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url 2017-07-12 14:29
Vegetarianism (Article) and Christianity
Mindful Being - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Mindful Eating with Delicious Raw Vegan Recipes - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Vegetarianism (Article) and Christianity

The Orthodox Christians obey fasts that sometimes last as long as 1/3 of the whole year. Fasting one does not consume meat or meat products. So, tell me again, what was/is the problem with the vegetarianism within all these Christian countries when their Monks and Saints supported vegetarianism as a physically, mentally and spiritually beneficial diet? 

Source: community.omtimes.com/profiles/blogs/christian-saints-and-vegetarianism
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review 2017-04-06 16:00
Review: Totally Vegetarian by Toni Fiore
Totally Vegetarian: Easy, Fast, Comforting Cooking for Every Kind of Vegetarian - Toni Fiore

What a sanctimonious piece of cooking advice. I could really not deal with the author's passive-aggressive "hints" and opinions about everything in a person's home - from the clutter of non-cooking essentials in the kitchen to which pots and pans are acceptable for use. I picked this up from the library because I want to make vegetables and grains more a part of my diet, moving them from side dishes to main events. I did not need a lecture on the morals of animal-based diets or farming. And for someone who insists that her love of cooking made her unsuitable to go to cooking school or become a chef, the author sounds like any other foodie when she harps on only using fresh herbs or a thousand ingredients for her dishes.

 

The author has a cooking show on public broadcasting television, and you can feel the NPR/PBS-smugness coming off in waves during the introduction sections of the book, which included her background, what kitchen tools and supplies are needed, and what to stock your pantry with (hope your budget can take all her "good" suggestions). What the book lacks in pictures or descriptions of techniques, it makes up for with trying to complicate dishes such as tomato bruschetta or mashed potatoes. The fifteen pictures found in the middle of the book were of the aforementioned bruschetta and asparagus spears dressed in lime juice....nothing from the more complex dishes. There is an abundant reliance on tofu, tempeh, and TVP based dishes, none of which interested me. The very small desert section featured either fruit with honey/maple syrup or some kind of tofu pie. She mentions all the different grains in the stocking the pantry section, then uses pasta for almost every dish in the entrée sections. Bulgar and quinoa each gets one recipe.

 

 

I will say the one dessert I liked was a Basmati Rice Pudding (made without dairy or eggs). The recipes I want to try come from the salad and appetizer sections, along with eggplant meatballs (so I can make a vegetarian version of Italian Wedding Soup). Nothing new or original, no pictures, plus condescending tone equals a lackluster effort.

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review 2017-02-13 00:00
The Vegetarian: A Novel
The Vegetarian: A Novel - Han Kang With so many awards and 5-star reviews I felt somehow bad to give it less. While some books that treat the theme of mental illness "force" you to connect with the character or the writing, The Vegetarian did not do that, at least for me.
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url 2016-12-12 17:41
Mindful Eating Book on Amazon
Mindful Eating with Delicious Raw Vegan Recipes - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Mindful Eating: Mindful Eating Exercises with Delicious Raw Vegan Recipes (Alchemy of Love Mindfulness Training) (Volume 3)

Source: www.amazon.com/Mindful-Eating-Exercises-Delicious-Mindfulness/dp/9995754029
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review 2016-10-18 22:14
The Vegetarian by Han Kang
The Vegetarian: A Novel - Han Kang

This book really is quite the read. I finished it a while ago and I had to take some time upon finishing it to sort out my thoughts and feelings. First, let me start off by saying I almost gave up on this book. The book is split into three sections and there's a horrible event that takes place in the first section that made me feel really uncomfortable. The incident involved animal abuse and I am very sensitive when it comes to hurting animals. (I lost a dog a couple of years back and I never quite got over it.) So when I read about this poor dog being abused, I nearly put the book down for good. However, something told me to persevere. I pushed through those parts and read the book and I am so glad I did.

 

This book is smart. Incredibly so. It depicts what life is like for many people who go against the "status quo" in Korea and how tragic it can truly be. This book is supposed to shock you and make you feel uncomfortable. It's meant to make you sick in some places. It's detailing the very real and terrible events that can happen if you decide to break the mold.

 

The writing is absolutely breath-taking. It's as if you're reading poetry. Han Kang has a very lyrical way of writing and Deborah Smith, the translator, did an excellent job in conveying that in English. 

 

None of the characters are really likable but that's the point to the story. We never get the story from Yeong-hye's. the main character, point-of-view. It's always through someone else. Like her husband (who's a bit of a prick and needs to be slapped), her brother-in-law (who is also scum), and her sister (who isn't so bad, just needed to open her mind more). It's hard to like anyone from this story but their inclusion is important in order for Kang to tell the story.

 

I am really impressed by the risks Han Kang took to write such a harrowing novel. It's not an easy read, by no means. There's quite a bit of violence and sexual assault throughout the novel, but if you can stomach it, it's worth it for the beautiful writing and for the knowledge you'd gain from reading about Yeong-hye's life.

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