From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—With a friendly tone and a ton of nutritional information, this guide will be easy for teenagers to digest. Warren’s explanations of the quite a lot of ways to go veg is neither preachy nor threatening. In truth, she encourages readers who are considering changing their diet to begin by participating in Meatless Mondays. Chapters include information on nutrients that are crucial to a healthy diet and what foods they are able to be found in for all types of diets (vegan, lacto-ovo, pescetarian). The book also includes types of restaurants with vegetarian-friendly options and an explanation of how to use the choosemyplate.gov resource to practice planning a healthy meal when cooking at home. As in most cookbooks, one of the crucial recipes call for obscure ingredients. The best parts of this title include the author’s philosophy that every person has the right to eat according to her own personal values, a section debunking myths about going vegetarian, and what a young adult should say to her parents if they are questioning her dietary choices. Unfortunately, this great resource will not be picked up by teenage boys simply on account of the title.—Lindsay Klemas, JM Rapport School for Career Development, Bronx, NY

From Booklist

A vegetarian herself since age 12, Warren knows the questions that teen girls ask and the arguments their parents raise when kids want to experience vegetarianism or veganism. Here, she offers sound advice for girls who are considering being or have chosen to go vegetarian or vegan and for those who waver about where they stand on the topic. She emphasizes the importance of balanced nutrition and takes girls through ways to include each nutritional element, vitamin, or mineral in their meal plan. Among the questions she addresses: How does a teen girl make wise choices in a school cafeteria? Or should one pack a lunch? When eating out, how can one make sure that no meat is lurking in what appears to be meat-free? She includes tips for finding restaurants when traveling; quality vegetarian organizations and related websites; and simple-to-make, appealing ­veggie recipes. The catchy, accessible text is broken up by generous topic headings and questions. Overall, a sound guide for any teenager, actually, and her or his parents. Grades 8-12. –J. B. Petty

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What would you love. Love what you eat. No labels. No fuss. It’s not about what you call yourself–it’s about how you feel. Whether you’re going vegan, vegetarian, fish-only, chicken-only, or all veggies except grandma’s famous pigs-in-a-blanket, this book is your new best friend. Eating less meat can boost your energy, help you lose weight, and it’s better for the environment. If you’re looking to cut down on meat or cut it out completely, here you can find awesome advice and the answers you want to make it work for you. Get the Scoop On: •Daily meal ideas and easy recipes even your non-veggie friends will want to take a look at •How to convince your family this isn’t just a fad or a phase •Finding good food when you’re away from home: veggie-friendly restaurants, colleges, and go back and forth spots •Getting enough iron, protein, and other vital nutrients to be healthy (because being vegetarian does NOT mean a diet of ice cream and pasta) •Sneaky meaty things that can end up in food that seems perfectly safe for vegetarians
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