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Living Vegetarian For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Suzanne Havala Hobbs

ISBN: 978-0-470-61640-6 November 2009 384 Pages


Practical ways to explore and adapt a vegetarian lifestyle

Are you considering a vegetarian diet for yourself or your family? Wondering if it's safe and how you'll get the right amount of nutrients? This authoritative guide has all the answers you need about living vegetarian, featuring healthful advice as well as delicious dishes involving vegetables, fruits, grains, and dairy.

Inside you'll find expert advice on adopting a vegetarian lifestyle, from creating a vegetarian shopping list and understanding the nutritional aspects of vegetarian eating, to using the right cooking supplies to vegetarian etiquette, eating out, and converting a kitchen-and your family's mindset-away from meat. You'll discover how to make it work when you're the only member of the house who is vegetarian, as well as how to support a family member, including a child.

  • Provides the latest information on vegetarian diets as they relate to health, the environment, and other areas of our lives
  • Includes tips for gradually reducing your meat intake
  • Explains the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle
  • Offers dozens of new recipes designed to ease the transition from omnivore to vegetarian

Whether you're a long-time vegetarian or just starting out, Living Vegetarian For Dummies, 2nd Edition is your guide to evaluating and enjoying a meat-free lifestyle.

Foreword xxv

Introduction  1

Part I: Being Vegetarian: What It’s All About  9

Chapter 1: Vegetarianism 101: Starting with the Basics 11

Chapter 2: Vegetarians Are Sprouting Up All Over: Why Meatless Makes Sense 25

Chapter 3: Nutrition Know-How for Living Vegetarian 37

Chapter 4: Supplement Savvy 59

Chapter 5: Making the Transition to Meat-Free 73

Part II: Planning and Preparing Your Vegetarian Kitchen 89

Chapter 6: Getting Familiar with Common Vegetarian Ingredients 91

Chapter 7: Shopping and Stocking Your Vegetarian Pantry 107

Chapter 8: Cooking Tools and Techniques 123

Part III: Meals Made Easy: Recipes for Everyone  145

Chapter 9: Beyond Cereal and Toast: Whipping Up Breakfast Basics 147

Chapter 10: Serving Simple Starters 161

Chapter 11: Enjoying Easy Soups, Salads, and Sides 173

Chapter 12: Making Meatless Main Dishes 183

Chapter 13: Baking Easy Breads and Rolls 197

Chapter 14: Dishing Out Delicious Desserts 205

Chapter 15: Celebrating the Holidays, Vegetarian-Style 217

Part IV: Living — and Loving — the Vegetarian Lifestyle 227

Chapter 16: Getting Along When You’re the Only Vegetarian in the House 229

Chapter 17: Vegetarian Etiquette in a Nonvegetarian World 237

Chapter 18: Dining Away from Home in Restaurants and Other Venues 251

Part V: Living Vegetarian for a Lifetime  265

Chapter 19: When You’re Expecting: Managing Your Vegetarian Pregnancy 267

Chapter 20: Raising Your Vegetarian Baby 277

Chapter 21: Meatless Meals for Children and Teens 287

Chapter 22: Aging Healthfully: Vegetarian Lifestyles for Adults of All Ages 301

Part VI: The Part of Tens  315

Chapter 23: Ten Sound Reasons for Going Vegetarian 317

Chapter 24: Ten Simple Substitutes for Vegetarian Dishes 323

Chapter 25: Ten Vegetarian Lunchbox Ideas 329

Index  335