The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone

Actress Alicia Silverstone may best be known for her role in Clueless, but what she certainly isn’t clueless about is vegan cooking. This New York Times Bestseller is not just a cookbook. The first half of the book teaches you why meat, dairy, white sugar, and processed foods are so harmful to your body, to animals, and to the world. She then goes on to tell you what foods you should be eating, as she says, kind foods.

She shows you how to get all the vitamins and minerals essential for a healthy body through a plant-based diet. She gives you step-by-step advice on how to gradually go vegan. The book includes an entire week-long meal plan to help you through your first few weeks. This super positive book was so helpful to me in the beginning stages of my vegan journey. At the end of the first half, she teaches you how to become a “superhero” vegan, for those that are ready for a challenge. And that’s only the first half!

The second half of the book is full of recipes. My favorites include Moroccan Couscous with Saffron, Sweet Potato-Lentil Stew, Quick Date-Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal, Summertime Succotash, and the list goes on. The recipes are divided into two sections. The first section is full of recipes that are geared towards those who are new to veganism and might be a little nervous about the transition.

These recipes are easy to make, have easy to find ingredients, and are super tasty. The second section is for superhero vegans. These recipes are for those ready for the next step towards superior health. These recipes have minimal ingredients, some different cooking techniques, and include some uncommon, possibly hard to find vegetables, but are just as delicious.

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