Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for a review. In no way does this affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
BOSH! How to Live Vegan
by Henry Firth & Ian Theasby
Genre: non-fiction (veganism, sustainability)
Publication date: October 15th, 2019
Publisher: William Morrow
Do you want to go vegan but have no idea where to start? BOSH!, the pioneers of simple, delicious plant-based cooking and the guys behind the biggest vegan video channel on the web, are here to help!
BOSH!: How to Live Vegan covers all aspects of vegan living from plant-based food and wine to vegan toiletries, travel, and clothes. Henry and Ian address the benefits of veganism on our health and the planet and answer a variety of questions on living life without animal products. Should you be eating avocados? Is it okay to wear an old leather belt? What do you tell your friends when they offer you a glass of non-vegan wine?
Pioneering a new way of thinking, BOSH! is helping to make a sustainable and ethical lifestyle accessible to everyone. Whether you’re a committed vegan, looking to improve your lifestyle, or starting out for the first time, this book has all the know-how and inspiration you need to pursue and enjoy a plant-based life.
As an autistic person with sensory problems related to food, I obviously wasn’t the target audience for this book. But seeing as it was already in my goodie bag at a HarperCollins event, I decided to take it home and give it a shot.
I have been interested in veganism since I learned about the detrimental effects of animal agriculture on the environment, but, because of the aforementioned reason, I never considered actually going vegan. But this book helped me realize that every little step counts, so I’m going to continue trying vegan things here and there. Thanks, BOSH!
I’m having a hard time writing this review so here are my thoughts in bullet points:
What I liked:
- The tone was very casual and non-preachy.
- Has some solid facts about the impact of animal agriculture on climate change.
- Learned a good comeback for people who come at me about my soy-based meat substitutes (did you know only 6% of the world’s soy is turned into human food?).
- The formatting of the book is great and encourages you to keep reading for just one more chapter!
- Learned about the health benefits of veganism. Although the authors aren’t doctors or nutritionists, I’m sure they did their research and fact-checking.
- There’s a section on how to deal with other people as a vegan, including tricky questions and how to go about dating a non-vegan.
- Helps you figure out how to transition to your new diet, which is often the hardest part. Asks why-questions like “what’s your motivation for eating a more plant-based diet?” and how-questions like “are you going to eat vegan meals every day? A few days a week? Every morning? Or just on weekdays? Meat-free Mondays, perhaps?”
“We may not have intentionally caused these problems, but indirectly, by just existing and enjoying the modern world we live in — with all its luxuries and technologies — we have. We must take some responsibility.”
What I didn’t like:
- A bit repetitive, could have been condensed into a much smaller book.
- Didn’t like the writing style much (I never want to see the word “veg” ever again). It seems better suited for a blog or magazine than for a book.
- Most of the book is about food, which was to be expected, but I was personally more interested in the non-food section.
“We make enough food to feed everyone on the planet, and yet nearly a billion people starve. We feed the food that they could eat to cattle, so that we can eat steak. Eighty-two per cent of the world’s starving childen live in countries where food is fed to animals, which are then killed for meat and exported; eaten by wealthier individuals in developed countries lik the US, UK, and mainland Europe.”
Definitely do check this out if you have any interest whatsoever in becoming flexitarian, vegetarian, or vegan. (Or a flexivegan, as I like to identify as.)
This book could be an interesting addition to the cookbook section on your bookshelf, whether you’re an aspiring vegan, adventurous eater, enthusiastic home chef, or just someone trying to live more healthily.