- Taschenbuch: 214 Seiten
- Verlag: Workman Publishing; Auflage: 1 (9. Juli 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1615190457
- ISBN-13: 978-1615190454
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16 x 1,4 x 21,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 51.622 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 9. Juli 2011
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"[A]n invaluable reference for anyone who still doesn't believe that the Standard American Diet (SAD) is in fact the cause for a majority of our personal, global and moral devastation. Highly recommended.""--"This Dish is Veg" "
"A great resource for folks toying with the idea of transitioning to vegetarianism."--Carolyn Scott-Hamilton, in VegNews"[A]n invaluable reference for anyone who still doesn't believe that the Standard American Diet (SAD) is in fact the cause for a majority of our personal, global and moral devastation. Highly recommended.""--"This Dish is Veg" "
A great resource for folks toying with the idea of transitioning to vegetarianism. Carolyn Scott-Hamilton, in VegNews [A]n invaluable reference for anyone who still doesn t believe that the Standard American Diet (SAD) is in fact the cause for a majority of our personal, global and moral devastation. Highly recommended. " "This Dishis Veg"""
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Gene Stone, a former book, magazine, and newspaper editor for such companies as the "Los Angeles Times, Esquire, "Harcourt Brace, and Simon & Schuster, has ghostwritten thirty books (many of which were "New York Times "bestsellers) for a wide range of people in many different fields. Stone has also written numerous titles under his own name, including "The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick", which has been translated into more than twenty languages; the #1 "New York Times "bestseller "Forks over Knives"; and "The Watch", the definitive book on the wristwatch.
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It provides concise explanations of why a whole-foods, plant-based diet is healthiest for people, the planet, and the animals, and
It offers a wide range of amazing recipes to help people get started.
The editor pairs these tasks to perform one goal: to help people live healthier lives through their food choices.
The book does this in three parts: (i) why a plant-based diet is best for your health, the planet, and the animals (37 pages); (ii) basic facts on plant-based foods (19 pages), and (iii) recipes (133 pages). While the bulk of the book is for recipes, there is a lot of powerful information in the first two parts that has appeal for anyone from the newcomer to the most informed, with topics as diverse as the environmental impact of food choices to nutrition labels. Even after having read literally dozens of books on plant-based foods and having finished Campbell's eCornell course in plant-based nutrition, I became more informed after reading the first two parts. The third part is filled with tempting recipes from some of the top plant-based chefs who refuse to compromise on health to sell meals.
The writing style is, for lack of a better word, "comfortable". You can almost imagine yourself having a casual discussion with 11 experts on healthy eating, with insights that would surprise your general practitioner, but with language suitable for the layperson.
My only qualms with the book are with the image quality of the graphs and people, which are technically disappointing, although still discernable, and with the arrangement of the bios, which seems out of order with their contributions.
As a result of the dual tasks, some of the Amazon reviewers were negative. I've summarized them here, along with some counterpoints:
Claim: The educational part of the book was too concise and contained bios
If you are interested only in Dr. Esselstyn's work, try Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure. For more on Campbell's work, turn to The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health. For the impact of our food choices on the environment or animals, there are hundreds of books that describe the effects in chilling detail. This book is not the most comprehensive, authoritative guide on any one of those subjects, but it is a very readable and compelling guide on what is arguably the most important topic for most readers: healthy eating. And it holds something for every nutritionist I've ever met, as well as for the overweight Wal-Mart shopper whose cart is filled with chips and soda, or laboratory-manufactured foods from aisle 17. I have yet to find a book that does a better job of balancing the tasks of enlightening readers and facilitating changes in diet.
