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Help! My child stopped eating meat! : an A-Z guide to surviving a conflict in diets
Adams, Carol J.
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New York : Continuum International Pub. Group, [2004]

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183 pages ; 23 cm
Family and emotional issues -- Practical issues -- Nutritional issues for vegetarians -- Underlying facts: philosophy, peer relationships.
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RJ206 .A326 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This original, insightful, and often compassionate book empowers parents to respond with understanding and support to the surprising challenges, the worry, and changes that occur when their young person becomes a vegetarian or vegan.
Although how to rear a vegetarian child is not news, addressing the conflicts parents face is. Through five chapters, the topics are arranged alphabetically for easy access. Chapter 4 is by a leading vegetarian nutritionist. A concluding chapter 6 consists of dozens of mouth-watering recipes that are easy to prepare, along with a metric-conversion table.

Author Notes

Carol J. Adams is a nationally known writer and lecturer on the vegetarian lifestyle, constantly speaking at conferences an academic meetings and on college campuses across the country. Her landmark book "The Sexual Politics of Meat" was recently reissue on its 10th anniversary. She also authored the "Inner Art of Vegetarianism" series. Adams lives in Texas.

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Library Journal Review

While presenting her "Sexual Politics of Meat Slide Show" throughout North America, feminist thinker Adams (The Sexual Politics of Meat; Living Among Meat Eaters: The Vegetarian's Survival Handbook) heard many complaints from teens about their parents' unwillingness to support vegetarianism. As a result, she created this comprehensive guide for adults coming to grips with their children's choice to stop eating meat, with nutritional information from Messina, a registered dietician. Like similar books (e.g., Joanne Stepaniak and Vesanto Melina's Raising Vegetarian Children: A Guide to Good Health and Family Harmony), this one promotes vegetarian diets by elaborating on their nutritional merits and providing family recipes; however, it also specifically targets the emotional family conflicts that may arise when children separate themselves by becoming vegetarians. Fear, embarrassment, and rejection are common feelings experienced. The author encourages parents to support their children's decision, not view it as merely pubescent rebellion; they should respect it because it is based on healthy moral and nutritional principles. Adams offers practical tips for sanely discussing vegetarianism with children, asking them to help plan and prepare meals, and easily altering family meals to include vegetarian choices. The book's alphabetical format makes it an excellent reference for parents. One quibble: given the format, the information begins to repeat itself when read cover to cover. Highly recommended for public libraries.-Charity Peak, Regis Univ., Colorado Springs (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Virginia Messina, M.P.H., R.D.
Introductionp. 13
1 Family and Emotional Issuesp. 23
2 Practical Issuesp. 63
3 Nutritional Issues for Vegetariansp. 86
4 Underlying Facts: Philosophy, Peer Relationships, and Traumatic Knowledgep. 110
5 What's Left to Eat? Recipes for Surviving and Thrivingp. 127
Appendix An A-Z Guide to Vegetarian Foodsp. 178
Acknowledgmentsp. 182
Metric-conversion Tablep. 184