The power of plants and ex­plor­ing veganism at your Mana­tee li­brary

The Bradenton Herald (Sunday) - - Local - BY CHELSEA BAKER

Although Thanks­giv­ing means a huge turkey din­ner for some, those who cel­e­brate Novem­ber as World Ve­gan Month are look­ing for­ward to a len­til loaf, stuffed squash or other tasty veg­etable dish.

Ac­cord­ing to the Ve­gan So­ci­ety, ve­g­ans fol­low a “plant-based diet, avoid­ing all an­i­mal foods such as meat (in­clud­ing fish, shell­fish and in­sects), dairy, eggs and honey.”

Ve­g­ans also use prod­ucts that are not made from or tested on animals and fa­vor en­ter­tain­ment op­tions that do not uti­lize animals.

Whether mo­ti­vated by health, ethics or en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns, if you want to fol­low in the foot­steps of celebri­ties such as New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back Tom Brady or singer Bey­oncé and ex­plore veganism, Mana­tee County Li­braries has a wide se­lec­tion of re­sources to help you.

In fact, the li­brary has Tom Brady’s book “The TB12 Method” as well as “The 22-day Revo­lu­tion,” which was writ­ten by Marco Borges, the per­sonal trainer who in­spired Bey­oncé to try a plant­based diet.

The first ques­tion that many peo­ple ask when they meet a ve­gan: “So, what do you eat?” The an­swer may sur­prise you. A ve­gan cook­book ex­ists for nearly every cui­sine, and many of them can be found at the li­brary.

For any­one who wor­ries about miss­ing their old fa­vorites, “Ve­gan Junk Food” has over 200 recipes to sat­isfy crav­ings for ba­con, pizza rolls, cheese­cake and more.

“VBQ: The Ul­ti­mate Ve­gan Bar­be­cue Cook­book” show­cases mouth­wa­ter­ing recipes that are per­fect for the grill, such as Eg­g­plant Bratwurst and Tan­dori Tofu Skew­ers.

If your din­ner ta­ble ac­com­mo­dates a va­ri­ety of di­etary pref­er­ences, “Ve­gan Veg­e­tar­ian Om­ni­vore: Din­ner for Ev­ery­one at the Ta­ble” will keep the whole fam­ily happy with recipes for ev­ery­day meals and hol­i­days.

For the health-con­scious, “How Not to Die” by Dr. Michael Greger pas­sion­ately ar­gues that eat­ing more plants is one of the best ways to pre­vent and even re­verse the 15 dis­eases that cause the ma­jor­ity of pre­ma­ture deaths in the United States, in­clud­ing heart dis­ease, breast can­cer and Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

The pop­u­lar “Forks Over Knives” film high­lights the health ben­e­fits of a plant­based diet in just over an hour and a half.

“Be­com­ing Ve­gan: The Com­plete Ref­er­ence to Plant-Based Nu­tri­tion,” writ­ten by reg­is­tered di­eti­cians Brenda Davis and Ve­santo Melina, of­fers de­tailed ad­vice on build­ing a bal­anced diet for ve­gan ath­letes, preg­nant women, chil­dren, se­niors and ev­ery­one in be­tween.

Many peo­ple adopt a ve­gan life­style be­cause of their love for animals. Peter Singer’s 1975 clas­sic “An­i­mal Lib­er­a­tion” was the in­spi­ra­tion for the con­tro­ver­sial but in­flu­en­tial or­ga­ni­za­tion known as PETA.

For a more mod­ern take, check out “Eat­ing Animals,” in which ac­claimed author Jonathan Safran Foer weighs the cul­tural, philo­soph­i­cal and sci­en­tific pros and cons of feed­ing his son a veg­e­tar­ian diet.

In “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows” so­cial psy­chol­o­gist Me­lanie Joy takes a deeper dive into the psy­chol­ogy be­hind our re­la­tion­ship with animals.

Whether you al­ready fol­low a plant-based diet or are just try­ing to fig­ure out what to feed that ve­gan cousin over the hol­i­days, stop by the Mana­tee Li­braries.

Chelsea Baker is the Cir­cu­la­tion Ser­vices Su­per­vi­sor at the

Down­town Cen­tral

Li­brary. Speak­ing Vol­umes, writ­ten by Mana­tee County Pub­lic Li­brary Sys­tem staff mem­bers, is pub­lished each Sun­day in the Braden­ton Her­ald.

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