The book does offer bios on the people who are trying to help us live more healthy lives. At first, I thought that this was a bit too much of a stretch for an already ambitious book...if I read a book on yoga, I'm not necessarily interested in the backgrounds of the leading proponents of yoga. But here I think the bios are justified because they offer a much needed perspective. The bio on T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., explains how he grew up on a dairy farm and was preparing to continue working with animal-based foods, how he discovered that animal protein was a problem rather than a solution to health woes, and then how certain factions in the food industry tried to smear him to stop him from sharing his findings. Dr. Neal Barnard found that the ribs on his cafeteria tray looked and smelled eerily similar to the ribs he had just examined from a human cadaver, which led him to think differently about food. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn tells of how he saved cardiovascular patients who had been told to "go home and prepare for death". I know of dozens of people with cardiovascular problems and one person who was also told to give up hope, so this latter bio may serve as a wakeup call where all else has failed. Collectively, these bios show how the leaders in the field came to the same conclusions from different perspectives, in spite of the traditional food and health industry pressures and tactics.
Claim: The book offered nothing that couldn't be found on the Internet.
I've been a student of plant-based nutrition for 10 years and I've read everything I can on the topic, yet I found pieces here I'd never seen before: Bios that contain insights obviously drawn out from first-hand interviews with the subjects; success stories from people who chose to adopt this healthier approach to eating; a very concise and thoughtful summary which compares whole, plant-based foods to animal products (styled like black box warning labels for food), and some great recipes from leading chefs.
Claim: The book contained no bibliography and few footnotes.
This comment, especially when juxtaposed with the above comment, shows the difficulty in pairing disparate tasks: it's impossible to please everyone. If everything could be found on the Internet, why would someone need a bibliography and dozens of footnotes? Actually, there is a bibliography--called a "bookshelf" on page 199, as well as a list of online references on page 198. There are few footnotes, which will disappoint the purist, but this is a guide, not the definitive source on every topic covered.
Now, a comment on some of the "reviews": A review should summarize the content, offer a critical assessment (e.g., Was it noteworthy? Understandable? Persuasive?), and an argument as to why prospective readers might or might not enjoy the book. Some of the comments for this book are simply mean-spirited attacks on a book that aims to inform, persuade and help those who want to live longer, healthier lives in making better food choices--all for the low price of $6.40, or less than one-tenth the cost of a doctor's visit, where the topic of whole, plant-based foods will likely never come up. Such attacks are to be expected when someone challenges long-held, but unjustifiable beliefs with extensive clinical and epidemiological evidence. Still, more thoughtful reviews would benefit Amazon customers.
While the book does lay out the compelling "why's" of a whole foods, plant-based diet, it really shines as a guide to the "how's" of actually transitioning to an optimal way of eating. Even for experienced plant-based eaters with shelves of vegan cookbooks, it is a wonderful resource to have so many truly healthy no-oil, whole food recipes from several chefs with a variety of cuilinary styles. My teenage daughter and I have already made a few of the recipes - all have turned out really well and are definitely dishes we will make again.
I see this book as a handbook for turning knowledge into action - for taking charge of your own health by adopting a simple, satisfying and delicious way of eating that can be life-changing and even life-saving.
The book is light on science but has some people profiles that are quite interesting. The science, as I now understand, must be in The China Study (which I have ordered).
The book is heavy on recipes, which most vegetarians probably don't need. There are 143 pages of recipes and 54 pages of science, commentary and profiles. The laudable aim seems to be to show just how easy vegetarian preparation is. But I would have liked another 143 pages of science, advice and profiles. Those of us who do need recipes would do better to peruse the many many excellent vegetarian cookbooks on Amazon. In this regard, Forks Over Knives (on its website) is linked with a few other worthy books.
I am a HUGE fan of the effort to bring good nutrition to the forefront of American consciousness, and the professionals profiled in this book have the credentials and charisma to do it. But if people are going to start buying books on the benefits of a new vegan/vegetarian commitment, the books need to become less rangy and more concise and procedural. In other words, they need focus: the science, the lifestyle, the recipes.
For a VERY first book on a vegan regimen, this book is not scary, not over-scientific, not very long. I suspect that those who have been awakened by the movie or the buzz will find this book just the right length and density.