Forks Over Knives

Forks Over Knives

The Plant-based Way to Health

Book - 2011
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"This ... guide provides the information you need to adopt and maintain a plant-based diet"--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : The Experiment, LLC, 2011
ISBN: 9781615190454
1615190457
Characteristics: ix, 214 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm

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mlinard
Mar 05, 2017

I enjoyed reading this although I had viewed the documentary previously and feel like the same information is presented. So, really choose which format you prefer to receive the information. The only exception between the two is that the book has some great recipes to explore. I have tried a couple from this book and the "Forks Over Knives Family" book. I can not say that my family are converts to whole plant-based only foods, but I enjoyed having some new recipes.

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JoanneTravis
Jan 27, 2016

We are trying to live on a more plant-based diet and I totally get the importance of cutting back on meat. I don't think we , as a family, will ever be able to do without meat, especially poultry, entirely. There are so many conflicting medical opinions on what we should or should never be eating. One says olive oil is a good, healthy fat, this says avoid it at all costs. This book was just not for me and the recipes were all unappealing, except the one for baked sweet potatoes, which I don't exactly need a book for.

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Terre9
Feb 08, 2014

Anyone looking for healthier alternatives have got to try the No-Cheese Sauce. Seriously if you're trying to lower your cholesterol levels with tastier alternatives check this out!

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taweesmom
Aug 16, 2013

Bought the book!

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blondtraillite
May 29, 2013

I found the book was just as bad, if not worse, than the film. Like the film, the book relied on some cheap shots to prove its point - which was completely unnecessary, as there s sufficiently strong evidence without the melodramatics (the worst being the movie, as many of the foods suggested as fitting in the Food Pyramid - diet coke for example - isn't part of the USDA food pyramid or "My Plate" (in fact, soda is listed as "empty calories" and even stated that it should be avoided). The movie and the book used cheap theatrics to make its point; actually, I felt the figures/diagrams were not properly explained in the book and only made sense if you saw the film.

As well, I found that the author assumed a lot of information to be fact without citing any research, particularly in the beginning. It was very much a diatribe - and not all books on veganism/plant-based diets are. While my next criticism is common in many books on veganism, I still find it distasteful in this book: it is one-sided and suggests problems with veganism as solutions without realistic perspective on what would happen as a result. For example, he suggests how meat-eating harms the environment by the waste such animals produce, but even if cows were not longer needed for meat or milk, they can no longer be released into the wild nor could the chemicals related to their waste be completely eliminated from the environment - unless he is suggesting we purposefully extinct these creatures for no longer being useful?

All of the information he presented has been stated - in fact, better stated - in other books. This one was a waste of my time... Okay, I wrote down a few recipes but they aren't stellar and still not worth it.

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dogrescue
Dec 05, 2012

As a committed vegetarian, eating plant based does take effort. I would recommend choosing a week to eat only plant based and go from there. Commit to specific meals which makes it easier than trying to decide what to eat at the last minute. I highly recommend the Happy Horbivore Cookbook! Simple dishes made with ingredients you can easily find at the local supermarket.

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BeckyHelton
Aug 17, 2012

Very informative, great recipes - has given me some new favorite foods.

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movie20
May 28, 2012

I saw the documentary and recommend seeing it first before reading the book and trying to get into recipes. This way of eating takes commitment. It is not easy, but worth it for your health. Homemade smoothies with fruits and veggies would be a good way to start I think. Unhealthy fast food and meat is easy. This way of eating is not meant to be easy. It takes time to eat healthy. It would have been nice to have pictures in the book. I am sure there are other books with pictures to go with the recipes.

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HereHere
Nov 20, 2011

Some interesting recipes, for sure, although the print is small and there are no photos to inspire.
The only concern I have with the book is the claim that olive oil is higher in calories than other oils, which doesn't make any sense to me. Otherwise, it is an excellent resource. I like the idea of steaming onions instead of sauteeing in oil. Some of the recipes are based on spicy ingredients. Several call for sundried tomato powder, which you can make using a blender (I haven't tried that yet).

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tugboat
Oct 17, 2011

Excellent and informative book - easy reading.

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mlinard
Mar 05, 2017

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