Curious About Veganism? The Good Karma Diet by Victoria Moran is for You!
You may have noticed that I have started to publish book recaps on bees, chickens and now on veganism. First off, if you noticed, it means you are actually reading this and for that I am very thankful!! I’ve started to receive emails from book publicists, who in exchange for sending me a copy of the book, ask for a brief write-up. Well, I am a lover of real books and dog-earing a page in this age of screen reading. Secondly, being appreciative of all the work that goes into seeing a book to completion, if it is a subject related in some way to the sustainable food/beverage world and if they send me a copy, I will write.
In this case, the book is The Good Karma Diet by Victoria Moran and published by Penguin. Now I am not a believer in diets and this book isn’t a diet in the vein of half a grapefruit and a piece of whole wheat toast for breakfast. This book is more a guidebook on veganism. For full disclosure, I am not a vegan and perhaps @Shes_Cooking would be a better summarizer since she is a full fledged vegan. I was not familiar with Victoria Moran but I am a believer in karma and think what goes around, comes around. Moran has written 12 books on veganism including her most popular book and blog, Main Street Vegan.
Moran is very thorough in this book, from instructing you gently how to gradually wean yourself off of eggs and cheese to anecdotal success stories of people who became vegans to interspersed GKT (Good Karma Tips) about shopping, cooking and eating among non-vegans. She reinforced my thooughts about the power of greens and green drinks in the chapter High-Green, High-Raw, High-Energy Eating. Her basic premise is that you are what you eat and eat colorfully. One of the beautiful things about farmers markets is all the vibrant colors that can seem surreal in the summertime. Having just visited the National Restaurant Show here in Chicago, the Vitamix crew were demonstrating vegan recipes like avocado hollandaise which would fit perfectly into Moran’s chapter on Good Cheer and a Good Blender.
Her tagline with the book is “Eat Gently, Feel Amazing and Age in Slow Motion”. She really goes from A to Z in terms of all aspects of veganism which again is why this is a great book for someone who is curious and wants to learn the how’s and why’s or for a practicing vegan who just wants to learn more about the philosophy behind veganism or helpful tips on living a vegan life. Moran’s point of view is a belief system as well as way of eating and is along the lines of some of the jivamukti yogii’s I know, who are vegan because one of their beliefs is compassion for all living things.
So Moran did not convince me to become a vegan but she did reinforce my thoughts on the power of vegetables and she really packed this book with all sorts of useful information like reviewing the different types of “diets” out there, the stories behind some of the animal farms, a chapter on vitamins and nutrition and more. She encourages everyone to be more thoughtful eaters and consider what goes on before the food gets to your plate and towards the end of the book, a slew of recipes and a great list of recommended reading.