinner 62

11 The Traveling Vegan; or, A Vegan in a Minnesota Steakhouse 67

12 Survival Mode: Anything You Can Eat, I Can Eat Vegan 78

13 The History of Milk, Eggs, and the World 84

14 Poop and Other Bodily Functions Vegans Go On About 96

15 Potatoes: The Other White Meat 98

16 ABCs of Vegans 102

17 How to Go Vegan in Two Easy Steps 120

18 Eating Plants Is Sexy: Making Vegan Babies 124

19 Speciesism and the Humane Touch 133

20 Defending Veganism 150

21 Cravings, Vegan Potlucks, and the Holidays 163

22 The Angry Vegans 187

23 Why I Stayed Vegan: Vegan Butchers 190

24 A Horse with No Name 197

25 Be Vegan. Be Better 205

26 Planet Vegan 207

27 The Meaty Vegan Recipes and the Vegan Kitchen 209

Epilogue 257

Acknowledgments 259

Notes 262

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