Book reviews for nutters and naysayers

Reading is like eating nuts, or dare I admit to it – hell yes, Pringles. The more you devour the more you want, and your last hardly ever is. That’s been my experienced in consuming and learning from the insights in the following four books, under review.

Screen Shot 2013-05-07 at 3.27.08 PMAlthough, unlike cashews and potato crisps, I’m very willing to share, abundantly. When there’s good news, hope, understanding, and a high degree of intellect behind hard fact, I’m as keen to share as I am to listen.

I say listen, rather than read, because I really recommend that all these books are rather heard, via audible download. I think, with so much fact and information to absorb, taking a back seat in having to visually digest the words makes for easier and gentler absorption.

All these books, with vastly different approaches, call to bring their readers to an awareness of the changing, empowering and critical role nutrition plays in the health of our bodies, and whole beings.

So which book best suits your current perceptions, beliefs and openness to new ideas for your personal health and happiness?

Well, as a highly visual person, I’m easily swayed by a book’s title or artwork, so, as not to encourage similar quick judgements, I hope to identify its appeal by simplifying each one’s approach.

I also want to mention that while all the authors are American, and regularly refer to their nation, its practices and afflictions, it’s worth remembering though that we all breath the same air, drink the same water, dread the same diseases and suffer through the unexplainable loss of loved ones. Personal health isn’t about one nation. It’s personal to its core. It’s about you; your body, mind, and soul.

Screen Shot 2013-05-07 at 3.21.53 PMThe Food Revolution
John Robbins, author and narrator, speaks his wisdom and truth, which makes for easy listening when you listen to his divine voice. Aside from a distinctive voice, he might be recognisable to you as the son of Robbins, co-founder of Baskin-Robbins ice-cream. I digress though, as it’s his message and the substantiated facts that are stronger than his voice or his eschewed family wealth.

This book is thorough and will appeal to those looking for fact, parcelled in good humour and shared personal experiences.

Screen Shot 2013-05-07 at 3.21.01 PMThe China Study
With a title like this, I initially felt intimidated and was left wondering if biochemist and co-author T. Colin Campbell’s words over ‘a China study’ would read even more foreign and alienating to my unaccustomed ear to all matters scientific.  I needn’t have feared though, as this book speaks to us all.

If you scorn or cringe at ‘tree hugging’, earth-saving vegetarians and alike, then this is your book. Whether it’s hard facts you’re after, or facts to substantiate your discussions among the veg-curious, this is a powerful tool. Or maybe you’re a scientific, biology minded, or trained, individual who seeks only the bare bones to keeping abreast with research – start reading!

Screen Shot 2013-05-07 at 3.19.56 PMThe World Peace Diet
I’ve never being one for trying, let alone following, diets (weight-loss programmes), so based on this title alone I would easily have overlooked it, had it not been well recommended to me. This book is beautifully suited to those who are ready for spiritual enlightenment by courageously looking into the very real interconnectedness of all living beings.

Through the audible download, Will Tuttle, a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) also treats you to his divine music, between chapters. If you have any inkling to try meditation or search for an awakened sense of empathy, or perhaps you already feel the interconnectivity of all living things, this book is one worth drinking up.

Screen Shot 2013-05-07 at 3.18.44 PMWhy We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows

This is one sassy lady. Author, Dr Melanie Joy (DPhil) is less concerned with the veg-friendly as she is with the psychology of those who unwittingly support and literally feed off some animals, while caring deeply for others.

Calling one set ‘meat-eaters’ and another ‘plant-eaters’ doesn’t quite fit the bill, so gutsy Dr Joy has coined the term “carnism” and delves deep into this invisible belief system that conditions us to eat only certain animals.

For those who are ‘carnists’ “by choice”, or vegetarians or vegans who recognise that food preferences are only one small part of a far bigger ideology, a look into this belief system is more than a compelling journey.

My literary sequence began with Will Tuttle’s book, then John Robbins’, followed by T. Colin Campbell’s words and onto Melanie Joy’s insights. Whichever way one begins, they’re all superb books, as enticing as nuts! Go on, reach for one, or two, or more…

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