This sounded like a fun, different read. Young woman decides she's going to take a chance and despite having a new graduate degree, a new job that she loves and a new relationship, Kristin Lajeunesse is going to take a road trip and eat at every single vegan restaurant in the US. Based on the cover (back and front), it looks like it took about 2 years across 48 states and 547 restaurants. Cool! I've read books on similar premises (for example, 'Slice Harvester' is one man's quest to eat a slice of pizza in *every* single pizzeria in NYC) and so this seemed like a good book to read to continue my food theme.
And that's where my enthusiasm basically ended. Initially it seemed like an endearing read of what drove Lajeunesse to decide to just pick everything up, drive around in a van and take this road trip. But as she talks about her various relationships the book very quickly and steadily deteriorates into something that is not at all reflected by the book blurb and cover.
It's not about the food. The restaurants and food, in fact, are barely covered. It's about finding herself, stumbling through various romantic relationships and her general love life, what's going on in her family. The "vegan food road trip" appears to be a hook. I don't know. My eyes started glazing over after the first few chapters. I don't have a "read until X point" rule but once I saw that by page 48 we're still not really talking about the restaurants or the food I could tell that this was going to be a loss.
For the right person this could certainly be a good read. But the criticisms are on target: sometimes the writing isn't just very good at all. How on earth did she manage to crowdfund this thing? Did she *ever* really think about how she was in a position to safely undertake an endeavor like this under relative safety (financially, physically, etc.)? There wasn't even a list of restaurants in the book? For a title that's priced at $20 (yes I know it's printed on recycled paper and it's a smaller/indie imprint) the least we could get would be a list or an index as a guide for the restaurants she apparently visited. I have no interest in the blog, thanks.
I wasn't expecting something like 'Sistah Vegan' because I could see that these were two entirely different books (I only read them close together because they were about vegans and veganism). But this is absolutely not what the title/blurb says it is and it is much too expensive. I'm glad I got this as a bargain book but I wish it had been available at my library instead. Borrow if something about it something like an 'Eat, Pray, Love' for vegans appeals to you but I'd skip it.