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Raising Vegetarian Children
by Jo Stepaniak, M.S.Ed., & Vesanto Melina M.S., R.D.

Raising Vegetarian Children

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A comprehensive resource for parents on how to bring up vegetarian children


A Review by Susan Wright

Joanne Stepaniak, M.S.Ed. and Vesanto Melina, M.S., R.D. have teamed up to pool their diverse knowledge of family relationships and vegetarianism and write Raising Vegetarian Children. This book is perfect for someone who is exploring becoming vegetarian, who has just become vegetarian or whose child is (or is not) vegetarian in a vegetarian or nonvegetarian household. It offers real-life solutions and step-by-step instructions for transitioning your family to vegetarianism.

Raising Vegetarian Children is a reference book in three parts. Part One, "Approaches to Vegetarian Living," deals with Ethics and Ideology, Principle to Practice and Family Unity - the kinds of issues that may arise for a vegetarian child or family ready to "step out."

Part Two, "Nourishing Our Children," addresses vegetarian nutrition from infancy through the teen years and is complimented by Part Three: delicious, yet nutritious recipes, like "Sneaky Dad's Pudding."

The authors provide some interesting statistics (did you know 0.9 percent of the American population is vegan?) and debunk some myths on vegetarianism (food combining to complete a protein is no longer necessary). The chapter on proper food handling and foodborne illnesses is also interesting, although a bit lengthy.

As a long-term vegetarian, I had to keep reminding myself that this book is written for people who only are becoming vegetarian now. I often thought of my friend who is just now approaching a vegetarian lifestyle with her children who are not all accepting of the change. Stepaniak and Melina's book reaffirmed that I am providing my children with the healthiest of diets and brought forth a lot of compassion in myself for those who may not have the support from family and friends that I have had.

The amount of information in Raising Vegetarian Children may overwhelm some people making the change from an animal-based diet. But the simplicity of the writers' style and the careful, step-by-step attention to detail should allow someone to open the book when that goal has already been attained and the next step needed.

As with anything I read, I gained insight from some chapters and couldn't quite embrace others; but I believe anyone looking for a guide to becoming vegetarian, not just raising his or her children as such, should read this book.

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