Becoming Vegan
From All Creatures Book and Video Review Guide

Author: Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina

Reviewed by Frank and Mary Hoffman






Book Publishing Company
PO Box 99
Summertown, TN 38483
Phone: 1-888-260-8458
Copyright 2000 Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina
ISBN: 978-1-57067-103-6
$19.95 US


One of the first things we noticed as we began to read Becoming Vegan By Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina, is that while the book is presented as a guide to becoming vegan and adopting a plant-based diet, it is a lot more. We have been vegan for 25 years and we have been learning new things from the contents. Becoming Vegan is really an excellent reference book for both beginning and long time vegans, and for anyone else interested in healthful eating.

Becoming Vegan dispels the myth that people have to eat animals to get their protein (essential amino acids), and shows convincingly that we get all our essential amino acids from plants. There are other chapters on fats and carbohydrates. To us, some of the most fascinating chapters were those about vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals (plant chemicals), which are essential to healthy living and preventing diseases. The information also explains why we haven't been sick since we became vegans 25 years ago, and we are now in our 70's and take no medications and rarely see a physician except for check-ups.

The last part of the book is devoted to lifestyle for both young and old and the differences in nutritional requirements, controlling weight, eating disorders, and even being a vegan athlete.

We highly recommend Becoming Vegan for everyone. It is a must have reference book and guide to everyone seeking to be healthy.

About the Author:

Brenda Davis, R.D.: Brenda Davis is a registered dietitian in private practice. She is coauthor of the best seller, Becoming vegetarian, The New Becoming vegetarian, and Defeating Diabetes .. Brenda is a recognized leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. She is a past Chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. She has worked as an academic nutrition instructor, a public health nutritionist, a clinical dietitian, and a nutrition consultant. She specializes in essential fatty acid nutrition and lifecycle challenges. Brenda is currently working on a diabetes research project in the Marshall Islands. She is a committed vegan. Brenda lives with her husband and son in Kelowna British Columbia. Her website is

Vesanto Melina, M.S., R.D.: Vesanto Melina is a registered dietitian and coauthor of The New Becoming Vegetarian, The Food Allergy Survival Guide, Becoming vegetarian, Raising vegetarian Children, and Healthy Eating for Life to Prevent and Treat Cancer. She is co-author of the most recent Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets and the vegetarian section of the Manual of Clinical Dietetics, 6th edition, both joint projects of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada. Vesanto is an internationally known speaker and consultant to individuals, government, and the food industry on vegetarian nutrition and foods. She has taught nutrition on the faculty of the University of British Columbia and Bastyr University near Seattle. Vesanto has been vegetarian for 30 years and vegan for 15 years. She lives in Langley, near Vancouver, British Columbia. Her website is


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